Celebrate Graduation Weekend in Baton Rouge!
Home to two major universities, Louisiana State University and Southern University, students from all around the world call Baton Rouge their second home. Come graduation weekend in the Spring and Fall, the city is filled with family and friends in town to celebrate the major achievements of their loved one. Whether you’re visiting Baton Rouge for the first time for a graduation, or you’re trying to plan the best graduation weekend for your guests coming to see you walk across the stage, look no further.
Dining out for graduation
Named one of the “Best Foodie Cities,” many families look to celebrate after graduation ceremonies around a table at one of Baton Rouge’s many restaurants. Our restaurateurs love accommodating large parties and groups, and many offer specials for graduates and their families. Just be sure to make your graduation reservations early as spots at these eateries fill up fast. If your commencement time is an earlier one, these popular brunch spots in Baton Rouge would be perfect following an early-morning graduation. If you’re coming to Baton Rouge for the first time or from afar, check out our best restaurants for out of towners, to get a true feel of our authentic Louisiana Cajun and Creole cuisine in Baton Rouge!
Where to stay in Baton Rouge for graduation
If your grad’s apartment can’t fit the whole family, check out these great hotels and beds & breakfasts near Baton Rouge's college campuses. LSU has two convenient hotels situation on campus, the Cook Hotel and the Staybridge, but some other options include the quaint Stockade Bed and Breakfast or taking the short drive down Nicholson to stay at one of the hotels in Baton Rouge's bustling downtown. Southern Graduation visitors can enjoy the convenience of many hotels near the university and ease of access from the Baton Rouge airport.
Explore Baton Rouge
Get to know the city! Show your guests around town to take in the landmarks and sights of Baton Rouge. Did you know we're home to the tallest state capitol building in the nation? No trip to Louisiana's capital city is complete without making a trip to the very top of the "new" State Capitol and taking in the panoramic views of Baton Rouge from the Observation Deck. Do you know the meaning behind the city's name of "Baton Rouge?" The answer lies right on Southern University's campus. Have fun exploring the tops things to do in Baton Rouge with your family and friends in town for graduation.
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