Louisiana is a state filled some of the most unique heritage and cultures in the United States. Our mixture of traditional Cajun and Creole dishes has easily helped us become the top spot for Foodies in Baton Rouge. But even away from the table our community is bursting with passion, history and culture! Check out our top ten can’t miss places to visit in Baton Rouge.
The pride and joy of our Baton Rouge community. Our LSU Tigers are not only exemplary students, they are also talented athletes that always have us chanting #geauxtigers. The LSU campus holds time specific tours, but for those who are wanting the highlights tour go directly to Tiger Stadium located on West Stadium Drive on campus. College football fans with thrill in the magnitude of “Death Valley,” the beloved home of Tigers football.
2. Old State Capitol
While most states boast grand capital buildings, few states have the luxury of an additional retired capitol of significance. Louisania’s Old State Capitol is an architectural gem that is located in downtown Baton Rouge overlooking the Mississippi River. Tour this historical landmark for free and learn all about the culture, history and people our great state is blessed to have.
3. Mardi Gras
Louisiana’s state capital knows how to celebrate and each year locals and visitors loin together to celebrate Mardi Gras and Baton Rouge culture. For about a week each February, different communities in Baton Rouge host their own unique Mardi Gras parades, festivals and gatherings. If you have never been to a Louisiana Mardi Gras celebration, this is a week in Baton Rouge you don’t want to miss.
4. Old Louisiana’s Governor’s Mansion
Locally known as “Louisiana’s White House,” the historic governor’s mansion has been around since 1930. It now serves the community as a historic museum and headquarters of the Foundation for Historical Louisiana. The Old Louisiana Governor’s Mansion is located 502 North Blvd. between Royal and St. Charles Streets in Baton Rouge. The mansion is open for tours 10:00am to 4:00pm Tuesday – Friday.
5. TJ Ribs on Acadian
The original TJ Ribs is located right between Downtown Baton Rouge and the LSU campus. Ever since the 1980’s, TJ Ribs has been lucky to call Baton Rouge home. Our locals know us as die-hard LSU fans, but tourists can be equally impressed with our dedication to traditional Cajun and Creole cooking with menu items like Cochon de Lait and our famous baby back ribs.
6. USS Kidd Veterans Memorial and Museum
Visit the Fletcher class destroyer nicknamed “Pirate of the Pacific,” located right in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge. This military vessel is perfect for families and history buffs alike, with a museum on the inside of the ship portraying what life was like as a sailor at sea. Located at 305 South River Road in Baton Rouge.
7. Tin Roof Brewery
Baton Rouge’s largest craft brewery not only hosts an entire selection of craft brews, but also hosts a ton of community events in their taproom and outdoor area. Grab a $1 off their brews at happy hour or check out their local events. This locally owned brewery features guided tours every Friday with sample tastings and regular events. Located at 1624 Wyoming Street in Baton Rouge.
8. Capital Park Museum
The Capitol Park Museum is located on the mall of Louisiana’s State Capitol in Baton Rouge. The museum contains exhibits on the culture, history, and industry of Louisiana. There are two permanent exhibits: Experiencing Louisiana: Discovering the Soul of America and Grounds for Greatness: Louisiana and the Nation. Located at 660 North Fourth in Baton Rouge.
9. Fine Dining at the Nottoway Plantation
Treat yourself to an extra special evening at this restored historical Nottoway Plantation. The seasonal menu is centered around classic Creole inspired dishes along with the option for a little less fancy evening with the Le Cafe. What was one the warming kitchen where family meals were kept warm, is now the rejuvenated cafe.
10. Visit Mike the Tiger
Visit Mike the Tiger Habitat for a close-up encounter with LSU’s official mascot. Mike the Tiger’s spacious home, a 15,000 square feet sanctuary, was built in 2005 and includes a waterfall and a stream that flows into a pond, many plants, and rocks fo Mike to enjoy. Located on North Stadium Road.