Louisiana Road Trip Part 6: The Best Of Baton Rouge

After visiting some of Louisiana’s charming small towns, I was ready for a big city with culture, museums and history. Enter Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital, which serves up so much fun for the family traveller.


We drove to Baton Rouge from Alexandria which took us about two hours.  Enroute we stopped off at the fascinating Frogmore Cotton Plantation & Gins, a working cotton plantation.  Once we got to Baton Rouge we were spoilt for choice with activities from the historic sites to an old war ship.  A lot of the attractions are within walking distance from each other.

Where did we stay?

We really got into the spirit of Baton Rouge & LSU by staying at The Cook Hotel, located in the heart of the LSU Campus.  

Baton Rouge - LSU Hotel

The Campus is beautiful and put my British University to shame.  It was fascinating to see all the frat houses and my husband even sneaked into the incredible LSU Tiger stadium.  The Cook Hotel is gorgeous with large suites, comfortable beds and a swimming pool sponsored by Shaquille O’Neal. I’d recommend all who visit Baton Rouge to stay here although be mindful of big events on at LSU as you might not get a room!  Swept up into the LSU spirit, we bought our daughters the LSU cheerleading outfits which they have barely taken off ever since…

LSU Cheerleaders

What did we do in Baton Rouge?

  • Stepped aboard the USS Kidd, a Fletcher class destroyer that has been authentically restored.  The adjoining Naval War Museum is equally fascinating.
    Baton Rouge - USS Kidd
  • The Louisiana Art & Science Museum has a lovely collection of hands on exhibits for kids from the Science Station to the Discovery Depot.  It is next door to the USS Kidd and a good way to beat the heat of the summer.
    Baton Rouge Science Museum
  • The Old State Capitol is a beautiful Gothic treasure overlooking the Mississippi River.  Although our kids weren’t that interested in the historical exhibits, the stained glass windows emit disco lights so they were happy just to dance around.
    Baton Rouge - colours
  • Visited the Capitol Park Museum, the perfect way to get acquainted with Louisiana history and culture.  My kids LOVED the ‘Experiencing Louisiana’ gallery on the third floor which has fun exhibits from a Louisiana Dancehall to a Mardi Gras float with video footage of crowds waving.
    Louisiana State Museum
  • Toured the splendid Louisiana Governor’s Mansion, build in 1962 by Governor Jimmie Davis.  Our tour guide was very considerate of our two young daughters and tried to make it as fun for them as possible.
    Baton Rouge - Governor's Mansion
  • Splashed about in the fountain by the Shaw Center For The Arts and popped into the LSU Museum of Art, located inside.
    Baton Rouge Fountain
  • The LSU Rural Life Museum depicts the olden days, think school houses, out houses and Pioneer cabins.  The museum has 32 buildings spread of 25 acres and you feel like you have stepped back into the 18th century. So much so that a movie crew has made it their home for the past 6 months, filming some kinds of olden day show!
    LSU - Rural Life Museum
  • Indulged all my plantation fantasies by pretending to be a sugar Heiress at the stunning Houmas House.  I promised the kids we would only do one plantation tour and this one was a winner. Located 40 minutes from Baton Rouge, both the grounds and the house (built in 1840) are beautiful.  The guided tour lasts for an hour and through the lure of an ice cream, my two munchkins were very well behaved.
    Houmas House

Where did we eat?

  • Having not sampled a po’boy since the start of our trip in New Orleans, we were happy to chow down at Poor Boy Lloyd’s
  • Lunch at the Capital City Grill, a light & airy restaurant with a varied menu
  • Dinner at Chelsea’s Cafe, a funky gem, hidden away not too far from the LSU campus. This place served up delicious food, in fact one of the best salads I’ve ever had!
  • Lunch from a chicken & waffles food truck parked near the Capital Park Museum.  Sensational, one of my favourite lunches…
    Baton Rouge - Chicken & Waffles


For more information on what to do in Baton Rouge, visit the official tourist website.  A huge thanks to Christy from Visit Baton Rouge for all your helpful suggestions with our itinerary!


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  1. MummyTravels

    I know so little about Louisiana apart from New Orleans, so it’s great to find out a bit more about what there actually is in Baton Rouge – some lovely things for families. I think I’d have loved the plantation tour too, although I suspect ice cream bribery might have been needed for my daughter! Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  2. Wander Mum

    Firstly, your daughters look so adorable in their cheerleaders outfits! Sounds like a brilliant trip. I love the look of the rural museum and the plantation tour with that huge colonial house. I bet it was fascinating. Thank you for linking to #citytripping

    1. Nicola

      Thanks, it was fantastic, such a good time!

  3. Constance - Foreign Sanctuary

    It sounds like you all had an amazing time in Baton Rouge. There is so much to explore. Checking out LSU I am sure was a great experience and your daughters look adorable in the cheerleading outfits [definitely a great memory of the time you spent there.]

    1. Nicola

      they love those cheerleader outfits!

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