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Some of our top picks around town.

From North to South, we’re using July to swing by some of our new shared mobility systems. During our visits we found free time to discover new favorite local spots while exploring each city by bike or scooter.

Where was the #GotchaGang for our latest stop? The capital of the Bayou State: Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

  • Address: 100 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801

  • Hours: 10am–5pm, Tuesday–Saturday | 10am–8pm, Thursday–Friday | 1–5pm, Sunday | Closed, Monday

  • Social: @lsumoa

  • Favorite: Museum’s space for workshops and activities, because who doesn’t love activities?

Do you appreciate the finer things? Pretty things? Interesting things? Every kind of things? Then y’all better wheel on over to the LSU Museum of Art. Located on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, the sprawling space features 13,000 square feet with 14 galleries.

The artwork includes every genre imaginable, including carvings, paintings, sculptures, pottery, and interactive media installations. The museum also prides itself on an exhibit showcasing works from the American South. If you fall in love with a local artist’s work, there’s a good chance you can buy it onsite!

While art was definitely the star of the show, we loved all the usable space. You can even stop by for the occasional Yoga session! Check out the schedule of activities to find an event that’s right up your alley.

Photo courtesy of @geauxdowntownbr.

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  • Address: West Stadium Drive LSU Campus Baton Rouge, LA 70808

  • Hours: 8am–8pm, daily

  • Social: @lsufootball

  • Favorite: By far Mike the Tiger, LSU’s mascot.

LSU Tiger Stadium is home to the Louisiana State University football team and routinely holds a whopping 102,321 people. That makes it the ninth-largest stadium in the world. Like, the WORLD world.

Of course, the stadium’s best feature is strongest on game days…Tiger Pride. The deafening roar of students and alumni will give you goosebumps.

Even if you visit Baton Rouge when there’s nothing happening on the gridiron, it’s worth popping by via pedal just to see the sheer size of this place.

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  • Address: 100 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801

  • Hours: 11am–10pm, Tuesday–Thursday | 11am–11pm, Friday & Saturday | Closed, Sunday & Monday

  • Favorite: The Rooftop. Cocktails. Stunning skyline view. What more could you want? Oh, yeah: bomb sushi.

When you think of seafood in the bayou, you might picture catfish, crawfish, and oysters. But there’s more in store. Right above the LSU Museum of Art, you’ll find an insane the rooftop experience at Tsunami Sushi.

Craving some creative rolls? Super fresh nagiri? Classic Asian entrées for the less adventurous person in your group? Their full menu has every request covered.

Top hits among our Gotcha Gang included the grilled Sea Bass and Sumo Ribeye. Yum is an understatement.

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Photo courtesy of @tsunamibatonrouge.

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  • Address: 100 North Blvd, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70801

  • Hours: 9am–4pm, Tuesday–Saturday | Closed, Sunday & Monday

  • Favorite: Grab a blanket and take a load off on the front lawn while taking in the view.

Louisiana’s Old State Capitol is a 165-year-old Gothic, castle-like statehouse in downtown Baton Rouge.

While it used to be all law-making hustle and bustle, it now operates as the Museum of Political History. The striking structure stands tall on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, providing a great view that stretches on for miles below.

Aside from the overlook, you can also soak in all of the many educational resources the former state house has to offer.

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  • Address: 3145 Government Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

  • Hours: 11am–9pm, Monday | 11am–10pm, Tuesday–Thursday | 11am–11pm, Friday & Saturday | 10am–9pm, Sunday

  • Gotcha Favorite: The Peanut Butter Pie. A little savory. Some sweet. All of the bests things ever.

Elsie’s Plate & Pies is named after the owner’s grandmother. As soon as we walked in, we got the “someone’s old house filled with love” vibe that makes you think every recipe goes back a few generations—but a modern edge ensures this place feels anything but dated.

The #GotchaGang started with one of their favorite things, cheese, which should surprise exactly no one. We were all in on the Cajun Crawfish Queso and the accompanying fried pork skins. If you dig dairy, there’s a solid chance you’ll love it as much as we do.

Another good bet? Carl’s Tomato Pie. This classic dish features roasted tomatoes and creamy mozzarella baked in a flaky crust finished with fresh tomato, cheese, and pesto. Before we left, we had to find out why the place has “Pies” in its name and picked up the Peanut Butter Pie. Yes, it’s as good as it looks. No, we are not willing to share.

Photo courtesy of @elsiesplatenpie.

Photo courtesy of @elsiesplatenpie.

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Photo courtesy of @elsiesplatenpie.

That’s a wrap on our recent trip to Baton Rouge, but it won’t be our last time in town. Tell us what you think of our favorite spots or hit us up with suggestions for next time by tagging @ridegotcha on all the social places.

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