By Catie Santos
“I’ve lived in Louisiana my whole life and I still get a kick out of visiting the Capitol. It’s beautiful and it’s always fun to go to the top and look over downtown Baton Rouge!”
With home football games now in the review mirror, our weekends are unexpectedly empty. Not sure what to do now that your weekends aren’t filled with preparing for game day, tailgating, or cheering your lungs out in Tiger Stadium? Don’t fret – the Capitol city and its surrounding areas have plenty to offer come fall. The cooling temperatures usher in plenty of activities and events. Not sure where to begin? No worries – the following list presents the top activities you must do this fall!
1. Baton Rouge Beach Marathon and Half Marathon
Get a head start on beating the inevitable holiday weight gain by training for a marathon or half marathon! The 21st annual Baton Rouge Beach Marathon and Half Marathon will be on Saturday, December 6 at 7 a.m. at the Milford Wampold Memorial Park, also known as Baton Rouge Beach.
The race, which is a certified Boston Marathon qualifier, takes runners on a double loop course through LSU’s campus, around the LSU lakes, and alongside gorgeous waterfront mansions and ends at Baton Rouge Beach on Stanford.
Created by the Running Chicken Track Club, the marathon unites the community in celebrating running as well as giving back to the community. All funds from the marathon goes to the official race charities, Cancer Services and the YMCA.
In true Louisiana spirit, chefs will be serving piles of food like jambalaya, gumbo, and even alligator sauce piquant from the beginning of race through the end.
It’s also a great way to train and prepare for the Louisiana Marathon in January, another must-do race.
2. White Light Night
For a more relaxing, cultural evening, look no further than Mid City Baton Rouge. On Friday, November 21, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Mid City will be illuminated for the annual White Light Night art hop.
Since 1998, White Light Night has been held the Friday before Thanksgiving and signals the beginning of the Christmas shopping season for many.
This free event invites you to stroll in and out of different Mid City venues where you can view the latest art trends, meet the artists, and of course purchase art.
For more info, see our full preview on page 24.
3. Explore the Louisiana State Capitol
Play tourist in your own city and take a tour of the Louisiana State Capitol, which is the tallest capitol building with a height of 450 feet.
The Capitol, built in 1932, has long been a symbol of the spirit of Louisiana. The Capitol was a result of Governor Huey P. Long’s ambition – and later, the site of his assassination. Long is actually buried on the grounds and his statue faces the Capitol.
Besides offering history, the Capitol building also offers beautiful features in the design of the inside and outside of the buildings as well as stunning views of the city. The Observation Deck, located on the 27th floor, offerings you a breathtaking view of Baton Rouge from a height of 350 feet. Avery Thomas, a kinesiology student, said he enjoys spending time downtown exploring the Capitol and taking in the sights.
“It’s such a break from the everyday sites I see around LSU,” said Thomas. “I’ve lived in Louisiana my whole life and I still get a kick out of visiting the Capitol. It’s beautiful and it’s always fun to go to the top and look over downtown Baton Rouge!”
The Capitol is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers free admission to all.