With the help of our partners, we’ve created the 225 Insider’s Guide to fall fun in the Greater Baton Rouge area and beyond. Take in what’s new and what’s tried and true in hot spots at home and across the region.
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DISCOVER MONROE-WEST MONROE
On the banks of the Ouachita River and Bayou Desiard is the perfect destination for outdoors, shopping, art and dining. Our favorite to-dos are the Landry Vineyard Concerts and Stomp Festival and the shopping events on Antique Alley.
The Ridgeland Scarecrow Trail is open October 2nd through the 31st at the Ridgeland Wildflower Fields. Visitors can take in the autumn vibes while walking among beautiful wildflowers and scarecrows created by locals.
ST. LANDRY PARISH
Travel the Zydeco Cajun Prairie Scenic Byway that pays tribute to the music of south Louisiana. Relish in St Landry’s rich history by visiting the museums, antique shops, churches, dancehalls and historic homes along the way.
HOUMAS HOUSE ESTATE AND GARDENS
The guided mansion tour walks through the rich 250-year history. Make sure to grab cocktails at the Turtle Bar and dinner at Latil’s Landing in the original 1770’s French House.
NATCHITOCHES CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
Don’t miss the 96th annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival on Saturday, December 3rd. Lights turn on November 19th and remain on through January 6th.
Ninety miles north of Baton Rouge is Natchez, located high on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. Natchez is over 300 years old and is considered the jewel of Mississippi, offering visitors historic sites, museums, shopping, outdoor adventure and down-home Southern cuisine.
CLOSER TO HOME
BLUE ZOO BATON ROUGE
Touch and feed stingrays, birds and reptiles and observe sharks, sea horses, clown fish and other interesting sea creatures. This is the perfect spot for a fun family outing, field trip, birthday party or any other celebration.
LOUISIANA ART & SCIENCE MUSEUM
The Diamonds of History: Mighty Women by Ashley Longshore is a must-see exhibit on view September 30 – January 29th. The exhibition will feature pop art style portraits of 29 influential women from the past and today who have been leaders in culture, science and art.
VISIT BATON ROUGE
Home to the LSU Tigers and Southern Jags, in the fall Baton Rouge comes alive with football and tailgating. Enjoy a staycation by visiting the USS KIDD Veterans Museum, hop over to Elsie’s Plate and Pie for lunch and then stargaze at the Highland Road Park Observatory.
LOUISIANA OLD STATE CAPITOL
Check out the Voices & Votes traveling exhibit by the Smithsonian’s Museum on Mainstreet this fall to learn more about American democracy.
WATERMARK BATON ROUGE HOTEL
Weekend brunch at The Gregory is a local foodie’s favorite. The brunch burger is amazing, or try a classic with a twist – we love the boudin omelet.
LSU MUSEUM OF ART
On view November 17 through February 2023 is the Mediterranea: American Art from the Graham D. Williford Collection. The collection features 71 works created by American artists who visited or studied in the areas included in the Grand Tour tradition in the late 19th and early 20th century.
RENAISSANCE BATON ROUGE HOTEL
If you haven’t already tried Tallulah’s new menu, you are missing out. The lamb lollipops on the small plate menu are delectable and the cedar plank red fish is out of this world.
LSU RURAL LIFE MUSEUM
Don’t miss Haints Haunts and Halloween on October 30th. Take the family to enjoy storytelling, cake walks, games, and trick or treating on the museum grounds.
THEATRE BATON ROUGE
Celebrating their 77th season of community theater and arts, they have an exciting lineup this fall. This is the first time for the Addams Family, a hilarious musical centered around everyone’s favorite spooky family playing November 11-20 on the Main Stage.
OXBOW RUM DISTILLERY
Tour the local distillery to see how the finest rum in Louisiana is made from the sugarcane farm to your glass. Just two miles from prime tailgating, stop by on a Saturday to grab a drink or buy a bottle.
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