Baton Rouge lies in southeast Louisiana along the Mississippi banks. Louisiana’s capital is famous for its laid back southern charm, cultural fusion, and sports-mad universities. Friends of mine who run a trade show flooring company out of Los Angeles, traveled to Baton Rouge recently and they confirmed that this southern city is full of life.
From the days when the boundary between native tribes was marked with a red stick to its administration by Spain, Britain, and France transformation has been built into this city’s DNA. Here are the top must-see attractions in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Downtown Baton Rouge
You will find artworks on the walkways and streets here in a permanent and temporary installations combination. At the Shaw Centre for Arts, the contemporary culture scene continues. It is a dramatic symbol of the revitalization of Baton Rouge. This center includes the LSU Museum of Art and the Manship Theater.
Old State Capitol
The Old State Capitol symbolizes prestige and was once the seat of power. Mark Twain describes this place as a “whitewashed castle” but you can make up your mind when you see this neo-gothic landmark. It was at a time used as a prison and during the civil war housed a garrison. Tour the mansion of the Governor of Louisiana which is believed to have been built using the White House template. The Art déco state capitol building symbolizes a new era in this state’s politics and power.
Louisiana has a complex blend of Nature American African and European history, making it one of the most diverse cultural traditions in the world. Spanish Town is widely known for the Mardi gras parade that happens yearly. Some familiar symbols of this parade are cut out pink flamingos and eclectic costumes.
Capitol Park Museum
Baton Rouge was for many years the world’s blue capital and this spark still fires in the city’s belly. Learn more about some of Louisiana’s greats such as Sharkey Bonano and Louis Armstrong at this museum.
Baton Rouge from the beginning was a plantation country and many of the mansions in the area have been preserved. Magnolia Mound was one of the city’s earliest antebellum homes. Walk through the grounds to peer into the lives of the privileged and those whom fortune didn’t shine.
Arsenal Park/Arsenal Museum
This complex was once a massive storehouse if the military and played a crucial role during the Confederate war as it helped to keep the reserves gun powder dry.
USS Kidd & Veterans Memorial
Baton Rouge owes much of its success to the Mississippi whose waters flows through the psyche, songs, and stories of the nation. The USS Kidd & Veterans Memorial is a World War Two destroyer. It was the only United States Warship allowed to sail under the crossbones and skull. In 1945, it was struck by a Japanese Kamikaze plane killing over 30 of her crew. She has been restored fully and now offers an intimate window into the history of the navy.