Louisiana State University’s 2017 fall break is a nice opportunity for students to relax and get away for a quick trip. Students can check the LSU academic calendar for their specific fall break dates. The four-day weekend of fall break provides an opportunity for students to take a break from school and enjoy some fun activities. Who decided that spring break should get all the attention anyway? Make fall break just as memorable with a mini-trip!
You can spend the break scrolling Instagram, checking Facebook, and streaming Netflix — or you can take full advantage of the time off to take a mini-trip! Don’t get us wrong, we completely support a little bit of vegging out, because that’s what breaks are for. But if you want to do something adventurous this fall break, check out our ideas for fall break mini-rips. We’ve come up with ideas for travel that fit into your student schedule and budget.
Student Mini-Trips for LSU Fall Break:
New Orleans Weekend Trip
New Orleans is only about an hour and 20 minutes away from LSU. The city makes a great destination for a day or weekend trip. While you’re visiting, you should visit the French Quarter, get beignets at Cafe Du Monde, take a horse-and-buggy tour to learn about New Orleans history, and check out the street artists in Jackson Square. Those are only a few of the highlights of a New Orleans mini-trip. The city offers plenty more entertainment with nightlife, restaurants, and historic landmarks.
Jackson Square, New Orleans
Overnight Camping Trip or Day Trip to a Louisiana State Park
Louisiana is full of state parks. Some of the closest to LSU are Tickfaw State Park, Fairview-Riverside State Park, and Lake Fausse Pointe State Park. Fairview-Riverside State Park gives Otis House Museum tours on the weekends during fall break. The tour introduces visitors to the Jay sawmill community along the Tchefuncte River and what life was like for the community during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. For a full weekend camping trip, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park is perfect choice. There’s a campground for those who want to rough it, and lakefront cabins for those who prefer indoor accommodations. Before you retreat to your campsite, you can spend the day fishing, boating, and canoeing on the waterways throughout the park. If you’re interested in a day of hiking, the boardwalks and trails at Tickfaw State Park are the best choice for you.
Road Trip Through Baton Rouge with Stops at Historic Plantations
There are a handful of historic plantations and points of interest surrounding LSU. You can visit them all in a single day and make a road trip out of it. We’ve put together this sample itinerary you can use to plan your own mini-trip, accompanied by a helpful Google Map of all the sites.
- Start: Louisiana State University
- Stop 1: BREC Magnolia Mound Plantation
- At BREC Magnolia Mound Plantation, the past lifestyles of the French Creoles, who influenced much of the present day culture in Louisiana, come back to life. The plantation house was once the center of a 900-acre operation. The house has been beautifully restored, and holds furnishings and decorations that reflect the French culture. They are open Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sunday from 1–4 p.m.
- Stop 2: Mount Hope Plantation House
- Mount Hope Plantation House is one of two surviving antebellum homes in Baton Rouge. Over 200 years of history reside on the plantation, surrounded by legacy oak trees and beautiful gardens. The interior showcases architecture of the 19th century. Tours are available Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
- Stop 3: LSU Rural Life Museum
- The LSU Rural Life Museum includes a museum, a gift shop, and the 25-acre Windrush Gardens, site of the Burden home. The museum focuses on the life of working-class Louisianians from the 18th and 19th centuries with the most extensive collection of material culture from that era. They are open every day, except major holidays, from 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Downtown Baton Rouge Day Trip Featuring the Capitol and Museums
A trip to downtown Baton Rouge is a great way to add adventure to your fall break. Downtown Baton Rouge houses dozens of museums and is also the site of Louisiana’s Capitol. You can go with a pre-planned tour like those offered by Red Stick Adventures. They offer special pricing on their Haunted Adventure ghost/history tour during the month of October. Or, you can plan your own tour and handpick which museums to visit. The Louisiana Art & Science Museum and the Capitol Park Museum are very popular choices. You can view a list of all the Baton Rouge museums here.
Baton Rouge Capitol
We hope our mini-trip ideas have inspired you to plan an adventure for the upcoming fall break. If you’re foregoing the usual trip back to your hometown, these are some great ideas on ways to make the most of the break while still in the area!