What better way to welcome your attendees than in true southern style! Don't wait until the first day of sessions to kick off your conference, bring an authentic Louisiana experience to attendees before the real work begins.

1. Host a few rounds of golf for your attendees at one of our many beautiful area golf courses.

One of Golf Digest's highest ranking municipal courses, Santa Maria Golf Course is built on 150 acres of rolling terrain and features 18 lakes and two natural waterways. The 18-hole course measures 6,969 yards in length from the championship tees. The Spanish-style clubhouse includes Champions Grill overlooking the par-five finishing hole, where you'll be sure to want to stop in for a meal or drinks after your round.


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Copper Mill, one of Golf Digests Top 10 courses in Louisiana, is a "links-style" course mirroring those found in Scotland. This unique layout combines three par 3 holes, three par 4 holes and three par 5 holes on each nine. The course features the native terrain of Louisiana, weaving its way through grasses, wetlands and marshes.


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City Park Golf Course was designed and built in 1926 and is one of 20 courses in the US to be placed on the national register of historic places as the city's first municipal golf course. This 40 acre, nine-hole course is notable for its natural beauty, mature trees, lake vistas and small bayou. Ideal for a quick round of golf, league play, or a different-than-usual venue for south Louisiana with stately oak trees and well defined elevations and hills.


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2. Experience the beautiful and get up close and personal with Louisiana wildlife on a swamp tour!

Located just South of Baton Rouge, Cajun Pride Swamp Tours provides a unique educational journey through privately owned swamps ensure an undisturbed immersion into the natural wildlife of Louisiana. Cajun Captains guide you through the Bayous of South Louisiana exploring the primitive beauty of moss-draped cypress trees and even spotting a few alligators along the way.


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3. A Cajun Culinary Experience

If the outdoors aren't your thing, learn from the professionals at Red Stick Spice, a local spice shop with all local ingredients, while you cook a true southern meal. Red Stick Spice cooking classes offer a variety of classes from learning traditional southern and Cajun dishes, canning jellies and jams, to cooking up international favorites – there is something for everyone. Take home memories, and skills to bring the flavors of Baton Rouge home! 


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4. Host a welcome reception before your first session with sunset on a rooftop overlooking the city.

After spending a day on the greens, boating in the swamps or cooking an authentic Southern meal, enjoy riverfront views and reconnecting with your peers over cocktails at one of our downtown rooftop venues.

Tsunami Sushi has perfected marrying fresh seafood and diverse Asian dishes to true southern roots in this modern Asian restaurant. Located on the rooftop of downtown's Shaw building, grab a cocktail or a roll overlooking the mighty Mississippi River and take in some of the best views of Baton Rouge. 


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The Loft at Cecilia Creole Bistro provides a blend of Spanish, French, African and Caribbean cultures in its Creole cuisine. The Loft at Cecilia overlooks the Mississippi River downtown Baton Rouge's Third Street.


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