Now that we’re a few weeks into October, it’s finally starting to feel like fall around here! I love this time of year when everything is fresh with back-to-school, the leaves are changing colors, the temperatures are dropping and there’s pumpkin everything! This is the season that I just want to be outdoors and soaking in all the festivities! Conrad and I are always looking for something fun to do outside to just enjoy it — luckily Baton Rouge has A LOT going on this time of year. So today I’ve teamed up with SFT (in my ‘I Heart’ BR tee) and Conrad to bring you my Baton Rouge Fall Bucket List!
Enjoy a patio with a festive drink – Sometimes as outdoorsy as I get is just drinking on a patio. Give me a good happy hour and a patio and I’m a happy girl! Add a festive fall drink, and I’m really happy. Some of my favorite patios to enjoy this time of year include The Bulldog, The Pelican House, Rum House and Radio Bar.
If you’re not feeling boozy, hit up a local coffee shop for a pumpkin spice latte!
Go to a Haunted House – Did you know our Baton Rouge haunted house, 13th Gate is one of the top in the U.S? Grab a group of friends (ideally a large group so you can hide in the middle) and go get the you-know-what scared out of you. If you’re a real scaredy-cat like me, then maybe Boo at the Zoo with the kids is more on your level. No judgment from me!
Other festive options include local corn and hay mazes!
Visit a Pumpkin Patch – It can’t be a fall bucket list without a visit to a pumpkin patch! I typically hit up the Jefferson United Methodist Church patch since it’s on my side of town. They’re open Monday-Friday (11am – 6pm), Saturdays (9am to 6pm), and Sundays (12pm – 6pm). I like to go early on a Saturday morning before it gets too busy — the perfect time to walk around and get a good Instagram photo or two! #Basic.
There’s also the Blackwater United Methodist Church patch and the Trinity Lutheran Patch in Baton Rouge. You can see a full list of pumpkin patches to visit here.
Volunteer – As we get closer to the holidays, volunteers are always needed in various locations around town. St. Vincent de Paul offers volunteer opportunities to those who would like to serve food or sort clothing, etc. You can see what they offer here.
If you can’t physically volunteer, clean out your closet and donate your unwanted clothing or deliver canned food items to accepting locations. (p.s. SFT is still donating $5 from each Cajun Navy tee purchase to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank!) With the recent flooding, there are SO many ways to continue to volunteer through the holidays.
Go to a festival or fair – Finding a Louisiana festival to attend in the fall is no problem at all. Some weekends, there are more than 20 to choose from! Louisiana Travel always keeps an updated list of festivals and events by date. Plus, you know it’s fall when the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair is set up. That’s happening Oct. 27- Nov. 6!
Be outside – It doesn’t matter what I do this fall, as long as I’m outside enjoying the amazing weather. If you can’t always be outside, open the blinds and windows and enjoy the weather from afar before our days get gloomy in the winter.
One of my favorite outdoor activities in Baton Rouge is Live After Five. This fall they’ve moved it to Repentance Park, which is amazing! There’s so much more space and seating. If you haven’t been yet, you still have time to make it — they’re happening every Friday until the end of October. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair and relax and watch the sun go down!
Go on a picnic – As you know, there’s a pretty narrow time frame for enjoyable picnics in Baton Rouge. We have to find that sweet spot between blazing hot summer days and frigid winter days. When you have the perfect day, head out early before noon to beat the heat, or set up in the evening for the sunset — either way aim for a shady spot just to be safe!
The Parade Grounds or near the LSU Lakes or on the Mississippi River levee are all great spots to lounge around and relax. Go on a weekend and enjoy wine or champagne and just relax! If you don’t feel like packing your own picnic basket, hit up American Market on Nicholson (aka Am Mart) for poboys.
p.s. this pin on Pinterest has some pretty envious picnic photos and tips!
Go tailgating – This is a given in Baton Rouge during the fall. Tailgating in September can be pretty brutal with the heat, but I love everything about cool early mornings heading out to campus in October and November — especially on bigger game days with Alabama, Ole Miss AND Florida coming up!
p.s. Check out my DIY ‘Cooler than Bama’ Ice Chest — perfect for tailgating!
What’s on your Fall Bucket List? Tell me in the comments!
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