Baton Rouge

Explore Louisiana's Capital City


Louisiana’s state capital, Baton Rouge is a bustling Mississippi River city that hums with economic activity. Its major industries range from petrochemicals to medicine to motion pictures and it is home to the ninth largest port in the U.S.  Much of Baton Rouge’s identity is anchored in its history, culture and the sense of revelry that seems to infuse day-to-day life, from Mardi Gras parades to fan-fueled celebrations of LSU’s beloved Fighting Tigers.

Some of our favorite attractions in and around Baton Rouge include:

Shaw Center for the Arts

An award-winning center housing the Brunner Gallery, LSU Museum of Art, the 350-seat Manship Theater, as well as traveling exhibits and restaurants.

Louisiana Art and Science Museum

Home to the Irene W. Pennington Planetarium, space exhibits and traveling art shows.

Swine Palace

The anchor of the city’s performance arts scene, this non-profit theater company at LSU comprises students of the university’s MFA acting program and professional actors.

USS Kidd Veteran's Memorial and Museum

Called “the Pirate of the Pacific,” this former U.S. Navy destroyer is moored on the Mississippi and forms the centerpiece of the Louisiana Naval War Memorial.

Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra

A longtime institution, the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra presents more than 60 concerts a year.

Louisiana State Capitol

The tallest capitol in the nation, this local Art Deco landmark offers guided tours. Don’t miss the observation deck on 27th floor.

Hollywood Casino

Located across the street from the state capitol on the banks of the Mississippi River, this popular casino features more than 1,100 slot machines and Vegas-style table games.

Blue Bayou Waterpark and Dixie Landin’

These adjacent amusement parks have everything from roller coasters to thrill rides to five of the world’s largest waterpark attractions.

Mall of Louisiana

The largest mall in Louisiana, this 178-store retail complex is home to the world’s second largest indoor carousel. 

Oak Alley Plantation

Perhaps the most photographed of the River Road plantations, the National Historic Landmark about 48 miles south of Baton Rouge features a double row of live oak trees running between the early 18th century house and the river. 

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