5 Reasons to Choose Baton Rouge

In Baton Rouge, your next meeting gets a vibrant cultural injection, where Southern charm meets unexpected energy. This isn't just the state capital; it's the soul of a region, beating with a rhythm that inspires collaboration and ignites creativity. Here are five reasons why you should choose to meet in Baton Rouge.

1. Easy to Access 

We are a well-connected city. The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is a mere 15 minutes from downtown, and multiple airlines offer direct flights to Baton Rouge from several major hubs, including Dallas, Washington D.C. and Atlanta. Transportation from the airport to your hotel in Baton Rouge is quick and easy with several taxi services or the handy shuttle service into the city.

If you’re driving in, count on making good time via the connecting interstates 10, 12, and 110.

2. Diverse Mix of Venues 

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Venue choices are crucial to planning a great event, and, lucky for you, the variety of meeting spaces in Baton Rouge delivers.  

Raising Cane’s River Center can accommodate large groups with its 10,000-capacity arena and over 70,000 square feet of floor space. Suppose you want to experience a little Baton Rouge history. In that case, check out The 121, a century-old French Quarter-style townhouse featuring a balcony river view and an interior ambiance of old-world luxury. Inject fun into your meeting at Red Stick Social, an entertainment hub with plenty of space for private and group events, plus bowling, live music, and food and drinks.

More modern facilities run the gamut from museums to the zoo. The Capitol Park Museum and the LSU Museum of Art can host your event amidst fascinating surroundings, inspiring local art, and panoramic views. For a really wild event, head to the Baton Rouge Zoo, offering catering, accessory rental options, and even your own private animal!

3. Amenity-Rich Hotels

In a region of the country that annually hosts millions of visitors, you can expect comfortable, top-notch lodging at hotels in Baton Rouge. The Watermark Hotel and The Origin Hotel, both located downtown, are within walking distance of Raising Cane’s River Center and many other nearby attractions.

Or have your attendees stay at the L’Auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge, offering plush rooms and suites, dining, entertainment and casino games. These hotels also make for great meeting venues themselves. 

For something unique and different, consider a bed-and-breakfast, like The Stockade Bed and Breakfast and the Cottages at Capitol Park in Spanish Town, the oldest neighborhood in the city. This full-service bed-and-breakfast features a cooked-to-order hot breakfast and hypoallergenic bedding. 

4. Group-Friendly Dining

Southern Louisiana is one of the world’s great food destinations. Its regionally-inspired dishes, known today as Creole and Cajun cuisine, were honed over the years by chefs using local ingredients. Today it’s a celebrated treasure. From casual to upscale, Baton Rouge restaurants will satisfy your cravings. 

The Bengal Tap Room is a hopping downtown sports bar perfect for catching up with coworkers over a cheeseburger and local beer. The Gregory, located inside the Watermark Hotel, specializes in southern dishes and showcases an extensive wine list. If you’re looking for restaurants near Louisiana State University (LSU), choose between a variety of delicious options, including Juban’s Restaurant & Bar and The Chimes Restaurant & Tap Room. If you’re in South Baton Rouge, treat your group to Tallulah Crafted Food & Wine Bar or Ruffino’s Restaurant. Those are just some of the many group-friendly restaurants in town. 

5. Fun Team Building & Group Activities

Return from your trip finely tuned after enjoying these fun team building activities and things to do in Baton Rouge. 

Get your team thinking as one with corporate training classes in improv comedy at The Boomerang Comedy Theater. Organize a tour of Oxbow Rum Distillery and Tin Roof Brewing to get a glimpse into the creation of their fantastic libations. Various other opportunities feature craft-making, art-related activities, and sporting events. Come and enjoy Baton Rouge! 

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