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Arsenal Park
Vacation Travel Guide

After visiting Baton Rouge’s historical sites, come to this park to have a picnic and relax. Take the family and have some quality time by a lake.

Baton Rouge’s Arsenal Park is located in the historic district of the city so it’s possible to divide visiting popular places with a trip to this spot. Let the kids run around while you relax on a bench under shade trees and look out over Capitol Lake. Stroll along well-maintained paths to learn names of trees that are identified with plaques.

A popular pastime is to float on the small lake in a rubber dinghy that can be rented if you don’t already have one. Look over the sides of the inflatable for fish as you drift among flocks of ducks and possibly see a turtle or two. An impressive view of the Capitol building is available from the park.

Visit the Old Arsenal Powder Magazine that gives the park its name. Its history includes being taken over by Louisiana citizens shortly after Abraham Lincoln won the presidency and leading up to the Battle of Baton Rouge in 1862. Graffiti from that time is still legible on inside walls, while outside a rose garden adds to the beauty of this location and is worth seeing even if the building might be closed.

Look for a liberty bell duplicate in the park and also for areas identified as ceremonial Indian mounds that were locations of sacred buildings around A.D. 1000. Weddings often use the grounds for their venue as the park’s beauty serves as a stunning background for photographs.

Find the park in the downtown and Spanish Town areas on the northern end of 5th Street. Parking can be a bit troublesome and it may require some walking to get to it, but the inconvenience should be worth the enjoyment. Arsenal Park is open daily and closes in the evening allowing you to spend part of your day enjoying nature in the Deep South.

Top Hotels Close to Arsenal Park

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
4 out of 5
201 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $98 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Located in Historic Downtown Baton Rouge, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge River Center, and Belle of Baton Rouge ...

4.1/5Very Good! (988 reviews)

"Very comfortable room and friendly staff. Nice place to stay."…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2021

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
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WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection
3.5 out of 5
150 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $111 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

Located in Historic Downtown Baton Rouge, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shaw Center for the Arts and Baton Rouge River Center. Tiger Stadium and Louisiana ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (476 reviews)

"The overall stay was amazing !!! quiet, neat, Clean and Swanky 😍😍😍"…"

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

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Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown
3 out of 5
260 Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $95 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

Located in Historic Downtown Baton Rouge, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge River Center, and Belle of Baton Rouge ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (186 reviews)

"Site was very clean and well kept. Definitely will be booking another stay very soon!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Arsenal Park

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
4 out of 5
201 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $98 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
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WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection
3.5 out of 5
150 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $111 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection
Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown
3 out of 5
260 Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $95 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Baton Rouge Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Baton Rouge Downtown
2.5 out of 5
462 Lafayette St., Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $93 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
Hampton Inn & Suites Baton Rouge Downtown
Downtown/Spanishtown Bella's Historic House
Downtown/Spanishtown Bella's Historic House
Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $295 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18
Downtown/Spanishtown Bella's Historic House
Holiday Inn Express Baton Rouge Downtown
Holiday Inn Express Baton Rouge Downtown
2.5 out of 5
400 North Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $90 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Holiday Inn Express Baton Rouge Downtown
Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown
Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown
3.5 out of 5
200 Convention St, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $99 per night from Feb 12 to Feb 13
Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown
Perfect Downtown Spot Quick to LSU, I-10, Mid-City
Perfect Downtown Spot Quick to LSU, I-10, Mid-City
Baton Rouge, LA
Perfect Downtown Spot Quick to LSU, I-10, Mid-City
Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Hotel
Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Hotel
3.5 out of 5
102 France St, Baton Rouge, LA
Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.