Baton Rouge may very well be the US sport-aholic capital. Everything revolves around the athletes, the teams, and the sports fan. Roads are closed, traffic diverted, business hours changed all in the sake of game availability. Its a sight to behold. There are numerous sports websites devoted to the teams; the official one being: http://www.lsusports.net/
Football is the main game here, but the baseball team and track teams may be even better. The track teams (men and women) have won 26 National Championships since 1986!! Baseball won 5 out of ten years in the 90's and 00's. Football finally won its first championship since before I was born...
OF COURSE they would do this when I am overseas and not able to watch a single friggin' game!!
Even the off-season is not an off-season as the entire city tracks recruiting and other LSU squads like softball and gymnastics.
I know that Mardi Gras isn't...
I know that Mardi Gras isn't off the Beaten Path, but most people head straight for New Orleans. Baton Rouge has a few parades that are worth seeing. The Orion parade is the most elaborate night parade in BR, and is the weekend before Mardi Gras weekend (two Friday’s before fat Tuesday). Also good are the Southdown's parade (a great neighborhood party filled with debauchery for all) and the Spanish Town parade ... with pink flamingo's everywhere, it is definitely something to behold. Spanishtown is on Saturday, during the day, so you can catch it and then cruise on down to New Orleans and go to Endymion. New in 2003 ... the Krewe of Artimis - an all women parade. It rocked!
Any where that serves...
Any where that serves Louisiana Seafood! Louisiana is the seafood capitol. And the further south you go the more you find!
Favorite Menu Item: Softshell crab,boiled crabs, oysters; raw and fried, alligator, shrimp, crawfish, frog legs, catfish, red fish, and many many more! Softshell crab,boiled crabs, oysters; raw and fried, alligator, shrimp, crawfish, frog legs, catfish, red fish, and many many more!
Louisiana State Governmental...
Louisiana State Governmental Buildings
The Old Governor's Mansion and the Old State Capital are both very beautiful. The New State Capital provides a great view of the Mississippi River (a true must see when in Baton Rouge). I last went to the capital building in August of 2001 on JURY DUTY, but it worked out well, because we got to sit in the library near by and there are a lot of really neat restaurnts downtown that are only open for lunch. If you come during Christmas time, you will be able to see a beautiful light display at the old state capital.
Much of Bluebonnet Swamp is located within the Bluebonnet Nature Center, where the accompanying photo was taken.
The Cypress-Tupelo Swamp is a slice of urban wilderness within the city limits of Baton Rouge.
The 100+ acre Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center provides an excellent opportunity to experience this natural setting.
A maze of trails and boardwalks wind through a portion of upland hardwood forest and the edge of the Swamp.
The tract is home to many birds, reptiles and mammals living within close proximity to urban development. You are likely to see animal tracks in damp areas of the woodland.
The Nature Center building, your starting point, has an impressive native reptile collection and helpful staff.
The Nature Center is closed on Mondays, open 9-5 other days.