If you're thinking about coming to LSU, you should check out the city you'll be living in while you're here! There's shopping, history, and even a little cajun culture.
Downtown Baton Rouge
Downtown is located approximately 4 miles away from LSU’s main campus and it is rich with history and culture.
Baton Rouge is Louisiana’s State Capital. If you’re interested in history, you should check out both the Old and New State Capitol buildings as well as the Governor’s Mansion.
Here on a Friday afternoon? Check out Live After 5! This is a free outdoor concert held at 5 p.m. on Friday. It’s a great way to meet new people, experience the culture, and just have a good time.
This past summer, Baton Rouge will became home to beauty queens from across the nation when we hosted the Miss USA pageant on June 8th. This event took place at the River Center downtown, which is home to hundreds of other events throughout the year.
Go for a walk on the levee! There is a beautiful pavilion that looks out onto the Mississippi River. Baton Rouge may be a busy city, but you can get a few minutes of peace and quiet while looking out at the water.
These fun things can all be found within walking distance of LSU!
Eat at The Chimes! If you’re looking to get a good idea of Louisiana cooking, but don’t want to try anything that you can’t pronounce, head to the Northgate area. The Chimes is a student favorite and they offer a wide variety of delicious foods.
See the Lakes at LSU! Five lakes line the east side of campus and provide residents of Baton Rouge with beautiful views and a great place for exercise. Many people enjoy walking the small portion that Greek Row occupies. You’ll have beautiful mansions on one side of the street and a serene lake on the other.
Check out what sporting event LSU might be having while you’re here. Sadly, it can’t always be football season, but the spirit and excitement is here 365 days a year and carries through to all of our events.
Caution: These things may force you to use the map on your smartphone.
Perkins Rowe is a nice shopping center just a few miles away from campus. It’s a great place to walk around, stop in at little shops and boutiques, catch a movie, or grab a bite to eat.
BREC parks and trails are located in various locations throughout Baton Rouge. There are golf courses, recreation centers, and even dog parks!
Bluebonnet Swamp and Nature Center is a 65-acre cypress-tupelo swamp that is filled with wildlife native to Louisiana. This is a great way to get to know why Louisiana is considered the “Sportsman’s Paradise.”
Looking for something specific?
Ask! Everyone is extremely friendly and will be more than happy to direct you toward what you’re looking for. The locals will know what’s going on while you’re here, so you may get to check out a festival or an event that only comes once a year!