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About Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge is the capital of the US state of Louisiana which stretches along the Mississippi River. Among the must-see places of Baton Rouge are Tin Roof Brewery, Shaw Center of Arts, Plantation County, New and Old State Capitol buildings, and more local attractions. You will find a wide variety of things in Baton Rouge, from the Tin Roof Brewery to a tour of the Shaw Arts Center. While here, you can tour Plantation Country, visit both the New and Old State Capitol buildings, and immerse yourself in the many local attractions.

For art lovers, the LSU Museum of Arts should be at the top of the list of things to see in Baton Rouge as they will be overly impressed by it. Located in the Shaw Center of Arts, the LSU Museum of Arts covers 13,000 square meters and has 14,000 galleries even if you spend an entire day in the museum, it will not be enough. Besides the local artworks, you can see international collections such as the Chinese collection, and different exhibitions on carvings, paintings, sculptures, pottery, and media installations. LSU Museum of Arts is one of the most visited places in Baton Rouge, and you can purchase pieces from the local artists in the museum’s shop. In addition, you can visit Mike the Tiger Habitat to see how developed since the 1930s, which is the official mascot of Louisiana State University.

Magnolia Mound Plantation House, which was built in 1791 in the French Creole style, sprawls to sixteen acres of land while overlooking stunning views of the Mississippi River. One of the most historic buildings in the entire state, the Old Louisiana State Capitol, was active from the 1800s to the 1930s. Besides the magnificent views, this building also stands out for its neo-gothic architectural design and if you want to learn about the history of Louisiana, you should visit. For those who want to taste locally produced goods, the Red Stick Farmers Market is open every Thursday and Saturday. In this open-air market, you can find fresh fruits, vegetables, pastries, and jams. Another must-see place is the Baton Rouge Zoo, which is open since the 1970s and operates as an animal sanctuary. The zoo hosts nearly 2000 animals including but not limited to reptiles, fishes, birds, and primates from all over the world. The zoo provides themed exhibits such as Otter Pond and Parrot Paradise where you can see distinct species.

At the Capitol Park Museum, dedicated to the culture, history, and industry of the state of Louisiana, you can both enjoy this part of the USA and see various exhibits. The exhibitions touch upon issues such as the civil war and slavery, as well as the Baton Rouge Bus Boycott of 1953. If you are interested in art and science, you can give the Louisiana Museum of Art and Science a chance. The museum is a historical train station built in 1925; It also hosts eclectic and interesting exhibitions such as the mummies exhibited in the Ancient Egypt Gallery. If space and galaxies are in your field of interest; Irene W. Pennington can make her planetarium happy with workshops that will take you on a tour of the solar system.

You can visit the USS Kidd, also known as the Pirate of the Pacific, to wander on the deck of one of the rare pieces of American naval history, which was launched in 1943 during WWII and after serving in the Korean War. While you are in Baton Rouge, you cannot miss the Louisiana State Capitol downtown. This building is famous for its art-deco architecture and being one of the tallest capitol buildings in the USA.

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center spread to 105 acres of land with 9,500 square meters of observation decks and walking routes, gives you the opportunity of observing armadillos, otters, coyotes, birds, and deer. If you are a sports fan, you can visit the LSU Tiger Stadium to watch American football. This stadium is the ninth largest stadium in the world with a capacity of over 100,000 spectators and it is known as the Death Valley.

LSU Rural Life Museum, which is located on the Burden Plantation that covers 400 acres of land, consists of rural homes and outbuildings from the 18th century to learn about the diverse history of Baton Rouge. In this open-air museum, you can wander in nature and experience history as well. Baton Rouge city center is the heart of the nightlife so look no further. You can enjoy yourself with good restaurants, bars, and casinos accompanied by the Mississippi River view.

The best time to travel to Baton Rouge is between June and August; however, as this is the peak season, so you can consider the spring months too.

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