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Top 10 things to do in and around Baton Rouge

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Top 10 things to do in and around Baton Rouge

Hi

We are coming from the UK to stay with friends for two weeks. They have asked us what we would like to do, and to be honest we do not know a lot about the area.

So we would be grateful for any suggestions of what are the best things to do in and around Baton Rouge.

We are going to NOLA for a couple of nights, and plan on doing the War Museum.

Thanks again

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1. Re: Top 10 things to do in and around Baton Rouge

When are you coming? I assume you enjoy historical things. Any other interests?

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2. Re: Top 10 things to do in and around Baton Rouge

We arrive on the 30th Jan for 2 weeks, it has been a last minute decision to come over!

We are not big on history as such, but both are parents are military, and grandparents, both my grandfather fought in WWII however they were on opposite sides! I read about the museum so had a look online and it looks really interesting!

We both love sport, and to be honest we will try anything once. I am 43 and dh is 49. We normally go to Orlando, we did the parks the first few times but now we love to just chill and relax. We would love to visit more of America over the next few years.

My DH loves all music, with his favourite being country.

We both love musicals!

Hope some of this helps!

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3. Re: Top 10 things to do in and around Baton Rouge

You should visit a plantation or two near NOLA. You could also visit cajun country and spend a night or two in Lafayette, LA. Enjoy your visit.

Destrehan is the closest Plantation Home to NOLA. Take I 10 W to Exit 220 just W of the NOLA airport and go S on I 310 to Exit 6 just before you reach the river. Turn and go E to the home. They offer tours daily except major holidays.

Destrehan Plantation @ 13034 River Road, Destrehan, LA 985 - 764 - 8785.

http://www.destrehanplantation.org/

Laura, Evergreen and Oak Alley are within 10 miles of each other. You can reach these homes in about an hour. Evergreen and Laura are very good tours that are presented from a historical perspective.

Take I 10 E to Exit 194 and take Highway 641 S to Gramercy Bridge. Cross the river and turn right on Highway 18 and go W to Laura Plantation. The tour information is available at the LP website. Tours are available daily except holidays. To get to Evergreen Plantation take a left when you cross Gramercy Bridge and go E on Highway 18/River Road. Evergreen Plantation is a working plantation with 37 buildings in the National Register of Historial Places. Tours are available daily.

Laura Plantation @ 2247 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 225 - 265 - 7690.

http://www.lauraplantation.com/

Evergreen Plantation @ 4649 Louisiana 18, Edgard, LA 985 - 497 - 3837.

http://www.evergreenplantation.org/

After you tour Laura Plantation and/or Evergreen go W on Highway 18 to Oak Alley Plantation. You can view the home from the Highway and see the grand oak trees lining the driveway from the river road to the house. Take pictures from the road. There's no use touring OA. It's not very impressive.

Oak Alley Plantation @ 3645 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 225 - 265 - 2151.

http://www.oakalleyplantation.com/

There's a nice B&B on a small farm near Vacherie, LA if you decide to spend a night in the area.

Cottage on the Farm @ 19637 Hwy. 643, Vacherie, LA 504 - 289 - 0923 or 225 - 265 - 4654.

http://www.cottageonthefarm.com/

You can have lunch at B & C Seafood down the road from Laura.

B & C Seafood Market and Cajun Restaurant @ 2155 Louisiana 18, Vacherie, LA 225 - 265 - 8356.

Or you could have lunch after you leave OA at Grapevine Cafe and Gallery. Drive W on Highway 18 to Donaldsonville, LA and have lunch at Grapevine Cafe.

Grapevine Cafe and Gallery @ 211 Railroad Avenue, Donaldsonville, LA 225 - 473 - 8463.

http://www.grapevinecafeandgallery.com/

After lunch take Highway 1 NW to White Castle to Nottoway Plantation and tour this home. It's a working B&B and has a nice restaurant. It's one of the most beautiful plantation homes IMO. It's about an hour and a half from NOLA.

Nottoway Plantation @ 31025 Louisiana Highway 1, White Castle, LA 225 - 545 - 2992.

http://www.nottoway.com/

Take Highway 1 back SE to Donaldsonville, LA and cross the Highway 70 Bridge. Turn left on Highway 44/River Road and go NW to Houmas House which is another very beautiful home. It's about an hour from NOLA to Houmas. Lunch and dinner is served there if you are interested. They offer tours daily and also offer a tour that will pick you up in the FQ in NOLA at 10:30 AM and returns around 4 PM. You ride in a 32 passenger bus and get to watch a video presentation of Houmas Plantation on your drive to the home. If you want to stay at a plantation Houmas House has one cottage. If it's booked, half a mile down the road is Bocage Plantation and it's a B&B. On the other side of the river, Oak Alley has cottages too.

I would suggest planning your trip to have dinner at Houmas House. It's upscale, fine dining, and reservations are required. But if you end up there at lunch time, the casual lunch is wonderful! Nice menu with lots to choose from. Check out the menus online: www.houmashouse.com

Houmas House Plantation @ 40136 Hwy 942, Darrow, LA 225 - 473 - 9380.

http://www.houmashouse.com/

You could also dine at Cabin Restaurant which is near Houmas House. Bocage Plantation is a nice B&B open for tours near Houmas House.

Cabin Restaurant @ 5405 Highway 44 # Msc 85, Gonzales, LA 225 - 473 - 3007.

http://www.thecabinrestaurant.com/

Bocage Plantation @ 39050 Louisiana 942, Darrow, LA 225 - 588 - 8000.

http://www.bocageplantation.com/

You should be able to drive from the FQ to Houmas House or Nottoway in an hour depending on traffic. You should be able to drive to Evergreen, Laura, and Oak Alley in less than an hour. The roads are good and it's a safe drive.

Driving on the River Road is slow and there is not much to see. You can't see the river because of the levee. Don't depend on your GPS to get from the Laura/Oak Alley area to the Nottoway/Houmas area. Use a road map.

 

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4. Re: Top 10 things to do in and around Baton Rouge

Let's start with you looking at: http://www.visitbatonrouge.com/

This website will give you many ideas on things to do in our area. If you all are animals lovers, you may enjoy the Krewe of Mutts Mardi Gras Parade (dogs are dressed in costume and parade downtown).

Even though history is not your thing, I really don't think you can return home without visiting at least one plantation. Nottoway (very close to Baton Rouge) would be my pick and we do like eating at the Grapevine in Donaldsonville as Axle suggested.

A day trip to Cajun Country would be great. We feel in love with Lake Martin last Spring...maybe a swamp tour if it's not too cold. You may also like to visit Avery Island where Tabassco sauce is made. We always enjoy meals at Cafe Des Amies in Breaux Bridge very near Lake Martin.

Be sure that your friends take you downtown to the top of the Shaw Arts Museum to see the view of the Mighty Mississippi...this is a fav. spot. Tsunami is the restaurant up on top which you may enjoy especially if you like sushi...very good. Since you like casual, you must go to Roberto's on the River Road for either lunch or dinner..it is a true south Louisiana restaurant. Don't let the outside of the building disturb you..it's in an old General Store which hasn't had a lot of attention in recent years...fun and funky with great food!!

After you do your research, get back with us if you have more questions. I'll keep thinking. P.S. LSU Campus is always interesting with a stop to see Mike the Tiger.

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5. Re: Top 10 things to do in and around Baton Rouge

Thank you both.

We will definatley be visiting a Plantation house, our friend used to work in one (dont know which one)! I dont think you could go to that part of the county and not see one.

And a trip to Cajun country is also a must.

Thanks for the tips on restaurants. And I think we will have to see Mike the Tiger too, although I have to admit to not really knowing to much about American sports!! DS3 who is coming with though is clued up and I am sure he will steer us right!

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If you decide to add a swamp tour to your itinerary, here's a link to an earlier thread, where I list some of the small boat operators in the upper Atchafalaya Basin. Most of these are about 45 minutes from Baton Rouge.

tripadvisor.com/…34796738

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7. Re: Top 10 things to do in and around Baton Rouge

You will enjoy your visit to LSU's campus and see Mike the Tiger. Be sure to visit Tiger Stadium even if you can't get in. It's one of America's greatest football stadiums.

http://www.mikethetiger.com/

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8. Re: Top 10 things to do in and around Baton Rouge

Great suggestions. Roberto's is great. Avery Island is one of my favorite places. The jungle gardens are beautiful.

The Louisiana State Museum in downtown BR is great.

In addition to the mutts parade, you will be here for a few other Mardi Gras parades. It's worth checking out at least one:

visitbatonrouge.com/visitorslocals/…

You could see a basketball game at LSU. http://www.lsusports.net/ for schedules and ticket info.

The zydeco breakfast at Cafe des Amis is wonderful. If you decide to do that, get there early.

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9. Re: Top 10 things to do in and around Baton Rouge

Thanks everyone for your input, will be taking all the info with!

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10. Re: Top 10 things to do in and around Baton Rouge

Traveling from Florida to Arizona. Leaving 3/29. Were originally planning on going to New Orleans, but I find that Baton Rouge is more easily accessible travel wise, than New Orleans. Any tips. I've read posts and gather that Nattoway Plantation and Avery are musts. We don't know where to stay yet, but don't want to spend a ton of money on a place to sleep, but do want it to be clean, bed bug free and close to those two day trips. Any affordable suggestions?