Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The city of Baton Rouge is mainly known for its delicious cuisine, music, and wonderful people and people visit this city to learn more about the vibrant culture that is found everywhere. The weather is almost always fabulous in Baton Rouge and the temperature is mild during the winter and quite warm in the summer. Since the city is on the river and near the Gulf of Mexico, most visitors will find themselves on a beach at least once during their stay. Here are the top 5 tourist attractions in Baton Rouge, Louisiana:

USS Kidd and Veterans Memorial
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1: USS Kidd and Veterans Memorial

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Address: 305 S River Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Website: www.usskidd.com

The USS Kidd is also known as the Pirate of the Pacific and this destroyer is at the center of the memorial that honors everyone who has served in the armed forces. Guests are able to walk along the decks of the USS Kidd, while looking at items that were donated by the people who worked aboard the ship. At the Louisiana Memorial Plaza, visitors can see and touch the names of the fallen soldiers on the black granite walls. Every year on the fourth of July, the guns aboard the USS Kidd are fired during a reenactment of it being attacked during World War II.

Old State Capitol

2: Old State Capitol

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Address: 100 North Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70801

The Old State Capitol was built in 1929 and completed in 1932 and even though it was home to the Legislature, it looked and functioned like a castle from the medieval times. The building is now used as the Museum of Political History and people love to explore the exhibits as well as the architecture of the building.

LSU Tiger Stadium
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3: LSU Tiger Stadium

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Address: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA 70803

The LSU Tiger Stadium was opened in 1924 and it replaced the State Field location where all LSU football games were played in previous years. The stadium has undergone renovations over the years and it is now one of the largest stadiums in Louisiana. The stadium has earned its nickname of Death Valley, because not too many teams will find themselves on the road defeating LSU.

Louisiana State Capitol
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4: Louisiana State Capitol

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Address: State Capitol Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

The tallest building in Baton Rouge is the Louisiana State Capitol and it has thirty-four stories and stands at four-hundred-fifty feet tall. The capitol is on twenty-seven acres of land and is surrounded by the capitol gardens. In front of the capitol is the tomb of Huey Long who was the person responsible for having the new capitol built in the 1930s. His original simple tombstone has been replaced with a marble pedestal and a bronze statue.

Baton Rouge Zoo
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5: Baton Rouge Zoo

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Address: 3601 Thomas Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70807
Website: www.brzoo.org

The zoo opened to the public in the spring of 1970 and they now have animals from all over the world. The Baton Rouge Zoo animals are divided into sections that include Australia, Africa, Asia, and South America. Guests can watch three different shows every day including the Otter Chat, Wildlife Safari Theater, and the Running of the Ducks. Visitors will enjoy grabbing a quick lunch or snack at either the Cool Critters Café or the Flamingo Café and no one will be able to resist making a purchase at the Safari Post Gift Shop before leaving the zoo.

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