Baton Rouge is a mix of various cultures, traditions and stories that all combine together to make this city a great destination to explore. The city is home to plantation homes, state capitol, museums, art galleries, sports, and other amazing attractions. Explore the "Capital City" in 48 hours through this itinerary guide.
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Day 1 in the “Red Stick”
9:00am- Breakfast at the Another Broken Egg Cafe!
Start out the day with a hearty breakfast at the Another Broken Egg Cafe. It puts out tasty egg dishes, sandwiches and other breakfast items in an inviting and warm atmosphere.
Address: 2531 Citiplace Ct #100, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, United States
Phone: 1 225-615-8461
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 7:00pm-2:00am
10:00am- Explore the beauty of Louisiana at Burden Museum and Gardens!
Visit the Burden Museum and Garden that includes LSU Rural Life Museum, Windrush Garden and AgCenter Botanic Gardens. Experience the southern living of the early nineteenth century with an extensive collection from plantation, farms and homes at the LSU Rural Life Museum. Stroll through the Windrush Garden and take in the natural beauty. Walk between the nature trails of AgCenter Botanic Gardens and see the wonderful gardens, wetlands, arboreta and woodlands. Dig deep into the Louisiana’s past and present at Burden Museum and Gardens!
Address: 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70809, United States
Phone: 1 225-763-3990
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Distance from Another Broken Egg Cafe: 3.5miles or 7minutes drive
12:00pm- Louisiana’s natural beauty at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center!
Next, head off to the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center that is a mix of swampland and forest surrounded by flora and fauna, nature trails and a building with exhibits on ecology, history and culture. Check out the exhibits from waterfowl to minerals. Walk miles of nature trails and you many encounter birds, coyotes, alligators, turtles, Raccoons, foxes, snakes, deer, and the like.
Address: 10503 N Oak Hills Pkwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70810, United States
Phone: 1 225-757-8905
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-5:00pm
Distance from Burden Museum and Gardens: 3.0miles or 6minutes drive
Indulge in Cajun & Creole cuisine or seafood and steak at Louisiana Lagniappe Restaurant (9990 Perkins Rd), or Sammy's Grill (8635 Highland Rd). Craving for Italian cuisine, step into Nino's Italian Restaurant (7512 Bluebonnet Blvd). Enjoy South American food at Texas de Brazil (10155 Perkins Rowe Suite 100), or taste the Mexican fare at Casa Maria Mexican Restaurant (7955 Bluebonnet Blvd).
2:00pm- Enchanted Mansion Doll Museum!
Visit the Enchanted Mansion, full of vintage dolls. The museum has an interesting collection of vintage dolls gracing the display cases. Some of the popular exhibits include cartoon and television characters, as well as original dolls of past US Presidents. Browse the contemporary creations and beautiful dolls at the mansion and be enchanted!
Address: 190 Lee Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, United States
Phone: 1 225-769-0005
Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday to Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
2:30pm- Know Baton Rouge’s history at Magnolia Mound Plantation!
Next, head off to the Magnolia Mound Plantation. This spot traces the historical and cultural contribution of the French Creoles to Baton Rouge. It features a historic museum store that has educational and unique gift items for sale, quarter house, an open-hearth kitchen, a carriage house and overseer’s house.
Address: 2161 Nicholson Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, United States
Phone: 1 225-343-4955
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Distance from Enchanted Mansion Doll Museum: 3.6miles or 9minutes drive
3:30pm-Some more history at Capitol Park Museum!
Visit the Capitol Park Museum that features permanent exhibits detailing the various aspects of Louisiana's history, culture and industry that are crucial on a national level. Do check out the exhibit on history and culture of Mardi Gras!
Address: 660 N 4th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, United States
Phone: 1 225-342-5428
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00am-4:30pm
Distance from Magnolia Plantation: 1.9miles or 8minutes drive
4:30pm- Retail Therapy!
Head off to the Mall of Louisiana that houses plenty of stores, a large carousel, food court and an indoor playground. Anchored by Dillard’s, JCPenney, Sears, and Macy’s. Other stores that can be found here are Yankee Candles, Bebe, Banana Republic, Gap, Victoria’s Secret, among many others.
Address: 6401 Bluebonnet Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70836, United States
Phone: 1 225-761-7228
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Some more shopping at Perkins Rowe! Perkins Rowe is a mix of shopping, living, entertainment and office in one stylish , modern setting. It has plenty of classic stores and local boutiques, including Z Gallerie, Orvis, Urban Outfitters, Barnes and Noble, J. Crew, Anthropologist, Shades, and many more. It features over 60 stores and restaurants. Shop, dine and be entertainment at this spot!
Address: 10202 Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge, LA 70810, United States
Phone: 1 225-767-2000
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 10:00am-8:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm
6:00pm- Drinks at Churchill’s Bar!
Have a relaxed evening with drinks at Churchill’s Bar. The classic decoration with marble and glass fixtures sets the environment lively and classy. The bar has an extensive selection of fine wine, martinis and cigars. Kick back with a glass of wine and a stogie, while listening to live music or watching the big game on the telly.
Address: 7949 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70809, United States
Phone: 1 225-927-4211
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-2:00am; Sunday: 12:00pm-12:00am
Head off to Portobello's Grill ( 7622 Old Hammond Hwy) that dishes out American-Italian food, or go to Bonefish Grill (7415 Corporate Boulevard) that serves seafood. Step into Cafe' Americain Restaurant (7521 Jefferson Hwy) that puts out Cajun & Creole and grill specialties. Craving for Mexican, head off to The Velvet Cactus (7655 Old Hammond Hwy).
10:00pm- The nightlife has started in the “Red Stick”!
Head off to the Clicks Billiards that offers drink specials, several pool tables, and poker nights. Grab a drink, try hands at darts, play pool, video games or football. To keep the spirits and energy high, national as well as local bands play here.
Address: 5124 Corporate Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, United States
Phone: 1 225-925-0806
Hear some live music at Splash Nightclub. The DJs spin some awesome dance music, plus there are drag shows, theme parties and karaoke events, depending on the night. Enjoy with drinks and live music!
Address: 2183 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, United States
Phone: 1 225-242-9491
Opening hours: Thursday to Saturday: 8:00pm-2:00am
Day 2 in the “Capital City”!
9:00am- Breakfast at Louie’s Cafe!
Kick start your day with a hearty breakfast at the Louie’s Cafe. Breakfast is available all day long. Enjoy the southern-style omelet, burger, eggs, grits, fruit pancakes, and more. The menu is full of comfort food options.
Address: 3322 Lake Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, United States
Phone: 1 225-346-8221
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: Open 24 hours
10:00am- Tour the USS Kidd and Veterans Memorial Museum!
Visit the USS Kidd and Veterans Memorial that pays tribute to the people who sacrificed for the country. It reminds of the outstanding bravery and valour of the unparalleled women and men. Check out the warplane used during the WWII and the Korean War, replicas of gun deck, collection of model ships and other artifacts, and walk onto the restored Navy ship.
Address: 305 South River Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, United States
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9:30am-3:30pm; Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Distance from Louie’s Cafe: 2.2miles or 8minutes drive
11:00am- Tour the Louisiana’s Old State Capitol!
Visit the Old State Capitol that features the Louisiana’s political past. It has several interactive exhibits detailing the story of Louisiana. Explore the Louisiana Old State Capitol and marvel at the multi-media presentation and exhibits. A must-see attraction in the Capital City!
Address: 100 North Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70801, United States
Phone: 1 225-342-0500
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10:00am-4:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am-3:00pm
Distance from USS Kidd: 0.7miles or 4minutes drive
12:00pm- Louisiana Art and Science Museum!
Next, head off to Louisiana Art and Science Museum that features an array of interactive exhibits, art and science galleries, and a planetarium that offers movies about universe and volcanoes. Delve into science and art at the galleries, check out the ancient Egypt exhibit and space discovery center, and also there is a hands-on play space for kids.
Address: 100 S River Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, United States
Phone: 1 225-344-5272
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10:00am-3:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Sunday: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Distance from Old State Capitol: 0.3miles or 2minutes drive
1:00pm-Lunch at the Chimes!
Eat at the most popular restaurant in the Capital City- Chimes. Grab some delicious food, drink beer from across the world and enjoy the soft music. . The food menu includes everything from sandwiches and burgers to seafood and local specialties, plus Cajun dishes.
Address: 3357 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, United States
Phone: 1 225-383-1754
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 11:00am-2:00am; Sunday: 11:00am-11:30pm
2:00pm- Louisiana State Capitol Building!
Head off the Louisiana State Capitol Building that is full of history. It is the tallest state capitol building in the US. It features several interesting materials, murals and sculptures that depict the complete picture of Louisiana’s history and growth. It is known for its gorgeous, art-deco style. Enjoy the spectacular views of the city from the top of this landmark structure.
Address: 900 N 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, United States
Phone: 1 225-342-7317
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 8:00am-4:30pm
3:00pm- Dive into the history at Old Governor's Mansion!
Head off to the Old Governor’s Mansion that was built for Governor Huey Long. Browse this stately home and check out the furnishings, artifacts and other items that remember the Louisiana’s past governor residents.
Address: 502 North Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, United States
Phone: 1 225-387-2464
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Distance from Louisiana State Capitol: 0.9miles or 4minutes drive
4:00pm- West Baton Rouge Museum!
Visit the West Baton Rouge Museum that features interactive history exhibits. It features the sugar plantation and river life stories through exhibits. Some of the exhibits include S is for Sugar, Cathartic Art, and more. It also has Civil Rights era plantation cabin, a slave dwelling, a mercantile plantation store and several historic structures.
Address: 845 N Jefferson Avenue, Port Allen, LA 70767, United States
Phone: 1 225-336-2422
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00am-4:30pm; Friday: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Distance from Old Governor’s Mansion: 4.3miles or 7minutes drive
Head off to the Towne Center at Cedar Lodge. It has an array of shops and restaurants. You can find clothes, jewelry, shoes and items for home at this spot. The center has a unique selection of specialty boutiques and stores.
Address: 6765 Corporate Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70809, United States
Phone: 1 225-925-2344
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8:30am-5:00pm
Stroll around the Cortana Mall. From the anchor stores like Sears, JC Penney, Dillard’s, and Macy’s to more than 110 specialty stores and several restaurants, this mall offers a total shopping experience. Some of the specialty stores are Champ Sports, Express, Bath & Body Works, Claire’s, Vivo’s and more.
Address: 9401 Cortana Pl, Baton Rouge, LA 70815, United States
Phone: 1 225-927-6747
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Head off to the Anthony’s Italian Deli (5575 Government St) that puts out authentic Italian fare. Try the Cajun classics and BBQ at the Frank’s Restaurant (8353 Airline Hwy).
9:00pm- Partying in the “B.R.”!
Dance the night away at the Texas Club, a popular live music venue where many nationally known rock and country music artists perform live acts. Dance and enjoy the live music while sipping on drinks. Party like a local at the Texas Club!
Address: 456 N Donmoor Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70806, United States
Phone: 1 225-928-4655
Opening hours: Thursday to Saturday: 8:30pm-2:00am
Head off to the Boudreaux & Thibodeaux Live that features live music. Sip on your fave drink and listen to some great live music stretching across different genres from Zydeco to Hard Rock and everything in between.
Address: 214 3rd Street #2D, Baton Rouge, LA 70801, United States
Phone: 1 225-636-2442
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday: 4:00pm-2:00am; Saturday: 4:00pm-12:00am
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