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34 Things to Do in Ruston Before You Graduate

April 12, 2022Written by: Experience Ruston Staff

Ruston is first and foremost a college town, where students spend some of the best and most exciting years of their lives. College is a time to explore, try new things, and make memories. With this in mind, we're challenging students to get out of their dorms and experience these 34 things in Ruston & Lincoln Parish before they graduate!

1. Get peach ice cream from Mitcham Farms (Typically offered May-August) 

2. Go axe throwing at Bandit Axe

3. Adopt a dog for a day from 4 Paws

4. Visit three local museums in Lincoln Parish

5. Explore Lincoln Parish Park

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Walking trails at Lincoln Parish Park


6. Enjoy a meal on the Sundown Tavern patio 

7. Go see a show at the historic Dixie Theatre 

8. Load up on freebies at the Ruston Visitors Center

9. Experience the Grambling State University marching band in action

10. Eat crawfish at Ponchatoulas

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Crawfish at Ponchatoulas


11. Go to the Louisiana Peach Festival (first weekend in June)

12. Spend an afternoon shopping in Downtown Ruston 

13. Eat lunch at Nana's Soulfood

14. Watch the Temple Baptist Church 4th of July fireworks display

15. Go to a $5 Tuesday movie at Celebrity Theatres 

16. Have a date night at White Lightnin' 

17. Take part in Loyal Blue Weekend activities 

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Loyal Blue Weekend Activites in Railroad Park 

18. Play a game of Frisbee Golf in Hideaway Park 

19. Try the coffee at Railway Coffee

20. Go to the Shedfest Makers Market 

21. Eat a Scatterload Sandwich at Brister's Smokehouse 

22. Have a picnic in Railroad Park 

23. Watch a parade go through downtown Ruston

24. Enjoy a brick oven pizza from Utility Brewing

25. Visit your neighboring university, either Grambling State University or LA Tech University 

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Visit to GSU campus


26. Shop the Ruston Farmers Market

27. Eat Sunday Brunch at Beau Vines

28. Attend a NCLAC event

29. Enjoy a frozen treat from Eskamoes by the fire pit in North Village Plaza 

30. Have lunch at the Heard Freighthouse Food Park

31. Participate in downtown Ruston's Christmas kick-off celebration (first weekend in December)

32. Take a hammock out to Hideaway Park or Lincoln Parish Park

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Hammocking at Lincoln Parish Park

 

33. Watch a game out at the Ruston Sports Complex

34. Take part in karaoke night at La Bamba

While we made this list with students in mind, we also challenge visitors and locals to experience these 34 things that Ruston has to offer! Be sure to share your adventures using the hashtag #RustonLA. Have a favorite that's not on the list? Let us know!

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