Enjoying the outdoors is part of life in South Louisiana.  From hunting and fishing to running and canoeing, there are a multitude of ways and places to explore the Baton Rouge Area free from any rooftops or walls.



Golfers new to the Capital Region will be thrilled with the private and public course options, as well as the local climate which is conducive to playing golf almost year-round! Visit BREC’s golf page for a complete listing of all public courses in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Golfers interested in private course options and club membership will love the Capital Region’s impressive offering.

Also worth exploring is the Audubon Golf Trail of Louisiana, featuring twelve exclusive courses throughout the state.


Park Systems in the Baton Rouge Area

Whether you’re looking for a dog park, children’s splash pad, or a winding path for a leisurely walk, you’re never far from a beautiful, oak-canopied park in the Capital Region.

BREC is the park system of East Baton Rouge Parish which boasts over 180 parks in the area including an observatory, extreme sports park, water park, and zoo. BREC also facilitates recreation leagues for adults and children and adult group fitness classes.

Most of the surrounding parishes have active parks and recreation departments maintaining both parks and recreational leagues.


City Park and the Lakes

The oldest and one of the largest parks in the Capital Region sits just outside the gates of LSU and a few miles away from downtown Baton Rouge. This beautiful recreation area hosts hundreds of residents daily to enjoy the park amenities or to simply “run the lakes” as the locals say. City-Brooks Community Park is home to a nine-hole golf course, tennis facility, dog park, children’s recreation area, and Baton Rouge Gallery, a contemporary art museum. The six lakes woven throughout this part of town are a staple for visitors and a crown jewel of the region.


Recreational Waterways

There’s no better way to relax than on the water. The Capital Region offers a multitude of options for boaters, fishermen, and anyone else looking for a place to get drenched.

Iberville Parish offers a direct connection to a multitude of water recreation offerings and most famously, the Atchafalaya Basin. This 800,000 acre swampland is home to eighty-five species of fish, two hundred species of birds, alligators, black bear, and other wildlife. Visitors and residents alike enjoy taking advantage of this natural treasure on a swamp tour, fishing trip, or just a simple boat ride.

Across the region in Livingston Parish, water life abounds as well with direct access to Lake Maurepas and recreational offerings on the Amite River such as Tiki Tubing.


Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area

Tunica Hills is a 5,000 acre refuge for nature lovers. With areas for hiking, biking, camping, hunting, and bird watching, Tunica Hills has something for everyone looking to get away from it all.