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Top attractions less than two hours away

February 12, 2019


Graphic by Jessica Mouton

While there are a few fun things to do in the small town of Thibodaux, newer activities might be a necessity as we progress through the semester. Traveling to bigger cities like Baton Rouge or New Orleans may seem intimidating, but the drive really isn’t that bad, and the trips usually turn into great memories.

In Baton Rouge, popular attractions like Topgolf and The Oasis keep popping up.

We have all seen the endless snapchats of the golf range and nachos on the table at a Topgolf location. If you’re wondering if it’s really as much fun as it looks, it is, and the newly built Baton Rouge location makes this adventure easier to achieve.

At each bay, players swing at microchipped golf balls and aim at giant targets. To top things off, Topgolf is equipped with a full restaurant and bar. Between opening and noon, players pay $25 per bay. Those looking to go between noon and 5 p.m. pay $35 per bay. Rates for the evening vary depending on the day. These rates are for the rental of a bay for an hour, and each bay fits up to six players.

The Oasis is considered Baton Rouge’s first recreational retail and entertainment development. Newly opened on Burbank Drive, this place includes a patio bar, seven sand volleyball courts, a live music stage and an island inspired cabana. Although new, this place is quickly gaining plenty of traction.

A more of a classic venue in the state’s capital is Laser Tag of Baton Rouge. If you’re looking for a place to shoot friends or strangers with a laser, this is the place for you. The venue includes fog effects, energetic music and colorful lightning. Walk-in visits cost around $15 for three games, or get a group together for the best deal.

As for New Orleans, the list could go on and on. The history of New Orleans speaks for itself, and there are many enjoyable places to visit around the city.

Venue wise, some places that are a no-doubt good time are Rock ‘N’ Bowl and Dave and Busters.

Rock ‘N’ Bowl provides just what it says. With locations in New Orleans and Lafayette, this place provides weekly themed nights with live music, bowling and unique restaurants. Bowling starts at $24 an hour per lane with a maximum of six bowlers per lane.

Although you need to be 21 years old, the New Orleans location of Dave and Buster’s will take you back to being a kid. This massive arcade lets you swipe your power card for games all night long.

Location is everything, so just keep these attractions in mind the next time the urge to complain of boredom begins to creep in.


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