Getting Around Baton Rouge

Downtown Baton Rouge is regional destination for entertainment, with more than 60 restaurants, 20 clubs, eight art galleries, concert venues and hotels. Two miles down Nicholson Drive is Louisiana State University, which has some of the best athletic venues in the country, including 100,000-seat Tiger Stadium the Alex Box Stadium, the new home of LSU baseball,five-time national baseball champions. We offer links to places to visit below.

Must-see downtown attractions:

Louisiana State Capitol: The tallest capitol in the U.S., the building is 34 floors with an observation deck that provides a stunning view of Baton Rouge. The building is known for its Art Deco style and fine features. The building that Governor Huey P. Long built was also the site of his assassination. He is buried on the grounds and his statue faces the Capitol.

Louisiana’s Old State Capitol: A Gothic architectural treasure, the building stands high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The 165-year-old statehouse has withstood war, fire, scandal, bitter debate, abandonment and an occasional fistfight.

Shaw Center for the Arts: Taking up an entire block on the Baton Rouge Town Square, the arts center includes the LSU Museum of Art, the Manship Theatre, art galleries and restaurants. Go to the fourth floor terrace to look at the river, dine on sushi at Tsunami on the top floor or eat Louisiana fare at Capital City grill on the main plaza.

Old City Dock at the Water Campus: Open to the public during the day, the old dock provides the best view of the working Mississippi River. The campus itself is becoming an international center for water science.

Downtown Restaurant Guide

Downtown Attractions and Festivals