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Baton Rouge Vacation Ideas for Planning an Itinerary
Ideas of places to visit in Baton Rouge
Whether you’re interested in history, politics, music or sport, there are plenty of places to visit in Baton Rouge. Here are the very best spots to pencil in to your travel itinerary, from architecture to art museums. Each Baton Rouge attraction listed below is in order of its appearance in the video, so you can easily refer to the footage and plan your adventure accordingly.
(1:17 in the video) The epicenter of artistic flair in Baton Rouge is the Shaw Center for the Arts, at which there is no better place to witness the creative revitalization of the city. The center, which includes the LSU Museum of Art and the Manship Theater spans an entire city block, and still creatives have spilled out onto the streets and walkways beyond.
(2:00 in the video) This neo-Gothic landmark was first a seat of power when the city was made the capital and later housed different occupants, from prisoners to garrisons. Today it houses the Museum of Political History, a place where you can learn about Louisiana’s often turbulent political past.
(2:32 in the video) There’s something familiar-looking about this building. Some say politician Huey P. Long had this residence built to resemble the White House and prepare him for his presidency.
(2:48 in the video) While Long’s aforementioned building encapsulated his ambitions, this one saw the sight of his demise. The State Capitol Building was built in honor of Louisiana’s reinvigorated power in politics, but in 1935 also became the scene of Long’s assassination.
(3:09 in the video) Experience the mix of cultures thriving in Louisiana. Head over to Spanish Town and celebrate the annual Mardi Gras parade, an event full of color and fun. Even when festivities don’t crowd the streets, this quirky neighborhood is alive with art and creativity.
(3:39 in the video) Baton Rouge has another moniker as the blues capital of the world. Brush up on the greats at the Capitol Park Museum, where all the legendary names in Louisiana music—as well as other identities in the state’s history—are covered.
(4:03 in the video) This city lays claim to a diverse history. Follow the roots back to Baton Rouge: the plantation country. Magnolia Mound is one of the many antebellum mansions that have been preserved to allow us modern folk to wander through and peek into the lives of the past.
(4:32 in the video) During the confederate war, gunpowder was stockpiled at this huge military storehouse, now known as Arsenal Park. Sadly, the museum is permanently closed; however, you can enjoy the surrounding park, and admire the old arsenal from the outside.
(4:51 in the video) Sail the seas of naval history aboard the World War II destroyer U.S.S. Kidd and Veterans Memorial. Walk the decks of this fully restored warship and see why it was known as the Pirate of the Pacific.
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