As 2018 comes to a close, most start reflecting on the past year and how they can better themselves. Running shoes are taken out of the closet, healthy grocery lists are made, monthly budgets are produced and goals are set. Here in Baton Rouge, we want to help you keep your new year’s resolutions and have fun while doing so. Here are the top 5 new year’s resolutions and how you can keep them while visiting the Red Stick.



The most common new year’s resolution is to exercise more. Whether your goal is to get in shape, get more active, or simply get outside, here are a few options to get you moving:

Baton Rouge Lakes

Go for a run, a bike ride, or a stroll along the Baton Rouge lakes near LSU’s campus. If you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, the LSU UREC offers gear rentals open to the public for outdoor activities such as kayaking, camping, canoeing and backpacking!

Exercise Classes

If you need a little guidance in your exercise, an exercise class is a great option. Find your center with a yoga class at Yoga Bliss or try a total-body workout experience at a  Pure Barre class. For a one-stop location for all things fitness, visit the YMCA Baton Rouge.


Eat Healthier:

Though the Baton Rouge culinary scene seems to showcase savory meals with hearty portions, it’s just as easy to find healthy choices in Baton Rouge!

MJ's Cafe

A full vegan restaurant in Mid City’s White Star Market with flavors so delicious you may ponder switching to “plant-based goodness.”

Magpie Cafe

This local favorite cafe has healthy and vegetarian-friendly brunch and lunch options with two locations in downtown Baton Rouge or on Perkins Road.

Shop at Southside Produce

Knowing where your food comes from is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. Peruse the locally-sourced produce from Southside Produce shop on Perkins Road.

The Big Squeezy

The farm-to-bottle cold pressed juicery located in various spots around Baton Rouge has juices with flavors that everyone will love with ingredients you can trust.

Southfin Southern Poke

A Hawaiian street food bowl of fresh, healthy ingredients you can pick yourself with two locations: Corporate Blvd or Perkins Road.

PJ's Coffee

PJ’s Coffee has kicked up the coffee game by launching PJ’s Nitro Cold Brew Coffee, their first ready-to-drink offering. PJ’s Nitro Cold Brew Coffee infuses nitrogen gas into its classic cold brew, creating a creamy, stout-like effect—with zero calories. The canned nitro coffee is available in two flavors: Original Cold Brew Coffee and Southern Pecan.


Spend More Time with Family:

Is there a better way to spend time with the people you love than traveling? If there is, we haven’t found one yet. If you’re looking for some family-friendly activities to do during your trip to Baton Rouge, check out our family-friendly blog post for ideas!


Save Money:

Trips and traveling don’t have to break the bank. There are plenty of free things to do in the capital including museum tours, landmark sites and local spots worth visiting.


Take Up a New Hobby:

Learning a new skill is a great way to broaden your horizons and increase your work ethic!

Pottery Classes

Take a pottery class at Alligator Clay Company or at Throw Me Something pottery studio!

Cajun Dance Lessons

Have a little taste of Cajun culture by taking dance lessons at the Cajun French Music Association or at the MidCity Ballroom.

Archery Lessons

Whether it’s for team building or just for fun, learn archery or axe-throwing at Gotham Archery.