Baton Rouge, Louisiana has a long history back to the 17th Century, but that doesn’t mean that it is old and dull by any means! Both residents and tourist enjoy the attractions that the city offers that rivals its city to the south, New Orleans.
Baton Route is a thriving, diverse destination known for it’s historical significance and architecture, food that tantalizes any pallet, sports and above all…fun! Here are some of our favorite things to do in Baton Rouge.
The Old State Capitol Building
The gothic revival architecture of this building has led to its nickname “The Castle”. A great destination for people of all ages, the old capitol building is now a museum. Tourists will fall in love with stepping back in time as they explore iconic elements such as the spiral staircase and stained glass dome.
USS Kidd / Veterans Museum
Another noteworthy historical stop brings us to the Navy destroyer warship, USS Kidd. This warship served in both World War II and the Korean War. You can find her moored at 305 River Road and the ship is open daily for tours. Additionally, guests can visit the Veterans Museum which is attached to the vessel.
This fun and eclectic village is the oldest in the city, but has so much to offer. A ride through the neighborhood will reveal beautifully restored and preserved houses. When you get hungry, visit the store that has been open since 1914 for their famous local potato chips, burgers and po-boys. If you are visiting during Mardi Gras, this is a must-see destination as they boast a unique parade with pink flamingo filled yards.
The Garden District is claimed by locals to be the most beautiful garden district in the southern United States. You and your family will enjoy the large parks with old oak trees and azaleas. Historic bungalows are located throughout the district giving visitors a photo opportunity at every turn. Several movies have been filmed here and you will immediately notice the local hospitality. Speaking of hospitality, be sure to see Ingleside Drive to taste local pastries or enjoy a Creole lunch plate.
If you feel that lady luck is on your side, head down to the Mississippi River and enjoy. Baton Rouge hosts several casinos on or near the river and they range in age and condition. Two of our best are Hollywood Casino and L’Auberge Casino Hotel. What makes the Baton Rouge casinos stand out is their picturesque settings, lively music and great dining.
Louisiana Art and Science Museum
This museum is a great destination for the whole family to learn and discover. It is in a large historic railroad depot at 100 River Road and visitors can enjoy both the museum and a planetarium. Bring the family and see everything from Egyptian artifacts to a giant model of the solar system.