Baton RougeUnited States of America

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This city on the banks of the Mississippi is home to Louisiana State University’s Tiger Stadium, three riverfront casinos and supposedly one of America’s most-haunted homes.

The Louisiana state capital offers family-friendly activities, historical architecture and a range of different cultural experiences.

A great place to start exploring Baton Rouge is the Louisiana State Capitol Building and Gardens, the 34-story art deco skyscraper that dominates the Baton Rouge skyline. Admire the interior of the building and look out over the city to get an idea of its scope. If the weather is good, take a stroll through the beautiful Capitol Gardens. Afterwards, the Capitol Park Museum will help you get up to speed on local history.

If you are traveling with kids, take them to the Baton Rouge Zoo, which is 15 minutes north of downtown. The zoo houseshundreds of animals and birds set in enclosures designed to replicate their natural outdoor habitat.

For a different kind of animal experience, visit Louisiana State University’s Tiger Stadium, home to the Louisiana State University football team. The team’s mascot is a real tiger, and even if you can’t get to a game, you can visit “Mike the Tiger” in his $3 million habitat.

If your family has the nerve, take them to the Myrtles Plantation, which claims to be one of the most haunted homes in America. It is reported that 10 murders have occurred there, and it is said to house at least 12 ghosts. The plantation offers historic tours daily, as well as mystery tours.

For more history, take the Sugar Trail, which starts at the Houmas House Plantation. The historic Plaquemine Lock site educates visitors on how sugar and other goods were once transported on the Mississippi. Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center has 103 acres (40 hectares) of land containing foxes, turtles and alligators.

The summer months between May and September are when Baton Rouge is busiest. At this time, warmth is almost guaranteed. Beware that it can get very humid indeed, so take plenty of water.

Baton Rouge Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Baton Rouge

Magnolia Mound Plantation House which includes a house and interior views

Highlands - Perkins

4/5Very Good!(439 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Highlands - Perkins, Tiger Stadium and Varsity Theatre are top sights worth seeing.

Highlands - Perkins
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South Baton Rouge

4/5Very Good!(380 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in South Baton Rouge, Mall of Louisiana and Blue Bayou Waterpark are top sights worth seeing.

South Baton Rouge
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Mid City South

If you're spending some time in Mid City South, Circle Bowl and Corporate Square Mall are top sights worth seeing.

Mid City South
After a street party on Mardi Gras.

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Mid City North

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 area reviews)

While visiting Mid City North, you might make a stop by sights like Delmont Village Shopping Center and Gus Young Park.

Mid City North
Love me some Sons of Guns!!!!
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Park Forest - LA North

3.5/5Good!(8 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Park Forest - LA North, Tams Drive Park and Red Oaks Park are top sights worth seeing.

Park Forest - LA North

Top Hotels in Baton Rouge

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Drury Inn & Suites Baton Rouge
Drury Inn & Suites Baton Rouge
3 out of 5
7939 Essen Park, Baton Rouge, LA
$85
per night
Mar 5 - Mar 6

Located in South Baton Rouge, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Rural Life Museum and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Mall of Louisiana. Perkins Rowe and Bluebonnet Swamp ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,557 reviews)

"We loved the free buffet style food and drinks served between 5 and 7:30 and the buffet style breakfast was great! The staff was very friendly and helpful!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020

Drury Inn & Suites Baton Rouge
Marriott Baton Rouge
Marriott Baton Rouge
3.5 out of 5
5500 Hilton Ave, Baton Rouge, LA
$119
per night
Mar 26 - Mar 27

Located in Highlands - Perkins, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Louisiana State University, The Old Governor's Mansion, and Shaw Center for the Arts. Old ...

4.2/5Excellent! (644 reviews)

"The staff and service was great friendly, and the property was super clean and brand new the view was super and housekeeping was amazing at stocking changing and supplying all what you need! If you need ear plugs they have great quility plugs and never asked for a penny!!! Sign up for Marriott rewards ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Marriott Baton Rouge
Hyatt Place Baton Rouge/I-10
Hyatt Place Baton Rouge/I-10
3 out of 5
6080 Bluebonnet Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA
$84
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in South Baton Rouge, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mall of Louisiana, Perkins Rowe, and Rural Life Museum. Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center is 2.1 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,581 reviews)

"the area was great the staff was pleasant and the rooms are very roomy"…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Hyatt Place Baton Rouge/I-10

Popular things to do in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge River Center
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Baton Rouge River Center

4/5(261 reviews)

Attend star-studded musical performances, family-friendly theater productions, stand-up comedy shows and symphony orchestras at this riverside entertainment complex.

Tiger Stadium
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Tiger Stadium

4.5/5(318 reviews)

Catch an event at Tiger Stadium during your trip to Baton Rouge. Stroll along the riverfront or attend a football game in the area.

Belle of Baton Rouge Casino
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Belle of Baton Rouge Casino

3.5/5(234 reviews)

Why not roll the dice with a visit to Belle of Baton Rouge Casino during your travels in Historic Downtown Baton Rouge? Wander the riverfront and college campus in the area.

Louisiana State Capitol
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Louisiana State Capitol

4/5(122 reviews)

Enjoy sweeping city views from the observation deck of this art deco tower, which has witnessed significant moments in Louisiana’s history.

Nottoway Plantation
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Nottoway Plantation

4.5/5(38 reviews)

You can find out about the history of White Castle with a stop at Nottoway Plantation. Check out the casinos and top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.

Myrtles Plantation
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Myrtles Plantation

4.5/5(20 reviews)

Learn about the local history of St. Francisville when you take a trip to Myrtles Plantation. Amble around the area's gardens or visit its churches.

Top activities in Baton Rouge

Operation city Quest of Louisiana
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Operation city Quest of Louisiana

$10
Per adult
Myrtles Plantation Tour
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Myrtles Plantation Tour

$16
Per adult
Oak Alley Plantation w/ Transportation from New Orleans
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Oak Alley Plantation w/ Transportation from New Orleans

88% of travellers recommend
$69
Per adult
Whitney Plantation Tour w/ Transportation from New Orleans
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Whitney Plantation Tour w/ Transportation from New Orleans

92% of travellers recommend
$69
Per adult
Laura Plantation Tour
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Laura Plantation Tour

94% of travellers recommend
$65
Per adult
Oak Alley Plantation Tour
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Oak Alley Plantation Tour

90% of travellers recommend
$65
Per adult

Reviews of Baton Rouge

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 46.58291457286432%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 18.09045226130653%
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1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.407035175879397%

4/5 - Good

Thomas

Feb 27, 2020

Love the chimes resturant. Fantastic beer selection and fantastic lower south food. Tom serge, chapel hill, nc.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 2020

It was amazing and they have great bars including the gay scene! Check out Georges Place you will be happy you did!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 2020

Nice town, nice people, lots office history!

5/5 - Excellent

Kyndal

Feb 10, 2020

Traffic is crazy downtown but overall great experience

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 5, 2020

Some of the nicest people we have ever had the privilege of meeting!

4/5 - Good

Ms.White

Feb 4, 2020

Loved the people

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