Best Attractions & Activities

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Baton Rouge to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.

Myrtles Plantation

This gracious plantation home, claimed by some to be haunted, sits amid beautifully landscaped grounds and ageless oaks. Built around 1796, the Myrtles is low-slung with a generous, beautifully detailed porch. Inside, the home is a study of...  Read More

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

Should you want to get out of town a bit and browse Louisiana's natural beauty, this center affords great sightseeing. A mix of forest and swamplands, the 101-acre area shelters a wealth of flora and fauna, and easily accessible nature trails...  Read More

Reputed to be Baton Rouge's oldest church, this elegant cathedral actually sits on the site of two previous sanctuaries. The first was a Spanish church dating to the 1790s. The present building was constructed in the mid-19th century, although...  Read More

An abundance of culture lies ready for exploration at this terrific museum, which couples art and science in an impressive, historic depot set along the Mississippi. Permanent and temporary art collections go hand-in-hand with interactive...  Read More

LSU Museum of Natural Science

Intended to collect and document specimens from the natural world, this museum and research facility offers a wealth of information on Louisiana's native wildlife. Many of the holdings are displayed in naturalistic cases for visitors to peruse....  Read More

Magnolia Mound Plantation

Nestled in a grove of gracefully arching trees, Magnolia Mound began as a small, late 18th-century home and was expanded into a plantation home. Its French Creole styling is relatively simple, and the home, elevated on piers, features a generous...  Read More

You can't miss this well-situated riverboat casino, which is docked on the Mississippi across from the State Capitol. Boasting tens of thousands of square feet of space, Hollywood Casino guarantees that you'll find something to wager on. Among...  Read More

Belle of Baton Rouge

Docked on the Mississippi River near the convention center, this triple-deck riverboat easily takes care of folks who want to indulge in a bit of gaming. Blackjack, roulette, craps, and mini-baccarat comprise the table games, while video poker...  Read More

Hilltop Arboretum

These gardens were begun by Emory Smith and donated to LSU in 1991 as a practical classroom for landscape and botany students. On the fourteen acres are a variety of native trees and plants, including wonderful old oaks, magnolias, bamboo,...  Read More

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo

Since 1970, visitors to, and residents of, Baton Rouge have been able to "travel" the world at this charming zoo. Animals from Asia, Africa, North and South America make their home here, delighting children and teaching respect for wildlife and...  Read More