Baton Rouge, LA

Travel Guide
Howard Wilkinson Bridge showing a river or creek, a sunset and a bridge

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.

Where to stay in Baton Rouge

Holiday Inn Baton Rouge College Drive I-10, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Baton Rouge College Drive I-10, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
4848 Constitution Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA, 70808
Fully refundable
The price is $117 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Baton Rouge. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (685 reviews)
"The assistant manager and all of the Staff were wonderful and made me feel like a VIP"

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Holiday Inn Baton Rouge College Drive I-10, an IHG Hotel
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
4 out of 5
201 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA, 70801
The price is $119 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 27
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Baton Rouge. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.9/5 Good! (975 reviews)
"Well located, close to the riverbank and BR central district area. Hilton Capitol center is a heritage building with soul."

Reviewed on May 8, 2022

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4728 Constitution Ave, Baton Rouge, LA, 70808
The price is $144 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Baton Rouge. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our ...
4/5 Very Good! (835 reviews)
"Amazing couple of nights at the CP! Staff was super helpful and parking was free. Room was just what we needed and wanted!"

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Crowne Plaza Baton Rouge, an IHG 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.
Sonesta ES Suites Baton Rouge
Sonesta ES Suites Baton Rouge
3 out of 5
4001 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge, LA, 70808
The price is $125 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Baton Rouge. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (496 reviews)
"This property is close to everything! Everyone is always nice and everything is super clean. Great place to stay!"

Reviewed on May 22, 2022

Sonesta ES Suites 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, 70767
The price is $130 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 26
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Port Allen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (209 reviews)
"Not cleaning the rooms every day it’s will be nice to have rooms service daily"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

Towneplace Suites Baton Rouge Port Allen
The Cottages at Capitol Park
The Cottages at Capitol Park
3 out of 5
781 North Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802
The price is $170 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3-star property in Baton Rouge. Enjoy free internet, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Tiger Stadium and Baton Rouge River ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Historic B&B
"This place is an antique lovers dream. The house was built in the 1800's and has period furniture. We drank our wine in the palor and enjoyed the Southern breakfast. The place is way under priced. So don't worry that you are going to second rate B&B. Hopefully they will double the price to get the ..."

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2022

The Cottages at Capitol Park
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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