Baton Rouge Travel Guide

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Baton Rouge Highlights

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    der_geograf says…

     excellent side trip from New Orleans, airport offers flights to many regional large cities, low cost of living 

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    SeaBreezeUSA says…

     A little warm in the late summer, but bearable! 

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     Small, pretty, seek-and-you-shall-find kind of city 

Baton Rouge Things to Do

  • State Capitol

    the old state capitol is a very interesting building to visit in downtown baton rouge. in 1847 the louisiana state capitol was moved from new orleans to baton rouge. the new state capital was built on the site of the "red pole" (baton rouge) which was once a native american settlement. this "castellated gothic" building was designed by james...

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  • Art and Science Museum

    the louisiana arts & science museum is located in the historic 1925 illinois central train station building. the museum has art collections and a planetarium. a good place to take children on a visit to baton rouge.

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  • Rural Life Museum

    the LSU rural life museum is an excellent place to experience what louisiana was like in the 1800's. the museum has an excellent collection of relics of life in rural louisiana. the star attraction of the museum is it's collection of 19th century hearses and cast iron coffins. on the grounds of the museum is a collection of over 25 19th century...

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Baton Rouge Restaurants

  • Hungry? Go to "the boat!"

    It isn't uncommon to hear Baton Rougeans say "I'm goin' to the boat!""The boat" usually refers to Casino Rouge, the northernmost of the two riverboat casinos anchored along the Mississippi River bank. But they don't always go there to gamble their hard-earned dollars away, but to enjoy the biggest buffet in all the city.The International...

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  • For the More Upscale...

    This is where me and my entire family had my graduation dinner. This follows after I had eaten there for my friends graduation dinner the semester before. Both times I was floored by the food. Absolutely amazing dishes. Be prepared to spend $25-35 on your food (with appetizers). Throw in wine and you could be looking at a heafty bill, but once...

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  • Hands Down, The Best Seafood Ever!

    Parrain's is, by far, my favorite restaurant. The food is WONDERFUL. I've never left still hungry and never been dissatisfied with the service.They offer "real southern style" seafood and in my opinion it's the best around.The prices aren't too bad either. My favorite is pretty simple . . . The Fried Shrimp Platter. I tend to stick to the same...

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Baton Rouge Nightlife

  • Not into the whole bar thing?

    Coffee Call has been in Baton Rouge for a long time, but has recently moved to a new location. They serve up great cafe au lait (hot coffee with milk) that is second only to the Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter (which is famous for it!) and they serve up THE BEST biegnets (pronounced like ben - yeas, and actually out does the Cafe Du Monde!)....

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  • eating, drinking, and live entertainment

    boudreaux & thibodeaux is an interesting bar and restaurant located on third street in downtown baton rouge. a great place to eat and drink after work. they offer cajun food and a good beer selection. later they offer bands that play blues, jazz, and rock. a fun bar to visit when in downtown. casual.

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  • irish pub

    happy's is a very nice replica irish pub located in downtown baton rouge. a fun place to grab a guiness or two downtown. casual.

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Baton Rouge Transportation

  • Shuttle service between New Orleans and...

    Tiger Airport Shuttle is a now running a shuttle between the New Orleans Airport and Baton Rouge. They have rates as low as $39.95 each way.

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  • Free - Capital Park Trolley Service

    I had found on some of the websites on Baton Rouge that there was a free trolley which the merchants of downtown Baton Rouge subsidized so that people could get around downtown after they parked and perhaps eat in the restaurants or buy from the stores.We at lunch in the little cafeteria in the capital basement. When we got finished with lunch, we...

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  • Parking

    Almost all the parking was meters or garages. I tried to find the garage where we could take the free trolley from, but was not successful.I thought that there ought to be a visitor's center somewhere, and indeed there was, but it was very poorly signed, and we drove past it at least once and up around the back of the capital where there was a lot...

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Baton Rouge Shopping

  • Smell Goodies Galore!

    From the moment I walked in I new I was in the right place! They have THE largest selection of Tyler Candles I have ever seen! Not to mention the newest scents and products Tyler has to offer. I absolutely love the antique bath tub filled with bath bombs! I highly recommend the bath bombs I couldn't wait to to try mine once I got home and I have...

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  • At the top of the State Capital

    This shop is run by the Foundation for Historical Louisiana which is Baton Rouge's preservation organization. In addition to T-shirts and the like, I understand they carry several books by and about Huey Long - one, a thick 1,000-page biography; another dedicated solely to the assassination; and a thin paperback, written by Huey Long, himself...

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  • Outlet Mall close to Baton Rouge

    There is a Tanger Outlet Mall in Gonzales, Louisiana (exit 177 on I-10) about 20 minutes away from Baton Rouge. Gonzales is between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. If you try to hit all the stores in the outlet mall, your feet will feal like they are about to fall off by the end of the day.

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Baton Rouge Local Customs

  • Funeral Carriages and Cast Iron Coffins

    When we went through the Rural Life Museum they had some Funeral Carriages (which I had seen before) and also an exhibit of coffins including ones of Cast Iron. This is what the sign inside the horse-drawn hearse said:Cast Iron Coffins, 1850'sThe Fisk Metallic Burial Case was patented in 1848 by New Yorker A.D. Fisk. Early mummiform styles like...

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  • View the Riverboats when they arrive

    Throughout the winter, the Mississippi Queen, American Queen, and the Delta Queen make regular stops on their 3 to 6 day trips up the Mississippi River from New Orleans. Except for holidays, the wharf is a busy place when the boats are in town.

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  • Say Sir or Ma'am

    After living here in Louisiana for about 18 months I've come to realize how important it is for people here to be addressed as "sir" or "ma'am" or in some form of respectful address.It's also very common to address someone with a prefix of "Miss" or "Mr." before their FIRST name if you use it.i.e: I would be called "Miss Angie" by people who are...

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Baton Rouge Warnings and Dangers

  • Game Night

    Game Night is a big deal in Baton Rouge. We're proud of our teams; so if you go to a game enjoy it - have fun. Geaux Tigers!!!! If not, avoid getting stuck in game day traffic at all costs. You may be road blocked or detoured in a swarm of vehicles for needless hours.

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  • Beggars

    If you happen to be strolling through some of the historic neighborhoods of downtown Baton Rouge, be prepared for beggars. A notorious location is if you are stopping at the convenience store (Chevron) on the corner of Government and St. Louis Streets. They are harmless for the most part, but you never can be too sure. I haven't heard any stories...

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  • CAUTION: bank holdups

    Again, I do not want to turn anyone away from Baton Rouge, but events in recent weeks here bear some mentioning.Baton Rouge has to be the bank holdup capital of the U.S. There have been far too many for a city this size over the past few years, and this year has been no exception, with the frequency of holdups increasing once again in the last few...

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Baton Rouge Tourist Traps

  • Rural Life Museum - Not a trap !!!

    I must take issue with 'nomorewars' putting the LSU Rural Life Museum on as a trap. We visited there in late June, 2010 and had a delightful time. The staff was uniformly courteous and engaging. We arrived fairly late in the day and they volunteered to stay after hours so we could visit all the extensive displays. This museum was a top rated part...

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  • Swamp Tours

    Swamp tours can be cool, I guess, if you have never seen a swamp before. Alligators are definitely cool. But, the weather in Louisiana is hot and humid; then add mosquitos and gnats, and you might be a little miserable if stuck on a boat for a few hours. This picture is swamp, for sure.

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Baton Rouge What to Pack

  • Baton Rouge summers are not for the weak...

    If you are coming to Baton Rouge anywhere from April to October (as well as any other U.S. Gulf coast city), pack at least a few sets of light clothing! The weather here is repetitive during the summer months--hot and humid, with occasional heat index advisories, and occasional scattered thunderstorms, some of which can be strong or severe....

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  • Packing List

    I arrived November 9th just after a cold front had moved through the southern part of the State. Even coming from the chilly northeast I found the wind to be somewhat uncomfortable although a sweater would have been adequate. This time of year one can go from wearing sundresses or shorts to wearing long pants and sweaters, but a coat isn't really...

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Baton Rouge Off The Beaten Path

  • laura plantation

    laura plantation was originally owned by andre neau in 1755 and is an excellent example of a creole plantation. the raised creole plantation house was built in 1820. in 1891 laura locoul sold the plantation to florian waguespack and designated in the deed that the plantation was to be forever called "laura". laura plantation has an interesting...

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  • Angola State Prison Rodeo

    If you haven’t been to the Angola State Prison Rodeo yet, you need to place it at the top of your ‘to do’ list. Reflecting back on my day spent here, it’s hard to recall any event which I’ve attended that came close to this level of enjoyment.The rodeo includes not only bull and bronco riding, but also sale of goods produced by the inmates! It only...

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  • LSU Higland Park Observatory

    Used by LSU's Department of Astronomy, this building is also open to the public. There are monthly and special occasion events scheduled, so check out their website for any interesting celestial dates.

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Baton Rouge Sports & Outdoors

  • Tubing on the Amite River (Tiki Tubing)

    Well, if you can call sitting in a tube and floating down the river a sport... there are several places to go tubing that are within 2 hours of Baton Rouge, but the closest is on the Amite river just outside of Denham Springs (Tiki Tubing). You can "float the river" or paddle down in a kayak. It's a great way to hang out with friends and relax, but...

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  • The Mississippi River batture

    When the river is not at flood stage (normally during the summer and fall, it is possible to venture down the other side of the levee "the batture" and walk up to the river's edge.This affords excellent opportunities for just taking a hike, for mountain biking, dirt biking, and for the bravest of souls--fishing.(Notice the dirt biker in the...

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  • Death Valley

    A night game at LSU's stadium is so awesome. 92,000 REALLY excited fans. Fans here are like fans of Premiership Soccor leagues in the UK... they live and die by their team. The crowd is SUPER load (actually registering on a seismograph) and wild. If you get the chance to be in the student section, DO IT! It is the best spot for college sports on...

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Baton Rouge Favorites

  • The Mighty Oak

    If there is one thing that characterizes the deep south and especially Louisiana, it has to be the beautiful old oak trees that dot the landscape. A drive through the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge allows the tourist to see these magnificent trees up close. With over 33 million dollars worth of historic live oak trees, the LSU...

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  • Inside the Capital

    We went down to the lobby from the tower, and looked around and took photos of the various statues (Henry Watkins Allen - civil war governor, Jean Baptiste Lemoyne-first colonial governor (photo 3), William Charles Coles Claiborne -first American Governor 1804-1812, Nicholls, first modern post-Reconstruction governor; and P.B.S. Pinchback, the...

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  • Looking at the Capital

    I asked the guard at the front door if I could go out and take photos and come back in without going through the metal detector again, and he said I could so I did that.I stood at the top of the steps of the 450 foot tall building and took a photo of the grand staircase of 48 steps, with each step bearing the name of a state and the date they were...

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