Tuesday, September 1, 2015

5 Reasons to Experience College Football in Baton Rouge

Here in Louisiana, we don't take college football lightly. If you've never experienced the Game Day atmosphere in Baton Rouge, what are you waiting for?! Here are 5 reasons you should head on down to the Red Stick this season--I promise you won't regret it.

1. The Tailgating:




In Baton Rouge, we like to think of ourselves as the tailgating capital of the world. Not sure what tailgating is? Picture it this way: a group of family, friends and strangers alike, relishing in school pride, food, drink and football for the entire day leading up to the game. Which brings me to my second point...

2. The Food:




If you've never experienced Louisiana cuisine before, then tailgating for college football will give you a very real taste of what we like to eat down South. Fried alligator, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, boudin...just to name a few. Not to mention Game Day classics like char-grilled burgers and hot dogs.


3. The Teams:




In Baton Rouge, we cheer on the LSU Tigers (#GeauxTigers) and Southern University Jaguars (#GoJags). Whether you don the purple and gold or blue and gold, the excitement around college football in Baton Rouge is contagious!

4. The Bands:


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I'd like the think that Baton Rouge was blessed by the music gods. I mean come on, two AMAZING marching bands in one city? Doesn't get much better than that. When you visit, you have to check out LSU's Golden Band from Tigerland and Southern's Human Jukebox.

5. The People:


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The camaraderie and Southern hospitality in Baton Rouge is simply unparalleled to any other city, and I would know because I've traveled to quite a few cities for college football myself. The fans in Baton Rouge will take you in and treat you like family, so my best recommendation is to put on your Game Day gear and head out to campus for an unforgettable experience!

Any other reasons you can think of? I'd love to know!

Posted by:
Cathy Juarez, Visit Baton Rouge

Cathy is the Destination Content Manager for Visit Baton Rouge. Though born and raised in New Orleans, Cathy fell in love with Baton Rouge throughout her time as an LSU undergraduate. Cathy is passionate about promoting tourism in Louisiana, and you can find her exploring festivals, local dives and attractions in the ever-growing Capital City. Geaux Tigers and #GoBR!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Geaux Local at Red Stick Farmers Market

Wake up to the best of the season's harvest every Saturday morning. Whether you're in need of fresh cut flowers for your table or fresh vegetables for a perfect home cooked meal, we urge you to buy fresh and local at Red Stick Farmers Market!


The Market opens rain or shine with over 50 vendors comprising Louisiana's small family farmers and artisans. After its formation in November 1996, the Market has linked locally owned family farms and food businesses in the Baton Rouge area.

Whatever you may need, the Red Stick Farmers Market has you covered! From fresh cut flowers and seasonal plants to native Louisiana wines, the Market won't disappoint! Other items available for purchase include fresh fruits, vegetables, Angus beef, poultry, fresh farm eggs, dairy products, fresh backed goods and more!


This local favorite opens on Saturday mornings from 8am until noon in Downtown Baton Rouge. Specifically, it is located at 5th and Main Streets. If the Capital City's infamous rain decides to pour, no worries! The market will be held in the Galvez Garage.


For more information, check out their website. We hope to see you out there! 

Posted by:
Erinn Sala, Communications Intern

Erinn is the Communications Intern for Visit Baton Rouge. As a Baton Rouge native, she is eager to promote all of the extensive experiences the Capital City has to offer! She enjoys Louisiana Saturday nights in Tiger Stadium and long runs around the University Lakes. Erinn is a Show Me Your Mumu enthusiast and an avid Olivia Pope fan. Geaux Tigers & #GoBR!


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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Miss USA 2015...That's a Wrap!

The Miss USA 2015 pageant has officially come and gone to Baton Rouge. While the last of the crew leaves our Capital City, I figured it would be a great time to recap all the awesome things the Miss USA contestants got to experience in and around Baton Rouge.

Testing their rock-climbing skills at the Perkins Road Extreme Sports Park.

Exploring Myrtles Plantation, one of the most haunted homes in America,
Miss USA 2014, Nia Sanchez, with Marty J. at Marty J's Restaurant.

Miss Louisiana holding a baby gator at Ruffino's De La Ronde Catering Hall.

The contestants at a Welcome Reception at the Old State Capitol.

Visiting Charlie's Place Respite Center.

Kayaking at BREC's Greenwood Park. 

Water Skiing at Bennett's Ski School.

Dancing to Zydeco at Whiskey River Landing in Henderson, La.

Touring the Atchafalaya Basin.

Second-lining in front of the Old Governor's Mansion.

Touring the Red Stick Farmer's Market.

On board the USS Kidd on July 4th.

Tasting boiled seafood at Houmas House Plantation & Gardens.

Miss USA Pageant at the Baton Rouge River Center.
Miss Oklahoma during the moment she was announced 2015 Miss USA.
As you can see, the girls were pretty busy during their stay! We enjoyed having them in town and showcasing the wonderful activities Baton Rouge has to offer. Special thanks to our Krewe De Crown for all the amazing coverage!


Posted by:
Cathy Juarez, Visit Baton Rouge

Cathy is the Destination Content Manager for Visit Baton Rouge. Though born and raised in New Orleans, Cathy fell in love with Baton Rouge throughout her time as an LSU undergraduate. Cathy is passionate about promoting tourism in Louisiana, and you can find her exploring festivals, local dives and attractions in the ever-growing Capital City. Geaux Tigers and #GoBR!

Follow Cathy on Twitter or Instagram.