Things to Do in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge is a vibrant city with plenty of things to see and do. We encourage you to make the most of your time in the city during Family Weekend by exploring all that Baton Rouge has to offer. 

Please note that these events are not held in conjunction with Family Weekend, and additional costs may be associated with these events. Visit for a list of additional events and attractions. 

Special Events

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens Corn Maze

Join the crazy mazy fun with hayrides, zip lining, face painting, Bayou Goula’s Petting Zoo, pumpkin decorating and more! Corn Maze has thousands of visitors each year and is Baton Rouge’s most aMAZEing event!

Location: LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, 4560 Essen Lane Baton Rouge Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 per person; Free for children ages 3 and under; Friends of the Gardens family membership discount: $5 per person 

Museums and Attractions

Baton Rouge Zoo

Discover the animal kingdom at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo. The adventure awaits those of all ages, so bring the entire family and visit with all the marvelous animals through walking paths, train rides, and up-close experiences.

Location: 3601 Thomas Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70807
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Cost: $8.75 for adults and teens, $5.75 for ages 2 – 12, $7.75 for senior citizens, and free for ages 1 and under

Knock Knock Children’s Museum

Families and children of all backgrounds and experiences can interact and learn through play. The Knock Knock Children’s Museum is fill with hands-on, fun-filled interactive exhibits anchored in developing children through literacy skills while also expanding knowledge and raising interest in STEM subjects and careers.

Location: 1900 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
Hours: Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free for ages 1 and younger, $14 for all other visitors

Louisiana Art & Science Museum

Join those at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum to meet with lifelong explorers inspired by art and science. Enjoy exhibitions, planetarium shows, hands-on galleries, interactive performances, and more. 

Location: 100 River Road South, Downtown Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Hours: Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $7.50 for children and senior citizens, $9 for adults

** College students with ID will receive a complimentary one-year membership by paying general adult admission for their first visit only.**

**The Museum offers free admission to the galleries on the first Sunday of each month. Durning these first Sundays, unlimited planetarium shows are also available for $6 per person.**

Louisiana’s Old State Capitol

Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, a Gothic architectural treasure, stands high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The 165-year-old statehouse has withstood war, fire, scandal, bitter debate, abandonment, and occasional fistfight. Today, the building stands as a testament to bold, inspired leadership and active citizenship. 

Location: 100 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Hours: Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Free admission for self-guided tour

LSU Museum of Art

Get inspired through collections, exhibitions, conservation, and education at the LSU Museum of Art. The museum “supports ambitious art outreach initiatives ranging from collaborative projects with local artists and LSU faculty and students to thriving primary and secondary school art programs.” Join the Louisiana Museum of Art on September 22 for the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day for free admission!

Location: Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette Street, 5th Floor, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Hours: Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.
Cost: $5 for ages 13 and older. Free for children 12 and under and those with a University student ID.

**The first Sunday of every month is FREE admission**

Red Stick Farmers Market

Red Stick Farmers is an open-air, producer-only market, with over 50 member farmers and a variety of locally grown products, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, seafood, artisan breads, homemade pies, honey, milk and cheese, native plants, herbs, and specialty food items. Cash, credit, and debit cards are accepted. Red Stick Farmers Market has a no pet policy.

Location: 5th and Main Streets (Downtown Baton Rouge)
Hours: Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

USS Kidd Veterans Museum

Join those aboard the Fletcher-class destroyer USS Kidd (DD-661), the “Pirate of the Pacific”. Located in the heart of scenic downtown Baton Rouge, she is the centerpiece of a memorial which serves to honor the men and women of our American armed forces. Through these pages, you will take a step back in time and learn about their sacrifices for the freedoms we enjoy today. 

Location: 205 South River Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Hours: Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for veterans and senior citizens, and $8 for children

Theaters and Performances

LSU School of Theatre

Join the LSU School of Theatre for their production of Trouble in Mind from September 25, 2019 to October 6, 2019.

Location: 102 School of Music Building Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Showtime: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Visit event’s website for ticket information. 

Religious Services 

Beth Shalom Synagogue

Location: 9111 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Date & Time: Friday, October 4th at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 5th at 10 a.m.

Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church 

Location: 3235 Dalrymple Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Date & Time: Sunday, October 6th at 11:00 a.m.

Christ Covenant Church (Non-denominational)

Location: 1700 Lee Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Date & Time: Sunday, October 6th at 10:00 a.m.

Christ the King Catholic Church 

Location: 11 Fraternity Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Date & Time: Saturday, October 5th 3 hours before kick-off
Date & Time:
Sunday, October 6th at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. (in Spanish), 6:00 p.m., & 8:00 p.m.

Congregation B'nai Israel

Location: 3354 Kleinert Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Date & Time: Friday, October 4th at 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 5th at 10 a.m.

Islamic Center of Baton Rouge

Location: 820 W. Chimes St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(Sunday services are held at Masjid Al-Rahman located at 285 E. Airport Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806)
Date & Time: Sunday, October 6th from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.

Istrouma Baptist Church

Location: 10500 Sam Rushing Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 7081
Date & Time: Sunday, October 6th at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

St. Alban's Chapel (Episcopal/Anglican)

Location: 11 Dalrymple Dr. & Highland Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Date & Time: Sunday, October 6th at 10:30 a.m.

The Chapel on the Campus & The Refuge (Non-denominational)

Location: 3355 Dalrymple Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Date & Time: Sunday, October 6th at 7:45 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and 7:30 p.m.

University Presbyterian 

Location: 3240 Dalrymple Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Date & Time: Sunday, October 6th at 10:00 a.m.

University United Methodist Church 

Location: 3350 Dalrymple Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Date & &Time: Sunday, October 6th at 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.