Take your students on an adventure they’ll never forget! Baton Rouge is an ideal city for students to experience Louisiana’s vibrant cultural, historical and political background. Start with a tour of Louisiana’s State Capitol, a magnificent 34-story art-deco style structure that stands proudly as the nation’s tallest capitol building. Visit the 27th floor observation deck to view the entire city and the Mighty Mississippi River.
Stroll through the beautiful Capitol gardens to the Capitol Park Museum. Explore the state’s cultural history as you step onto a Mardi Gras float, discover the difference in Creole and Cajun, feast your eyes on a massive shrimp boat and immerse yourself in historical multimedia presentations.
Either picnic in the State Capitol gardens or grab lunch at Main Street Market where choices include down-home southern cooking, spicy Louisiana jambalaya, Greek and Lebanese food, warm sandwiches and fresh salads.
After lunch, head over to the Louisiana Art and Science Museum to enjoy fine art exhibitions, explore a hands-on science gallery and watch 3-D movies at the state-of-the-art planetarium. Also, walk next door to the USS KIDD, a restored WWII Fletcher-class destroyer. Be sure to check out the historic exhibits in the adjoining Veterans Memorial Museum.
Dive into nature at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. Visit wildlife ecology exhibits and travel the boardwalk to view a 65-acre cypress-tupelo swamp filled with birds, foxes, alligators and turtles.
After you’ve worked up an appetite at the swamp, eat delicious Cajun cuisine and listen to live music at Boutin’s Restaurant.
Wrap up the day at the Mall of Louisiana for a premier shopping and entertainment experience. The Mall offers over 175 retailers, and don’t forget to catch a movie at AMC Mall of Louisiana.
If your group is interested in fun outdoor adventures, check out Blue Bayou/Dixie Landin’ Amusement Park and the Baton Rouge Zoo. For students who are interested in cooking their own Louisiana cuisine, visit Young Chef’s Academy for a localized hands-on cooking experience.
Visiting Baton Rouge for a performance? Look no further than the many opportunities available to make your visit both memorable and educational. The Manship Theatre located in the Shaw Center for the Arts, Theatre Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Community College Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion and Louisiana State University’s Shaver or Reilly Theatre can host events and performances for groups of all sizes. Arrangements can be made in advance for workshops or clinics. In addition, performance groups wishing to see a pre-scheduled production can receive a group rate. To get the most updated details and seasonal information, be sure to contact the venue.
Baton Rouge is also known for great parades and festivals! Throughout the year, celebrations of history and culture abound with many opportunities for visiting performing groups. The Downtown Festival of Lights is an annual holiday celebration open to the public the first week of December. Choirs can schedule a performance on the main stage to sing holiday carols. More festivals to attend include FestForAll, the Baton Rouge Blues Festival and Bayou Country Superfest. Mardi Gras is also a great opportunity for dance groups and marching bands to join in the fun and excitement of Carnival Time! There are several parade krewes that roll through Baton Rouge on the two weekends before Fat Tuesday with over 20 slots for performance groups in each.
There are plenty of group-friendly activities for students of all ages. So come on over, Baton Rouge is waiting!
Please note, this tour is a suggestion of locations to visit and is not available for purchase.