Along the Mississippi River lies Baton Rouge — Louisiana’s capital that dates back over 300 years.

“Baton Rouge is the go-to destination for group-friendly activities,” said Geraldine Bordelon, CMP, director of destination sales and experience at Visit Baton Rouge. “Electric Depot, located in our Mid-City neighborhood, houses some of the most popular spots in town, including a new Japanese-inspired ice cream shop, Sweet Society, and Red Stick Social, where you can eat food, enjoy live music and even bowl all at the same location.”

Downtown is energetic and historic, with abundant nightlife activities, multiple hotels perfect for groups and landmark attractions.

“For groups staying in downtown Baton Rouge, they’re within walking distance of various restaurants, nightlife and attractions, which really allows for them to get a taste of our local southern flair,” Bordelon said.

Baton Rouge Perkins Row
Perkins Row. Credit: Courtesy of Visit Baton Rouge

Enjoy easy access to the Mississippi River and explore Louisiana’s Old State Capitol with a guided tour. Looking for art and culture experiences in the heart of downtown? The Louisiana Art & Science Museum and the LSU Museum of Art provide group options and exhibits highlighting regional, national and international works.

Shopping is always lively and entertaining, with the popular Perkins Rowe boasting dozens of stores. After shopping, book a group experience at Main Event or Top Golf.

“Play the holes at Top Golf during the day or wait until the evening to have the glow-in-the-dark experience with a multi-floor view of the venue,” Bordelon said. “Stop by Tin-Roof brewing to get an official tour of the historical facility, with beer crafted locally in Baton Rouge.”

Outdoor adventures like a swamp tour of the bayou are offered by several outfitters located in the region. Kayaking and paddle boarding are popular on the Louisiana State University Lakes.

Baton Rouge paddle boarding
Credit: MESH

“Groups can take a leisurely stroll through botanical gardens in Baton Rouge like the Burden Gardens and Independence Botanical Gardens that showcase the flora of our region,” Bordelon said.

Visit Baton Rouge has several resources for groups planning a trip to Louisiana’s capital; from sample itineraries to group-friendly restaurant listings, the city is accessible for any kind of group.

“Year-round, attendees also have an endless list of activities to keep them engaged across the city, including annual festivals, concert series and other events,” Bordelon said. “That’s where our staff comes in and offers creative itineraries and incentives that we can customize based on the participants requests to help meet and exceed their interests and needs while they’re in Baton Rouge.”

For more information call 225-382-3587 or go to visitbatonrouge.com. •