What to see in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Attractions

In the heart of plantation country, one would be remiss to miss the chance to explore a stately plantation mansion home, in all its finery. There are many 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 historically.

The Baton Rouge Nautical Center will give you insight to yet another period in the city's history, with the restored WWII destroyer USS Kidd being a very worthwhile way to spend a day - or even a night, if you choose to do the overnight camping experience.

While you're in town, also consider visiting historic Baton Rouge icon the Old State Capitol building.

Baton Rouge Nautical Center and the USS Kidd

A highlight of the Baton Rouge Nautical Center is the restored 369ft (112m) World War II Fletcher Class Destroyer, USS…

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The city of Lafayette is the hub of the eight-parish area in the heart of Louisiana's southern Acadian region, famed…

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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…

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Old State Capitol

The historic Old State Capitol Gothic building, once described by Mark Twain as being 'the ugliest thing on the Mississippi',…

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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…

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San Francisco Plantation

Louisiana's most authentically restored 'great house' is the San Francisco Plantation house, sited on the east bank of…

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