As newbies here, in Baton Rouge, we’re always out and about, and now that the weather is cooling off a bit, we’re gearing up to explore even more. We’ve been to a number of places that we plan to visit again, now that the summer heat is almost a memory. Join us as we share a few of our picks for Fall family fun here in Baton Rouge.
Visit The Levee.
I’m including this at the top of the list because it was the first place we visited after moving here. What a surprise to find this in down town Baton Rouge! We love to visit at sunset and walk along the Mississippi. We sit and talk, watch the bikers and passersby and occasionally throw driftwood with friends. Next time we visit, we’ll climb aboard the USS Kidd and tour the Veterans Memorial. The levee is a wonderful place for a little family relaxation and it’s free. (Admission to The USS Kidd is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for kids.)
Spend an evening at the Highland Road Observatory.
You don’t have to be an astronomy buff to appreciate this star attraction. The Highland Road Park Observatory in Baton Rouge is an awesome place to view the night sky and we all enjoyed it. In addition to the regular Friday and Saturday night telescope viewing, there’s a special Spooky Spectrum event next month. We had the chance to see the rings of Saturn through the super high-tech, super high-powered telescope. It was entertaining (and educational) and it’s also free!
Visit the Louisiana State Capitol Park.
A visit to the Louisiana State Capitol is a neat way to take in some history with the family. The State Capitol building is the tallest state capitol in the U.S. at 450 feet. Explore the architecture and history, then take in the view of the city from the 27th floor. The front steps show the names of each of the fifty states and the grounds feature native plants and trees. And, while I had never heard of Governor Huey P. Long before moving here, it’s fascinating to note that the Capitol is both the site of his assassination and his burial. The Old State Capitol and Pentagon Barracks are also in the area.
Visit the Capitol Park Museum.
After your tour of the Capitol, venture across the street to the Capitol Park Museum. It’s teeming with Louisiana state history and it’s great for kids, adults, new residents and anyone interested in the rich cultural heritage that makes this state so unique. Admission for adults is $6, students, military and senior citizens are $5 and kids 12 and under are free.
Visit Mike the Tiger at Louisiana State University.
Tailgating is HUGE around here in the Fall, but even if you aren’t attending a game, I recommend a walk through the LSU campus. I’m not sure why, but there’s nothing quite like walking through a college campus in the Fall and LSU is beautiful. Be sure to visit Mike the Tiger (both the statue and the REAL tiger). This is another free family outing for you to enjoy.
Grab a funnel cake at the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair.
The Baton Rouge State Fair is being held just up the road a piece next month and we plan to be there. The state fair has become a staple of our fall season since moving to the South and we’re looking forward to the attractions, the entertainment and the FOOD.
Go back in time at the LSU Rural Life Museum.
This awesome little adventure is hiding right in the middle of Baton Rouge. The LSU Rural Life Museum focuses on rural life in the 18th and 19th centuries and features 32 buildings and thousands of artifacts that take you back in time. It’s an outdoor museum, making it perfect for cooler days in The Red Stick. Check out their upcoming events for a few special ways to enjoy some Fall family fun at the museum.
Get Outdoors at Bluebonnet Swamp
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center is 103 acres of outdoor family fun. It’s a great place to explore as a family, with nature trails, live animal exhibits, numerous habitats, wildlife, birds and more. There are camps and other special events to take advantage of this Fall. Admission ranges from $2-$3. Check the website for specific prices.
And that’s enough to keep the family busy for a while! I’ve mapped it out for you below just to make it even easier.
You’ll see photos of our Baton Rouge family adventures if you’re following on Instagram. If you live in the area and you have suggestions for Fall activities, be sure to leave a comment and let me know. If you’re not in the area, I’m curious to know what’s happening in your neck of the woods. What are you doing for family fun this Fall? Leave a comment and let’s chat about it.
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