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Welcome to Baton Rouge

There's plenty to see and do in Baton Rouge. We love our food, our football weekends and the unique culture of south Louisiana. We hope you enjoy Baton Rouge.

"Laissez les bon temps rouler (let the good times roll)."

Baton Rouge, which is French for "Red Stick", has been Louisiana's capital city since 1882. The current state capitol building, which opened in 1932, is the tallest in the United States. Louisiana State University, Southern University and Baton Rouge Community College are the three biggest institutions of higher education in Baton Rouge.

Downtown

The USS Kidd floating museum and the Shaw Center for the Arts are among the attractions. The downtown area also features seasonal outdoor music shows and plenty of nightlife.

Festivals

There are plenty of festivals in and around the Baton Rouge area throughout the year. And you can't forget about the carnival season known as Mardi Gras, a celebration of parades that goes on for almost a month every year in the late winter in south Louisiana.

Sightseeing

South Louisiana has several plantations that are a short drive from Baton Rouge and that make for a great one-day excursion. Also, check out the Old State Capitol in downtown.

Sports

Football is king in Louisiana, and LSU and Southern have rich histories and top-notch marching bands. New Orleans is just an hour or so away and home to pro football's Saints and pro basketball's Pelicans. And the LSU baseball team is a beacon of excellence each spring.

Outdoors

Louisiana is known as the Sportsman's Paradise, with plenty of good places to hunt and fish. The Baton Rouge and surrounding areas also feature a few top-notch golf courses, and you can also find plenty of biking and hiking areas throughout south Louisiana.