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Best Things to Do in Baton Rouge

What To Do When You're in Baton Rouge!

Louisiana’s capital city, Baton Rouge is a happening city in the southeastern corner of the state. Also known as Capital City and Red Stick, Baton Rogue is busting with cultural attractions, historic sites, outdoor activities, and so much more.


History Buffs

Your first stop in Capital City is of course the Louisiana State Capitol Building – a major attraction you can’t miss (as in, it’s 450 feet tall). The tallest building in Baton Rouge, and Louisiana’s seventh, the capitol is a U.S. National Historic Landmark found on the National Register of Historic Places.

You must also visit the Old Louisiana State Capitol ­– built in 1847 and now the Museum of Political History. Nicknames for this attraction include the Louisiana Castle, the Castle of Baton Rouge, and the Castle on the River. Enticed yet?

Visitors to B.R. find themselves in the middle of Plantation Country. Check out nearby homesteads like Myrtles Plantation, the Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, and the Magnolia Mound Plantation House.

Baton Rouge Attractions

Old Louisiana State Capitol

Culture Vultures

Those looking for a cultural escape can hit special neighborhoods of Baton Rouge like the Mid-City Cultural District and the Perkins Road Arts District.

Be sure to visit the Shaw Center for the Arts – home to spectacular performing arts events, plus the Brunner Gallery, the LSU Museum of Art, and the Manship Theatre. Other spots include the Baton Rouge Gallery, the Baton Rouge River Center, and the Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts. And be sure to catch Opera Louisiane, and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra.

And if you’re looking for a shopping trip, check out the two largest malls in Louisiana: the Mall at Cortana and the Mall of Louisiana.

Little Learners

Brought the kids along? Create an itinerary of family-friendly spots lie the Baton Rouge Zoo, the LSU Museum of Natural Science and the USS Kidd, and the Louisiana Art & Science Museum – home to the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium.

Party Goers

Baton Rouge’s event calendar is busting with unique-to-the-area festivals and celebrations throughout the year.

Check your travel dates for the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair, the Bayou Country Superfest, the Wearin' of the Green St. Patrick's Day Parade, and FestforAll. Other events include the Baton Rouge Restaurant Week, and Louisiana Earth Day.

And this being Louisiana, the party doesn’t stop during Mardi Gras. Find the party in Spanish Town during the season.

Baton Rouge Attractions

Irene W. Pennington Planetarium

Outdoor Types

Louisiana travelers searching for an outdoor adventure, look no further than the Lake Fausse Pointe State Park. Spanning 6,000 acres, this Louisiana state park features boating, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Check out multipurpose trails like the Armadillo Ridge, the Cardinal Run, and the Barred Owl Trek.

More trails and unmatched nature is found at the nearby Tickfaw State Park. Some in-city outdoor attractions found in Baton Rouge include the massive City Park, and the links over at the Briarwood Golf Club.

Sport Fans

Baton Rouge is known worldwide as the home of Louisiana State University and the LSU Tigers at the famed Tiger Stadium. B.R. is also home to the Southern University Jaguars at Southern University and A&M College.

And for you race fans, don’t miss some high-speed events over at the State Capitol Raceway.

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