ABC’s of the Baton Rouge Area :: 75+ Ideas and Activities for Baton Rouge Family Fun

We are taking you straight through the alphabet with over 75 ideas and activities that are perfect for Baton Rouge family fun. There is everything from indoor Baton Rouge family fun to weekend day trips, all pre-approved by our team here at Red Stick Moms Blog (all local Baton Rouge moms)! We’ve even created a handy printable for you use to keep track of all your adventures and cross things off as you go. Click on the image below or right here to print, and enjoy all the Baton Rouge family fun you can!

Check out our Baton Rouge Guide to Splash Pads and Water Fun {to beat the Baton Rouge heat} and our Guide to Things to Do In Baton Rouge When It Rains {Or Is Just TOO Hot} for more Baton Rouge family fun!


Baton Rouge family fun

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Alex Box Stadium :: Join college baseball’s greatest fans to cheer on LSU’s six-time national champions. There’s a playground inside and kids are invited to run the bases after Sunday games.*

Andonie Museum :: Located on LSU’s campus, the Andonie Museum tells the story of LSU Athletics. Young and old alike can explore and discover hundreds of pieces of memorabilia and artifacts exhibiting the history, traditions, and nostalgia of LSU.

Atchafalaya Basin :: A huge swamp containing almost one million acres, the Atchafalaya basin is also home to an eighteen mile long bridge. If the view from the bridge isn’t exciting enough for your family, boat tours are available through several companies. You can find a list here.

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Bass Pro Shop :: A destination for hunting, fishing, and outdoor gear located in Denham Springs. Check out their museum, animal displays, aquarium, and entertainment center.

Beach :: Dip your toes into Lake Ponchatrain at Fountainbleu State Park in Mandeville and find the perfect escape for a day trip or weekend. swampWhile you’re there, be sure to enjoy the trails, playground, and variety of camping options.

Bluebonnet Swamp :: BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center is a 103-acre facility featuring nature programs and environmental education including educational group tours, live animal encounters, holiday and summer day camps, toddler activities, birding walks, field trips and special events.

Botanical Gardens :: Baton Rouge is lucky to have two botanical gardens: the LSU AgCenter gardens at Burden Museum and the BREC Botanical Gardens at Independence Park. Both feature walking trails and are open to the public daily. The LSU AgCenter also features a Children’s Garden.

Bowling :: enjoy any of the local bowling alleys: All Star Lanes, Circle Bowl, and Premier Lanes Entertainment Center.

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Camp Istrouma :: A retreat center and summer camp located 10 miles northeast of Baton Rouge. The camp features 162 acres of magnificent south Louisiana natural woodlands including nature trails and a large lake. The camp is owned and operated by the United Methodist Church.

Cabela’s :: A destination for hunting, fishing, and outdoor gear located in Gonzales.  Check out the incredible animal displays and aquarium.

Celebration Station :: Fun for the whole family! Celebration Station features arcade games, batting cages, go-karts, minitature golf, small rides, and pizza.

Center Stage Performing Arts Academy :: The only comprehensive studio in the area providing students with training in various styles of dance, acting, voice, musical theatre, and instrumentation.

City-Brooks Community Park :: nestled between LSU and Mid-City, City Park is over 150 acres and features a large playground, dog park, tennis center, golf course, art gallery, and splash pad. There’s plenty of room for a picnic under the sprawling oaks.

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Deep fried seafood at Sammy’s :: There is just something about fried shrimp, oysters, catfish, and crawfish that the average Louisianan cannot refuse. Sammy’s is a Baton Rouge institution and has four locations in the area, but don’t be afraid to venture off the beaten path and try someplace new!

Denham Springs Main Street :: captures small town America with its antique and arts district. Several festivals are held throughout the year as well.  Be sure to stop in one of the delicious cafes or coffee shops while you’re out and about.

Downtown Baton Rouge family fun :: the perfect place to walk around, explore, play and eat while you take in the sights of the grand Mississippi River.

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Etoufee at The Chimes :: Crawfish Etoufee is a classic Louisiana Dish and The Chimes is the perfect place to get it. Whether you visit the original location near LSU or Chimes East on Coursey, you’ll be pleased by the casual vibe–and don’t worry, it’s loud enough that no one will bat an eye at your noisy toddler!

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Forest Community Park :: Located on South Harrell’s Ferry, this huge park features walking trails as well as a playground, splash pad, dog park, fishing pond, tennis center, and softball fields.

Fountains at the Shaw Center :: The Shaw Center is a multi-use arts and museum complex, but the big draw on a hot day are the fountains out front! Kids and pets alike enjoy frolicking in the randomly erupting geysers.

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Global Wildlife Center :: Located about an hour from Baton Rouge, Global Wildlife Center is home to over 3000 animals. Come face to face with the roaming animals on a guided safari tour.

Greenwood Community Park :: This hidden gem in Baker features a lake, cafe, golf course, disc golf, playground, splash pad, tennis center, dog park, and hiking areas and trails.

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Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin and Strawberry Patches :: the perfect ways to spend the day in fall or spring. The pumpkin patch in Hammond opens September 23 and offers tons of interactive activities for children and adults alike.*

Highland Road Park and Observatory :: Run by LSU, the observatory offers a Science Academy for 8-12 year olds as well as a summer day camp for kids 6-13. Kids may also enjoy the evening sky viewings on Saturdays from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

Hilltop Aboretum :: Kids age 4-10 can learn about nature and gardening through youth programs, or the whole family can come to enjoy a leisurely stroll or picnic (even leashed dogs are welcome). The grounds are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk and admission is free.

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Ice Skating at the River Center :: Every holiday season the floor of the River Center is transformed into an ice rink for two weeks!*

Indian Mounds-LSU :: Let your kids get their wiggles out by running and climbing on the LSU Indian Mounds. They date back more than 5,000 years (that’s older than the pyramids!) and are some of the oldest Native American mounds found in Louisiana.

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Jambalaya Park :: This Gonzales park features a playground, picnic area, pool, splash pad, and amphitheater.

Jellystone Park :: Located about an hour from Baton Rouge, this campground features two swimming pools, two lakes, canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, kayaks, playgrounds, mini-golf, athletic facilities, and a video arcade. Tent and RV campsites are available as well as cabins.

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Kayak the LSU Lakes ::Rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard from LSU UREC to get a better view of one of Baton Rouge’s greatest treasures.

Kidz Korner Playland :: The only playground in our area designed specifically for children with special needs, this park is fun for kids of all abilities.

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Leo’s Rollerland and Iceland :: Let the kids learn to play hockey, take ice skating lessons, or just have some good old-fashioned family fun.

Liberty Lagoon :: Plunge down heart-dropping waterslides or relax in many of the more tame play areas, like the zero entry pool or the lazy river. The whole place is kid friendly and it’s very affordable.*

Library Storytime :: East Baton Rouge has an amazing library system and children’s storytimes are located at most branches every week. Contact your local branch for days and times!

Live After Five :: Enjoy this free outdoor concert every Friday in the fall and spring.*

Louisiana Arts and Science Museum :: Educational entertainment for visitors of all ages! On the first Sunday of every month LASM offers free admission to the children’s gallery.

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Magnolia Mound Plantation :: Tour the main house, which dates to 1791, and surrounding buildings and grounds. Summer and holiday day camps are available.

Mike the Tiger :: Visit LSU’s live Bengal tiger mascot in his 15,000 square foot habitat. MIKELeave Fido at home–Mike’s a little feisty.

Mudpies and Masterpieces :: Look no further for one of a kind art birthday party for your littles. They can do anything from a snoball to Ninja Turtle to Queen Elsa. Painting parties and fun!

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Natchez Boat Cruise :: Just an hour southeast of Baton Rouge, enjoy a ride on the Mighty Mississippi while listening to jazz music and viewing the New Orleans skyline.

New State Capitol :: Tour the tallest building in Baton Rouge and the tallest capital in the US. See where Huey P. Long was shot. Run the steps. Explore the gardens. A real treat for any age.

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Oak Grove Splash Park  :: On the border of Prairieville and Baton Rouge, this is a perfect place to cool off on those hot summer days. In addition to the splash park, enjoy the traditional playground and sand volleyball court. Just remember to bring your own chairs.

Old Governor’s Mansion :: After visiting the Old State Capital, walk on down to learn more about the governors who lived here and ruled Louisiana. Kids love learning about Huey’s secret passageway!

Old Hickory Railroad  :: Get back to a time where railroads connected our country by taking a 6.2 mile ride commemorating the Clinton and Port Hudson Railroad in Jackson, LA.

Old State Capitol :: A medieval fortress on the outside with spiraled staircase and an amazing stained glass dome on the inside houses the storied history of Louisiana’s flamboyant political history.

Outlet Shopping :: hit up Tanger Outlet Mall in Gonzales.

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Pennington Planetarium :: Revel in the wonders of the universe inside this 60 ft. domed theater located at LASM Art and Science museum.

Perkins Road Park :: This action packed BREC facility features a skate park, BMX track, rock-climbing tower, and (recently shaded) playground for younger children.

Perkins Rowe :: One stop for shopping, dining, movies and seasonal music concerts.

Playmakers :: Introduce your child to the arts by attending these kid friendly plays. You will not be disappointed.

Pretend Play Party :: Let your child’s imagination run wild in an indoor center with puzzles and games.

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Quack quack! Feed the ducks at the LSU Lakes :: Don’t throw away that old bread. Start your morning with feeding the ducks. It’s also a perfect excuse to see some eye candy as college guys and gals run around the lakes.

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Red Stick Farmers Market :: Shop local farmers while teaching your kids where their food comes from and the importance of buying locally every MARKETSaturday morning til 1:00pm. Step inside the adjacent Main Street Market to grab breakfast or lunch!

Rural Life Museum :: Museum opens daily and with special events throughout the year highlighting 19th century Louisiana. Don’t miss the Harvest Days, A rural Life Christmas, an Old Fashioned Easter Celebration, and other events throughout the year.

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Sherwood Forest Indoor Playground :: Featuring a walking track, fitness center, and, most importantly, a fenced play area, this BREC facility is gloriously air-conditioned, making it a perfect retreat for summer months and rainy days.

Snowballs :: A sticky Louisiana summer isn’t complete without an equally sticky snoball! Our favorites are Sweety’s, Way Cool, and Snoman*

St. Francisville :: This small town sits just north of Baton Rouge but feels like a step back in time. Whether you go for the local shopping, to commune with nature, or to eat at the mouthwatering Magnolia Cafe, you’re sure to enjoy a day in St. Francisville.

St. Joseph’s Cathedral :: A landmark in Catholicism in south Louisiana. This beautiful church dates to 1853 and is is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Tickfaw State Park :: Only 45 minutes from Baton Rouge, this beautiful state park offers TICFAWeasy trails, playgrounds, a nature center, and several camping options.

Tiger Stadium :: Cheer on LSU’s Fighting Tigers with 100,320 of your closest friends on Saturdays in the fall.

Tony’s Seafood Market :: A Baton Rouge institution, this place has been family-owned for more than fifty years and has the best live and boiled seafood in town.

Trader Joe’s :: Kids are important customers at Trader Joe’s! There are pint-size shopping carts, free samples, stickers, suckers, and a stuffed Mike The Tiger hiding somewhere among the shelves.

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Unleash Fido at Raising Cane’s Dog Park :: This is a great no-leash area right next to the playground at City-Brooks Community Park.

USS Kidd :: This retired Navy destroyer served through two eras of conflict and is now a floating museum. Kids can even camp aboard overnight!

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Venture :: into the wilderness at Tunica Hills. Located in Clark Creek Natural Area just an hour north of Baton Rouge, you will find incredible trails, waterfalls, and hikes perfect for any nature lover.

Volunteer :: as a family through one of the many programs set up by Volunteers of America.

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Walk the Mall of Louisiana :: enjoy the shops, food court, indoor playground, carousel, train and animal car rides, and more!

Whole Foods :: Here you can establish healthy eating habits from an early age by grocery shopping as a family. Whole Foods provides kid friendly recipes, budget and meal planning tips, and ways to get kds excited about healthy snacks.

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Xtreme Roller Coaster at Dixie Landin’  :: This roller coaster flies at 37 mph and rises to 51 ft. Definitely a must experience by all dare devils!*

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Young Chef’s Academy :: This is a wonderful way to introduce the art of cooking to any young chef. They offer birthday parties, camps, and special events. They even offer gift certificates, which is a perfect gift for that kid who has everything.

YMCA :: There’s bound to be one close to you no matter where you live. The YMCA offers monthly memberships as well as seasonal sporting activities and summer camps for non-members. Many local companies even offer discounted  memberships. Check them out for all your family fitness needs.

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Zoo :: No need to drive all the way to New Orleans to enjoy zoo animals. The Baton Rouge Zoo, located just a few minutes north in Baker, is the perfect size to see a variety of animals in just one visit.

Zachary :: It’s the best of both worlds: a small town only minutes from the big city. Read more about why we love Zachary here.

Zephyrs Game :: You can “Step up to the Plate” and enjoy America’s favorite pastime by attending a minor league game. Check out the schedule to find out what events are going on for the kids.*

*These activities may be seasonal. Please check their sites for dates.

Enjoy all of this Baton Rouge family fun!

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3 Responses to ABC’s of the Baton Rouge Area :: 75+ Ideas and Activities for Baton Rouge Family Fun

  1. Davis Hotard May 23, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

    You included Playmakers and Center Stage, but left off Theatre Baton Rouge, which has kid-friendly “The Music Man” running almost all June.

  2. Crystal July 29, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

    Lil Bambino’s is a fantastic place for toddlers as well. It’s in Gonzales.

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