2023 Welcome: The Official Visitors Guide to the Greater Baton Rouge Area - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Craveable dishes from around the world. The cuisine is unpretentious yet skillfully executed. A lively atmosphere coupled with classic dishes, modern delicacies, and happy hour.


A haven for making memories around our table with fresh seafood, new and original dishes to love. Contemporary Louisiana cuisine in a casual neighborhood bistro environment.


Casual concept offering “Americana fare with a southern twist.” Spacious patio areas to enjoy your favorite beer or cocktails. Family atmosphere featuring a dessert bar for the children and pet-friendly atmosphere. For a unique twist, take a quick walk to The Brakes Bar, our own speakeasy club nestled in the back.


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restaurants offer unique culinary concept experiences
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FEATURES Experience the Capital City 9 River Reflection 11 Discover Baton Rouge 12 Hashtag BR 14 Taste Test 16 Crazy Carnival 18 Coffee Connoisseurs 20 Good ‘Buys’ 24 Pet-Friendly Spots 28 THE CROSSROADS OF CULTURE Special Section (Visit Baton Rouge) 31 BEST BETS (Calendar of Events) 41 LISTINGS Information provided by advertisers. Visitor Information 58 Dining 61 Breweries 66 Attractions 68 Historic Homes 72 Neighborhoods 76 Entertainment 78 Shopping ........................................... 81 Accommodations 83 Downtown 87 Daytrips 88 Ascension Parish 90 Livingston Parish 94 Tangipahoa Parish 98 West Baton Rouge Parish 100
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BATON ROUGE (bat’n’roozh): French for “red stick,” a reference to a cypress pole stained with animal blood that marked the boundary between the Houma Tribe and the Bayou Goula hunting grounds. It was one of the first things French explorer Sieur d’Iberville saw as he led an expedition party up the Mississippi River near Scott’s Bluff.
Kayaking at the University Lakes near the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. TIM MUELLER
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Cover design and center map illustration by CARLIN MUMPHREY. Cover photo by JORDAN HEFLER.
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A Louisiana Tradition

Like LSU football, Mike Anderson’s is a tradition in southern Louisiana, serving authentic Cajun, Louisiana seafood. Over 45 years ago, an LSU Football player with a passion for great food started what is now known throughout the city as Mike Anderson’s Seafood. It is the restaurant of choice for food lovers and football fans alike, with fantastic regional food in a festive environment.

Mike Anderson’s offers a wide variety of authentic Louisiana cuisine and is sure to have something on the menu for even the pickiest eaters, from sensational seafood, USDA Choice steaks, and All-American dishes to local favorites, including chargrilled oysters (topped with butter, garlic, parmesan and romano cheese) and the Guitreau

(a white-wine based sauce with Louisiana Crawfish, Gulf Shrimp, white button mushrooms, and onions served over fresh grilled fish).

Dine and Celebrate like a Louisianan at Mike Anderson’s! Mike and his team are ready for you to experience some of these time honored family recipes, and look forward to serving you soon!

Broiled Seafood Platter The Guitreau
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EXPERIENCE the Capital City!

Welcome to Louisiana’s capital—Baton Rouge, a place of peace, prosperity and progress. Our city has a wealth of people, culture and traditions like no other. Baton Rouge is home to some of Louisiana’s treasured art and historical sites such as the Old State Capitol, Shaw Center for the Arts, and the Louisiana State Museum. We proudly house two universities, the LSU Tigers and the Southern University Jaguars.

Citizens choose Baton Rouge because we cultivate an inclusive community where everyone can see pathways to success. Visitors come to indulge in festive events, superior cuisine and unique attractions. From southern hospitality to beautiful sights overlooking the Mississippi River, there is plenty to experience while you are here. Enjoy your stay!

Bienvenue! We’re excited to have you as a guest in Baton Rouge, where I know you will enjoy new experiences and create lasting memories. The best thing about our city is its unique character. There’s simply no place like it. When you visit Baton Rouge, you’ll enjoy amazing music, cultural attractions, and cuisine from every part of the world.

Ours is a city where new adventures are just around the corner, where every holiday is a reason to celebrate, where every outing is a chance to make new friends. So sign up for that swamp tour, try that new dish, enjoy that live concert and stay til the end of the game!

In these pages, we’ve assembled information, tips, and articles that will make your visit memorable. We hope you will use Welcome as your personal tour guide while you are with us. But most of all, we hope you enjoy your “Red Stick” experience in Baton Rouge, a city like no other!

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River Reflection

Baton Rouge’s connection to the Mississippi River is deep and enduring—an integral part of the city’s past, present and future. This unique sculpture—titled ‘Sing the River’— re ects the city (literally) and plays music that corresponds with the rise and fall of the Mississippi. It was designed by Californiabased artist Po Shu Wang, and you’ll nd it downtown at the Florida Street riverfront.

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A city that combines charm, character, history, and fun

Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge

Louisiana’s capital city is absolutely unique. It’s the center of state politics as well as home to Louisiana’s agship university … yet somehow, it retains the characteristics of a small Southern town. Where else can a visitor cross these items o your to-do list? Swamp tour, Museum Mile, plantation tour, Festival of Lights, Mardi Gras celebration! In Baton Rouge, you’ll nd a thriving music and arts scene, incredible food, exciting festivals, college football action, and traces of history around every corner.

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center Fantastic food The Baton Rouge skyline The Crest at City Hall Plaza
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HASHTAG Baton Rouge

Picture it! Here are some interesting spots to snap a pic and share on social media. Tag Visit Baton Rouge in your photos (@visitbatonrouge and #ExploreBatonRouge) and let your friends know what a great time you’re having!

Mike the Tiger

The first Mike the Tiger appeared on the Louisiana State University campus in 1936. Mike VII, the current tiger, can be found in his Tiger Habitat on North Stadium Drive. He’s usually outside between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., but visitors can check his whereabouts on Instagram @mikethetiger_lsu.

Red Stick Sculpture at Southern University

No visit to Baton Rouge is complete without learning about the history of the “Red Stick.” Legend has it that two indigenous tribes used a cypress pole to divide their hunting grounds, leading explorers to call the area “le baton rouge” or the “red stick.” The original stick is said to have been located at Scott’s Bluff by Southern University, and a commemorative Red Stick Sculpture marks the spot.

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Murals Around Town

Street art contributes to the color and flavor of Baton Rouge, much of it in the form of murals by artists like Marc Fresh, Skinny Dope and Kayla Newnam. Take a photo opp in front of a “Visit Baton Rouge Postcard” on Third Street, “entwined hands in Mardi Gras colors” at Hotel Indigo, or the “View from the State Capitol” mural inside Raising Cane’s River Center.

Live Music Venues

From concerts to clubs, Baton Rouge is full of places to party to live music and great bands. That’s always worth a selfie!

Anywhere at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo

Take your pick! Cheetahs, alligators, pink flamingos, chimpanzees—what a background! You’ll find plenty of great spots for your Instagram post at the Zoo.

Old State Capitol

Known as the “Castle on the River,” Louisiana’s Old State Capitol represents a stunning blend of Gothic and Victorian architecture. Climb the beautiful winding cast-iron staircase rising to a stained-glass cathedral dome inside or just view the double towers and turrets from outside on North Boulevard.

Other great Instagram ideas:

• Live After Five concert

• Pedal Pub ride

• Sing the River sculpture

• Mississippi River levee

• Rooftop of Tsunami Sushi

• The big game at LSU or Southern University

Sing the River sculpture downtown The Old State Capitol
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Flamingos at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo

Taste Test

Sample some of these foodie hot spots and savor the avor! You’ll see that the Capital City has delicious dishes that appeal to every palate.

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Shrimp tacos at SoLou Restaurant

Dive into the craw sh cheese fries at The Chimes, a veritable institution at the North Gates of LSU, or order their extra-stu ed shrimp or oyster po-boys.

Take your taste buds to Italy by sampling the succulent meatballs at Monjuni’s Italian Café & Grocery, which are smothered in their signature pasta sauce.

Sample the shawarma meats and veggies at Albasha Greek & Lebanese Restaurant , as well as the fried haloom cheese in sauteed olive oil and fresh garlic.

For authentic mu ulettas, it’s hard to beat the familyowned Anthony’s Italian Deli. Their New Orleans-style mu ulettas are huge, and come with capicola, Genoa

salami, ham, mortadella and provolone cheese topped with their famous olive mix and dressing.

At SoLou, you’ll experience “southern comfort” food with a twist—try the hot crab dip, craw sh beignets, boudin quesadillas, or their special boucherie board with andouille, hogshead cheese and g preserves.

In the mood for Tex-Mex? La Carreta Mexican Restaurant’s shrimp brochetes are next to heaven, and feature jalapenos wrapped with crispy bacon and lled with cream cheese and spices.

For sushi with a view, go to Tsunami Sushi on top of the Shaw Center. One recommendation – tempura shrimp & shishito peppers appetizer with ponzu dipping sauce.

You can’t beat Rocca Pizzeria for woodred pizza, but be sure to get a side of garlic knots with chimichurri, fresh herbs, grana & whipped provolone cheese.

For something with an Asian air, try the ramen, birria tacos and hot honey chicken bao buns at Chow Yum Phat.

Cou-Yon’s BBQ across the Mississippi River in Port Allen o ers a taste of Cajun Louisiana. The loaded stu ed baked potatoes are monstrous … be sure to add shrimp.

SoLou , 7246 Perkins Road

Albasha Greek & Lebanese Restaurant , several locations in Baton Rouge

Elsie’s Plate & Pie, 3145 Government St.

The Chimes, 3157 Highland Road and 10870 Coursey Blvd.

Albasha Greek & Lebanese Restaurant Elsie’s Plate & Pie
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The Chimes
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Crazy Carnival

Mardi Gras celebration

Baton Rouge’s family-friendly Mardi Gras has it all, from traditional oats and fancy balls to marching bands, live music, lawnmower-pushing krewes and plenty of throws. Eight parades roll through Baton Rouge during the Mardi Gras season, including one just for our four-legged friends. There’s also the Mardi Gras Mambo run, Mardi Gras Festival and the always-popular Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade, which paints the town pink on the Saturday before Fat Tuesday.

Keep an eye out for these unique sights during Baton Rouge Mardi Gras:

• Dogs on parade in the Mystic Krewe of Mutts

• The all-female Krewe of Artemis

• Mid City Gras’ krewe of squirrels (and lawnmowers)

• Torches leading the way for the Krewe of Southdowns

• Spanish Town’s pink flamingos

• Delicious king cakes just about everywhere

• Footballs thrown by the Krewe of Orion

One thing is for sure: You won’t leave Baton Rouge Mardi Gras empty handed. Be sure to bring a bag (or a wagon) to hold all your throws and beads. And don’t let the season pass you by without indulging in a slice of king cake from the city’s many restaurants, bakeries and grocery stores.

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For the COFFEE Connoisseurs

If you love a good cup of brew, then Baton Rouge has a trail for you. The Baton Rouge Coffee Trail Pass allows sampling at the best local coffee shops, perks at select locations and the chance to win a prize for your check-ins.

The Coffee Trail Pass comes as a mobile-exclusive and is instantly delivered via text and email to your phone after you sign up at www.visitbatonrouge. com/baton-rouge-coffee-pass/. You don’t even need to download an app.

Just show your pass when you’re visiting a participating coffee shop to get your discount (if available) and be sure to check in as you sip from stop to stop.

Trail locations include:



3535 Perkins Road, Suite 360


257 Lee Dr., Suite O



8211 Village Plaza Court Bldg. 4, Suite 1A


521 N. Third St., Suite B


333 Laurel St.

BEIGNET BATON ROUGE 14241 Coursey Blvd., Suite B1 BREW HA HA 711 Jefferson Hwy., Suite 2-A
CITY ROOTS COFFEE BAR 1509 Government St., Suite A
2978 Government St. HIGHLAND COFFEES 3350 Highland Road
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The Mid City crowd is familiar with French Truck Coffee.

Did you know?

• The family-owned company Community Coffee is based in Louisiana.

• 62% percent of Americans (over age 18) drink coffee every day.

• A cup of black coffee has only one calorie.

• According to Harvard Health Publishing, 3 cups a day (moderate coffee consumption ) has been linked to a longer life span.

• Brazil grows the most coffee (beans) in the world.

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the Towne Center Way!



Massey’s Professional Outfitters

New Balance Footwear



End of the Lane

Rickey Heroman’s Florist and Gifts

The Queen Bee




Baby Gap

Gap Kids

J. Crew – Coming Soon



Anytime Fitness

Bumble Lane

European Wax Center

M. Vince Nail Spa




Amazing Lash Studio

Bath Junkie

Bocage Pharmacy Centre

European Wax Center

M. Vince Nail Spa

Nail Chic

Roosters Men’s Grooming Center

Ulta Beauty

Whole Foods Market


Adler’s Fine Jewelry


Banana Republic


J. Crew – Coming Soon

Massey’s Professional Outfitters



Eyemax Family Optical


Carrabba’s Italian Grill


Cold Stone Creamery

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Jersey Mike’s

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

Qdoba Mexican Grill

Walk On’s Bistreaux & Bar

Whole Foods Market

Zea Rotisserie and Grill


M. Vince Nail Spa

Nail Chic

Pigtails & Crewcuts

Roosters Men’s Grooming Center

Salon Eden

Ulta Beauty



Bocage Pharmacy Centre

California Closets

CPR Phone Repair

Currency Bank


European Wax Center


Manuel Builders

Massey’s Professional Outfitters

Raymond James and Associates

UBS Financial Services

Verizon Wireless

The CI Group

The UPS Store

Wells Fargo Advisors



New Balance Footwear


The Good Feet Store


Adler’s Fine Jewelry


Bath Junkie

Bra Genie

Don Juan Cigar Company

End of the Lane

European Wax Center

J. Crew – Coming Soon

Massey’s Professional Outfitters

Rickey Heroman’s Florist and Gifts

The CI Group

The Good Feet Store

The Queen Bee




Banana Republic




J. Crew – Coming Soon

J. Jill

Massey’s Professional Outfitters



Talbots Petite Talbots Women

White House/Black Market


Good ‘Buys’

Keepsakes, souvenirs and traditional shopping

Your Red Stick experience isn’t complete unless you find a souvenir or two to take home with you. So as you say goodbye, check out these suggestions to help you remember your visit to Louisiana.

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Sweet Baton Rouge

Keepsakes from local merchants

Many Baton Rouge merchants promote local artists by carrying their specialty handcrafted items, ranging from paintings and jewelry to pottery, clothing and home accessories. Some artists have opened their own successful Louisiana-based businesses, including Sweet BR and Mimosa Handcrafted. And be sure to check out souvenir shop BRASS by Circa 1857 downtown.

Charming and unique

You’ll find gift shops at most museums in Baton Rouge, including the Old State Capitol, Louisiana Art & Science Museum and LSU Museum of Art . Browse these shops at historic sites and museums for one-of-akind gifts and souvenirs.

Farmers market

For many locals, a visit to the (BREADA) Red Stick Farmers Market is part of their Saturday morning routine. You’ll find fresh seasonal produce, artisan breads, honey, homemade pies, photography, candles, soaps and more at this popular downtown site (501 N. Fifth St.).

Shop til you drop

And if you’re just in the mood for shopping away from home, be sure to visit these venues offering a superb selection of merchants.

Towne Center Jefferson

Highway and Corporate


Perkins Rowe Bluebonnet

Boulevard and Perkins Road

Mall of Louisiana Bluebonnet

Boulevard between Perkins Road and I-10

Tanger Outlet Mall 2410 Tanger Blvd., Gonzales


Louisiana flavor

When you get back home, you’re going to miss some of the Louisiana flavors you sampled (seafood, boudin, stuffed chicken, jambalaya, gumbo), so visit these groceries and specialty food stores … many of them will arrange shipping as well.

Chris’ Specialty Foods 3075 Millerville Road

Tony’s Seafood Market & Deli 5215 Plank Road

Calandro’s Supermarket 12732 Perkins Road

Sweet Baton Rouge, 1509 Government St., Suite D/Louisiana-themed T-shirts, accessories and more.

Calandro’s Supermarket , 12732 Perkins Road, 4142 Government St./Beer, wine, spirits, gourmet foods. Mimosa Handcrafted, 541 S. Eugene St./Handcrafted jewelry.

Royal Standard, 2877 Perkins Road, 16016 Perkins Road/Home décor, clothing, jewelry, etc.

Tony’s Seafood. Market & Deli, 5215 Plank Road/Fresh seafood, mixes, seasonings. visitbatonrouge.com

Calandro’s Sweet Baton Rouge Royal Standard Tony’s Seafood Market & Deli Mimosa
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Play List

Sunshine, fresh air, and fun!

Let’s face it. There are more sunny days than not in Baton Rouge and the city literally beckons everyone to go outside. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of things to do.

1. There are approximately 170 parks in the BREC park system, so take your pick and go test your skill at pickleball, tennis, disc golf etc. … or just sit beneath a live oak tree and “people watch.”

2. Grab your golf gear and hit the links at any of Baton Rouge’s dozens of golf courses, both public and private.

3. Walk the LSU Lakes for exercise or to bird watch. Be sure to bring binoculars … you’ll likely see herons, egrets, white pelicans, and Canadian geese among a host of others.

4. Tour a microbrewery/distillery or two … or three. There are many to choose from, each with its own distinctive local flair, and the number is growing.

5. Walk or bike the Mississippi River levee near the USS Kidd. Bring a picnic lunch, spread out a blanket and watch the procession of barges and ships traversing the river.

6. Comite Park, Sandy Creek and Blackwater Conservation Area are just a few great hiking trails in Baton Rouge. And just a short drive from the city is Tunica Hills where you can hike and enjoy the 15-20 foot waterfalls.

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The LSU Lakes are a favorite destination for walking, running, biking and relaxing.

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Dogs love playing at Raising Cane’s dog parks.

Pet-friendly Spots

If you’ve got a four-legged friend with you during your visit, there are plenty of places you can go to grab a bite to eat, get a little exercise, or soak up the Baton Rouge culture, knowing that your pet is welcome. Here are just a few pet-friendly places to visit with your furry companion.


The Bulldog 4385 Perkins Road

Zippy’s Burritos Tacos and More 3155 Perkins Road

Red Zeppelin Pizza 4395 Perkins Road

City Pork Brasserie & Bar 7327 Jefferson Highway

Curbside Burgers 4158 Government Street

Frankie’s Dawg House 2318 Cedardale Drive

Radio Bar 3079 Government St.

La Divina Italian Café 3535 Perkins Road

Happy’s Irish Pub 136 Third St.

Walk-Ons Sports Bistreaux 7425 Corporate Boulevard

Many local breweries (see list page 67)


BREC’s Raising Cane’s dog parks provide a relaxing space for dogs to exercise and play off-leash in a controlled environment under the direct supervision of their owners. The parks are open from dawn until dusk.

1500 Burbank Drive Baton Rouge

1442 City Park Avenue Baton Rouge


Leashed dogs are welcome at these and other locations in Baton Rouge.

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens: Explore 3 miles of walking trails, gardens and an arboretum. 4560 Essen Lane

Mississippi Riverfront levee path: This is a great way to relax and reflect while enjoying the river and the downtown area. Downtown

Comite Bike Trail: Five miles of scenic beauty along. 8900 Hooper Road

Happy’s Irish Pub

13900 Harrell’s Ferry Road Baton Rouge

13350 La. 19 Baker

20055 La. 964 Zachary

*This is not intended to be a comprehensive list. If you are interested in bringing your pet to a speci c place, call ahead to check their pet policy.
Ready for
at Zippy’s
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Burbank Dog Park
THE HUB OF SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY IN BATON ROUGE Located in the heart of Baton Rouge minutes from LSU, the Crowne Plaza Executive Center is Baton Rouge’s preferred hotel for meetings and events. Whether we’re welcoming business travelers, sports teams, or enthusiastic fans, we aim to delight our guests at every turn. All of our rooms are completely and beautifully updated. 1,800-square-foot Outdoor Fitness Center | 3,000-square-foot Indoor Fitness Center Beautifully Landscaped Outdoor Pool | Relaxing Lounge Full-service Restaurant Serving Award Winning Cuisine | Concierge Level 4728 CONSTITUTION AVENUE BATON ROUGE, LA 70808 225.925.2244 | WWW.CROWNEBATON.COM • Additional revisions must be requested and may be subject to production fees. Carefully check this ad for: CORRECT ADDRESS • CORRECT PHONE NUMBER • ANY TYPOS This ad design © Melara Enterprises, LLC. 2023. All rights reserved. Phone 225-928-1700 • Fax 225-926-1329 30 Welcome 2023 // visitbatonrouge.com



Baton Rouge is home to museums that cater to all interests, from art and science to history and politics. Come along on a trip that promises passion, discovery, adventure and fun.

Crossing the bridge at the Knock Knock Children's Museum

Learning comes in all SHAPES AND SIZES


Three-hundred years is a long time—long enough to have accumulated plenty of topics and history to over ow the walls of museums throughout Baton Rouge. While some may be niche, like the Robert A. Bogan Fire Museum, and others expansive, like the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, all have information you won’t learn anywhere else in the world. Travel back through history, get to know our culture or get your hands dirty … learning comes in all shapes and forms at the museums in Baton Rouge.


This museum is available to be visited by appointment only, so make sure you call ahead before arriving.

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Have you ever wondered what it was like to live on a warship during the 1940s?

Experience the ship in a different way when you camp out with your friends or family for a night of fun on board the USS KIDD.


Downtown Baton Rouge is filled with offices, restaurants, shops and of course, museums, tucked into every corner you can find down its busy streets. With as many as eight museums within a mile of each other, it could certainly take you a week to get through them all. One of the highlights along the mile of museums would be the Baton Rouge African American Museum, where you can climb aboard an authentic bus from 1953, much like one from the Baton Rouge Bus Boycotts that served as a catalyst for bus boycotts throughout the country, marking the beginning of the Civil Rights movement in the U.S. Make an appointment to hear the stories of African Americans in Baton Rouge and learn about their contributions to our city through art, leadership and inventions.

Just down River Road, the USS KIDD is docked on the Mississippi River, and you can hit the decks of this Fletcherclass destroyer that has been restored to her World War II configuration—the only one in the world. Get a glimpse at how

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Step on a float and see for yourself what it’s like to be in a real Mardi Gras celebration with a virtual recreation of a traditional parade in Louisiana.


See the universe like never before at the Pennington Planetarium. You can learn about the solar system and gaze upon the stars. The planetarium also puts on a variety of weekly shows that can been seen at their theater.

sailors lived day-to-day or pay your respects to the fallen at the Louisiana Memorial Plaza.

At the intersection of art and science lies Louisiana Art & Science Museum. This connection of art and science nds its home in an old train depot, making the outdoor façade just as unique as the exhibitions inside. Here, you’ll nd rotating exhibits of internationally renowned artists, a permanent art collection, hands-on galleries with scienti c learning opportunities for kids, fossil displays and even a mummy from Ancient Egypt’s Ptolemaic period. Before ending your exploration of LASM, hit the state-of-the-art Irene W. Pennington Planetarium and catch innovative programming about both art and science.

All the museums in Baton Rouge are lled with fun facts and educational opportunities, but none as informative on Louisiana culture as Capitol Park Museum. Housing a full-size shrimp boat, Louis Armstrong’s bugle, Civil War artifacts and interactive musical exhibits, Capitol Park Museum details the history, culture and industry of the most vibrant state in America. Embark on an exploration that tells a story of passion, adventure and discovery that could not have happened anywhere else.

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One final stop on the Museum Mile is the Louisiana State University Museum of Art , located on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts. This dynamic venue holds one of the largest university-affiliated art collections in the South, and features world-class touring exhibitions of regional, American and European art. This 5,000-work collection showcases an array of media, ranging from painting and photography to Arts and Crafts-era pottery and Chinese Jade, as well as ongoing projects from students at LSU.


Louisiana’s political history is one of colorful stories and an eclectic past. From the former state house to the current, downtown Baton Rouge is certainly the epicenter of politics in Louisiana. Take a trip back in time to learn about the famed characters and historic events throughout Louisiana’s history.

Louisiana’s Old State Capitol has certainly seen it all – from fires to battles and from eventual abandonment to restoration. Standing high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, Louisiana’s very own “Castle on the River” gives way to a skyline unique to Baton Rouge. The Old State Capitol now houses the Museum of Political History, featuring a permanent exhibit on the famed governor and politician responsible for the construction of the current capitol, Huey P. Long, as well as traveling exhibits filled with unique artifacts.

Just down North Boulevard you’ll find the Old Governor’s Mansion, built to be an exact replica of the White House, so that Governor Long could familiarize himself with the layout


Did you know that the Old State Capitol is one of the most haunted places in Baton Rouge? One of the many ghosts who is said to haunt the museum is Sarah Morgan, whose family donated the land the Old Capitol stands on.


Visit the LSU Museum of Art on the first Sunday of every month for FREE.


Experience life like Louisiana Governor and one-time presidential hopeful Huey Long. There’s even an oval office with a view of the state capitol building!

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as he embarked on a campaign to become President of the United States. While Huey may not have made it to the White House, the Old Governor’s Mansion features furnishings and artifacts from the nine governors who called it home, including a grand ballroom, French wallpaper, crystal chandeliers and a stunning marble staircase.

Located just blocks away from both the Old State Capitol and the Old Governor’s Mansion is the current room (or rooms) where it happens. The Louisiana State Capitol stands tall as the nation’s tallest state capitol (a whopping 34 stories and 450 feet high). This art-deco building is lled with decadent marble and houses the current Louisiana State Legislature, made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as the O ice of the Governor. Take the bronze elevators up to the 27th oor to the observation deck to see panoramic views of the city and the Mighty Mississippi.


While downtown Baton Rouge is certainly home to a plethora of museums for all interests, one can nd museums in nearly every corner of the city. Located just o Essen Lane beyond a shroud of trees is the LSU Rural Life Museum and the adjacent Burden Museum and Windrush Gardens. A day spent on these grounds is a day well spent, and it may

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Stroll through the botanical gardens to see what’s in season. Get a shot in front of the sunflowers or visit during the fall to roam through the pumpkin patch and corn maze.

take all day to see all there is to explore. Transport back in time to the 18th and 19 th centuries and experience the lifestyles and cultures of Louisiana’s people during that time. Tour nearly 32 restored original buildings and take advantage of the surrounding gardens to see the native ora and fauna that make up Louisiana’s lush landscapes.


Set high on Knock Knock Hill overlooking City Park Lake, Knock Knock Children’s Museum is lled with hands-on, interactive exhibits—all anchored in research and evidence-based practices addressing all areas of childhood development. Knock Knock o ers over 18 learning zones to children from birth through age eight that focus on literary skills, such as reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as expanding the knowledge and interest in STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art and math. By engaging in fun, everyday activities like grocery shopping, “constructing” a bridge similar to that which spans the Mississippi River, and painting self-portraits, the kiddos will have so much fun they won’t even know that they’re learning!


As a city lled with culture, the educational opportunities are endless in Baton Rouge. From technologically advanced shows and historical artifacts to hands-on activities and interactive experiences, the museums in Baton Rouge have much to teach anyone who walks through the doors. The rst step to your next adventure awaits at visitbatonrouge.com/museums

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In the Pelican Pantry learning zone, kids can stock up on a variety of healthy snacks, fruits and vegetables, and even work the register afterward for the complete grocery shopping experience.


There’s no better way to experience Baton Rouge than to feast on the decadence that is the Capital City’s culinary scene. From classic Cajun and Creole, to the explosive flavors of modern fusion, every ounce of Baton Rouge is worth savoring.

Get a taste of the Baton Rouge experience at visitbatonrouge.com

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TRIP TIP Nature Walk

There are plenty of beautiful spots to enjoy nature in the Capital City, including Burden Gardens (pictured here), the LSU Lakes, any of BREC’s many hiking trails, and Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center.

Best Bets

Don’t miss these upcoming events in and around Baton Rouge … the place to be in ’23!

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This calendar contains events that were scheduled at the time of publication. But there is always the chance that some events may be canceled or rescheduled. For the most updated information, go to visitbatonnrouge.com/events

Red Stick Farmers Market, 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Main Library, Goodwood Blvd. The Red Stick Farmers Market returns with FRESH new market hours and an expanded group of farmers and food artisans. Follow BREADA at facebook.com/breada

Open Mic Night at the Station every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Whether you are a new or seasoned comedian, The Station and Baton Rouge’s longest-running weekly Open Mic Comedy Show gives you the chance to shine onstage!

Geaux Ride weekly community bike ride every Thursday, 7 p.m., 521 N. Third St. Combines riders from Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish and other surrounding areas to provide bicycle enthusiasts an opportunity to come together, see the city from a different view, share a meal, and socialize.

Baton Rouge Farmers Market, corner of Fifth and Main streets downtown. Open-air producer-only market, which ensures that all produce sold is grown locally by each farmer. It has over 50 member farmers with a variety of locally grown products. The markets provide vital economic opportunities for local farmers, keeping our local food system strong and vibrant.

Baton Rouge Arts Market, 8 a.m.-noon, 5th and Main streets downtown, 1st Saturday of every month. Held in conjunction with the Red Stick Farmers Market/BREADA. Come enjoy an open-air market hosted by the Art Council of Baton Rouge.

Stargazing under the dome of the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium, Saturdays, 10 a.m., Louisiana Arts & Science Museum, 100 S. River Road. Learn about the stars and constellations in the nighttime sky, enjoy the interactive show. Collect a new constellation trading card each Saturday. Lasm.org

FREE First Sundays, select museums in Baton Rouge. A perfect family outing.

FREE First Sunday of Every Month, 1-5 p.m., Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road downtown. Free admission. Mark your calendars and come enjoy LASM with your family, friends and kids. There is something for everyone and every age from exhibits, collections, hands-on galleries, interactive performances, birthday parties, summer group programs, and educational tours. Do not miss out on the creative and inspiring planetarium shows. Lasm.org.


Wearin’ of the Green St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 10 a.m. Hundred Oaks area. Family fun, parade throws, colorful floats. Watch area dignitaries, marching bands, bagpipers and special guests. Opening ceremonies and a portion of the parade are televised. Wearingofthegreen.com


Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation Great Performers in Concert Series, 8 p.m., River Center Performing Arts Theatre. Three-time GRAMMY® Award -winning and international violinist HILARY HAHN will appear with the Baton Rouge Symphony. Raisingcanesrivercenter.com

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Pedal Pub rides


Jesus Christ Superstar, 7:30 p.m., Raising Cane’s River Center. A musical telling of Jesus in his final days. Get ready for an unforgettable show.


USS KIDD Kamikaze Attack Memorial & Observance, 1:55 p.m., USS KIDD Veterans Museum, River Road downtown. A remembrance ceremony is held on the USS KIDD’s fantail each April 11th, which is the anniversary of the day when a kamikaze aircraft went through the hull of the USS KIDD (DD- 661). The ceremony takes place at 1:55 p.m., the exact time the attack began on April 11, 1945, off the coast of Okinawa.


RT Hall LIVE, 6 p.m., La Divina Italian Café. RT Hall’s songs are emotional, either as observations of others or as descriptions of his life. He has been featured onstage at festivals such as the Tucson Folk Festival, Roswell Film and Music Festival, and others. He has also participated in songwriter festivals including

Mississippi Songwriters, Third Street Songwriters, Songs on the Bayou, and many more.

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Baton Rouge Blues Festival, North Boulevard Town Square. One of the nation’s fastest growing blues festivals of its kind, consistently growing in attendance to more than 50,000 people ranging from ages 18 to 65. Produced by the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation.


Sona Jobarteh in Concert, 7:30 p.m., Manship Theatre. Jobarteh is a world- renowned multi-instrumentalist and composer from Gambia, whose lineage carries a formidable reputation for distinguished Kora masters of the West African Griot tradition.

After years of training on the Kora starting at the age of three, Jobarteh has developed her unique sound, seamlessly blending traditional Mande music, blues, Afro pop, and rock while fronting her four-piece music ensemble.

Game Days

St. Patrick's Day Parade
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APRIL 27-30

Disney on Ice: Find Your Hero, various times, Raising Cane’s River Center, River Road. The show will be held in the Arena. Get your tickets early!

MAY 10

The Psychedelic Furs, 7:30 p.m., Manship Theatre, Shaw Center for the Arts, manshiptheatre.org. Born out of the UK rock scene and led by vocalist and songwriter Richard Butler, and his bass-wielding brother Tim,

MAY 12

Soul II Soul Tour, 8 p.m., Raising Cane’s River Center. KEM + Ledisi with special guest Musiq Soulchild.

MAY 12

Baton Rouge Symphony performance, 7:30 p.m., River Center Performing Arts Theatre. Tchaikovsky – Selections from “The Sleeping Beauty,” Stravinsky – Suite from “The Firebird,” Rimsky-Korsakov –Scheherazade.

MAY 23

Morgan James, 7:30 p.m., Manship Theatre. Morgan James is a Juilliard-trained singer, actress, songwriter, and recording artist in New York City. Independently, she released her studio albums of original soul music, entitled Memphis Magnetic,

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and A Very Magnetic Christmas. Other albums include Reckless Abandoned which prompted the Huffi ngton Post to call Morgan James “the brightest breakout artist of the year.” Manshiptheatre.org

MAY 31

Madagascar: The Musical, 7 p.m. River Center Theatre. Join Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria as they bound out of the zoo and onto the stage in this live musical spectacular. This smash hit musical features all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Raisingcanesrivercenter.com


Fireworks on the Mississippi, 9 p.m., downtown. Happy 4th of July! The Manship Family and WBRZ provide the fireworks to celebrate America’s independence. It is a great celebration and tradition for all.


Boo With the Krewe Festival, 4 p.m. Scotlandville Plaza. Boo with the Krewe Festival is a free Halloween family festival with Carnival-themed activities and entertainment.


Festival of Lights, North Boulevard, Town Square downtown. The city’s oldest holiday tradition transforms the winter sky into a wonderland with half a million lights, a 35-foot Christmas tree, and lots of activities for families.


Rural Life Christmas, Rural Life Museum. Ring in the Christmas season with an old-fashioned 19 th-century Louisiana celebration complete with musical groups, artisans, storytellers and costumed re-enactors. At dusk, you just might get a visit from Papa Noel.


Pearl Harbor Remembrance, USS Kidd Veterans Museum, River Road downtown. USSKidd.com

The Psychedelic Furs Morgan James
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On the Geaux bike rides


Fun ways to see the city

Walking Tour

We encourage adventure and discovery in a fun and safe way for adults and youth. You can even bring your furry friends with advance notice. Your 2-hour guided and narrated tour takes you back to several historical periods while also taking you forward on a route through historic sites that highlight iconic landmarks, art and architecture. The tour is about three miles long and is moderate in activity level. You will explore multiple areas and neighborhoods including Spanish Town, Beauregard Town, Devall and Gilbert-Leonard Towns, the Riverfront, Catfish Town, both Louisiana Capitol areas and more.

Haunted Tour

Explore haunted Baton Rouge by going to some of the city’s spookiest destinations and listening to legendary ghost stories and other tales. At several stops, you will also enjoy an exclusive nighttime exploration and use actual paranormal investigation equipment in an attempt to “make contact” with unseen spirits.

Food Tour

Feed your stomach and your mind on our culinary cultural tour. Our tours include more food than you can imagine as well as music—and if time permits, some shopping—all in a climate-controlled environment.

Swamp Tour

Take a trip on the WILD side. Explore the wildlife and wonders of the swamp while enjoying colorful commentary as you pass through beautiful landscapes. Learn about Cajun folklore and culture too. (You might even get to make a new furry (or scaly) friend along the way.

On the Geaux

Every Thursday, families and individuals are invited to get together for a free Geaux Ride experience. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike) or rent one for $25. The group meets at 7:30 p.m. downtown at 521 3 rd St., Suite A, takes a 20-minute excursion to a community restaurant, enjoys a meal together, then heads back downtown.

Some tours may include round trip transportation, hotel pick-up at selected locations, and venue admission. Go to redstickadventures.com or visitbatonrouge.com for details.

Guided food tours are a delicious way to see the city.
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Christmas Cajun Style

The Christmas Eve bon res is one of the most unique holiday traditions you’ll nd anywhere in the world. Held on Christmas Eve along the River Road levee, dozens of aming tee-pee shaped bon res light up the night sky. Cajun folklore holds that the bon res light the way for Papa Noel (Santa Claus) and his sleigh so he can nd the homes of the young children who have awaited his visit all year.

The bon res are the star of the show, but several areas, including Lutcher and Algiers host their own festivals associated with the event. The largest number of bon res are situated in St. James Parish in and around Gramercy, Lutcher and Paulina. Visitors can view the bon res by car along the east and west bank River Roads (La. 44 and 13) or walk along the levee on foot.

Many homes along the route hold their own bon re parties and often invite visitors inside for hot chocolate and holiday greetings. Either way, it will be a Christmas to remember!

Festival of Bon res


Achieve new heights at BREC’s Perkins Road Extreme Sports Park, experience pure aquatic adventure at Liberty Lagoon Water Park or explore the outdoors through our trails, boat launches or golf courses!

Perkins Road Extreme Sports Park

225-766-9039 brec.org/extremesports

Liberty Lagoon

225-923-3202 libertylagoon.com

BREC Greenways + Boat Launches

225-272-9200 brec.org/trails

BREC Golf Courses

225-272-9200 golf.brec.org

Taste the Fleming’s Difference


Come meet animals from around the globe at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo or meet Louisiana-native species at the Bluebonnet Swamp! Take a gallop around BREC’s Farr Park to see beautiful Louisiana scenery or drop by the Highland Road Observatory for a glimpse of a world beyond!

Baton Rouge Zoo

225-775-3877 brzoo.org

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

225-757-8905 brec.org/swamp

Farr Park Equestrian Center

225-769-7805 brec.org/farr

Highland Road Park Observatory

225-768-9948 hrpo.lsu.edu


Come visit one of the nation’s longest-standing artist cooperative galleries, take a trip back in time and visit Magnolia Mound, the oldest surviving structure in East Baton Rouge Parish or see something brand new like one of our shows at Independence Park Theatre!

The Baton Rouge Gallery [A BREC Partner]

225-383-1470 batonrougegallery.org

Magnolia Mound

225-343-4955 brec.org/magnoliamound

Independence Park Theatre + Cultural Center

225-216-0660 theparktheatre.com

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the finest Prime, dry and we-aged steaks, a vast selection of wines by the glass and hospitality that’s second to none. Now offering convenient ordering from our website. 7321 Corporate Blvd | Baton Rouge, LA 70809 225-925-2710 FlemingsSteakhouse.com LITTLEVILLAGEBR.COM


Listen to the Music

Baton Rouge’s live music scene has something for everyone—downtown nightclubs, performers at the Manship Theatre, concerts at Raising Cane’s River Center, local bands at area festivals, and special guests at L’Auberge Casino! It won’t take long to find what you’re looking for!

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your stay! Enjoy Find great ideas for accommodations, dining options, attractions, hopping venues and much more in the following pages. Numbers to Know Visit Baton Rouge, 225.383.1825 La. Office of Tourism, 225.342.8100 La. State Parks, 225.342.8111 BREC (Recreation & Parks), 225.272.9200 Library Information, 225.231.3750 LSU Information, 225.578.5030 LSU Sports Ticket Information, 225.578.2184 Southern University Information, 225.771.4500 Capital Area Transit System, 225.389.8282 58 Welcome 2023 // visitbatonrouge.com

Visitor Information


Visit Baton Rouge

359 Third St.

225.383.1825 or 800.527.6843

Go to visitbatonrouge.com or contact one of our visitor centers:

• Baton Rouge Metro Airport, 9430 Jackie Cochran Dr., 225.355.0333

• State Capitol, State Capitol Dr., 225.342.7317 Burden Center, 4560 Essen Lane, 225.763.3990.


All About Baton Rouge Tours

by Red Stick Adventures



Join us on our authentic sightseeing or cultural experiences such as city, swamp, haunted, or food tours. Experience history, sights, sounds and culture that will delight you during your guided tour journey. Customized tours are available. Join pre-organized tours by visiting our website and clicking “Book Now” to begin adventuring. Hours: Daily by reservation only. Closed on major holidays.

Baton Rouge

Metropolitan Airport  9430 Jackie Cochran Dr.  225.355.0333 | flybtr.com

7 miles from the heart of downtown Baton Rouge. (Exit 6 off I-110 to Veterans Memorial Blvd., then right on Captain Ryan Drive.)

American Eagle/American Airlines, starting summer 2023, daily flights to Washington, D.C. 800.433.7300

Flights to hubs in Charlotte and Dallas/Ft. Worth

Delta Air Lines, 800.221.1212, flights to Atlanta hub

United Airlines, 800.864.8331

Flights to Houston Intercontinental hub


Capital City On Call


Police, Fire, Ambulance


Baton Rouge City Police, 225.389.2000

LSU Police, 225.578.3231

Southern University Police, 225.771.2770

La. State Police, 225.925.6006

Iberville Parish Tourism Department

Visitors Center: Interstate 10 @ Grosse Tete 877.310.8874


A short drive from downtown Baton Rouge, Iberville Parish serves as the gateway to the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, offering visitors an authentic glimpse of Louisiana culture, cuisine and history. Stop by our Iberville Visitors Center for travel services and to see our baby alligators.

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Visitor services and tours are also available

Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Plaquemine Locks Historic Site.

East Baton Rouge Parish Library 7711 Goodwood Blvd. 225.231.3750


Free Wi-Fi and computer use. Fourteen convenient locations open 7 days a week. Available 24/7 online at ebrpl.com, ebrpl.com/Digital Library. Text a Librarian, 225.361.8476. Email: eref@ebrpl.com Also on Facebook and Twitter. HC


When minor injury or illness occurs, Lake Urgent Care/Lake

After Hours has 19 convenient locations in and around the Baton Rouge area to serve you and your family. The state-of the-art clinics are open 7 days a week with no appointment necessary and are equipped with advanced technology such as digital X-rays. walk-in, and check-in online. You can also schedule a virtual visit at LakeUrgentCare.com

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View our menu online at casamariabr.com! BATON ROUGE: 7955 Bluebonnet Blvd | (225) 757-7447 WATSON: 33939 Hwy 16, Suite C | Denham Springs | (225) 380-1991 GONZALES: 1210 N. Airline Hwy, Suite 1 | (225) 647-7737 Family Owned & Operated We are your restaurant for authentic Tex-Mex cuisine served with fresh ingredients. ¡Bienvenidos! Family Owned & Operated • TACO TUESDAY’S FAMILY FAVORITE ADULT FAVORITE • MARGARITA WEDNESDAY’S • HAPPY HOUR 2 FOR 1 OPEN DAILY M-F 3-6 225.408.5999 LOSREYESBR.COM 11333 COURSEY BLVD. NEW LOCATION COMING SOON! 1072 W. LEE DR., BATON ROUGE from receipt of this proof. A shorter timeframe will apply for tight deadlines. • Additional revisions must be requested and may be subject to production fees. Carefully check this ad for: CORRECT ADDRESS • CORRECT PHONE NUMBER • ANY TYPOS This ad design © Melara Enterprises, LLC. 2022. All rights reserved. Phone 225-928-1700 • Fax 225-926-1329 and bring the family for authentic Mexican food always prepared with fresh ingredients. COME AS YOU ARE Enjoy Margarita Specials M-F 3-6 pm HAPPY HOUR! 60 Welcome 2023 // visitbatonrouge.com


The Ambrosia Bakery

8546 Siegen Lane



The Ambrosia Bakery & Deli includes chef-prepared wraps, salads and soups, and provides you with a lovely location to meet with family, friends or business associates for breakfast, lunch or dessert.

Cecelia Creole Bistro

421 3rd St., Suite B



Cecelia Creole Bistro brings an authentic blend of Cajun and Creole cuisine to downtown Baton Rouge. All of your traditional Louisiana favorites and lots of inventive and creative dishes as well. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturdays 4-9 p.m.

Bin 77 Bistro and Sidebar

10111 Perkins Rowe, Suite 160



At Bin 77, we focus on delivering an experience that will keep you coming back. Mouthwatering entrees, a fabulous wine selection, and classic craft cocktails are the basic ingredients to our recipe. Our facility features a casual dining area, well-stocked bar, gorgeous outdoor patio and a private wine room. We offer more than 50 wines by the glass and every bottle is available to take home at a competitive retail price.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

7321 Corporate Blvd.  225.925.2710 flemingssteakhouse.com

Your Baton Rouge Fleming’s can be found in Mid-South City, located on Corporate Boulevard, just off of Interstate 10 and in Towne Center near the Bocage Village Shopping Center. Whether you’re celebrating, dining with business clients or enjoying a night out with friends, we have created the perfect ambiance with a menu filled with your favorites and a local chef’s table that changes with the season, or whenever we feel inspired by our ingredients. Our bar is always open and our wine manager has curated a wide selection of locally selected wines, hand-crafted cocktails and spirits. Need a more private space? Our private dining director is at your service. Hours: Monday-Saturday 4-10 p.m.; Sunday 4-9 p.m.

Capital City Grill

100 Lafayette St.



Restaurateur Rick Volland crafted a genuine restaurant experience in a great downtown location. Whether you are going out to see a show or just want to experience a range of menu options in a restaurant that hosts business lunches and is kid-friendly, Capital City Grill is your spot. Locally owned.

Casa Maria Mexican Grill

7955 Bluebonnet Blvd. (BR)

3939 Hwy. 16, Suite C (Denham Springs)

1210 N. Airline Hwy. Suite 1 (Gonzales) casamariabr.com

Whether you’re in the mood for mouth-watering fajitas, burritos loaded with delicious toppings, or just a “house” or “fruity” margarita, Casa Maria is your destination. Dine in or order online at casamariabr.com. Waitr delivers.

Gino’s 4542 Bennington Ave. 225.927.7156 ginosrestaurant.com

Established in 1966, Gino’s specializes in traditional southern Italian food, prepared Mediterranean style, fresh delicious seafood and top quality steaks. The signature dish at Gino’s is Arancini and the house specialty is Laurence Bread. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.; Saturday 5-9:30 p.m.; closed Sunday & Monday.

Gov’t Taco 5621 Government St. 225.256.7651 govttaco.com

Come get Baton Rouge’s best tacos and margaritas at Gov’t Taco! Voted “Best in BR” the last 4 years in a row.

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fountain on a spacious outdoor patio. Margaritas and drinks as cool as our grill is hot! Waitr delivers. Happy hour M-F 3-6 p.m. New location coming soon to  1072 W. Lee Drive.

Little Village - Airline

14241 Airline Hwy.



Little Village - Downtown

447 Third St.



A modern take on the original Village restaurant (established in 1947). Our longstanding reputation is for serving Baton Rouge’s finest classic Italian fare, prime beef, Maine lobster, veal and fresh Gulf seafood. Perfect for a romantic meal for two or the entire family. Remember, “You gotta get the bread!” Reservations are recommended. (Wayne Stabiler Family of Restaurants.) Follow us on FB.

Mestizo Louisiana Mexican Cuisine

2323 S. Acadian Thruway



Third generation restaurant proudly serving BR for the past 24 years. A unique menu showcasing the beautiful story of Mexican cuisine with a Louisiana flair. Gluten-free, keto and vegetarian menus available. Centrally located right off I-10 at Acadian Thruway. It’s time to experience this special place with great cuisine and cocktails.

Mid City Beer Garden

3808 Capital Heights Ave.

Los Reyes Mexican Grill

11333 Coursey Blvd.

225.910.8169 | midcitybeergarden.com

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Baton Rouge’s premier Tex-Mex destination, offering a fresh and flavorful menu featuring traditional favorites prepared with the finest ingredients daily. Seating available southwest-style under a cerveza chandelier or next to a 30-foot

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40+ beers on tap with rotating local craft brews, specialty frozen drinks and craft cocktails alongside classic bar fare and locally inspired eats in the heart of Mid City. We’re open 7 days a week and serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday until 3 p.m. Sit in the dog-friendly courtyard and enjoy a beautiful atmosphere.

Phone 225-928-1700 • Fax 225-926-1329 Our award-winning Bakery offers a variety of fresh pastries including our famous strawberry cake! OUR DELI OFFERS CHEF PREPARED Wraps • Sandwiches Quiche • Soups and more Tues.-Sat. 8 am-5pm • Sun. 8am-2pm • (225) 763-6489 • 8546 Siegen Lane SCAN ME! Family owned & operated since 1993 TO THE AMBROSIA BAKERY AND DELI! Welcome 62 Welcome 2023 // visitbatonrouge.com

Mike Anderson’s 1031 W. Lee Dr. 225.766.7823


Established more than 40 years ago, Mike Anderson’s has become synonymous with serving the finest fresh south Louisiana seafood. Enjoy our many signature dishes prepared with Gulf shrimp, lump crab meat, crawfish, a wide variety of fresh fish and USDA choice steak. Mike Anderson’s— where we’ve learned that if you care, it shows!

Monjunis Italian Café and Grocery

711 Jefferson Hwy. 225.231.1595


A Louisiana staple, Monjunis is celebrating 38 years! Serving that sweet Sicilian sauce that you have come to know and love, we offer everything from salads to pizza and pasta, and we have all your cravings covered. Try our lasagna and spaghetti dishes, and check out our wine tastings/dinners.

Palermo Ristorante

7809 Jefferson Hwy.

225.246.8358 | palermobr.com

Milford’s on Third

150 Third St.



When you think of the traditional delicatessen, you probably imagine a bustling place in New York City. But what if you could get an authentic deli experience in downtown Baton Rouge? That was our inspiration when we opened Milford’s on Third, located in the Watermark Hotel. Hours: 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily; grab-and-go 6 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

Sample the avors

Louisiana is known for its incredible food. When you visit, try a few of these items, which may not be standard where you’re from. Here are some descriptions that will help you order like a pro.

Andouille: Most similar to ham, it’s a coarse-grained smoked meat made from pork, pepper, onions and seasonings, and often found in jambalaya or gumbo.

Muffuletta: Italian salami, Italian ham, minced garlic, olive salad and cheese. Combine to make this magical sandwich on round bread. You’ll find them in whole, half and quarter sizes.

Beignets: Delicious square-shaped pieces of fried dough topped with powdered sugar, typically served in orders of 3.


Etouffee: A traditional Creole dish of rice smothered in a stew of roux, crawfish, herbs and vegetables.

Po-boy: A Louisiana signature sandwich made with French bread and a wide range of meats and fillings.

Boudin: Rice, pork and spices in a smoked sausage casing. Boudin is served in links or in (deep-fried) boudin balls.

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A quaint neighborhood ristorante in the Towne Center area of Baton Rouge, near Bocage. A delightful blend of classic and modern authentic Italian cuisine. Enjoy our light and tasteful fare, friendly service, hand-crafted cocktails, and genuine Italian wines. We have a full-service bar and outside patio dining. Offering daily lunch features, Italian pressed sandwiches and craft pizzas. Reservations are recommended. (Wayne Stabiler Family of Restaurants.) FB/Instagram.

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Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

3313 Highland Road (original location)



Baton Rouge is the home and headquarters of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers since it was founded at the North Gates of LSU in 1996. Enjoy Raising Cane’s “ONE LOVE”—craveable chicken finger meals at the original restaurant on Highland Road or any of the 19 area locations.

Sammy’s Grill Highland

8635 Highland Road



Sammy’s knows great food and has been a Baton Rouge tradition for over 30 years. Now better than ever, we offer many of your old favorites like the gooey cheese sticks and the Sammy’s House dressing, along with much more. Try our burgers, po-boys, huge salads and Louisiana classics like the white beans and thin cut catfish, a new favorite. And of course, the best boiled seafood (seasonal) in town! (Wayne Stabiler Family of Restaurants.) FB/Instagram.

River Rouge Kitchen and Bar

5500 Hilton Ave.



River Rouge Kitchen and Bar features authentic Louisiana cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Offering a vibrant atmosphere and quality eats! Stop in for fresh seafood and a cold drink after LSU’s big game. Located inside the Baton Rouge Marriott.

Solera Bar & Tasting Room

4205 Perkins Road

225.387.3533 | SoleraBR.com

Solera is your local Spanish-inspired restaurant featuring tapas and entrees with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The menu is designed to share and pair perfectly with sangria, Spanish wine and craft cocktails. Guests will enjoy the lively rustic atmosphere in the bar and solera room, while the formal dining room offers a more intimate experience complete with a great selection of wines.

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Stab’s Prime Steak and Seafood

7666 Jefferson Hwy. | 225.361-0797 stabsprime.com

Stab’s Prime is a cut above and focuses on fresh ingredients from top cuts of USDA prime beef and signature Louisiana seafood dishes, right down to our crisp salads. Stab’s proudly supports the bountiful Louisiana seafood industry and serves up wonderful craft cocktails and exceptional appetizers. Enjoy music in the lounge or an evening on the patio with our signature fire fountain. Our private room seats up to 42 people or handles up to 65 for heavy hors d’oeuvres. (Wayne Stabiler Family of Restaurants.) FB/Instagram.

Stab’s Steak and Seafood

13438 Magnolia Square Circle, Central

225.771-8181 | stabscentral.com

We consider fine dining to be an art, which is why we created Stab’s in Central—to craft the perfect fine dining experience. Whether you’re in the mood for a full-course meal or just a few cocktails, Stab’s is a great place to enjoy an evening or gab lunch with family and friends. Our private rooms seat up to 10 people and are available on weekends by reservaions. We offer a lunch menu, sizzling skillet lunch specials (WedFri) and extensive dinner offerings. Reservations recommended. Enjoy music in the lounge or an evening on the patio with our signature fire fountain. (Wayne Stabiler Family of Restaurants.) FB/Instagram.


7000 Bluebonnet Blvd. 225.388.5710 tallulahrestaurant.com

Tallulah Crafted Food and Wine Bar at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel offers a captivating environment and cuisine that will engage your senses and arouse your curiosity. Executive Chef Jason Hebert is excited to present a new menu in 2023 serving notable, indigenous cuisine from around Louisiana in fresh and unique ways to visitors and locals alike. Discover Baton Rouge’s best-kept secret.

The Francis Southern Table and Bar

6747 US Hwy. 61 | 225.635.0033 | thefrancissoutherntable.com

The Francis Southern Table and Bsr is a family-friendly restaurant located in beautiful St. Francisville, La. The menu consists of Louisiana cuisine and other favorites. Live music on the weekends, daily specials, banquet rooms available. It’s worth the drive! Hours: Daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Stroubes Seafood and Steaks

107 Third St. | stroubes.com

Stroubes Seafood and Steaks offers an upscale down south dining experience like no other in the city. Located in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge with great scenic views, Stroubes offers the best in fresh fish and steak dishes. Whether it’s Duck Louisiana or some of our signature appetizers, like the Stroubes Roll and Shrimp and Grits, we have something for everyone.

The Gregory

150 Third St. | 225.408.180 | thegregorybr.com

The Gregory, a unique addition to downtown’s culinary scene, is located adjacent to the lobby of the historic Watermark Hotel. Featuring a menu, wine and cocktails offering an inspired twist on classics, The Gregory is like nothing else. The hotel offers complimentary valet, private dining spaces, and the most sought-after barstool in town.

Jambalaya, crawfish pie and gumbo

Louisianans are always looking for a reason to celebrate and they’ve got a festival for just about anything you can imagine. Here in Baton Rouge, many festivals focus on great food. Here are just a few. Check the calendar while you’re in town and go to visitbatonrouge.com for a complete list.

Fete Rouge: The city’s premier food and wine festival held in the fall.

Baton Rouge Soul Food Festival: Just like it sounds, this festival highlights down-home cooking on the weekend after Mother’s Day.

Cap City Beer Fest: Sample local brews and gourmet food.

Crawfete: Boiled crawfish and gourmet crawfish-inspired dishes!

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Breweries & Distilleries

Agile Brewing

14141 Airline Hwy., Suite 4J agile.beer

The capital city’s newest brewery.

Cypress Coast Brewing Company

5643 Government St. cypresscoastbrewing.com

Check out the clever beer names!

Gilla Brewing Company

13025 Hwy. 44, Gonzales gillabrewingco.com

Ascension Parish’s first brewery.

Istrouma Brewing Company

5590 Bayou Paul Road, St. Gabriel Sugarfarmsla.com

Located on a working farm.

Laissez Versez

14141 Airline Highway, Building 3, Suite U lvdistillery.com

French for “let it pour.”

Le Chien Brewing Company

101 S. Hummell St., Denham Springs lechienbeer.com

Corn hole, trivia night, running club meet-ups, even a traveling petting zoo.

Oxbow Rum Distillery

760 St. Phillip St. oxbowrumdistillery.com

Uses sugar cane grown on its sister property, Alma Plantation.

Rally Cap Brewing Company

11212 Pennywood Ave. rallycapbrewing.com

Pet friendly, kid-friendly, and known for trivia nights.

Sugarfield Spirits

481 W. Eastbank St., Gonzales sugarfieldspiritsla.com

Partners with local restaurants to showcase its products.

Tin Roof Brewery

624 Wyoming St. Tinroofbeer.com

Enjoy live music, food and outdoor yoga!

Information based on May 2022 issue of 225 Magazine.

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BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo


Ghost & Vampire walking tour, Garden District walking tour, FQ History & Voodoo walking tour or Tour Treme. All tours are about one hour and 45 minutes. Walking distance is just under one mile. Book online and you’ll receive a discount of $3 per ticket!

Baton Rouge Gallery

Center for Contemporary Art

1515 Dalrymple Dr.



For more than 55 years, BRG has been one of the Capital Region’s go-to places for local contemporary art. Located inside BREC’s City Park, the nonprofit organization offers monthly exhibitions from artists working in an array of media and exploring subjects far and wide. Free opening receptions on the first Wednesday of every month (except Jan. & Nov.). Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m. FREE.

Frogmore Cotton Plantation & Gins

11656 U.S. 84 | Frogmore (near Ferriday)

318.757.2453 | frogmoreplantation.com

Rand McNally’s “must-see” COTTON THEN AND NOW guided tour covers the 1700s to today. Visitors will see a working cotton plantation with furnished cabins, rare antique steam gin, computerized cotton gin, modern farming operation and much more.

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo

3601 Thomas Road



The Baton Rouge Zoo has been providing memories to our community for more than 50 years and is a place where people connect with wild animals and wild places. Visit the tigers, cheetahs, giraffes, rhinos, alligators, flamingos, hippos, zebras, otters and more. Hours: Daily 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge

1717 River Road N. | 225.709.8726 | hollywoodbr.com

Get in on 24-hour nonstop action! With 27,000 square feet of gaming excitement, Hollywood Casino offers three floors of the most popular slots and table games like blackjack, craps, and roulette. Grab a bite at the Take Two Deli located right on the casino floor. Don’t forget to join the free Player’s Club to enjoy all that Hollywood has to offer! Look for our new landside casino and amenities coming soon! Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Burden Museum & Gardens

4560 Essen Lane



Situated on 440 acres in the heart of Baton Rouge, Burden Museum & Gardens is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in Louisiana’s lush gardens and landscapes and its rich rural and cultural past. Visit LSU Rural Life Museum, the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and Windrush Gardens. Attend the many events held on the property on an annual basis. Hours: Daily 8 a.m.-4: 30 p.m. except for major holidays.

French Quarter Phantoms

718 N. Rampart St., New Orleans



Not just your ordinary cheap thrill! Listed in TripAdvisor’s Top Ten Ghost Tours in the World, these fun French Quarter walking tours are led by master storytellers. Choose from our

Knock Knock Children’s Museum

1900 Dalrymple Dr. | 225.388.3090

Our 18 learning zones were created just for young children. Each one was specifically designed to encourage teachable moments that connect children’s everyday experiences and natural curiosities to playful learning. Visit Knock Knock today! What are you waiting for?

Livingston Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau

Albany, LA. | 225.567.7899 | livingstontourism.com

So much to see and do! With its vibrant, carefree, fun-loving nature, Livingston Parish provides the perfect backdrop for a one-of-a-kind adventure filled with leisure activities and experiences that reflect its playful spirit.

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LSU Museum of Art

100 Lafayette St.

Shaw Center for the Arts



Discover something new at the LSU Museum of Art. Located on the 5th floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, the museum hosts historic and contemporary art exhibitions alongside a vast collection spanning the 1700s to present day. Paired with engaging programs and an education space for families, a visit to LSU MOA is perfect for all ages and interests. Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays 1-5 p.m.

Louisiana’s Old State Capitol

100 North Blvd.



Once described by Mark Twain as the “ugliest thing on the Mississippi,” this Neo-Gothic building situated atop a bluff contains a stained-glass dome, impressive spiral staircase and a museum covering Louisiana’s vibrant political history. This national landmark features state- of-the-art exhibits and an award-winning film that takes guests through a 3D history of this 172-year-old building. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission, gift shop, Ghost of the Castle show. ($2 tickets per person). Credit cards accepted.

Louisiana’s Old Governor’s Mansion

502 North Blvd.



Built in 1930 by Huey Long, the Old Governor’s Mansion served as the official residence for nine governors and their families. Louisiana’s White House is now a historic house museum and special event venue under the Museum Division of the Secretary of State, Kyle Ardoin. Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Louisiana River Parishes

671 Belle Terre Blvd., LaPlace



In Louisiana’s River Parishes, you’ll find uniquely flavorful aromas drifting from the gumbo pots and smokehouses along the Andouille Trail—in the curling smoke rising from a Perique tobacco cigar and in the heat emanating from the giant wooden structures set ablaze each Christmas in Bonfire Country.

Experience Real History and Discover Real Adventure.

You’ll find authentic experiences in New Orleans Plantation Country where our history, both compelling and unvarnished, is remembered in the landmark homes and museums lining the Great River Road. Visitors can make adventure their destination in New Orleans Swamp Country , with fishing, hiking, swamp tours, and more.

Out here, excitement is around every corner. Start exploring today at LARiverParishes.com

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Louisiana State Archives

3851 Essen Lane



The Louisiana State Archives, a division of the Secretary of State’s office, serves as the official repository of the records and artifacts of Louisiana’s remarkable history. The Archives offers visitors the opportunity to research family history, governmental records, and appreciate various exhibits displayed throughout the year. Visit the Archives Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

West Baton Rouge Convention and Visitors Bureau

2750 N. Westport Dr.

225.344.2920 or 800.654.9701


We can help you plan your stay in the Baton Rouge area. Get complete tourist information on the entire state in one place. I-10 W, Exit 151. State-of-the-art, full-service conference and meeting facility, which accommodates 50-500. Hotels in walking distance. Open daily.

West Baton Rouge Museum

845 N. Jefferson Ave.



State Capitol Raceway

11436 U.S. Hwy. 190 West, Port Allen   225.627.4574 or 225.766.8274 statecapitolraceway.com

A division of the International Hot Rod Racing Association (IHRA) and a member of the American Mud Racing Association (AMRA). State Capitol Raceway (the second oldest continuously operating track in the U.S.) holds races every Friday night and several nationally recognized events in the spring and fall, as well as four sanctioned mud races a year. Like us on Facebook! MC, V, AE, D; HC

Minutes away from downtown Baton Rouge, the West Baton Rouge Museum offers diverse rotating exhibits, kid-friendly events, French programs and tours, and monthly musical jams, Historical Happy Hour, blacksmithing apprenticeships, art workshops, lectures and more. Located on a six-acre campus directly across the river from downtown Baton Rouge, the West Baton Rouge Museum is the only museum to trace the bittersweet history of sugar in Louisiana from the colonial period to the present day.

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Oak Alley Plantation

Historic Homes

The Myrtles Plantation

7747 US-61, St. Francisville



If you’ve come as far as Baton Rouge, you should know you’re only about 25 miles from one of the country’s most haunted homes … The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, La. Enjoy dining and staying overnight at this popular bed and breakfast, browse the gift shop, and take a tour to learn about the home’s mysterious, ghost-filled past.

Greenwood Plantation

6838 Highland Road, St. Francisville

225.655.4475 | greenwoodplantation.com

Surrounded by 85 beautiful ancient live oak trees, Greenwood is a Greek Revival home circa 1830, burned and rebuilt. It has been featured in 15 movies, including North and South and G.I. Joe 2. Bed and Breakfast on the grounds. Historical tours by appointment only; to schedule, call 225. 655.4475.

Houmas House & Gardens

40136 Hwy. 942, Darrow



Step back in time as you experience 16 acres of gardens, a tour of the home, and fine dining. Stay in beautifully decorated cottages, enjoy a mint julep in the Turtle Bar, and stop by the gift shop. Call ahead for hours and tour schedule.

Oak Alley Plantation

3645 LA-18, Vacherie



Visitors to Oak Alley are struck by the beauty of this incredible place, from its 28 oak trees lining the entrance to the “big house” to the lush East and West gardens. Oak Alley was originally a sugar plantation built by enslaved men, women and children, and tours include a look into life during and after slavery. There are many quiet places on the property where visitors can detach, contemplate, imagine and reflect during their visit.

Magnolia Mound

2161 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge 225.343.4955 | brec.org/magnoliamound

BREC’s Magnolia Mound is a rare survivor of the vernacular architecture influenced by early settlers from France and the West Indies. Through tours, educational programs and special events, Magnolia Mound’s mission is to illustrate the lifestyle of the French Creoles who formed the culture which still influences life in Louisiana.

Louisiana River Parishes

671 Belle Terre Blvd., LaPlace



In Louisiana’s River Parishes, you’ll find uniquely flavorful aromas drifting from the gumbo pots and smokehouses along the Andouille Trail ... in the curling smoke rising from a Perique tobacco cigar and in the heat emanating from the giant wooden structures set ablaze each Christmas in Bonfire Country. Our history is felt in the authentic experiences found at landmark homes of New Orleans Plantation Country and the museums along the 1811 Slave Revolt Trail. In New Orleans Swamp Country, make adventure your destination with fishing, hiking, and guided tours in our lakes and bayous.

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A Little Bit of History

If you have time, be sure to visit the Red Stick Sculpture at Southern University, which tells the history of how Baton Rouge got its name. The original “red stick” is said to have been located at Scott’s Bluff by the campus.

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Baton Rouge’s neighborhoods are unquestionably diverse. In a short drive, you can check out a thriving arts community, vibrant college neighborhoods, or a variety of engaging and walkable areas lined with retail and restaurant spaces. Here are just a few:


Walk beneath the trees of North Boulevard

Town Square or watch a band during Live after Five on Friday nights in the shadow of the Old State Capitol downtown. Stroll along the levee on the Mississippi River and check out Baton Rouge’s museums and historic sites.

South Baton Rouge

Drive out to BREC’s Highland Road Observatory in south Baton Rouge and enjoy a regularly scheduled viewing of the planets, stars and galaxies. You can also visit the interactive Blue Zoo Aquarium at the Mall of Louisiana and take a dive in a shark tank, view a live pirate show or observe the abundance of aquatic life.

North Baton Rouge/ Southern University

In north Baton Rouge, swing by Southern University’s nationally accredited campus and on Game Day, catch a performance of the “Human Jukebox,” the school’s nationally renowned marching band. While you’re in the area, stop by Tony’s Seafood Market for fresh seafood and Louisiana delicacies. On the last Saturday of every month, enjoy Scotland Saturdays’ Open Market.

Perkins Road Overpass

To appease the palate, you can’t beat the selection of new and old restaurants and bars near the Perkins Road Overpass. Visit such iconic gems as DiGiulio Brothers Italian Café, The Overpass Merchant, or trendier places such as BLDG 5 Market.

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Mid City

Mid City is a thriving arts district with more than 100 artisans and merchants situated along the now walkable Government Street. Closer to downtown is Red Stick Social, one of the city’s premier entertainment venues, located inside the historic Electric Depot.

LSU campus/LSU Lakes

Dropping by Mike the Tiger’s cage on the LSU campus is a must, followed by a short walk to the university’s Native American Mounds dating back more than 5,000 years. Depending on when you’re in the area, you might snag tickets to a football or basketball game, or gymnastics competition. And the LSU lakes are always a great destination for a day of relaxation.

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Hilton Capitol Center

Baton Rouge

201 Lafayette St.


Barstool Sportsbook

777 L’Auberge Ave.



There’s no better place to place your sports bets! Featuring a 22-foot video wall, 20 betting kiosks, 3 over-the-counter terminals, 2 blackjack tables, dining and drink specials, and 30 TVs for viewing the best games—our Barstool Sportsbook has everything you need for a great experience. Plus, we’re the ONLY sportsbook where you can earn mycash® and mychoice® tier points every time you bet. Place wagers on football, basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball, golf, tennis, auto racing, cycling, boxing and UFC. Professional and collegiate betting options will be available. Types of wagers include straight bets, parlays, match-ups, futures, prop bets and more. Grab your friends and get in on the action. It’s a win-win! Must be 21 or older to enter gaming area at Barstool Sportsbook and place bets.


The Hilton in downtown Baton Rouge is your new favorite place for events! New Year’s Eve, Mother’s Day Brunch, Easter Brunch, Murder Mystery Dinners, and more! Check out our Secret Tunnel Experience Thursday nights. Click on Events on our Facebook page to see what’s coming up next.

Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge

1717 River Road North



Belle of Baton Rouge

103 France St.Thomas Road



Welcome! The Belle offers various forms of gaming from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Guests can also enjoy the convenience of many nearby local attractions, including shopping, LSU and Sothern University, and the downtown Bton Rouge Historic District.

Get in on 24-hour nonstop action! With 27,000 square feet of gaming excitement, Hollywood Casino offers three floors of the most popular slots and table games like blackjack, craps, and roulette. Grab a bite at the Take Two Deli located right on the casino floor. Don’t forget to join the free Player’s Club to enjoy all that Hollywood has to offer! Look for our new landside casino and amenities coming soon! Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Raising Cane’s River Center

275 S. River Road



Nestled in the Capital City’s downtown area, the Raising Cane’s River Center provides flexible event spaces perfect for hosting conventions, concerts, Mardi Gras balls, car shows and much more. The center also incorporates a grand ballroom, meeting rooms, and concession and kitchen facilities.

Cypress Coast Brewing Co.

5643 Government St.


cypresscoast brewing.com

Enjoy local craft brews while viewing our brewing processes at work. Dropping new beers weekly, our craft beers are truly one of a kind! Come watch the big games all weekend and grab a bite while you chug a few brews. Dog friendly.

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday. 2-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday noon10 p.m.; Sunday 2-10 p.m.

Theatre Baton Rouge

7155 Florida Blvd.



Come celebrate the 77th season of Theatre Baton Rouge! Enjoy theatrical performances by locals in the community. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Box Office. Hours: 10 a.m.- p.m. Tuesday-Friday; closed on Mondays. “Theatre for the community, by the community.”

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Perkins Rowe

Bluebonnet @ Perkins Road

The Cajun Shop

6466 La. 22, Sorrento


A unique part of the Cajun Village, you’ll find a vast selection of Louisiana souvenirs, including T-shirts, flags, gifts, music, and an Old Time candy store. Truly a mega-shopping experience for all things Louisiana.

225.767.2001 | perkinsrowe.com

It’s the one place in Baton Rouge where you can have it all! With over 25,000 square feet dedicated to shopping, dining, entertainment and living, Perkins Rowe is perfect for your daily dose of living.

Sweet Baton Rouge

1509 Government St.



Livin’ Louisiana

6466 La. 22, Sorrento


Enjoy a shopping experience unique to the Cajun Village offering Louisiana products such as jewelry, souvenirs, art, garden items, inspirational gifts, cast iron items, home and camp décor. You’ll also find antiques and Louisiana’s only Cajun Christmas area year-round.

MIMOSA Handcrafted

2440 Baywood Ave.



For over 10 years, MIMOSA Handcrafted has made jewelry inspired by landscape, culture and the human experience. We use the ancient art of Lost Wax Casting to create unique bronze, sterling silver & 14K gold jewelry. Each piece is created in our south Louisiana studio by our in-house team.

Sweet Baton Rouge Louisiana Goods & Apparel is a local female-owned business with a passion for quality, comfortable T-shirts, all designed and printed locally. The brand makes unique Louisiana lifestyle T-shirts, exclusive LSU licensed Game Day T-shirts, and accessories that represent its home state.

Towne Center at Cedar Lodge

Jefferson Hwy. at Corporate Blvd.


or facebook.com/Townecenteratcedarlodge.com

The good life is right here at Towne Center at Cedar Lodge. We have created a true lifestyle center, blending just the right elements that allow you to live life the way you want. Our open-air marketplace evokes an Old World sensibility with inviting walkways, graceful fountains and traditional charm. Paired with a superb selection of merchants, you’ll rediscover the beauty of shopping.

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Our luxurious facilities and expert event staff will ensure that your meeting or event is a success.

Flexible & spacious meeting rooms, equipped with the latest technology and amenities.

State-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, high-speed Wi-Fi, and professional catering services. Dedicated event staff to help ensure that your event exceeds your expectations.

On-site Restaurant, River Rouge, and Sparkling outdoor pool. Convenient location with complimentary parking.

Elevate your meetings and events at the Baton Rouge Marriott. Book your next event with us today and experience the difference!

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Baton Rouge Marriott

5500 Hilton Ave.

225.924.5000 | marriott.com/btrmc

Nestled in the heart of Baton Rouge, located near both Interstate 10 and 12 from College Drive, the Marriott is a short ride from the Baton Rouge airport, Tiger Stadium, and the downtown area. The 299-room hotel offers 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a fitness center, gift shop, outdoor pool, and plenty of complimentary parking. River Rouge restaurant is a new addition to the hotel.

Crowne Plaza Executive Center Baton Rouge

4728 Constitution Ave.



Enjoy the premier hotel location in Baton Rouge. Crowne Plaza has direct access to I-10 at College Drive and Constitution Avenue, and is located near shopping, dining, and local attractions. The hotel features a 3000-square-foot fitness center and outdoor gym, plaza level and piano bar.

Candlewood Suites Baton Rouge - South College

5353 Bankers Ave. | 225.925.3353

Experience Candlewood Suites Baton Rouge, our extended stay all-suite hotel conveniently located off I-10, close to downtown Baton Rouge and LSU. We are convenient to the interstate, restaurants, shops, and movie theatres. And visit the fitness center to rejuvenate the body and mind.

Element Baton Rouge South

8649 Summa Ave.


The new 123-room Element by Westin Baton Rouge South offers a new way to unwind, recharge, and connect with the world around you. Energize in our fitness center, recharge by the firepit and enjoy a healthy complimentary Rise Breakfast. We are also pet friendly.

The Cook Hotel and Conference Center at LSU

3848 W. Lakeshore Dr.

225.383.2665 or 866.610.COOK

LSU’s lakeside boutique hotel has a mix of 129 deluxe rooms and luxury suites. The conference center has more than 15,000 square feet of Louisiana’s most elegant and sought-after event space. On-site amenities include a full-service bar open daily, complimentary parking, continental breakfast, complimentary internet service, and 24-hour business and fitness center facilities.

Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown

462 Lafayette St.

Located minutes from LSU, this is the perfect location to cheer on your LSU Fighting Tigers and is within walking distance to many government offices. The Hampton Inn & Suites is an upscale, 7-story, 137-room hotel and the perfect place for you to stay, whether you come for business or pleasure.

Courtyard Baton Rouge Downtown

260 Third St.


The new Courtyard Baton Rouge Downtown is in the center of downtown Baton Rouge surrounded by many restaurants and attractions within walking distance. Enjoy the excitement of the LSU Tigers by visiting Death Valley or Alex Box Stadium just a short drive away. We look forward to welcoming you with Southern hospitality and Louisiana charm!

Hilton Capitol Center Baton Rouge

201 Lafayette St.



The Hilton in downtown Baton Rouge is the perfect place for special events! New Year’s Eve, Mother’s Day, Easter Brunch. Check out our Secret Tunnel Experience and Murder Mystery Dinner too. Three miles from LSU, 290 elegantly appointed guest rooms, and stunning views of the Mississippi. Kingfish Grill offers fine steaks and seafood.

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Crafted Food and Wine Bar, an extensive fitness center, pool and 13,000 square feet of meeting space. Ideally located between the Mall of Louisiana and Perkins Rowe.

L’Auberge Baton Rouge

777 L’Auberge Ave. | 225.215.7777 | LBatonRouge.com

From the massive 74,000-square-foot gaming facility to the stunning rooftop pool, five unique restaurants, epic live concerts, and more than 200 luxurious rooms and suites, limitless thrills are found at L’Auberge Baton Rouge.

The Stockade Bed and Breakfast

8860 Highland Road | 225.281.7358 | thestockade.com

Surround yourself with elegant décor and comfortable amenities. Five spacious guest accommodations with private baths. Two patios overlook natural wooded Louisiana wetlands. Enjoy a southern breakfast in the dining room filled with lovely antiques and fine artwork.

Paradise Inn & Suites - Baton Rouge

7015 Airline Hwy. | 225.400.9559 | paradiseinnbr.com

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Discover the unexpected. This 256-room AAA Four Diamond hotel offers the area’s finest amenities, including Tallulah

A stately presence and a storied past—together offering one of the richest and most eclectic experiences available for any guest throughout 144 guest rooms and two restaurants. Echoes of a bygone era remain in hand-painted murals, dramatic marble walls and staircases, and old bank vaults converted into dramatic meeting and dining spaces.


100 North Blvd. Baton Rouge LA 70801 225-342-0500


Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 4pm | Saturday: 9am - 3pm
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Fireworks on the Riverfront

Baton Rouge’s annual 4th of July celebration downtown is a must-see event, especially for families. If you happen to be visiting on Independence Day, don’t miss this incredible show. It’s a revolutionary celebration!

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Hilton Capitol Center Baton Rouge

201 Lafayette Street



The Hilton in downtown Baton Rouge is your new favorite place for events! New Year’s Eve, Mother’s Day Brunch, Easter Brunch, Murder Mystery Dinners, and more! Click on Events on Facebook to see what’s coming up next. Check out our Secret Tunnel Experience Thursday nights too! Kingfish Grill offers fine steaks and seafood.

Burden Museum & Gardens offers discovery and adventure through historic, natural and educational experiences that provide a window into Louisiana’s rich cultural past. Situated on 440 acres in the heart of Baton Rouge, it is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in Louisiana’s lush landscapes and agricultural heritage.

LSU Rural Life Museum

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

Louisiana Art and Science Museum

Irene W. Pennington Planetarium

100 River Road South



Housed in a historic railroad depot on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Baton Rouge, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum offers educational entertainment for visitors of all ages. Enjoy fine art, visit ancient Egypt, meet an authentic Triceratops, and explore the cosmos in the full-dome Irene W. Pennington Planetarium. Hours and admissions available at lasm.org.

Louisiana Old State Capitol

100 North Blvd.



Once described by Mark Twain as the “ugliest thing on the Mississippi,” this Neo-Gothic building situated atop a bluff contains a stained-glass dome, impressive spiral staircase and a museum covering Louisiana’s vibrant political history. This national landmark features state- of-the-art exhibits and an award-winning film that takes guests through a 3D history of this 172-year-old building. Don’t miss the Ghost of the Castle show ($2 tickets per person).

Windrush Gardens

Trees and Trails

Children’s Garden

... and more

The River Room

222 Laurel St.



The River Room is a laid back cocktail, whiskey, wine and vinyl lounge. Traditional cocktail list as well as our very own specialty cocktails. The coolest bar in downtown Baton Rouge! Hours: Daily 4 p.m. until.

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The Capital City is filled with unique attractions, but if you find yourself with extra time on your hands, here are some daytrip destinations “just down the road.”

Abita Springs

Located on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain about an hour from Baton Rouge is Abita Springs. It’s a small town with plenty of charm and an interesting history that includes its origins as a Native American settlement more than 2,000 years ago. Visit the park and pavilion, the Abita Brew Pub (and Brewing Company), and the Mystery House (a must-see destination).

Barn Hill Preserve


In the rolling hills just north of Baton Rouge in East Feliciana Parish, Barn Hill Preserve is a must-visit zoological facility that educates and promotes animal education and conservation.

Get a hands-on educational experience with exotic animals and guided encounter tours. (Don’t miss the special sloth visits or swimming with Asian smallclawed otters.) It’s a wonderful experience sure to create lasting memories.

New Orleans

“The Big Easy” is just about 80 miles down Interstate 10 from Baton Rouge. Tour the French Quarter, stroll along the Riverwalk, enjoy café au lait and beignets at Café du Monde, dine at great restaurants, visit the St. Louis Cathedral, and browse the shops and outdoor artist offerings surrounding the Vieux Carre. Ride the streetcar to the Audubon Zoo, the Aquarium, and down Canal Street.

Tunica Hills

If you’re a nature lover, Tunica Hills is a go-to hiking and camping spot, and it’s only about an hour outside of the Capital City. Pack a picnic lunch, hike the trails, and be sure to get photos of the waterfalls!

West Baton Rouge

Take a drive across the bridge to the West Baton Rouge Museum, the only museum in the nation to feature the history of sugar agriculture from the antebellum period (1830-1860) through Reconstruction (1870-1880) and into the 1960s, all set on the same plantation, Allendale. Visit westbatonrougemuseum.org

St. Francisville


This is the place where John James Audubon was inspired to write his treasured series Birds of America. So be sure to check out the birds, trails, flora and fauna in this beautiful region. The charming town of St. Francisville is also the site of the Myrtles Plantation, often called the Most Haunted House in America—antebellum splendor linked to a ghostly past.


Less than an hour away is the city of Lafayette, set in the middle of Cajun country and home to a unique culture of music, food, and crafts. Stroll downtown and pop into one of many live music venues, have lunch at the Blue Dog Café, take a swamp tour, and on your way home, pick up some specialty sausages, boudin, or smoked tasso to toss into that gumbo you’re going to learn how to cook!

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Ascension Parish

Ascension Parish Tourism Commission

6967 Hwy. 22, Sorrento 225.675.6550 or 888.775.7990


Historic homes, multicultural museums, golfing, great cuisine, accommodations, outlet and specialty shopping all located 15 minutes from Baton Rouge. Visitor Center hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Cabahanosse Bed & Breakfast and Shop 602 Railroad Ave., Donaldsonville 225.474.5050


Peaceful getaway under 100-year-old live oak trees, just a short walk from restaurants, historic sites, churches and the Mississippi Riverwalk.


2200 W. Cabela’s Pkwy., Gonzales 225.743.3400


Cabela’s Gonzales Retail Store is located at the intersection of I-10 and Hwy. 30. The 165,000-square-foot retail showroom is an educational and entertainment attraction featuring a décor of museum-quality animal displays, huge aquariums and trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats. Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

The Cajun Village

6470 Hwy. 22, Sorrento 225.675-2782


A collection of restored Acadian-style buildings that feature specialty shopping at Louisiana Pottery, Cajun Village Antiques, C&C Treasures, The Swamp Pop Candy Shop, The Cajun Shop, Louisiana Cajun Kitchen Store, and Bee Vee’s Goodies. Enjoy beignets and café au lait at The Coffee House, and don’t forget to visit our live alligators, Big Boy and Nubby. Hours: Daily until 5 p.m.

Donaldsonville’s Historic Portals to the Past

305 Mississippi St., Donaldsonville


Create your own unique experience in one of Louisiana’s oldest cities. Enjoy learning about the history of Donaldsonville at your own pace by visiting 7 (self-guided) wayside exhibits in the Historic District. The route is approximately 2.5 miles and is perfect for walking, biking, or driving.

Gilla Brewing Co.

13025 Hwy. 44, Gonzales

Proudly serving as Ascension Parish’s first brewery, serving fruited sours, New England IPAs, and pastry stouts. Hours: MondayThursday 4-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Great River Road Museum

40136 Hwy. 942, Darrow



Located on the property of Houmas House and Gardens is a 35,000-square-foot museum that features artwork and exhibits that explore the culture, commerce, folklore and music of the 19th century in the lower Mississippi River Region between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Jambalaya Capital of the World

In 1967 this term was only an inspiration in the mind of Steve Juneau to promote the city of Gonzales. A native of Avoyelles, Juneau was impressed with the jambalaya prepared by area cooks and thought this would be a great way to promote the city.

The idea was presented to the Gonzales Lions Club and the annual Jambalaya Festival was born.

As the idea spread across Ascension Parish, many nonpro t civic groups and organizations were invited to get involved. The festival would be used as a vehicle to raise money for community projects. What began as an inspiration had become too big for any one group to take on independently.

An executive committee was formed and Juneau was elected the rst

president of the Jambalaya Festival Association. On June 10, 1968, John J. McKeithen, then Governor of Louisiana, proclaimed Gonzales, Louisiana as the “Jambalaya Capital of the World.”

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Houmas House and Gardens

40136 Hwy. 942, Darrow



Tours available 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily; Step back in time as you experience 16 acres of gardens and three restaurants, including fine dining. Stay in beautifully decorated cottages, enjoy a mint julep in the Turtle Bar and get a unique present in the gift shop.

Malco Theaters – Gonzales Cinema

1406 N. Airline Hwy., Gonzales 225.644.2128


Located in the heart of Gonzales, 11 screens, online ticketing, concessions stand, birthday party room, and arcade.

Premier Lanes

Entertainment Center

1414 N. Airline Hwy., Gonzales



Bowling alley, full-service bar and food, action alley arcade and laser maze. League and individual bowling and party packages available. Hours: Sunday, Monday, Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-1 a.m.

River Road African American Museum

406 Charles St., Donaldsonville



Tours by appointment only. Dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting artifacts, the museum provides positive information about the history and culture of African-Americans who were enslaved in this region.

Sugarfield Cider, Wine & Spirits

481 W. Eastbank St., Gonzales 225.647.2029

A locally owned, craft distillery, cidery and winery that provides local flavor and Louisiana tradition in handcrafted drinks. Also visit our friends at Grain Creations Brewing Co. (same location) and enjoy their craft beer in our winery and cidery.

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 3-9 p.m. SaturdaySunday noon-9 p.m.

Tanger Outlet Center

2410 Tanger Blvd., Gonzales 225.647.9383

Over 65 designer and manufacturer outlet stores and restaurants are featured in this popular outlet mall. Special coupon vouchers and incentives are available for groups. At Tanger, every day is sale day.


View our calendar of events at VisitLaSweetSpot.com for more details on these fairs and festivals:

Jambalaya Festival

Boucherie & Balloon Festival

Dreams Come True Crawfish Festival

Swamp Pop Music Festival

Home Remodeling Show & Food Fest

Livestock Shows & School Rodeos

Helen Brett Gift & Jewelry Show

Louisiana Sportsman Show


Merry Market  Christmas Parade

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Cravin’ Crawfish?

In Louisiana, March through May is peak crawfish season. If you’ve never been to a crawfish boil or sampled this local delicacy, now’s the time! Louisianans typically host crawfish boils for Easter celebrations and family gatherings … and many restaurants have their own spicy take on this interesting entrée!

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Livingston Parish

Creole House Museum

16061 La. 16

French Settlement


Livingston Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau

30340 Catholic Hall Road


888.317.7899 or 225.567.7899


With its vibrant, carefree, fun-loving nature, Livingston Parish provides the perfect backdrop for a one-of-a-kind adventure filled with leisure ativities and experiences that reflect its playful spirit/ Whether exploring its many scenic waterways, shoppin for a specialty item , or digging into its fascinatin multicultural history, you can’t help but hae a good time in Livingston Parish. Hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Bass Pro

175 Bass Pro Blvd.

Denham Springs


The Livingston Parish Bass Pro Shop has won numerous awards for the architecture and design of the store. Plan to stay several hours as there is a lot to see here, including Fred, the alligator snapping terrapin believved to be 125 to 150 years old.

Creole House Museum is a historic house built in 1898, a one-story frame cottage in French Creole style. It was constructed by Harris and Alexander Lambert as a home for Mr. and Mrs. Alex Decareaux. In 1977 the house was donated to the village of French Settlement, which gave a long-term lease on the building to the French Settlement Historical Society. The house is now hosting the Creole House Museum which features artifacts related to the Creole lifestyle. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 14, 1992.

Denham Springs Antique District

North Range Ave. (La. 16)

Denham Springs


Denham Springs is home to an award-winning Antique District and was voted by readers of AAA Travel Magazine as one of the top three areas to antique in the state of Louisiana. With more than 25 shops, you are sure to find that special piece you have been searching for.

Visit the original Raising Cane’s “the Mothership” est. 1996

Historic Carter House

30325 Carter Cemetery Road


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The Carter House is the only plantation home in Livingston Parish, and was built by a free man of color in the early 1800s. The Carter House sits on the David Toms-designed golf course Carter Plantation, which is part of Louisiana’s Audubon Golf Trail.

Hungarian Museum

27455 Hwy. 43, Hammond


In an effort to preserve its history, the Hungarian Settlement Museum has been established just outside Albany, Louisiana near Hammond. The museum is located in the old Hungarian school in an area considered the largest “Rural Hungarian Settlement ” in the U.S. Hours: Tuesdays and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Also open by appointment for tour groups and schools.

Juban Crossing

27853 Juban Road, Denham Springs



Juban Crossing provides the ideal destination for anyone and every taste. Current activity and prospective plans include over 100 premier stores, restaurants and service businesses as well as single and multi-family residences and a hotel. The 471-acre, mixed-use community will invite activity at every crossing and become a community center where its residents and visitors can shop, live, work and play.

LIGO Livingston

19100 LIGO Lane, Livingston


Want to visit LIGO, one of only five gravitational wave interferometers in the world (two in the US)? You can! Most visitors will want to come on our Science Saturday on the third Saturday of each month. On Science Saturdays, we offer tours as well as time to explore in our professionally curated exhibit hall that houses about 50 interactive science exhibits. If you have a group of more than 15, we ask that you fill out a tour request form. We offer different experiences for different groups whether you’re a traditional school group, a home school group, a community organization or just an interested member of the public.

Ms. Heather’s Strawberry Patch

31458 Hwy. 43, Albany

Ms. Heather’s Strawberry Farm has been a great attraction for kids and adults for several decades in the Hammond and Albany area. Visitors will enjoy fresh and delicious strawberries and all the fun activities that Ms. Heather has set up for you.

V. Watts Trade Mart and Trade Day

13130 Florida Blvd. (U.S. 190), Livingston


V. Watts Trade Mart has more than 100 antique booths full of beautiful antiques, collectibles and more. V. Watts Trade Day is on the second Saturday of each month. With more than 100 vendors setting up tents around the property, it is quickly becoming one of Louisiana’s largest trade days. Hours: Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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On a Clear Day

… you can see a lot from the top of the Louisiana State Capitol, which stands 450 feet tall with 34 stories. It is the tallest building in Baton Rouge and the tallest capitol in the country. Completed in 1931, it is often thought of as Huey Long’s monument, as he was instrumental in getting it built.

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Tangipahoa Parish

Tangipahoa Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau

13143 Wardline Road




You are gonna love Tangipahoa Parish! From taking part in one of our many festivals, to shopping in “America’s Antique City”, Tangipahoa has something for everyone.

Tangipahoa Parish has seven museums highlighting the parish’s unique culture, a great atmosphere in downtown Hammond and numerous restaurants throughout the parish to satisfy every dining craving.

Visiting for a week or a day, Tangipahoa Parish offers a variety of options to satisfy your quest for adventure. Fullservice CVB offers meeting planning, info on attractions, lodging and area information. I-55 N. Exit 32.

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday- Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Global Wildlife Center

26389 La. 40, Folsom 985.796.3585


Learn through touch as you get eye to eye with a giraffe. Come roam with over 4,000 animals on Global Wildlife’s 900-acre preserve. Experience a safari on a one-and-a-half hour educational, exhilarating, and exciting guided tour. Learn about animals from all over the world and get up close and personal when you feed them.

Gnarly Barley Brewery

1709 Corbin Road, Hammond 985.318.0RAD (0723)


Festivals of Tangipahoa Parish



Check out these festivals throughout the year: March: Antique Trade Days, Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival, Vintage Market Days, Amite Oyster Festival and Hammond BBQ. April: Pirates of the Pontchartrain, The Italian Festival and Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. October: Tangipahoa Parish Fair, Vintage Market Days and Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow. November: Antique Trade Days and November - December: Louisiana Renaissance Festival, 6 straight weekends of fun!

Visit Hammond’s one and only craft beer brewery. What started as a “garage” hobby has quickly grown into one of Hammond’s biggest attractions. Tours include a sampling of three of the brewery’s most popular beverages.

Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center

113 N. Cypress St., Hammond 985.340.9150


The Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center is the premier children’s museum on the Northshore. It is the perfect place for families with toddlers and children up to age 10 to learn and explore together in a safe and fun, hands-on environment. The open and interactive area is filled with unique, entertaining, and educational areas to explore.

Florida Parishes Arena

1301 NW Central Ave., Amite 985.748.5914


The Florida Parishes Arena is approximately 45 minutes northeast of Baton Rouge in Amite. Events include arts & crafts festivals, monster truck shows, AWA Pro Wrestling, concerts, livestock shows and events, and Barrel Racing Series.

This facility is climate controlled and may accommodate meetings, weddings, showers, etc. The arena and multipurpose building are also available for private rentals.

Louisiana Quilt Trail – Northshore

146 W. Oak St. Ponchatoula 800.617.4502


A Quilt Trail is the exhibition of artistic interpretations of quilt blocks outdoors on homes, businesses, sheds, fences, and barns or on posts in the yard, field, pasture or flower bed. This driving tour consists of over 100 blocks throughout five parishes and seven trails.

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One of the newest and most modern meeting facilities in the Baton Rouge area, this state-of-the-art venue is conveniently located on I-10. Big-city amenities meet small-town prices at this renovated facility that offers a professional and experienced staff, banquet and conference rooms for both small and large gatherings, on-site catering, audiovisual equipment, and a half-mile walking trail on the Conference Center grounds.


Embrace our deep roots with itineraries exploring your group’s surroundings. Journey to Plantation Country North to enjoy some beautiful properties with distinct legends. Hear the story of sugar agriculture from the Civil War through the Civil Rights era at the West Baton Rouge Museum.


Take advantage of beautiful sights like the Mississippi Riverfront Overlook or follow the mighty Mississippi River along the

West Baton Rouge Heritage Trailway, including the DeSoto Levee Top Trail. This 5-mile path from Brusly to Addis is an ideal break from meetings.


Get your delegates back on track with a day or night at State Capitol Raceway. Any event there is a true experience, filled with the thrill of the crowd and the noise of cars drag racing.


There’s never a bad day for a po-boy or Creole cooking. Our many restaurants exude the very culture and hospitality that make West Baton Rouge a marvelous host. We have Texas-style barbecue that can feed a crowd, while our other restaurants offer unique options that provide a distinctive taste to any meeting.


West Baton Rouge is so full of life in part because of our lively

festivals—and we can’t wait to bring them back. Kite Fest Louisiane is known as one of the best events in the Southeast. Sugar Fest is as sweet as an event can be in the fall. You don’t have to be of a certain age to enjoy the Oldies but Goodies Fest. And nobody celebrates the holidays quite like we do, whether it be Mardi Gras parades or Reflections of the Season Christmas light display.


Come on down for affordable, family-friendly lodging that includes national brands and local establishments. All of the hotels are easily accessible off I-10, the first sign of the convenience we offer.

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Take our Southern hospitality, add Cajun seasoning, and you are on the way to discovering West Baton Rouge. From family-friendly festivals to accommodations for professional business gatherings, we have it all!
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West Baton Rouge Parish

Holiday Inn Express Port Allen

2860 N. Westport Dr. | 225.343.9967

Treat yourself to a comfortable stay at the newly renovated Holiday Inn Express Port Allen. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, our location off I-10 and close proximity to downtown Baton Rouge and businesses surrounding the Mississippi River, provides quick and easy access to all you need while in Port Allen.

Red Roof Inn - Port Allen

234 N. Lobdell Hwy.

225.344.3638 | redroof.com

This newly remodeled hotel located off I-10 Exit 151 is just 15 minutes from LSU, downtown Baton Rouge, the State Capitol, and area industries that include ExxonMobil Pipeline, Dow Chemical, Placid Refinery and others. We offer an outdoor pool, guest laundry, vending machines, wireless internet access, security and spacious free parking including for 18-wheelers. Enjoy sightseeing at the Mississippi River and try your luck at The Belle of Baton Rouge and Hollywood Casino. Our staff welcomes you and we would like to give you the best experience.

West Baton Rouge Convention & Visitors Bureau

2750 N. Westport Dr., Port Allen

225.344.2920 or 800.654.9701


We can help you plan your stay in the Baton Rouge area. Get complete tourist information on the entire state in one place. I-10 W, Exit 151. State-of-the-art, full-service conference and meeting facility, which accommodates 50-500. Hotels in walking distance. Open daily.

West Baton Rouge Museum

845 N. Jefferson Ave.

225.336.2422 | WestBatonRougeMuseum.org

Minutes away from downtown Baton Rouge, the West Baton Rouge Museum offers diverse rotating exhibits, kid-friendly events, French programs and tours, and monthly musical jams, Historical Happy Hour, blacksmithing apprenticeships, art workshops, lectures and more. Located on a sixacre campus directly across the river from downtown Baton Rouge, the West Baton Rouge Museum is the only museum to trace the bittersweet history of sugar in Louisiana from the colonial period to the present day.

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