With over 300 years of history, Baton Rouge has a colorful story to tell and is built to be explored with a multitude of museums and tours.
Nothing quite encapsulates the story of Louisiana like the Capitol Park Museum, focusing on the history, industry, and culture of the state. With its unique architecture, the Old State Capitol, now the Museum of Political History, is known as Louisiana’s “castle on the river” and has received multiple awards for its exhibits. Hit the decks of the USS KIDD Veterans Museum to explore the Fletcher-class destroyer, known as the Pirate of the Pacific, restored to its World War II configuration.
Learn more about the stories of African Americans in Louisiana at the Baton Rouge African American Museum. Open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, this museum is full of displays and artifacts, including an authentic 1950s bus from the days of the Baton Rouge Bus Boycott.
Take a trip back in time when you visit the LSU Rural Life Museum, detailing rural life in the 18th and 19th centuries. At the Magnolia Mound landmark, view a snapshot of life at a French Creole plantation home with 15 acres of restored buildings and grounds. A short drive outside of Baton Rouge, nearby Houmas House is a marvel of Greek Revival architecture, dubbed “the crown jewel of Louisiana’s River Road,” depicting the opulence and wealth of an 1880s sugarcane plantation. It offers three restaurants and cottages for overnight stays.
Walking and Biking Tours
Take in the Baton Rouge historic sites at a more leisurely pace with a guided walking tour. Spend two hours soaking in history as your tour guide leads you along the 3-mile route through Spanish Town, Beauregard Town, Devall, Gilbert-Leonard Town, the Riverfront/Levee, Catfish Town, both Capitol areas, and so much more.
Experience the serene natural beauty and old-school architecture of the LSU Lakes and surrounding homes through walking, biking, or enjoying a day on the water with paddleboard or kayak rentals for your tour. The stately homes on the LSU Lakes date back to the 1930s and are a must-see for any architecture lover.