Are you looking for fun things to do or the ultimate great place to take first dates in Baton Rouge? Do you need an amazing date idea for that person you matched with in-person or via online dating? If so, look no further!
Here are the 29 Best Date Night Ideas in Baton Rouge for 2021.
Dates for Art Lovers
1. LSU Museum of Art
If you’re looking for an artsy date, then look no further. It’s one of the top attractions in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It’s got the largest collection of art in the state, so there will be plenty of sculptures to hide behind and make out. Located within Louisiana State University.
100 Lafeyette Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Phone: 225-389-7200
2. Louisiana State Museum
The Louisiana State Museum is actually made up of 9 museums! So, you could technically bring 9 different dates here if you wanted to. The main museum has exhibits focused on history, culture, and the industry of Louisiana.
The museum also includes two permanent exhibits:
- Experiencing Louisiana: Discovering the Soul of America
- Grounds for Greatness: Louisiana and the Nation
660 North Fourth Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Phone: 225-342-5428
3. Louisiana Art & Science Museum
Looking for a romantic night under the stars? Nothing says, “Kiss me,” like a planetarium. The Louisiana Art & Science Museum has not only the planetarium but also science and art galleries.
The museum itself has is a retrofitted railroad station from the 1930s and has amazing architecture.
Things you can see and do:
- Collections of ancient artifacts
- Irene W. Pennington Planetarium
- Night sky shows
- Films, music
100 South River Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Phone: 225-344-5272
4. Baton Rouge Gallery – Center for Contemporary Art
The Baton Rouge Gallery is a multimedia art gallery in Baton Rouge’s historic City Brooks Community Park. It’s one of the oldest artist co-ops in the United States and is mainly for local artists to showcase their work.
Be sure to plan your Baton Rouge date night for the first Wednesday of each month because this is when they have opening receptions featuring local and national artists. Exhibits include film, poetry, dance, music, sculptures, and stained glass.
1515 Dalrymple Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, Phone: 225-383-1470
Dates for History Buffs
5. LSU Rural Life Museum
The LSU Rural Life Museum is the perfect date idea if you’re a fan of outdoor activities and you want to spend a few quality hours really getting to know someone. The museum itself comprises 32 unique historical outbuildings spread over 25 acres and boasts the largest collection of local Louisiana architecture.
The museum is divided into 5 sections:
- The Working Plantation
- The Upland South Region
- The Gulf Coast Region
- The Exhibit Barn
- The Windrush Gardens (great spot for making out)
Be sure to bring your walking shoes because this museum is a self-guided tour that takes about 2 hours.
4560 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Phone: (225)-765-2437
6. Houmas House Estate Plantation, Garden, & Restaurant
The Houmas House Estate is a sugarcane plantation that has been fully restored to the antebellum era, showcasing all of the wealth and decor of the 1800s.
Spend your date taking a tour of the mansion and gardens. If things go better than expected, you can easily book a 4-star room for the evening and eat dinner at the Carriage House Restaurant at Houmas House, a 5-star restaurant serving American, Cajun, and Creole fare.
If things go REALLY well for you on your date you can go ahead and plan your nuptials because Houmas house also hosts weddings!
40136 Highway 942, Darrow, LA 70725, Phone: 225-473-9380
7. Louisiana’s Old State Capitol
A fantastic date idea for people who appreciate history! Louisiana’s Old State Capitol is a nationally recognized historic building. It housed the Louisana State Legislature until the 1930s and is locally known as “The Castle of Baton Rouge” and “The Castle on the River.”
Louisiana’s Old State Capitol is currently the home of the Museum of Political History. On any given day, you’ll see exhibits containing art, artifacts, documents, and more.
Appreciate the gothic style architecture while gazing out over the winding Mississippi river (muddy rivers have never been so romantic, I promise).
100 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Phone: 225-342-0500
8. The Old Governor’s Mansion
Nothing says romance like touring a home that Governors used to live in, am I right? The Old Governer’s Mansion was where…wait for it…Governors lived from the 1930s through the 1960s. The mansion was converted to a historic site in 1978.
The mansion, located in the city of Baton Rouge, is open for guided tours every Tuesday through Friday and is a popular venue for events and weddings. Crash someone’s wedding!
502 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Phone: 225-387-2464
9. USS Kidd Veteran’s Museum
Nothing sparks romance more than a large metal freedom machine. The USS Kidd is a WWII-era Fletcher-class destroyer and is located in downtown Baton Rouge.
An interesting fact about this boat (and a cool fact you can tell your date) is that it’s the only boat of its class in original World War II configuration. This date is a good way to remember what’s important in life.
Once you’re done touring the boat, you can check out the attached Veterans Museum, which displays artifacts celebrating military and naval history.
They even offer overnight camping! Ooh, romantic!
305 South River Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, Phone: 225-342-1942
Dates for Sports Fans
10. LSU Tiger Stadium
LSU Tiger Stadium, aka “New Tiger Stadium,” is a great date night location in Baton Rouge! Suprise your data with tickets to a college football game! Even if you’re not a sports fan, you’re guaranteed to have a great time.
LSU Tiger Stadium is home to the LSU Tigers football team. This stadium, also known as “Death Valley,” was first opened in 1924 and has undergone many updates in order to increase seating capacity.
West Stadium Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Phone: 225-578-0628
Dates for Animal Lovers
11. Mike the Tiger Habitat
Girls love tigers! Bring your date here to meet Mike, the LSU Tigers’ official mascot. His new habitat was built in 2005 and is a massive upgrade to his original, 2000 square foot enclosure that he used to live in.
His new habitat includes a waterfall, streams, a pond. Lifestyles of the furry and adorable.
16 N Stadium Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
12. Baton Rouge Zoo
You can’t go wrong bringing your date to the Zoo. The Baton Rouge Zoo first opened in 1970 and is currently home to almost 2000 animals from around the world.
Take a romantic stroll through the zoo’s grounds and feast your eyes upon the amphibians, fish, mammals, birds, reptiles, and more.
There’s even an otter pond cabin replica where you can watch the otters through the plexiglass as they swim under the water—a great place to make out for sure!
3601 Thomas Road, Baton Rouge, LA, Phone: 225-775-3877
Dates for Adventure Lovers
13. Blue Bayou Water Park
Spend a day getting wet at the Blue Bayou Water Park. Home to massive water slides, Hurricane Bay wave pool, a lazy river, and more, this Louisiana water park will definitely get your adrenaline running.
The best dates are the ones where you have a ton of fun. So if you or your date are super boring, you’ll STILL have a great time at one of the best water parks in the state!
You can also rub sunblock on each other’s bodies which is a great icebreaker.
18142 Perkins Rd. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70810, Phone: 225-753-3333
14. Perkins Road Community Park
“Nothing says “adventure” like a park.” – said no one ever.
Perkins Road Community Park isn’t your ordinary park. No, no…it has a skate park, a BMX raceway, a community playground, a tennis court, a ROCK WALL, along with walking, biking, and skating trails. There is also a fishing pond that is fully stocked year-round. You can do anything here!
7122 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808, Phone: 225-766-9039
15. L’Auberge Casino Resort, Lake Charles LA
Who doesn’t love a casino? Spend your next date night with an evening filled with high-stakes gambling at L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles. If things go well, you stay at one of their luxurious hotel suites. They also have amazing, 5-star restaurants you can splurge on when you win big at craps.
777 Avenue L'Auberge, Lake Charles, LA 70601
16. Hot Air Balloon Rides
The best dates are fun dates. Have an amazing, adrenaline-producing date by taking a hot air balloon ride!
While you can charter an actual balloon ride over the skies of Baton Rouge, the most common (and affordable) type of hot air balloon ride is tethered rides. The balloon is tethered to the ground on tethered rides, and you float up to a height of no more than 50 feet.
Book your hot air balloon date at AscenionBallooning.com.
17. New Orleans Polar Express Train Ride
The Polar Express Train Ride is a fantastic and festive first or second date idea during the Holidays. Open from Dec 9 through January 1st; this is a one-hour Polar Express movie-themed train ride from the New Orleans Union Passenger Station.
Hot chocolate is served. (Smuggle some whiskey on board to create more of an adult vibe.)
18. Skate Galaxy
Did you know that roller skating is super romantic, and it also burns 600 calories per hour? If rollerskating isn’t your vibe, they also have Laser Tag and a Rock Wall (build trust with your new date)!
This is one of the best ways to have a fun night in Baton Rouge. Laser Tag is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights and is only $17 per person.
12828 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70816, Phone: 225-756-2424
19. Outdoor Track Go-Kart Racing
Who doesn’t love go-kart racing? This makes the perfect date idea for adventure seekers. River Road Go-Kart Track is a short drive from Baton Rouge and offers 10-minute rides/races for $18 per person.
47329 River Road Hammond, Louisiana, 70401
20. LSU Lakes
Adventurous, you say? Yes. Adventurous. The LSU Lakes are stunning locations filled with breathtaking scenery and are great for romantic walks, bike riding, or skating dates.
Great idea for a picnic date in Baton Rouge! Romantic breezes off the lakes along with white pelicans everywhere. It can’t get more romantic than this.
Scary Dates & Halloween Dates
21. The Myrtles Plantation
The Myrtles Plantation was built in 1796 and is one of America’s most haunted homes, located on a former antebellum plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana.
Myrtles Plantation offers haunted homes tours along with guided day tours and even private tours. Evening mystery tours are offered on Fridays and Saturdays.
You can also plan a dinner date here as this is home to Restaurant 1796.
If things end up going well, you can also stay overnight! Snuggle up next to your sexy date and fend off the ghosts!
7747 U.S. Highway 61 Phone: (225) 635-6277
Shopping Lovers Dates
22. Red Stick Farmers Market
The Red Stick Farmers Market is a great morning-after date that opens at 8 am on Saturdays and is one of many great local farmers markets. Featuring art from local artisans and fresh fruit and vegetables from over 50 local small family farmers and artisans.
501 N 5th St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, Phone: 225-267-5060
23. Perkins Rowe Outdoor Mall
Perkins Rowe is an ideal location for a first date. There is a Cinemark movie theater, retail shops, along with multiple restaurants offering various cuisines. You could spend a whole afternoon or evening here, hopping from shop to shop in the arms of your new beau.
10000 Perkins Rowe, Baton Rouge LA 70810
Live Shows & Theatre Dates
24. Baton Rouge Little Theatre
The Baton Rouge Little Theatre is almost 100 years old and has staged over 400 high-quality classic shows, including dramas, live music events, and comedies for the Baton Rouge community.
This is a perfect idea for a valentine’s day date! Live shows are so romantic. And you can follow up the show with a fancy dinner nearby. Thank me later.
7155 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806, Phone: (225) 924-6496
25. Manship Theatre – Shaw Center For the Arts
The Manship Theatre puts on various types of live entertainment, including dance, music, film, and of course…theatre. Make sure to also stop by the “Gallery At Manship Theatre,” an exhibition space showcasing art from Louisiana locals.
This is one of the best spots to see live shows. Tickets cost about $48 per person, which is totally affordable for that special someone.
100 Lafayette St. Baton Rouge, LA 70801, Phone: 225-344-0334
Dates for Foodies
26. Red Stick Spice Company
The Red Stick Spice Company is family-owned and operated. They create all their blends by hand, sourcing their own spices from around the world.
This is a great place for Baton Rouge dates because the Red Stick Spice Company offers cooking classes, along with food and flavor group tour experiences.
They offer open-air market and farm tours during the spring, including a day-long food and farm adventure that ends in on-site cooking lessons.
660 Jefferson Highway, Phone: 225-930-9967
27. Baton Rouge Food Tours
What better way to get to know someone than with the Baton Rouge food tour? This tour is a local favorite, and will take you deep into downtown Baton Rouge where you’ll get a chance to taste several of the city’s culinary treasures. You’ll also be immersed in the different cultures of the city.
- Eat at 7 different restaurant stops
- Learn local history, music, art, and much more.
- Shop at many of the several stops along the way
You need to book ahead of time on their website.
28. Sammy’s Grill
Sammy’s Grill is a Baton Rouge staple, and you can’t go wrong having a dinner date here (but it’s not exactly fine dining). They’re famous for their crawfish (served by the pound), which is only served after 3 pm on weekdays.
They are known for their bloody marys, fried cheese, and sugar cane shrimp as well. If you’re not worried about embarrassing yourself while eating then this is the place to go for a dinner date in Baton Rouge.
8635 Highland Road, Highland, LA, Phone: (225) 766-9600
29. Tin Roof Brewing Company
Are you looking for a place to get drinks? How about Yoga? That’s right, the Tin Roof Brewing Company, located in downtown Baton Rouge, not only offers beer tasting in the Tap Room but also offers Yoga classes. I mean, nothing goes together like yoga and beer.
I would recommend a yoga date first followed by bar food and drinks.
1624 Wyoming Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, Phone: 225-377-7022
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