Baton Rouge Travel Guide

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Baton Rouge Things to Do

  • State Capitol

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Baton Rouge is the capitol of the state of Louisiana. The Louisiana State Capitol Building, at 34 stories and 450 feet tall, is the tallest state capitol in the country. It took 2500 railcars of material to build it. There are 49 steps to the main entrance which list the states in order of admission to the United States; the top step has the motto...

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  • Rural Life Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The last group of buildings I would like to highlight are the ones reflecting the lives of slaves and those who remained on the plantations after slavery was abolished. Photo 1 is a typical slave cabin. The slaves lived in here with little more than a pallet with straw as a bed and maybe a crude handmade chair. Photo 2 is the typical home for a...

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  • USS Kidd

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The U.S.S. Kidd is a Fletcher Class Destroyer that saw action in World War II and the Korean War. It was named after Rear Admiral Isaac Campbell Kidd, Sr.; although I do not think that is the guy in photo 2. During World War II it was struck by a kamikaze pilot and 38 people were killed and 55 wounded. It was quickly repaired and sent back into...

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Baton Rouge Restaurants

  • World-wide Food With a Southern Flare

    $12 as of January 2015 (for soup and a coke). I wanted to try this restaurant because the description of "aligning unique worldwide cuisine infused with a South Louisiana flare" in the restaurant's advertisement intrigued me. Unfortunately, I was not able to get here for dinner but I stopped by for a bite the next day after my lunch. I ordered Hen...

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  • Great Japanese Food

    $15 as of January 2015. The Omi looks very nice inside and out. It is just off the Interstate and within walking distance of a few nice hotels including the Drury Inn where I stayed. The wait staff was neat and well-dressed and efficient. My food was well presented and tasted quite good. A very good choice if you want Japanese food in Baton Rouge....

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  • 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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Baton Rouge Nightlife

  • Two Floors of Fun

    Probably my favorite place for nightlife in Baton Rouge is Boudreaux & Thibodeaux's (commonly called B&T's by the locals). The nightclub downstairs is frequently filled with locals and tourists alike seeking the free live music (Rockabilly and Zydeco when I was there ;-)), good company, and strong drinks at a decent price. I prefer upstairs though....

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  • Hotel, Restaurant and Casino

    Although the complex that includes the riverboat the Belle of Baton Rouge includes a 10-story, 288-room hotel, and some fine dining most people (myself included) come here for the casino or the live entertainment (like MMA, boxing, music, etc). The casino is a three-deck paddlewheel boat with 28,000 square feet of gaming area filled with slots and...

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  • Great Old Tyme Atmosphere

    Huey's is a bit hard to describe. It honors Huey Long the Governor of Louisiana who was assassinated in 1935 and the political and social atmosphere of the state and the country in the 1920s and 1930s. You expect to see hard-drinking men smoking cigars making back-room political deals. This is described as a "cocktail bar" and they do have a...

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Baton Rouge Transportation

  • Free Downtown Trolley

    A good way to tour downtown is to park your car and ride the trolley. The trolley runs from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM and is free. It hits stops near all the main attractions in the downtown area and the drivers will stop at other corners along the route on request. I rode the trolley from near the Art and Science Museum to the State Capitol. My driver...

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  • Parking Downtown

    There are a variety of options when trying to find a place to park in downtown Baton Rouge. I opted for a parking lot near the Old Governor's Mansion and did a lot of walking. You can also choose a parking garage (better in bad weather) or try your luck at finding metered parking on the street. The attached website should answer your questions...

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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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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

  • Live Music and Food

    There are two things that are essential to life in Louisiana: Music and food. In the Spring (April and May) and again in the Fall (September and October) the Downtown Business Association in Baton Rouge hosts a series of FREE open-air concerts in Galvez Park/The River Center called "Live After Five". They set up tents and hang lights and speakers...

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  • 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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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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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Baton Rouge Off The Beaten Path

  • Rural Life Museum at LSU

    Our admission as seniors was $6.00 each. There was a film, which they accidentally showed to us in French (it is in four languages). I could kind of understand it but not in time to translate for Bob. The admissions person (who was an LSU student from Poland) mentioned that we could walk to a nearby plantation and I asked if there were wheelchairs....

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  • 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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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

  • Touring Baton Rouge With Kids

    The Tourist Guide for Baton Rouge listed several things to do when touring Baton Rouge with kids. Would love to bring my Grandson here. I only did the last one on this trip but am letting you know the options.1. Liberty Lagoon: This is a waterpark that is hugely popular in the hot Louisiana summers. 111 Lobdell Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70806 (225)...

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  • 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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