Famous for its Cajun and Creole cultures, the French explorers once called it the Red Stick City.
It houses Louisiana’s largest parish and is the fifth largest city along the Mississippi River.
Along with the city’s culture, it also brings to the spotlight fantastic food choices, historical landmarks, and fun (but sometimes quirky) attractions.
This capital city is full of great museums, wedding venues, and outstanding restaurants.
You can watch a game at the LSU Tiger Stadium, drop by the Museum of Art, or see a planetarium show.
Here, we concocted a list of 11 things you can do in Baton Rouge when you are 21 or younger.
Are you ready to explore Baton Rouge?
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1. Magnolia Mound Plantation
Built in the last half of the 18th century, the Magnolia Mound Plantation displays the architectural influences of the city’s early settlers from France.
Over the next few decades, several families owned and managed the property. Each family that owns the property added a few (or a lot) of alterations and extensions as they saw fit.
The home pays homage to the bousillage design. The wooden structure still stands up to this day, despite its transfer of ownership from one family to another.
The home also maintains most of its appearance from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The property has old oak trees around.
A few decades ago, the Baton Rouge city government took the property. It should now remain as a historical symbol of the city.
As of this writing, the National Register of Historic Places has the property on its listings. The public can tour the area, all 15 acres.
The property covers the main house, the old oak trees, and other buildings.
2. USS Kidd Veterans Memorial
Walk a few distances away from the State Capitol Building, and you will find a historical attraction that you should never miss.
Meet the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial.
This attraction highlights the destroyer, the USS Kidd, a ship named after Rear Admiral Isaac Campbell Kidd, Sr., an officer killed during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
In 1943, the ship maintained the nickname “Pirate of the Pacific.”
It has a long and unique history from its launching date before its decommissioning in 1964 happened.
Over the next few decades, several movies used the ship during filming. The ship was also part of several documentaries filmed over the past few years.
These days, visitors can climb up and explore the USS Kidd. All these and more while you learn about the ship’s rich history and role during World War II.
The USS Kidd Veterans Memorial complex also has an observation tower and museum.
Here, you will find a horde of unique artifacts that you will never see anywhere else.
There is a model ship collection and a mini replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall here, which you can only find in Washington D.C.
3. Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
With a land area of about 103 acres, the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center provides a natural setting perfect for research and educational resources.
Located on the southwest side of Baton Rouge, the swamp nature center is a mile of gravel paths and boardwalks. It winds through a long conservation space that eventually leads visitors to unique areas of the park.
One such area is the cypress-tupelo swamp and hardwood forests.
Aside from these forests, we suggest you take the opportunity to do some wildlife watching along the trail.
Get up close with animals in an Exhibit Building about 9,500 square feet big.
Aside from the animals, you might also be interested in the flora and fauna section.
The building has a section that brings forth a lot of not-so-popular information about the world of flora and fauna.
There are mineral and artifact displays, too. And finally, you should never miss visiting the collection of the building’s extensive waterfowl decoy carving.
4. Baton Rouge Zoo
The Baton Rouge Zoo houses a horde of exotic and domestic animals.
Some of the notable animals in the zoo are different types of cats, otters, fishes, reptiles, rhinos, and amphibians.
If you are visiting, do not miss out on Parrot Paradise. This section of the zoo is home to several rare and colorful birds from the tropical corners of the Earth. The area of zoo is also home to numerous parrots and macaws.
Another notable section of the zoo is the Realm of the Tiger section.
The section is more recent than the others and houses different types of tigers. The area also includes numerous animals from Asia.
The Flamingo Cove and Giants of the Islands are exhibits that boast a wide variety of flamingos from Chile and the Galapagos Islands. There are Aldabra tortoises here, too!
And if you are with your younger siblings, you can try going to the Kids Zoo. This section is popular among, as the name itself suggests, kids.
The section is full of barnyard animals and interactive tunnels where kids can play.
Its neighbor, the Safari Playground, is another section you and your younger sibling should not miss.
5. Old Governor’s Mansion
At the northern part of the Boulevard lies the Old Governor’s Mansion.
The mansion served as the residence of the governors of Louisiana from the year 1930 to 1963.
Built under the leadership of Governor Huey Long, the mansion was home to several governors. It later served as the location of the Louisiana Arts and Science Center Museum for several years.
In 1978, the mansion reopened as a historic house museum.
The U.S. National Register of Historic Places included the mansion as part of its list. It is also open for guided tours.
Get in touch with the management for group tours like school field trips and the like.
Also, the mansion serves as a popular venue for special occasions. Weddings, for example, are popular events held here.
6. Capitol Park Museum
The Capitol Park Museum is the destination for anything and everything about Louisiana.
Here, you will find all explanations about the state.
Would you want to know where the word Cajun came from? You can learn about it here.
The museum has an extensive display that tackles the history and culture of Louisiana. If you prefer, you can swing by the museum.
Some of the most exciting exhibits in this museum are the 48-long shrimp trawler. Another fascinating exhibit is the two-row sugarcane harvesting machine.
There is also an oil rig and a submarine that goes way back to the Civil War era.
Aside from this, you will also find other cultural highlights like the bugle once owned by Louis Armstrong. A Stratocaster guitar once used by jazz master Buddy Guy is displayed here.
When you are in the museum, do not miss out on the colorful displays related to Mardi Gras.
The Golden Age of Aviation puts a horde of vintage aircraft on display here.
7. Red Stick Farmers Market
The freshest produce in Baton Rouge is in this Farmer’s Market.
The Red Stick Farmers Market is an open-air market where you will find only the freshest of them all. Here, local farmers and growers flock to the area twice a week for them to sell their produce.
The market that opens twice weekly provides farmers and growers a stable source of income. The market also makes it easy for the locals to get produce from within the city.
Here, it is easy to find fresh and crisp fruits and vegetables.
You will also find the freshest and the most organic types of meat here.
The market is also home to a horde of homemade and freshly-baked bread and pastries.
And before I forget, do not miss out on the seafood.
You are in Louisiana, first of all. Expect seafood to be part of your diet when you are in the state. And when in Louisiana, you can never miss out on seafood.
8. LSU Rural Life Museum
The LSU Rural Life Museum provides visitors with a clear picture of the lifestyle and culture in pre-industrial Louisiana.
One of the highlights of your visit should be the Louisiana Folk Architecture.
Here, you will find seven buildings that show you the different cultural influences the Louisiana settlers brought with them.
Another highlight is The Barn, where you will find items from prehistoric times exhibited here. The items displayed go way back from prehistoric times to the 20th century.
You may also want to visit the Working Plantation, a complex of different buildings they furnished. This museum section’s furnishings, designs, and theme show how it worked in plantations in the 19th century.
The museum sits in an area that spans about 25 acres. In this land area, you will find about 32 historic buildings.
When in the museum, it is easy to find different types of cabins, Acadian houses, potato houses, and churches.
The tours here are self-guided. But should you wish to have a docent-led tour, you can call them ahead of time to arrange it.
9. LSU Tiger Stadium
This attraction is an outdoor stadium at West Stadium Drive.
You will find it here on the campus of Louisiana State University.
The area is what they call the “Death Valley.” But it is famous for being the home of the Louisiana State University Tigers football team.
In the past, football games were at the State Field held at the old LSU Campus.
But the new stadium opened to the public in 1924. It holds a seating capacity of 12,000. And from that year onwards, the stadium underwent several renovations to accommodate bigger audiences.
The latest renovation allows the stadium to hold at least 102,000 individuals. This renovation catapulted the LSU Tiger Stadium to the 9th position on the list of the world’s largest stadiums.
Aside from its seating capacity, the stadium also has 27 x 80 H.D. video boards. They added these boards in 2009.
You should also not miss out on the Jeff Boss Locker Room, which spans 8,000 square feet.
Finally, visit the LSU Strength and Conditioning Facility before you head home.
10. Mike the Tiger Habitat
If you happen to swing by the North Stadium Road, you may want to check out the Louisiana State University’s official mascot residence.
Drop by the Mike the Tiger Habitat. This attraction is one of the must-see attractions when in Baton Rouge.
Mike resided in a 2,000-square-foot place in the 1930s. There used to be a tiger who lived here. He passed away in 1956.
But it was only in 2005 when they constructed a new place that spans 15,000 square feet in size.
The original place was simple. It only made use of logs that Mike used to climb over.
The new habitat, however, has more than just logs. It has a waterfall and a stream.
The water flows to a pond that has several plants. It also has rocks for the newer Mike to enjoy.
11. Blue Bayou Waterpark and Dixie Landin’
We know you love waterparks!
There are a few enjoyable things that you can do here.
And when it comes to enjoying and having a great time, we suggest you drop by the Blue Bayou Waterpark.
What is best about the waterpark is that it also sits right across from another.
The Blue Bayou Waterpark and Dixie Landing are Baton Rouge’s two most popular family parks.
The Blue Bayou is a waterpark. It has several exciting rides and attractions.
Blue Bayou is what they call the “Land of Giants.” It is home to the world’s largest water slides. There are five of them here.
It also has the largest tornado slide and the largest aqua loop on Earth.
On the other hand, Dixie Landin’ is home to 27 attractions for you and your friends.
You can ride their roller coasters or go check out their log flume. Daredevils, here’s something for you. Try the drop tower. It is equally exciting.
Baton Rouge is more than just Louisiana’s capital city.
It has museums, restaurants, waterparks, and a lot more.
Whether you are 21, younger, or older, there will always be something for you here.
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What attraction would you like included on the list?
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