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Baton Rouge is the hometown of Louisiana State University, and I love visiting university towns because there are always so many great opportunities for fun things to do. The best thing is, many of them are free! I’ve researched all the options and come up with the top 25 free things to do in Baton Rouge so that you can enjoy your visit without breaking the bank.

Top 25 Free Things to Do in Baton Rouge

Watch a sunset at Scott’s Bluff

This location is a famous spot to sit in the evenings and watch the sun set.

Play at Hooper Road Park

This park has tons of bike trails that you can ride or you can just explore all the green space on foot.

Explore the LSU Hilltop Arboretum

If you’ve got a plant lover in your family like I do, then you might enjoy visiting the arboretum at LSU. They also frequently offer free programs.

Browse the Louisiana State Archives

This may not be the most exciting option for very young kids, but if you have a budding historian in your family, you’ll enjoy browsing the archives for information about Louisiana history and genealogy.

Play at Highland Road Community Park

This park has both a playground and a splash pad, so pack the sunscreen.

Visit the West Baton Rouge Museum

This museum features local Baton Rouge history with frequently changing exhibits.

Explore Greenwood Community Park

This park has both a playground and splash pad, as well as boating opportunities if you have your own gear.

Take a self-guided tour of the LSU Museum of Natural Science

This looks like an amazing museum in its own right, but the self-guided tour provides further activities for kids to look for while at the museum.

Wander through the Independence Botanical Gardens

To me, finding a botanical garden in a place we’re visiting is like finding a treasure. There’s something so relaxing about wandering through a place full of flowers.

Ride the Comite River Park Bike Trail

If you’ve got your bikes with you on your trip, think about going for a family bike ride on this beautiful bike trail.

Walk the Downtown Greenway

This greenway will take you through miles of green space and is perfect for an early morning or a late afternoon stroll.

Ride the Baton Rouge Levee Bike Path

Another great bike trail option, if you’ve got your bikes with you!

See Mike the Tiger at LSU

Mike the Tiger is the LSU mascot, but he’s also a real live tiger who lives on the LSU campus! Check the website to make sure he’ll be there when you visit.

Do activities at North Sherwood Community Park

This park has some activities that you can do for a small fee, but there is also a playground, a splash pad, and an indoor walking track.

Wade at Milford Wampold Memorial Park

This park has a lake with a sand beach where you can wade in and get your toes wet.

Tour the Baton Rouge Gallery

This art gallery is free to enter and features almost 3,000 square feet of exhibition space.

Tour the Louisiana State Capitol

Look at the views from the top of the capitol tower, or go on a walking tour of the grounds.

Look for stars at the Highland Road Park Observatory

This observatory offers the chance to look at the stars on select weekend nights for free. Check the website for the schedule.

Catch a glimpse of the historic Pentagon Barracks

The barracks are not open for tours as they have people living in them now, but you can get a glimpse of history and read more about them on the website.

Look for a Little Free Library

Baton Rouge has an untold number of Little Free Libraries around town. Look at the map and see how many you can find!

Look for the art that’s part of the Walls Project

Baton Rouge has a ton of public art all over the city. Which one is your favorite?

Visit the Old Arsenal Museum

This museum features local history and lets you in on history of the military in Louisiana.

Read a book at the East Baton Rouge Library

Curl up with a good book in the corner of one of the library’s branches.

Tour the Old State Capitol

The former Louisiana state capitol is now a museum with free admission. It truly looks more like a castle than a government building!

Visit the Magnolia Mound Plantation Turner Family Visitor Center

Originally a working plantation, Magnolia Mound features a visitor center that showcases French Creole history.

Headed a little further east? Check out our top 25 free things to do in Birmingham!

 

Headed to the hometown of LSU? In addition to meeting Mike the Tiger, the LSU mascot, there are also tons of other free things to do in Baton Rouge!