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Baton Rouge

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:

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Shaw Center for the Arts

4.5 miles away

100 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA 70801 | (225) 389-7171

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

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USS Kidd Museum

4.5 miles away

305, 6220, S River Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802 | (225) 342-1942

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.

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Louisiana Art and Science Museum

5 miles away

100 S River Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802 | (225) 344-9478

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

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Swine Palace

4 miles away

Shaver Theatre 105 MDA Building LSU, 4230, Dalrymple Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 | (225) 578-4174

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.

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Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra

4.5 miles away

6629, 7330 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 | (225) 383-0500

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

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Louisiana State Capitol

5 miles away

900 North Third Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802 | (225) 342-7317

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

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Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge

6 miles away

1717 River Road North, Baton Rouge, LA 70802 | (225) 709-7777

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.

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Blue Bayou Waterpark and Dixie Landin’

9.5 miles away

18142 Perkins Rd E, Baton Rouge, LA 70810 | (225)-753-3333

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

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Mall of Louisiana

8 miles away

6401 Bluebonnet Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70836 | (225) 761-0307

The largest mall in Louisiana, this 178-store retail complex is home to the 3rd largest carousel.

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Oak Alley Plantation

48.5 miles away

3645 Louisiana 18, Vacherie, LA 70090 | (225) 265-2151

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 18 century house and the river.

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Knock Knock Children’s Museum

6 miles away

1900 Dalrymple Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 | (225) 388-3090

With a spacious facility and over six acres of parkland to explore, your family can enjoy fun, educational experiences focused on art, science, math, and more.