3 New Ways to Experience Thanksgiving in Baton Rouge

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Thanksgiving is a holiday built on tradition, but sometimes it’s refreshing to shake things up a bit (or even create new traditions). There are plenty of opportunities to get out of the house and experience something different for Thanksgiving in Baton Rouge this year  — we’ve shared three of them below!


1. DON’T Cook

Thanksgiving at home will always be special, but it can be nice to not have to worry about entertaining. Dirty dishes not your thing? Here are five Baton Rouge restaurants open for business on Thanksgiving day, including Ruffino’s, Galatoire’s Bistro, Juban’s, Tallulah Crafted Food & Wine Bar, and Mansur’s on the Boulevard.


2. Run (or Trot)

Earn that Thanksgiving feast this year! The 28th Annual Turkey Trot kicks off downtown on Thanksgiving morning and benefits the March of Dimes’ efforts to improve the health of babies. Registration starts bright and early at 6:00 AM, with a one-mile Fun Run/Turkey Walk at 7:30 AM and the main 5k Run at 8:00 AM.


3. Volunteer

Homeless shelters and meal delivery services have a big job on Thanksgiving day. These organizations always need volunteers to prepare and serve meals, and it’s a great thing to do together as a family. Here are seven wonderful ideas for volunteering on Thanksgiving, plus a list of local homeless shelters and services.


Have any additions? Let us know in the comments!