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Pentagon Barracks
Vacation Travel Guide

Walk in the footsteps of famous presidents of the United States at this former barracks, which has passed through the hands of various nations.

The Pentagon Barracks is the site of a 300-year-old military garrison situated in the present-day political heart of Baton Rouge. Spend time wandering the grounds and envisaging an era when it was the scene of battles. Admire the well-preserved architecture and then visit notable nearby city attractions.

The Pentagon Barracks dates back to around 1700, when the French explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville took control of Baton Rouge. The British conquered the city in 1763 and later fortified the area, before losing control to the Spanish. From around 1810 to 1861 it was a U.S. military base and then a faculty of the Louisiana State University from 1884. Since 1951 it has been home to administrative offices and the private apartments of state officials.

Today’s buildings were completed in 1825 by the U.S. Army and their positioning represents the shape of a pentagon. Notice the rows of Doric-style columns, which support the upper floor balconies.

While visiting the barracks you’ll retrace the steps taken by celebrated public figures. Among these are the Confederate soldier Robert E. Lee, Civil War commander George Custer and former president Abraham Lincoln.

Find the Pentagon Barracks located toward the north of downtown Baton Rouge. It’s close to several other major city attractions.

Visit the Louisiana State Capitol, a magnificent art deco skyscraper and the seat of the Louisiana State Legislature. Peek inside the resplendent rooms and enjoy sweeping city views from the 27th-floor observation deck. Entrance to the building and deck is free of charge.

Afterwards, relax amid the manicured lawns of State Capitol Park. Look for a statue of Huey P. Long, a former Governor of Louisiana assassinated at the Louisiana State Capitol. Go to the Old Arsenal Museum, situated in Arsenal Park. This free museum opens from Tuesday to Saturday and has displays on the Battle of Baton Rouge and Louisiana’s military achievements.

Top Hotels Close to Pentagon Barracks

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 ...

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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 $125 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21

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! (477 reviews)

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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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $101 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

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)

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Reviewed on Dec 30, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Baton Rouge Downtown
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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 $125 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
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 $101 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
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 20 to Jan 21
Hampton Inn & Suites 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
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
Downtown/Spanishtown Bella's Historic House
Downtown/Spanishtown Bella's Historic House
Baton Rouge, LA
The price is $295 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Downtown/Spanishtown Bella's Historic House
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
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