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Vivid History

Just a short drive from Baton Rouge, elaborate antebellum homes sit poised on sprawling grounds, reservoirs of the area’s history. Explore Magnolia Mound’s preserved buildings, including the house itself (now a museum), an open-hearth kitchen and a slave quarters. LSU’s Rural Life Museum reflects 18th and 19th century life, offering the largest collection of Louisiana Vernacular architecture, many period artifacts and several structures. At River Road African American Museum, discover 300 years of African American heritage and history through several exhibits that show off the museum’s extensive collection of items.


Capital Culture

Dive into the colorful 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-story Louisiana State Capitol, walk through grand Memorial Hall, and stroll the grounds, which include several native Louisiana plants. Soak in the culture at the Capitol Park Museum before heading to the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, where you can explore everything from Ancient Egypt to the solar system. The USS Kidd Veterans Museum lets you hit the deck of a Fletcher-class destroyer vessel from World War II, which doubles as a museum and memorial to the U.S. armed forces.


Appealing Attractions

People come to Baton Rouge for many reasons, but they all come to feast on delicious Louisiana cuisine at one of 400 restaurants. Check out the cafes, restaurants and food trucks that serve everything from traditional Creole cuisine to trendy tapas. Want to fetch your own ingredients? Visit the Red Stick Farmers Market. For a blend of nature and culture, stop in to Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, a huge preserve that features animal, ecology and art exhibits as well as a winding boardwalk that takes visitors through cypress swamps and hardwood forests. Don’t leave Baton Rouge without enjoying the music scene. From the soulful sounds of gospel and blues to country, Cajun and zydeco, Baton Rouge has a sound for everyone.

Fun Fact

The state capitol in Baton Rouge is the tallest in the nation, at 137 meters.
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The state capitol in Baton Rouge is the tallest in the nation, at 137 meters.

LSU Football’s marching band on the field
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On a Saturday night in LSU's Tiger Stadium in 1988, fans were so loud at the LSU vs. Auburn game that the seismograph on campus registered it as an earthquake. This game is now famously known as "The Earthquake Game."

The Red Stick statue
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Baton Rouge means "Red Stick" in French.

Children browsing sunflower fields near a Baton Rouge corn maze
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Nearby Experiences
Line brass band performing in the French Quarter