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What to see in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Attractions

As the city is located in the heart of plantation country, travellers to Baton Rouge should not miss the opportunity to explore some of the stately country mansions. There are many such estates in the Baton Rouge area, of which San Francisco Plantation is a sterling example.

Follow this visit up with an excursion to the Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens to get a real feel of what life was like in the area's past. Another popular plantation house is the 18th-century Magnolia Mound Plantation, a house seemingly frozen in time and surrounded by old oak trees.

One can comfortably explore on foot the picturesque downtown area, where most travellers find accommodation. Many of the city's prime sightseeing attractions are in this area, including the Louisiana State Capitol and the USS Kidd Veterans Museum.


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Louisiana Art and Science Museum

Housed in a historic railroad depot, the Louisiana Art and Science Museum offers educational and entertainment opportunities for visitors of all ages. Featured are changing fine art exhibitions, interactive…

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Old State Capitol

The historic Old State Capitol building, once described by Mark Twain as being the 'ugliest thing on the Mississippi', sits on a bluff overlooking the river and today operates as a museum for political…

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Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens

Situated on the Burden Research Plantation, run by the Louisiana State University, is the Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens. The museum features an extensive collection of tools, household…

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San Francisco Plantation

Louisiana's most authentic restored 'great house' is the San Francisco Plantation house, situated on the east bank of the Mississippi under centuries-old live oaks, about 40 minutes from downtown Baton…

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USS Kidd Veterans Museum

A highlight of the Baton Rouge Nautical Center and USS Kidd Veterans Museum is the restored 369ft (112m) World War II Fletcher Class Destroyer, USS Kidd (once known as the 'Pirate of the Pacific'),…

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