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Baton Rouge, LA
Travel Guide

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.

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Where to stay in Baton Rouge

Top Hotels in Baton Rouge

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
4 out of 5
201 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $125 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 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! (977 reviews)

"what we liked about the property was that it was pretty. Located in downtown Baton Rouge. Good location. Minuets from LSU where we were visiting. What we didn’t like about our stay was the parking. Valet parking was $28.00 plus tax a night which is expensive. We didn’t have a choice to park one night ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection
WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection
3.5 out of 5
150 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $139 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

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! (508 reviews)

"Very nice hotel. Staff is great, makes you feel important"…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection
Hyatt Place Baton Rouge/I-10
Hyatt Place Baton Rouge/I-10
3 out of 5
6080 Bluebonnet Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA
Free Cancellation
The price is $80 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in South Baton Rouge, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Mall of Louisiana and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Perkins Rowe. Rural Life Museum and Bluebonnet Swamp ...

4/5Very Good! (967 reviews)

"Everything it was nice quite clean friendly the Breakfast was good the Beds was clean Housekeeping was nice and respectful"…"

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

Hyatt Place Baton Rouge/I-10
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.

Vacation Rentals in Baton Rouge

Towneplace Suites Baton Rouge Port Allen
Towneplace Suites Baton Rouge Port Allen
2.5 out of 5
2665 Office Park Dr, Port Allen, LA
The price is $94 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Situated in Port Allen, this aparthotel is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Rivault Memorial Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Greater Baton Rouge Port. Tiger Stadium and Belle ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (160 reviews)

"Great rooms and staff! Would highly recommend! No regrets."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

Towneplace Suites Baton Rouge Port Allen
Staybridge Suites Baton Rouge-Univ At Southgate
Staybridge Suites Baton Rouge-Univ At Southgate
3 out of 5
4001 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $129 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Highlands - Perkins, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alex Box Stadium and Tiger Stadium. Louisiana State University is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (430 reviews)

"Stayed while dropping of my Son at college.very clean and people at the desk were so friendly the rooms were so big and comfy for our stay very great area to stay if u don’t know the area I would definitely stay again full kitchens and living room with separate bedroom very budget friendly paid about ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2021

Staybridge Suites Baton Rouge-Univ At Southgate
The Cottages at University Villas
The Cottages at University Villas
Baton Rouge, LA

Located in Highlands - Perkins, this vacation home is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Enchanted Mansion Doll Museum and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Swine Palace. Louisiana State ...

The Cottages at University Villas
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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