Day Trip Itineraries
Before starting your South Louisiana day trip adventure, stop by the West Baton Rouge Tourist Information Center at Exit #151 and check out "MOBY" the 13 foot, 760 pound alligator. Trained tourist counselors are on hand seven days a week, waiting to assist you with information and directions to all your planned adventure stops.
PLANTATION RIVER ROAD SOUTH
10a.m. - Begin your plantation country tour at the West Baton Rouge Museum. Experience pre-Civil War life in the South and learn about sugarcane from the field to the factory. View 5 historic houses including the 1850 Allendale Slave cabins, a Circa 1830 French Creole plantation home, 22 - foot model of a real sugar mill.
11:30 - 1 p.m. - On to Nottoway Plantation Restaurant & Inn, the largest plantation home in the South. Built in 1859, this Greek Revival and Italianate mansion boasts 53,000 square feet. Have lunch in the elegant yet casual mansion Restaurant. (Hwy. LA - 1, South)
2:15 p.m. - A tour at Laura Creole Plantation details the life of women, slaves, children, and is said to be the best history tour in the U.S. (Hwy. LA - 1, South - Hwy. 18)
4p.m. - Arrive at Oak Alley Plantation - The most photographed plantation in the South. Located in Vacherie on Hwy. 18, it is a National historic landmark. Dine at The Cabin Restaurant on your way back to your West Baton Rouge hotel. Unique in the entire world, The Cabin began as one of the ten original slave dwellings of the Monroe Plantation, and is approximately 150 years old.
A DAY IN CAJUN COUNTRY
8a.m or 10a.m. departure - Head west from your hotel on Interstate I-10. You are just 30 minutes from your first stop at McGhee's Landing, Inc., Exit #115 at Henderson.
Swamp tour - Your swamp tour will take you into the interior of one of America's greatest river swamps, the Atchafalaya Basin.
Lunch - On the bayou at Pat's Restaurant. After lunch, travel down I-10 to the next Exit #109. Take Highway 31 to St. Martinville, the place where Cajun began. Continue to travel south on Highway 31 to New Iberia and follow the signs to Avery Island.
Avery Island - Take a tour of the factory, see how the hot peppers are grown, and how Tabasco Sauce is made and used. Tour the Tabasco Pepper Factory, and then enjoy the Jungle Gardens and the Bird Sanctuary.
A Cajun dinner - From Avery Island travel north to Lafayette for some true Cajun music and food at Prejean's on I-49. After dinner return to your West Baton Rouge Hotel just 45 minutes away.
A DAY IN NEW ORLEANS
8:30a.m. - Depart from your West Baton Rouge Hotel and travel approximately 90 miles to the French Quarter in New Orleans on I-10 East. Arrive downtown New Orleans at about 9:45 or 10a.m.
10a.m. - First stop is Cafe' Du Monde for coffee and beignets in the French Market near Jackson Square.
10:30 - 12:30p.m. - Tour the famous Jackson Square. Visit the Cabildo, the site of the signing of the Louisiana Purchase. See the Presbytere's splendid Mardi Gras regalia, and at the Old U.S. Mint see memorabilia and photos in the Jazz exhibit, including Louis Armstrong's first horn. Stroll the square's many shops, and be entertained by street entertainers and artists.
12:30 - 2p.m. - Lunch time in the French Quarter.
2p.m. - (Option One) Visit the Aquarium of the Americas, one of the top five aquariums in the U.S., and the Entergy IMAX Theatre. If time permits cross the street to visit the Riverwalk, located on the mighty Mississippi River.
2p.m. - (Option Two) Take a river cruise on one of the several steamboat lines. Various points of interest and destinations available. See the steam engine room, listen to a jazz band, and enjoy the steam calliope concert.
4:30 - 5p.m. - Return to West Baton Rouge and dine at a place of your choosing.
A DAY CLOSE TO HOME IN BATON ROUGE
10a.m. - Visit the USS KIDD. Walk the decks of the historic warship and nautical center on the Mighty Mississippi. See a full scale model of the USS Constitution gun deck and tribute to General Chennault's Flying Tigers; a fully restored P-40 fighter plane.
Note: A free trolley is available Monday - Friday from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., providing transportation among downtown attractions.
11a.m. - Walk across the street one block north to the Old State Capital. This beautiful building houses Louisiana's political and governmental history.
Noon - Walk back across the street to the Capital City Grill for a scrumptious meal or try many other downtown restaurants within walking distance.
1:15p.m. - A few blocks west is the Old Governor's Mansion, a Georgian style building constructed in 1930 to look like the U.S. White House.
2:30p.m. - The Louisiana State Capital began as the dream of one man - Huey Long. It has since became a symbol of the pride, the history and the spirit of the people of Louisiana. Constructed in the 1930's, it is the tallest capital building in the United States at 450 feet high. The view from the 27th floor is spectacular.
3:30p.m. - Tour the Louisiana State Museum, across from the State Capital; or
Option 1 - Go shopping at the Mall of Louisiana, Exit #162
Option 2 - Visit the Rural Life Museum. The Museum is a 450 acre research plantation including a commissary, overseer's house, kitchen, slave cabin, sick house, school house, blacksmiths shop, sugar house and grist mill and barn. Exit #160
7p.m. - Dine at a restaurant close to your West Baton Rouge Hotel or choose from the many great Baton Rouge Restaurants.
A DAY IN PLANTATION COUNTRY NORTH
9a.m. - Leave your West Baton Rouge Hotel for St. Francisville. (I-110 North to Hwy. 61)
9:50a.m. - Arrive at your first stop, Rosedown Plantation. Glorious, century old gardens at Rosedown and Afton Villa, inspired by the fabulous gardens of the 18th century France, have been restored to their original grandeur.
11a.m. - Dine at the famous OxBow Restaurant next to the Myrtles Plantation, known as the most haunted house in the South.
1:30p.m. - Travel into the woods to Greenwood Plantation. Built in the 1830 Greek Revival style, it burned in 1960, was restored and was the location for several movies, such as North & South.
2:30p.m. - Stroll quaint antique stores, gift shops and artists' galleries in downtown St. Francisville. After shopping, return home to your West Baton Rouge Hotel.