DESTINATION: Baton Rouge, LA
Baton Rouge is the capital city of Louisiana. The name is derived from a French phrase meaning “red stick,” and is the second largest city in the state.
A university city
Baton Rouge is home to two major universities and one community college. The Southern University Jaguars, the Louisiana State University Tigers and Baton Rouge Community College Bears have an overall total enrollment of over 32,000 students. There is always something to do, including cheering on your favorite Baton Rouge team on Football Saturdays.
Baton Rouge has a thriving downtown scene that mixes culture, music and food. Hot spot locations include The Shaw Center for the Arts, which is a multi-use museum, theatre and arts complex. Patrons also enjoy great southern cuisine, drinks and music at venues such as Boudreaux & Thibodeaux and The Roux House.
Baton Rouge holds significant historical landmarks that are within walking distance of the Belle of Baton Rouge. The Old State Capital and Governor’s Mansions are tourist favorites. History buffs also enjoy touring the USS Kidd & Veteran’s Memorial Museum along with the several plantations in the area, including Magnolia Mound and Mount Hope Plantation.
Shopping expeditions are never complete without unique finds. Baton Rouge offers vintage and antique shopping choices at stores such as Circa 1857 and Time Warp, both located on Government Street.
Visitors who enjoy the outdoors enjoy a stroll along the Mississippi River Levee, which is also upgraded as a Bike Path. This path stretches 4.31 miles long from the end of the downtown promenade to Farr Park at LSU. The path also includes seating, water fountains and lighting.