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1/30/24

Baton Rouge, LA

Exterior Look at the Louisiana's Old State Capitol Located in Baton Rouge

Below is a list of the best places I would visit on a trip to this location. My picks fit my personality and interest. Everyone has a different interest so you may not like everything I listed which is fine.  If you like a place, I recommend saving it to Google Maps for a future trip down the road. I made sure to include the address or GPS to make it easier to find.  You can find out more about me in the "About Me" section to see if we share common interests.

Breakfast

Banana Pecan Pancakes from Louie's Café Located in Baton Rouge Louisiana

Louie's Cafe

3322 Lake St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Banana Pecan Pancakes: $9.50


Biscuit Sandwich: Egg, Bacon, and Cheese on Biscuit $6.00


Eggs Cletus: Two Grilled Biscuit Halves Each Topped with Sausage and Egg. Covered in White Gravy and Served with Hashbrowns $15.00 


Steak & Eggs Breakfast Combo: Three Eggs, 10 oz Hand-Cut Choice Ribeye, Hashbrowns, and Biscuit $25.00

Hours

Daily 6:30 am - 2:30 pm


Order Online: Yes

Blueberry Donuts from Shipley Do-Nuts Located in Baton Rouge Louisiana

Shipley Do-Nuts

8121 Florida Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Sample of the Donut Flavors

  • Strawberry Iced Bulleye


  • Cherry Iced with Sprinkles


  • Devil's Food Filled


  • Glazed Blueberry Cake


  • Apple Filled


  • Caramel Apple


  • Chocolate Glazed


  • Chocolate Iced with Coconut

Hours

Daily 5 am - 5 pm

Order Online: Yes

Jan. Highlight: Try the Skittles Ice Poptastic Do-Nut

Activities

USS KIDD Veterans Museum

Summary


The USS KIDD Veterans Museum is a historic naval destroyer and museum honoring the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. The centerpiece of the museum is the USS KIDD (DD-661), a Fletcher-class destroyer that served in World War II and the Korean War.


Commissioned in 1943, the USS KIDD is now permanently moored on the Mississippi River and serves as a living memorial. Visitors to the museum can explore the ship, gaining insight into naval history and the experiences of those who served on board. The exhibits within the museum cover various military conflicts and showcase artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia.


The USS KIDD Veterans Museum aims to educate the public about the sacrifices and contributions of veterans while preserving the legacy of the USS KIDD and its crew. The site offers a unique opportunity to step back in time and appreciate the role of the U.S. Navy during significant periods of 20th-century history.


Admission Cost


Adult: $14

Senior: $12

Child: $10

Look at the USS KIDD Located in Baton Rouge Louisiana

305 S River Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Hours

Daily 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Louisiana's Old State Capitol

Summary


Louisiana's Old State Capitol is a historic building that served as the state's seat of government from 1850 to 1932. Often referred to as the "Castle on the River," this architectural masterpiece is a prime example of the Gothic Revival style. The Old State Capitol is characterized by its distinctive turrets, stained glass windows, and intricate details.


Throughout its history, the building witnessed pivotal moments, including debates over secession leading up to the Civil War and the subsequent occupation by Union forces. It also hosted the Louisiana State Legislature and served as the backdrop for significant political events.


Today, the Old State Capitol is a museum that explores Louisiana's political history, social changes, and cultural developments. Interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations, and historical artifacts provide visitors with a comprehensive understanding of the state's past. The Old State Capitol stands as both a symbol of Louisiana's rich history and a testament to its resilience through periods of political and social upheaval.


Admission Cost


FREE but donations are welcomed



Exterior Look at the Louisiana's Old State Capitol Located in Baton Rouge

100 North Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Hours

Tue to Fri 10 am - 4 pm

Saturday 9 am - 3 pm

Jan. Highlight: New Exhibit ~ Remembering the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition

Louisiana State University Rural Life Museum

Summary


The Louisiana State University Rural Life Museum is an outdoor museum that offers a glimpse into the agricultural and rural life of 18th and 19th-century Louisiana. Established in 1970, the museum spans over 30 acres and features a diverse collection of historical buildings, artifacts, and exhibits.

Visitors to the Rural Life Museum can explore a recreated plantation with well-preserved structures such as a pioneer cabin, a blacksmith shop, and a schoolhouse. The museum provides a hands-on experience, allowing visitors to see and interact with the tools, implements, and everyday objects used by early Louisiana settlers.


The museum also hosts special events, demonstrations, and educational programs to enhance the understanding of Louisiana's rural heritage. Through its authentic representation of rural life, the LSU Rural Life Museum serves as an educational and cultural resource, offering visitors a unique perspective on the state's agrarian history.


Admission Cost


Adult: $12

Senior (62+): $11

Child (4-11): $10



The Louisiana State University Rural Life Museum Located Baton Rouge Louisiana

4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Hours

Daily 8 am - 4:30 pm

LSU Museum of Art

Summary


The LSU Museum of Art, situated on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, is a prominent cultural institution dedicated to showcasing a diverse collection of visual arts. Established in 1962, the museum features a wide range of artistic works, including paintings, sculptures, prints, and decorative arts.


The museum focuses on both historical and contemporary art, representing various styles and periods. It hosts rotating exhibitions that highlight the works of local, national, and international artists, contributing to the vibrant cultural landscape of the region. The LSU Museum of Art aims to engage and inspire visitors through its dynamic and thought-provoking displays.


With a commitment to education and community outreach, the museum offers programs, workshops, and events for people of all ages. The LSU Museum of Art plays a crucial role in fostering an appreciation for the arts and enriching the cultural experience for the university community and the broader public.


Current Exhibition


Andy Warhol/ Friends & Frenemies: Prints from the Cochran Collection


Mirror Mirror by Daniel Rozin


Birds: Works from the Permanent Collection 


Art in Louisiana: Views into the Collection


What is Printmaking? Family Gallery


Admission Cost


Adult (13+): $5.00



LSU Museum of Art Located in Baton Rouge Louisiana

100 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Hours

Monday Closed

Tue to Sat 10 am - 5 pm

Thu & Fri 10 am 8 pm

Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm

The first Sunday of every month is FREE admission. Every Friday night from 5-8 p.m. is also FREE.

Food

Burger from Mason's Grill Located in Baton Rouge Louisiana

Mason's Grill

13556 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70817

Hours

Mon to Fri 11 am - 9 pm

Sat & Sun 9 am - 3 pm

Order Online: Yes

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Boudin Stuffed Onion Rings (starter): Two Thick-Cut Onion Rings Stuffed with our Homemade Pork Boudin, Hand-Battered and Deep Fried, Served with Remoulade Sauce $10.00


Big Daddy Burger: Half Pound Beef Patty Topped with Provolone Cheese, Crispy Bacon, and Fried Egg, Served Between Two Waffle Halves $14.50


The Italian Stallion: Half Pound Choice, All Beef Patty Mixed with a Custom Italian Seasoning Blend, Topped with Marinara Sauce, Melted Mozzarella Cheese, and Crispy Pepperonis $16.00


Fried Catfish Poboy: $13.00


White Chocolate Bread Pudding: Homemade Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Morsels and Pecans, Topped with our Rum Sauce and a Scoop of Vanilla Ice CReam $9.00

A BBQ Spread from Cou-Yon's Cajun Bar-B-Q Located in Port Allen Louisiana

Cou-yon's Cajun Bar-B-Q

470 N Alexander Ave, Port Allen, LA 70767

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Fried Fish Bites (starter): $7.99


Moist BBQ Plates: $19.49


Grande BBQ Sandwich Combos: $12.99


Monster Club Combo: Half Pound Double Decker w/ Smoked Turkey & Pulled Pork, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle, Onion, Cheese & Bacon Served on Texas Toast $13.99


Sweet Caroline Pork Sandwich Combo: Quarter Pound Tender Pulled Pork topped w/ Creamy Coleslaw, Pickles, Onions, & Sweet BBQ Sauce $12.99

Hours

Daily 10:30 am - 9 pm

Order Online: Yes

Cheesecake Brownie with Ice Cream at Elsie's Plate & Pie Located in Baton Rouge Louisiana

Elsie's Plate & Pie

3145 Government St, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Sample of the Pie Flavors

  • Pie Shop Apple Pie


  • Blueberry Hand Pie


  • S'more Pie


  • Chocolate Cream Pie


  • Coconut Cream Pie


  • Almond Joy Pie

Hours

Mon 11 am - 9 pm

Tue to Thu 11 am - 10 pm

Fri 11 am - 11 pm

Sat 10 am - 11 pm

Sun 10 am - 9 pm

Order Online: Yes

Places to Stay

FYI: The hotel prices are estimated and will most likely fluctuate since I looked them up on their website.  I will keep them updated the best I can every three months.  I look for the cheapest available room, usually a queen bed. I typically look at book rates two months in advance and in the middle of the month to get average rates. Reminder: It is an ESTIMATE

L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge

  • Located within Driving Distance of the Louisiana State University, USS KIDD Veterans Museum, and a View of the Mississippi River


  • Food/Drinks Options: 18 Steak (steakhouse ), Bon Temps Market (multi flavors), and Red Lotus Asian Kitchen  (Pan-Asian cuisine)


  • Who is this for: Lucky People, Gambling Parents of College Students, Concert Goers, & River Watchers

Exterior Look at L'Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge

777 L’Auberge Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70820

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)


King in April 24' - $140.00


Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel

  • Located within Driving Distance of the Mall of Louisiana, Louisiana State University Rural Life Museum, and Jimmy Swaggart Ministries


  • From their Website: "Enjoy a memorable stay at Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel. We seamlessly blend Southern hospitality, upscale decor and convenient amenities."


  • Food/Drinks Options: Tallulah Crafted Food & Wine Bar (American ), Texas de Brazil (nearby), and Iverstine Farms Butcher (nearby)


  • Who is this for: Mall Shoppers, Sunday Morning Saint, Hospital Overnighters, & Water Park Waders

Exterior Look at Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel

7000 Bluebonnet Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)


King in April 24' - $170.00

21 and up fun

Tin Roof Brewing Located in Baton Rouge Louisiana

Tin Roof Brewing

1624 Wyoming St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

SAMPLE OF BEER MENU

Paloma Gose: Gose Style Ale | 4.25% ABV


Voodoo: Award-Winning Juicy/ Hazy American Pale Ale | 5.0% ABV


Road House: West Coast India Pale Ale | 6.0% ABV


Flamboyance of Flamingos: Pink Lemonade Hazy IPA | 6.0% ABV


Punch in the Berries: Fruited Sour Ale | 4.0% ABV

Hours

Wed & Thu 3 pm - 9 pm

Fri & Sat Noon - 9 pm

Sunday Noon - 8 pm

Food Menu: Food Truck

Istrouma Brewing Located in Gabriel Louisiana

Istrouma Brewing

5590 Bayou Paul Rd, St Gabriel, LA 70776

SAMPLE OF BEER MENU

Mutt Rouge: Blonde Ale | 5.5% ABV


Moonbeam Vanilla Country: American Dark Stout | 8.0% ABV


Star & Cannon: Mexican Lager


Battle of New Orleans: American Lager | 4.2% ABV

Hours

Monday Closed

Tue to Fri 4 pm - 9 pm

Saturday 11 am - 9 pm

Sunday 11 am - 7 pm

Food Menu: Yes

 Again these are just few of my picks that fit my personality and interest. If you feel that I left one-off that may interest me or other people, message me on Facebook about the location.  I value a person's opinion and never just discard the information.  Always looking forward to learning about new places to add to my Google Map. ~ Shawn

The Summary in Activities Uses OpenAI. (2024). ChatGPT (3.5) [Large language model]. https://chat.openai.com

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