Introducing the city

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About Baton Rouge

The Red Stick is Louisiana's Capital, an old river town with a big heart. With friendly locals and a thriving food and drink scene, Baton Rouge is putting itself on the map.

Despite being the capital of Louisiana, we wouldn't blame you for not knowing a lot about Baton Rouge. However, it might surprise you to note that this little city has a lot to offer. Located around a 90 minute drive from New Orleans, Baton Rouge is often overlooked, but with an abundance of history and plenty of character, this political hub has something for everyone.

Home to the main campus of Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge has a large student population. Whilst the city has a young feel to it, it still holds true to its traditional roots with its historic southern lifestyle. Experience the student vibe on Highland Road outside LSU, or pop downtown and soak up some history and culture. Whatever you choose, Baton Rouge has something up its sleeve for every visitor.

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When Should You Visit?

For a sunny summer getaway, the months of June - August are the best time to visit Baton Rouge, with average temperatures of around 28 degrees Celsius.

It is warmest in the summer months, but temperatures can reach around 17 degrees Celsius even in the winter. Despite the rise of temperature in the summer, this is also the peak time for rainfall, so make sure you pack a rain jacket as well as your shorts.

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Travioor top tips

Buses
Walk
Downtown

Insider Info

  • The transportation network around Baton Rouge is small, but the Capital Area Transit System (CATS) offers buses around the most important parts of the city.
  • Whilst there is a bus service, many of the sights are located within a short walking distance from each other.
  • A large selection of things to do in Baton Rouge are located Downtown. From eateries to historic landmarks to great nightlife, all a short distance from viewpoints of the Mississippi river.

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Food and drink

Main Course £9.43 | $12.00

3-Course Meal £47.13 | $60.00

Cappuccino £3.34 | $4.25

Beer £2.36 | $3.00

The Scene

Both Cajun and Creole cuisine have a hold in Baton Rouge. Crawfish is also popular when in season, and some of the best fish is on offer at Sammy's Grill and Tony's Seafood Market. The food truck has played a prominent part in Baton Rouge's culinary scene since the first one arrived in 2010. No matter what day it is, the city streets are dotted with vendors offering their latest treats.

When it comes to beverages, Baton Rouge also has you covered. Voted 'best bar' in Baton Rouge is The Chimes, popular with LSU students past and present. They offer a 'round the world' challenge, featuring 20 countries and 60 beers which we hear is a much-loved tradition. If you don't fancy a beer, there are plenty of wineries, taverns and cocktail bars to tickle your fancy.

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History

Baton Rouge’s Story

Baton Rouge was founded in 1699. Its name - translating as 'red stick' from French - is believed to have originated when explorers found red poles which used to mark the border between the two Indian tribes who previously inhabited the area.

In 1846, Baton Rouge became the Capital of Louisiana, taking the title from New Orleans. The Capitol Building was designed to look very different to any other that had been built before it, and serves as an impressive historical monument today.

In the 1990s, a building boom began, which carried on well into the 2000s. This boom saw Baton Rouge become one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. The population surged again in 2005, as people vacated New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Language

English

English is the dominant language in Baton Rouge, though many residents also speak French. Some French words have slipped into the language in Baton Rouge. If you want to get to grips with the Louisiana terminology/slang, try these examples below:

  • Geaux: Go (commonly used in sports, i.e. Geaux Tigers)
  • MawMaw: Grandmother
  • Che/Chere/Cha/Sha: Term of endearment
  • Come see: Come here

Need to know

+1 225 Dialling Code
911 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • The closest airport to Baton Rouge is Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. There are no international flights, so it is often better to fly to Atlanta (ATL) and then on to Baton Rouge.
  • A 15-20% tip is expected in restaurants. 
  • Home to LSU, Baton Rouge has a vibrant student scene. Nightlife is best near the LSU campus, with limited options farther afield.


VISA INFORMATION
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Travioor Recommends

1. Haunted House

The Myrtles Plantation is said to be one of America's most haunted homes. Mystery tours are on Friday and Saturday nights with the option to stay at the house overnight.

2. Arts

The Shaw Center for the Arts is a museum complex, offering everything from romantic dinners to fun activities and exhibitions all for free.

3. Wings & Things

There are many places to eat cheaply in Baton Rouge, and a local favourite is Uncle E's Wings & Things. With a huge menu of burgers, wings and pork chops, you won't go hungry!

4. Tin Roof

The Tin Roof Brewing Company offers free tours every Friday at 5pm, and gives guests the chance to learn more about one of Baton Rouge's favourite craft beers.

5. Capitol Building

The Old State Capitol Building is worth a visit for the stunning architecture. Located next to the Mississippi river, the building houses a museum of political history.


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