If you need kid-friendly things to do in Baton Rouge, we have you covered. There is everything from indoor Baton Rouge family fun, Baton Rouge Summer Camps, to weekend day trips, all pre-approved by our team here at Red Stick Mom! Whether you live in Baton Rouge or are traveling to Baton Rouge with kids, there is plenty to do in this friendly Louisiana city with the family.
This is where this guide to: Best Places to Eat Outside with Kids in Baton Rouge comes in to make things easier when wanting to eat outside with kids!
Best Places to Eat Outside with Kids in Baton Rouge
Despite the brief dip back into Third Winter here in Louisiana, Spring is right around the corner, and with it comes those brief, shining moments where you can eat outside and not melt into a puddle or become a mosquito buffet.
But, as most parents are well aware, not all outdoor dining experiences are created equal… especially when you have small children. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of Best Places to Eat Outside with Kids in Baton Rouge. When you only get so many days a year of perfect weather, it’s nice to take the guesswork out of the equation. The following spots are sure to please the whole family (and entertain the kids so the grownups can actually enjoy their meal!)
Juicy burgers, house-cut fries, and decadent milkshakes…need I say more? Not really, but this Government Street hotspot also boasts a fabulous outdoor area for your family to enjoy your meal and plenty of space for the kids to burn off a tiny bit of that milkshake energy. My husband and boys keep it classic with a traditional cheeseburger, but I’m a Shroomin’ + Jammin’ fanatic.
Designed and developed by Executive Chef and Co-Owner Justin Ferguson, BRQ Seafood and Barbeque is a family owned and operated restaurant specializing in upscale BBQ, local seafood, craft cocktails, patio dining, and weekend brunch. It was recently voted Best BBQ in Baton Rouge!
There are several Superior Grills around Baton Rouge, but if you’re looking for outdoor seating, the Highland Road location is the best! It boasts not one, but two outdoor seating areas—the more traditional covered patio area on the side and a fenced-in open-air area at the front next to the entrance, which is, again, great for the littles with the wiggles (but make sure to call ahead for the front patio, it fills up fast.)
If you’re looking for traditional Tex Mex, Superior Grill can’t be beaten (The Steak Superior Nachos are *chef’s kiss*) and their margaritas are a local icon. Their kids’ menu is standard fare, but well done and most things come with rice and beans. Plus, my seven-year-old claims their Key Lime pie is one of the best things he’s ever eaten. Don’t mind me, I’m just dreaming about their strawberry margarita.
The Shed Barbeque and their award-winning BBQ is now available in Baton Rouge, LA. Your family can enjoy slow-cooked smoked meats, sandwiches and traditional sides! All in a casual family environment with one of the largest outdoor patio spaces in Baton Rouge!
Sometimes the weather is so nice, you want to get the whole family out and about. Enter The Smiling Dog on Sherwood Forest Boulevard!
Formerly known as The Londoner, this British Pub-style restaurant has a dog-friendly patio (complete with a Pupper menu) and a large selection of delicious pub food and beers for the grown-ups. The patio is covered, spacious, and is equipped with TVs, plenty of ceiling fans, and a fireplace. My kids got the biggest kick out of getting to bring our dog to the restaurant, and while there isn’t space for them to run around, the patio is spread out enough that moving around and petting our dog wasn’t something that would disturb anyone else.
If you are looking for some great Mexican food around Denham Springs/Watson, then you need to check out Casa Maria Mexican Grill. The patio is perfect for families, and the staff is absolutely amazing!
Red Zepplin Pizza is conveniently located on Perkins Road. It is one of Baton Rouge’s favorite places to gather over a cold drink, a slice, and killer appetizers and salads. The outdoor patio is even a bigger plus for the entire family.
This place is an absolute GEM and well worth the drive to St. Gabriel.
Situated at the end of a winding drive and surrounded by pasture and cattle, Istrouma Brewery is one of our absolute favorite places to bring the kids. The menu is small but has something to please everyone, including picky eaters and the house-brewed beers are delicious and rotate regularly. But, I’ll be honest, we don’t go for the food or the beer.
What makes Istrouma Brewery fantastic is its graveled courtyard sprinkled with seating and shaded tables, its giant chess and checkers board, bocce ball area, and numerous other outdoor features to keep little ones contained and entertained while the grownups relax and enjoy dinner. Did I mention the cows? And the goats…can’t forget the goats.
I recommend making an afternoon of it when the weather is fine. You won’t regret it
La Carreta Mid City is minutes from Baton Rouge Community College, Baton Rouge General- Mid City, and Highway 190. It makes for the perfect lunch & dinner spot for your family. Grab some Mexican and sit out on the patio for a nice outing with the family.