Seated on a bluff above the Mississippi Delta, Baton Rouge, LA, is the second largest city in the state. It’s a major hub for Louisiana’s history buffs, politicians, and sports fans. If you are planning a trip to Delta country, there are some things that you should be sure not to miss. Have a look at our list of 5 great things to do in Baton Rouge to make sure you see the best of the city.
Baton Rouge Zoo
With the fairly mild winters and hot summers, the zoo is open all year with the exception of major holidays. Much of the zoo is broken into geographical regions to host the animals of Australia, Africa, and South America, for example. Admission is quite reasonable at just $7.75 for adults. So, grab the kids (and keep them close) to go visit the tigers, emus, and wild snakes of the world.
Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin
Let’s face it, Louisiana gets hot in the summertime. That’s when it’s best to take the whole family to the water park at Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin. Dixie Landin will thrill everyone with carnival rides and games until the heat of the afternoon. Then, it’s time to take a ride down the Mad Moccasin water slide or cruise the Lazy River in a tube. One ticket gets you into both parks, so plan to take advantage and spend the day!
This Fletcher-class Destroyer has been restored to its World War II condition and is open to the public for tours. You can view the aircraft that made tours of Southeast Asia during two conflicts and read the names of fallen soldiers. Depending on the time of your visit, learn about life aboard the ship or a particular time in military history. Interestingly enough, the ship got its moniker, “The Pirate of the Pacific,” when its crew flew the Jolly Roger skull and crossbones on its maiden voyage across New York Harbor.
Old Louisiana State Capitol
At the top of the list for free things to do in Baton Rouge, LA, is a visit to the old State Capitol. Now the Museum for Political History, this Gothic architectural treasure is a National Historic Landmark. It has stood the test of time through war, fire, scandal, abandonment, and politically-fueled fights. You can watch the ghost of Sarah Morgan, a Civil War-era figure who loved the Castle, tell the story of the building and showcase the stories of Louisianans who have fought to save the building throughout history. Then, walk through the Museum’s varied exhibits.
LSU Tiger Stadium
For a diehard sports fan, this might be one of the most romantic things to do in Baton Rouge: go out to dinner and catch a game at Louisiana State University. Tiger Stadium is a testament to just how much Baton Rouge loves its football team, so put on your purple jersey. Go Tigers!