Disclosure: Thanks so much to the Visit Baton Rouge team for hosting us while we were in the area. All opinions expressed are my own!
Louisiana was the last stop on our “move trip.” For those of you visiting this website for the first time, we recently moved from Portland, Oregon to Jacksonville, Florida! We made it into a cross country trek, stopping in some fun cities to explore along the way:
1) Boise, Idaho
2) Provo, Utah
3) Albuquerque, New Mexico
4) Lubbock, Texas
5) Waco, Texas
6) Baton Rouge, Louisana
7) Jacksonville, Florida
We picked each city in advance based on where we knew kids would have fun and be able to unwind and relax. In hopes that would help make the long, long drive a little more bearable! Baton Rouge is a beautiful, historical city, and filled with so much character!
We stayed at Hotel INDIGO, a pet friendly hotel downtown, I loved the location! It was in a PERFECT location for walking to anything. We grabbed dinner, walked along the river, and grabbed coffee without using our car once. The rooms were decorated so hip & cool and provided us with a beautiful view of the river.
They have a great bar downstairs, so we actually brought up some cocktails from downstairs and watched Disney movies in our pajamas. It was absolutely perfect!
We had dinner at Capital City Grill — I was so excited about this, because I read online they have local favorites! (Also, we asked some friends locally where they’d recommend for eating with kids! and they said Capital City Grill too!)
Their menu didn’t disappoint, actually. We enjoyed lots of local dishes, but most importantly, I finally had a boudin ball! (these were served with the most delicious with homemade remoulade) I want ya’ll to know that Liam devoured these! I think he ate three or four before I was even able to get a photo!
For entrees- we wanted to try kind of a variety of things.
Sawyer, of course, had a grilled cheese: (I thought they portions were large, and I think the kids could’ve shared one!)
Dad got the Shrimp PO’ Boy- He loves a good po’boy, and he graciously gave me a sample! It was sooooo delicious!
Liam got the fish kid’s meal, which is the reason now he now loves fried fish! He’s been asking for it at every restaurant we’ve gone to since.
I had the etouffee, this dish was on another level. I have honestly tried to recreate it twice now, but don’t think I will ever be able to. It was remarkable. Now, I did want to note if you’re budget tripping– the portions for every meal were pretty big so I definitely feel like you could share. We chose not to as entreees were still reasonably priced, and we wanted to try a lot to share with you guys.
Where to get coffee: I have decided to start including this in any of my travel posts, because coffee is important. Right across the street from Hotel Indigo is the cutest coffee shop, PJ’s. It worked out perfectly that we ended up so close, because two separate people recommended it to me.
Where to get beignets: You can’t go to Louisiana without getting bodin balls and beignets. These two local treats are bucket list tastings you have to sample while you’re in Baton Rouge! We had some Beignet fingers at Coffee Call. The fingers were perfect size for our boys! (They also sell coffee, so basically the best breakfast you’ve ever had!)
What to do in the area: Now, before we launch into my suggestions for activities I do want to say that I will be posting more on Baton Rouge. Honestly, there’s just too many wonderful things to do in the city not to. So, this post is sort of my general overview. I’ll come back with some more information for you so you don’t get overwhelmed. (and so my fingers don’t fall off!)
Some favorite activities:
Walk downtown- I don’t usually think walking downtown in a new place is fun and enjoyable with little kids, I’ll be honest. However, Baton Rouge is so stunning. There’s so much for the kids to look at and ask questions about. We just walked around reading the historical signs and they were v. impressed.
USS Kidd- This is a Veterans Museum!
Baton Rouge Zoo- – Kids & Animals like for sure always.
Atchafalaya Basin — Honestly, what kid doesn’t want to see swamp action?
Watch LSU Sports– We didn’t get to do this one, but if you’re visiting while there’s a game happening this is a great family activity!
Knock Knock Children’s Museum– This is one place we plan to visit the next time we are in the area, it looks so fun for children of all ages.
Baton Rouge has so much to offer the whole family, and I hope you will be able to visit soon! Stay tuned for more tips and tricks for visiting the area!