Baton Rouge

Travel Guide
Howard Wilkinson Bridge showing a river or creek, a sunset and a bridge

This city on the banks of the Mississippi is home to Louisiana State University’s Tiger Stadium, three riverfront casinos and supposedly one of America’s most-haunted homes.

The Louisiana state capital offers family-friendly activities, historical architecture and a range of different cultural experiences.

A great place to start exploring Baton Rouge is the Louisiana State Capitol Building and Gardens, the 34-story art deco skyscraper that dominates the Baton Rouge skyline. Admire the interior of the building and look out over the city to get an idea of its scope. If the weather is good, take a stroll through the beautiful Capitol Gardens. Afterwards, the Capitol Park Museum will help you get up to speed on local history.

If you are traveling with kids, take them to the Baton Rouge Zoo, which is 15 minutes north of downtown. The zoo houseshundreds of animals and birds set in enclosures designed to replicate their natural outdoor habitat.

For a different kind of animal experience, visit Louisiana State University’s Tiger Stadium, home to the Louisiana State University football team. The team’s mascot is a real tiger, and even if you can’t get to a game, you can visit “Mike the Tiger” in his $3 million habitat.

If your family has the nerve, take them to the Myrtles Plantation, which claims to be one of the most haunted homes in America. It is reported that 10 murders have occurred there, and it is said to house at least 12 ghosts. The plantation offers historic tours daily, as well as mystery tours.

For more history, take the Sugar Trail, which starts at the Houmas House Plantation. The historic Plaquemine Lock site educates visitors on how sugar and other goods were once transported on the Mississippi. Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center has 103 acres (40 hectares) of land containing foxes, turtles and alligators.

The summer months between May and September are when Baton Rouge is busiest. At this time, warmth is almost guaranteed. Beware that it can get very humid indeed, so take plenty of water.

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Where to stay in Baton Rouge

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
4 out of 5
201 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is AU$167 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
Located in Historic Downtown Baton Rouge, this hotel is steps away from Shaw Center for the Arts and Mississippi River. Baton Rouge River Center and Belle of ...
4/5 Very Good! (975 reviews)
"The valet parking staff were great"

Reviewed on 16 Nov. 2021

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
The Cook Hotel & Conference Center
The Cook Hotel & Conference Center
3 out of 5
3848 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is AU$230 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Located in Highlands - Perkins, this hotel is steps away from Jack and Priscilla Andonie Museum and Mississippi River. Louisiana State University and Tiger Stadium ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (714 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2021

The Cook Hotel & Conference Center
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Baton Rouge
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Baton Rouge
4 out of 5
4964 Constitution Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA
The price is AU$182 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
Located in Highlands - Perkins, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Corporate Square Mall and Mississippi River. Nairn Drive Park and Enchanted Mansion Doll ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (982 reviews)
"Awesome stay"

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Baton Rouge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Baton Rouge
Homewood Suites by Hilton Baton Rouge
3 out of 5
5860 Corporate Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA
Located in Mid City South, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Corporate Square Mall and Mississippi River. Nairn Drive Park and Bon Carre Business Center ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (424 reviews)
"The Hotel setting for the price.Real nice Hotel"

Reviewed on 20 Aug. 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Baton Rouge
Sonesta ES Suites Baton Rouge
Sonesta ES Suites Baton Rouge
3 out of 5
4001 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge, LA
Located in Highlands - Perkins, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Alex Box Stadium, Tiger Stadium and Mississippi River. Louisiana State University ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (473 reviews)
"Room was great, best location for LSU games. I wasn’t thrilled with the way breakfast was served, I was buffet style changed to where people served you. We had no clue what all they had, and left hungry. Actual food was ok. Serving was not good."

Reviewed on 24 Nov. 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Baton Rouge
Towneplace Suites Baton Rouge Port Allen
Towneplace Suites Baton Rouge Port Allen
2.5 out of 5
2665 Office Park Dr, Port Allen, LA
Situated in Port Allen, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Mississippi River, Rivault Memorial Park and Greater Baton Rouge Port. Tiger Stadium and ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (206 reviews)
"Check in was easy. The room was in great shape, very clean. All amenities you need. Bed was comfortable. Location was easy to get to, minutes from downtown Baton Rouge, safe area. Breakfast was not pleasing like most complimentary, but plenty of local breakfast spots. Would definitely stay ..."

Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2021

Towneplace Suites Baton Rouge Port Allen
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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