Whether it’s Mardi Gras, food, music, or the tradition of tailgating, Baton Rouge takes advantage of every opportunity to revel in the good times. Here is a tour of one of the most historical, vibrant and always unforgettable cities in the South!
People come to Baton Rouge for many reasons, but they all come to feast on delicious Louisiana cuisine at one of our 400 restaurants. For homemade pastries and gourmet chocolate confections, Strand’s Café is a scrumptious way to rise. Looking for something hip and trendy for lunch or dinner? New tapas restaurants downtown include Restaurant IPO, Blend, and Zolia Bistro. New food trucks are also popping up in Baton Rouge. Craving Creole cuisine? Check out Juban’s or Mansur’s on the Boulevard. Locals and visitors are also big patrons of the Red Stick Farmers Market - every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
From the soulful sounds of Gospel and Blues to Country, Cajun and Zydeco, Baton Rouge has a tune for everyone. Experience the star-studded Bayou Country Superfest held Memorial Day weekend or make history by partaking in the Baton Rouge Blues Festival, one of the oldest Blues festivals in America. Don't miss free outdoor concerts in the spring and fall, such as Sunday in the Park and Live After Five.
Elaborate antebellum homes are a short drive from Baton Rouge such as The Myrtles Plantation, Nottoway Plantation and Houmas House and Gardens. Also, the Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens is home to collections of plantation-era tools, furniture and vehicles.
Dive into the colourful history of Louisiana politics at the Old State Capitol and the Old Governor’s Mansion. Get a bird’s-eye view of the city from the observation deck of the 34-storey Louisiana State Capitol, or soak in the culture at the Capitol Park Museum, a Louisiana Museum.
Whatever your style, Baton Rouge is always a shopping experience with options like the Mall of Louisiana, featuring 175 retail stores, Perkins Rowe, Tanger Outlets and Towne Center at Cedar Lodge. For international shoppers, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping provides cash refunds of state sales tax. A refund center is located in Macy’s at the Mall of Louisiana.
Baton Rouge offers three options for gaming. The Belle of Baton Rouge Casino offers three floors of slots and table games. For celebrity-style service, be sure to visit Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge. L’Auberge Baton Rouge is a brand-new upscale casino entertainment complex featuring a single-level, 74,000 square foot casino and a 12-storey hotel with 206 guest rooms.
Baton Rouge is a great getaway - modern hotels, unique inns, and quaint bed and breakfasts. With 13,400 rooms in the city, you can rest easy. Downtown hotels include Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, Hotel Indigo, the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino & Hotel and the new Hampton Inn & Suites.
With so many reasons to celebrate, there’s never been a better time to explore Baton Rouge.