Enjoy the amazing downtown museums
The majority of Baton Rouge’s museums are clustered downtown. The Shaw Center hosts the LSU Museum of Art and the Manship Theatre, which has programming that ranges from documentary screenings to shows boasting local talent, like the New Venture Theatre. A few steps away is the Louisiana Art and Science Museum, where you can cool off in a planetarium show.
Don’t leave hungry
Baton Rouge got in on the fancy food hall trend with the White Star Market. Inside, you’ll find a variety of local options, including Baton Rouge chef and Food Network personality Jay Ducote’s Gov’t Taco. Go for the Clucks and Balances, a taco filled with chicken thighs and pimento mac and cheese, or the vegetarian Magna Carrot. Save room for dessert at Elsie’s Plate and Pie down the block.
Pick up some local gifts
The weekly Red Stick Farmers’ Market is always worth a walk through. Area farmers truck in everything from freshly baked bread to cured meats, veggies, and house plants. Once a month, the Baton Rouge Arts Market gets in on the action. Look for local artisans selling paintings, crafts, and handmade jewelry -- like the locally inspired pieces from Mimosa.
Meet some ghosts
On a scale of one to extremely haunted, the Myrtles Plantation is simply off the charts. The 221-year-old historic-home-turned-B&B has been featured on Unsolved Mysteries, Ghost Hunters, and Ghost Adventures. Stop in for a tour so the guides can tell you the legend of Chloe -- and why you’d never want to sample any of her baked goods.