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More than 20 hobbies to enjoy this fall in the Capital Region – [225]





























Sidebars by Domenic Purdy // Additional reporting by Meg Ryan and Poet Wolfe

Sources: Oregon Counselling, Australian Department of Health, Artsy.net


Recreation is important. They promote social ties. They help us learn something new, even when we think we’re done learning. They are a big part of the “play” part of the life-work-play calculus.

They can taste good (homebrew) or feel good (knit). They can help you make friends (disc golf and even gardening). And they can guide you to new places you never imagined visiting (bird watching).

Greater Baton Rouge is an area brimming with enjoyable pastimes, thanks to a pleasant climate, friendly people, and a culture bubbling with joie de vivre and creativity. No matter your interest, you’re sure to find others who share it.

#1 Ride on water

Bennett’s water ski and wakeboard school offers lessons for beginners and pros alike


#2 Learn to dive

Learn to dive to the depths of the ocean or stay slightly below the surface with Underwater Adventures on Government Street. Through a series of courses costing around $300, you can earn your Scuba Diver certification card and learn the science behind diving, as well as access to equipment and pools. divewithua.com


#3 Try vintage video games

Put away your PS5 or Nintendo Switch and try out some classics at Gameware, a local chain of video game stores featuring new and old games and hardware for the Atari 2600, Sega Dreamcast and everything in between. gameware.com

#4 Shout “Bingo!”

Catch bingo games every day of the week at Bingo Zone at the corner of Choctaw Drive and Airline Highway. bingozone.zone

Micah Smith is the owner of local pop-up Fleur De Stitch’d and founder of the Baton Rouge Fiber Arts and Makers Festival.

#5 in points

Local fiber artists weave their own community

#6 Make jewelry and crafts.

Hosting classes in metal stamping, resin stained glass, jewelry making, pop art and more, Create Studios offers creative and unique art classes in Baton Rouge. Lasting two to four hours, each class starts at $35 and can be done in Create’s studio or at home. createbr.com

#7 Get ready for the camera.

Meeting monthly at Goodwood’s Main Library, the Louisiana Photographic Society offers photographers, new and old, a place to learn and showcase their work. It also offers a variety of two- to three-hour classes on Saturdays, with membership fees starting at $25. laphotosociety.com


#8 This beer is for me

Home Brewing Blooms at Red Stick


#9 Learn to cook.

Red Stick Spice Company’s demonstration kitchen will have you cooking your own meals at home in no time. With classes like Better Than Takeout and Milk Bar Cookie Workshop, there’s a little something for everyone at Jefferson Highway Kitchen. redstickspice.com

#10 Throw in some latte art.

The Barista Guild of Baton Rouge is hosting their Latte Art Throwdown at various cafes around town. The Baristas Guild teaches members and interested viewers how to draw beautiful latte art on the frothed milk of a cappuccino. Find them on Facebook.


#11 This hobby is blooming

Louisiana’s lush climate is a perfect backdrop for trying your hand at gardening


#12 Test your chess skills.

The Baton Rouge Chess Club holds weekly meetings and regular tournaments. [email protected]


#13 This Runner’s World

In Louisiana, running is much more than competition


#14 Play paintball.

Basics Paintball in Denham Springs takes safety seriously with its low-impact paintball arenas at all-inclusive prices starting around $40. For the more experienced paintball player, Guerilla Warfare Paintball in Walker offers a variety of equipment and styles of play. basicspaintball.com and guerillawarfarepaintball.com

#15 Get off the pages of the wizarding world.

LSU Quidditch is one of the oldest teams in the International Quidditch Association. Based on the sport played by Harry Potter at Hogwarts, LSU’s Quidditch team is full-contact and mixed, available to students. Find them on Facebook


Local ornithologist Jane Patterson, center of the photo, has spotted more than 100 different species in her garden.

#16 Things are looking up

With over 480 species roaming above us, Louisiana is a bird watcher’s paradise.


#17 City Buzz

The Capital Region Beekeepers Association is “committed to the preservation and sustainability of the honey bee as a pollinator and producer”. It welcomes anyone interested in the bee. cabainfo.org


#18 Go fishing

Grab the bait and cast a line for this recreational activity


#19 Channel your inner lumberjack

Civil Ax Throwing in Mid City offers a one-hour “axe experience” starting at $24 per person. civilaxethrowing.com/baton-rouge

#20 Book

Book clubs meet monthly at various branches of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, from the Mystery Lovers Book Club to the Historical Society Book Club. ebrpl.com


#21 Disc jockeys

Baton Rouge’s welcoming disc golf community is thriving


#22 Try one of the most popular sports in the world: rugby.

People of all ages can try their hand at the sport in various recreational leagues: Baton Rouge Men’s Club, Baton Rouge Women’s Club, Baton Rouge Youth Rugby Club and LSU Men’s Club. brec.org/index.cfm/page/rugby and facebook.com/batonrougerugby

#23 Feel “Forever Young” in adult recreation classes.

This BREC program offers exercise classes, art workshops, and social opportunities at multiple parks for people 55 and older. brec.org/index.cfm/subhome/AdultsandSeniors.


This article originally appeared in the September 2022 issue of 225 magazine.