Baton Rouge (pronounced ba-tuhn-roozh) is Louisiana’s state capital and is right along the Mississippi River.
It’s a quaint destination home to a number of historical landmarks, the destroyer USS Kidd, and spots for outdoor adventure like Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center.
The capital is an hour and a half away from New Orleans, with 82 miles between them. Baton Rouge is mostly known for gorgeous views of the Mississippi River. It’s also where Louisiana State University is located.
It may not be the most popular city in Louisiana, but there’s something in store for everyone.
Find out what to do with these top 15 things to do in Baton Rouge!
The Old State Capitol, for starters, is absolutely beautiful to look at. It dates back to 1847 with Gothic architecture to match the towering castle. It’s impressive and makes a stunning icon for the city.
The building has since then been made into a museum of political history.
Inside, you’ll see exhibitions on “The Legacy of Huey Long,” Baton Rouge, and the Civil War, among others.
USS KIDD Veterans Museum
In the same area as the State Capitol is the USS KIDD. The museum is centered around its namesake, the destroyer USS KIDD.
They called it “Pirate of the Pacific” when it was still a menace out in the sea. The ship has many stories and history bottled up inside, some of which you can see in the museum.
It was decommissioned in 1964 and now serves as an observation tower and museum.
Climb inside and see artifacts, model ships, and a Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall replica initially located in Washington, D.C.