Docked downtown on the Mighty Mississippi is the USS KIDD, a Fletcher-class destroyer that sailed in the Pacific during World War II. Sure to please any history buff, student or patriot, the KIDD is a place to recognize America's veterans and learn more about our military past. Explore the KIDD's deck, weapons and barracks, and then walk up river to the LASM for your next destination.
LASM and Planetarium
The Louisiana Art and Science Museum offers numerous exhibits for your viewing, including The River Inside: Photographs by John Guider, and Native American Baskets (on display until June 22). You can also view the museum's Anciet Egypt gallery, which is home to a 2,300-year-old mummy! After exploring the museum, head to the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium and ExxonMobil Space Theater. Catch a planetarium show and don't forget to view the two-story planet tower! Schedules for planetarium shows can be found here.
- Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Sunday: 1-5 p.m.
- Monday: closed
- Admission to Museum Galleries
- Children 2-12: $6.25
- Seniors 65+: $6.25
- Adults: $7.25
- College students with ID: free
- Admission to museum galleries plus planetarium show
- Children 2-12: $8
- Seniors 65+: $8
- Adults: $9
- College students with ID: $8
LSU MOA, located in the Shaw Center for the Arts, is right across the street from the LASM. Current exhibitions include Margaret Stones's Flora of Louisiana: The Baton Rouge Collection, Rooted Communities: The Art of Nari Ward, and The Visual Blues. This is sure to be a feast for your eyes!
- Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Sunday: 1-5 p.m.
- Adults and youth 13+: $5
- University students with ID: free
- Children under 13: free
The Louisiana State Capitol towers over Baton Rouge and is the tallest State Capitol in the U.S. Wander around the Capitol's lush and expansive gardens, and then head into the building to ride two elevators all the way to the viewing deck to get a spectacular view of Baton Rouge and the Mississippi River.
Capitol Park Museum
After visiting the Louisiana State Capitol, walk to the Capitol Park Museum to learn what Louisiana is all about. Dive into our state's distinct cultures, and view exhibits on Mardi Gras, fishing, music and politics. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
- Tuesday-Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Sunday-Monday: closed
- Adults: $6
- Students, seniors, military: $5
- Children 12 and under: free
BREC Baton Rouge Zoo
Come visit your favorite animals at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo. At our zoo, you can find tigers, monkeys, alligators and more. Be sure to swing in L'Aquarium de Louisiane to see native and exotic fish, reptiles and amphibians.
- Monday-Sunday: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Adults and teens: $8.25
- Seniors: $7.25
- Children 2-12: $5.25
- Children under 2: free
Located next to Independence Park's softball fields, this BREC water park has it all: a splash pad, playground, lazy river, slides and pools. Liberty Lagoon is a must-see for anyone wishing to cool down and have fun this summer in Baton Rouge.
- Monday-Friday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Sunday: Noon-7 p.m.
- Ages 2 and younger: free
- Under 48" tall: $8
- 48" and taller: $10
- Lazy River tubes: $1 per tube per day
- Public lockers: $2 per locaker per day
|Water Playground at Liberty Lagoon|
Photo via Liberty Lagoon
Magnolia Mound Plantation was built in 1791 and is home to some of Louisiana's richest history. The plantation's museum includes dozens of French and English furniture and decorations from the early 19th century. You can also tour an open-hearth kitchen, overseer's house, crop garden, quarter house, pigeonnier and carriage house.
- Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Sunday: 1-4 p.m.
- Adults: $10
- Seniors 65+: $8
- Students 18-22: $8
- Children 3-17: $4
Rural Life Museum
LSU's Rural Life Museum contains three sections: the Exhibit Barn, which features rural artifacts from the early 20th century; the Plantation Quarters, which includes nine early 19th century buildings to replicate daily plantation activities; and the Louisiana Folk Architecture complex, which includes six Louisiana-style buildings to represent the various and distinct cultures found in our state.
- Monday-Sunday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Adults and teens: $9
- Seniors 62+: $8
- Children 5-11: $8
- Children under 5: free
- Windrush Gardens: $3 per person
Red Stick Farmers' Market
Join the locals at the Red Stick Farmers' Market every Saturday morning at downtown Baton Rouge at Fifth and Main Streets. Shop around for fresh, local food and produce and get to know what we're like in the Red Stick.
- Saturday: 8 a.m.-noon
LSU is the home of the Tigers, but did you know that the University is also home to the only live tiger mascot in the nation? Come to campus and visit Mike, a Bengal-Siberian mix tiger, who loves to swim, pace and nap. Mike is usually in his habitat every day, but sometimes stays inside his night house for inclement weather or yard work. After visiting Mike, explore LSU's beautiful campus, with its hundreds of famous live oaks and magnolias.
Danielle Kelley, communications intern
Danielle is the communications intern for Visit Baton Rouge. She was born and raised in East Baton Rouge Parish, and is passionate about all things Louisiana. An LSU senior, Danielle is studying mass communication with a concentration in public relations. She loves books, birds and Baton Rouge.
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