In the Capital City of Louisiana, there are many sights to see—from sky-high towers to castles. So the next time you’re in Baton Rouge, put these top 10 attractions on your must-see list!
1. Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center is filled with live animal exhibits, photographs depicting the site’s flora and fauna, natural artifact and mineral displays and a sizable, vintage waterfowl decoy carving station. Just outside, connect with nature on over a mile of paths and boardwalks linking habitats such as the cypress-tupelo swamp, beech-magnolia and hardwood forests.
2. Capitol Park Museum
Housing a full-sized shrimp boat, Louis Armstrong’s bugle and Mardi Gras artifacts from years past, the Capitol Park Museum provides a panoramic exploration of the industry, culture and history of one of the most vibrant states in America and tells a story of passion, adventure and discovery that could not have happened anywhere else.
3. Knock Knock Children's Museum
Knock Knock Children’s Museum is filled with hands-on, interactive exhibits – all anchored in research and evidence-based practices addressing all areas of childhood development. By engaging in activities such as grocery shopping, construction, reading and much more, the kiddos will have a day filled with fun and education.
4. Louisiana Art & Science Museum
Housed in a historic railroad depot on the banks of the Mississippi River, The Louisiana Art & Science Museum offers educational entertainment for visitors of all ages – including a full dome planetarium, fine art exhibitions and after-hours events.
5. Louisiana’s Old State Capitol
Louisiana’s Old State Capitol is one of the most unique and historic buildings in Louisiana. The Gothic structure was built in 1850 and today is a museum showcasing Louisiana’s unique political history.
6. LSU Rural Life Museum & Windrush Gardens
The LSU Rural Life Museum has the largest collection of Louisiana vernacular architecture and the most extensive collection of material culture from 18th, 19th and early 20th century rural Louisiana.
7. Louisiana State Capitol
What began as the dream of one man – Governor Huey P. Long – became a symbol of pride, history and the spirit of Louisiana people. Visit the tallest state capitol building in the United States and overlook the city of Baton Rouge from the top of the Observation Deck!
8. Magnolia Mound & Gardens
This 1790s French Creole house of vernacular architecture sits on 16 acres. Magnolia Mound’s collection of furnishings and decorative arts include one of the foremost public groups of Louisiana-made objects, in carefully restored and documented settings. The historic house and museum offers costume guides, open-hearth cooking demos and other interactive programming.
9. Mike the Tiger Habitat
Say hello to Louisiana State University’s live mascot, Mike the Tiger! Visit Mike VII at his state-of-the-art habitat on campus that includes lush planting, a live oak tree, a waterfall and a stream evolving from a rocky backdrop overflowing with plants and trees.
10. USS KIDD Veterans Museum
Take a step back in time as you walk the decks of history exploring the World War II destroyer USS KIDD (DD-661). Pay your respects to the fallen Americans whose names are carved into the black granite walls of the Louisiana Memorial Plaza.
BONUS: Visit Baton Rouge Mural
Looking for something to remember your trip by? Head downtown to the Visit Baton Rouge office and stop to get a picture with the postcard mural facing Laurel Street.