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Louisiana State Capitol

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

Louisiana State Capitol is an eye-catching skyscraper that looms over the northern edge of downtown Baton Rouge. Rising to a height of 450 feet (137 meters), the building is the city’s tallest landmark and the tallest capitol building in the U.S. Visit the Louisiana State Capitol to admire its architecture, see its ornate reception halls and appreciate uninterrupted city views.

Inaugurated in 1932, the skyscraper was the brainchild of former governor Huey P. Long and replaced the Old State Capitol. Today, it houses the administrative offices and chambers of the Louisiana State Legislature. In 1935, local physician Dr. Carl Weiss shot Huey Long at the close of a legislative session. A memorial statue of Long faces the building from State Capitol Park.

Stand outside the building and gaze up at its 34-story art deco structure. Look for artistic features such as allegorical busts, reliefs and sculptures of Louisiana’s state symbols. Approach the entrance via the grand 49-step staircase. Pay attention to the names of the 50 states of the U.S. engraved into the steps. On either side of the staircase are statues that represent Louisiana’s early settlers and pioneers.

Once inside you can peek into the capitol’s chambers and halls. Most notable is the Memorial Hall, which has a relief map of Louisiana embedded in its floor. Marvel at the ornate décor of the House Chamber, Senate Chamber and Speaker’s Office when not being used for official purposes.

Take the elevator to the viewing platform situated on the 27th floor. Gaze over Baton Rouge’s rooftops and along the Mississippi River. Admire the perfectly manicured lawns of State Capitol Park and Arsenal Park.

Located in downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana State Capitol is less than a 20-minute walk from major city attractions. Among these are Baton Rouge River Center, Old State Capitol and Shaw Center for the Arts. Metered street parking is available on the south side of State Capitol Park.

The building is open daily, except for select public holidays, and admission is free. Ask at the welcome desk about free guided tours of the building and gardens.


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Hampton Inn & Suites Baton Rouge Downtown $111
Hampton Inn & Suites Baton Rouge Downtown

Hampton Inn & Suites Baton Rouge Downtown

462 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Mid City North, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shaw Center for the Arts, Old State Capitol, and Louisiana Art and Science Museum. Pentagon Barracks and Louisiana State Capitol are also within 10 minutes.

    Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown $95
    Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown

    Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown

    260 Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Baton Rouge, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shaw Center for the Arts and Baton Rouge River Center. Louisiana State University and Hollywood Casino are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Hotel $125
      Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Hotel

      Belle of Baton Rouge Casino Hotel

      102 France St, Baton Rouge, LA
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Baton Rouge, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of USS Kidd Veterans Memorial and Baton Rouge River Center. Louisiana State University and Hollywood Casino are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center $121
        Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center

        Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center

        201 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Baton Rouge, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shaw Center for the Arts and Baton Rouge River Center. Louisiana State University and Hollywood Casino are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Holiday Inn Express Baton Rouge Downtown $87
          Holiday Inn Express Baton Rouge Downtown

          Holiday Inn Express Baton Rouge Downtown

          400 North Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Old Governor's Mansion and Baton Rouge River Center. Louisiana State University and Hollywood Casino are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection $151
            WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection

            WATERMARK Baton Rouge, Autograph Collection

            150 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Baton Rouge, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shaw Center for the Arts and Baton Rouge River Center. Louisiana State University and Hollywood Casino are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown $95
              Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown

              Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown

              200 Convention St, Baton Rouge, LA
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Baton Rouge, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Baton Rouge River Center and Louisiana State Capitol. Hollywood Casino and Louisiana State University are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Downtown/spanishtown Bella's Historic House
                Downtown/spanishtown Bella's Historic House

                Downtown/spanishtown Bella's Historic House

                Baton Rouge, LA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Mid City North, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Arsenal Park and Hollywood Casino. Baton Rouge River Center is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) away.