Downtown Walking Tour in Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge

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Baton Rouge is a city that has many interesting and unique architectural buildings, all having two important architectural influences, Spanish and French. These notable buildings are the most attractive and important places to visit and admire in Baton Rouge. This tour will help you to learn the history and architecture of Baton Rouge.

Walk Route

Guide Location: USA » Baton Rouge
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Author: jenny

1) Louisiana State Capitol

The Louisiana State Capitol building houses the Louisiana State Legislature, the governor's office, and parts of the executive branch.

At 450 feet (137 meters) tall, with 34 stories, it is the tallest capitol building in the United States, the tallest building in Baton Rouge, and the seventh-tallest building in Louisiana. It is located on a 27-acre (110,000 square meters) tract, which includes the capitol gardens.

The Louisiana State Capitol building is a National Historic Landmark....
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2) St. Joseph's Cathedral

St. Joseph Cathedral is a Catholic cathedral located in downtown Baton Rouge. It is the seat of the Diocese of Baton Rouge, and it has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1990.

St. Joseph Parish was founded in 1792 and the present church building was begun in 1853. The church became a cathedral after Blessed John XXIII established the Diocese of Baton Rouge on July 20, 1961. The church underwent a renovation in 1967 and was consecrated as a cathedral in 1970.

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3) Old Governor's Mansion

The Old Louisiana Governor's Mansion was used between 1930 and 1961, a new residence was completed in 1963. When the original Louisiana Governor's mansion was termite-infested during the beginning of Huey Long's governorship, Long decided to build a new one on the site.

This governor's mansion is modeled after the White House in Washington D.C. supposedly because Governor Long wanted to become familiar with Washington's White House. During the construction of this...
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4) The Manship Theatre

The Manship Theatre is considered one of the most beautiful and intimate theatres in the USA. It is known thanks to its beauty and the program that presents a large variety of theater, dancing and films. It has 325 front row seats and 11 rows. It is designed according to European opera houses with respect to its design and architectural...
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5) Old State Capital

The Louisiana's Old State Capitol is a building that housed the Louisiana State Legislature from the mid-19th century until the current capitol tower building was constructed in 1929.

It is built both to look like and function like a castle and has led some locals to call it the Louisiana Castle, the Castle of Baton Rouge, the Castle on the River or the Museum of Political History, though most people just call it the old capitol building. When someone says "Old State Capitol"...
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6) Louisiana Art & Science Museum

Louisiana Art and Science Museum presents different thematic exhibitions from temporary fine art exhibitions to permanent ones. There is a gallery dedicated to children where different interactive and creative collections are presented. There are also old artifacts and a mummy right out of Ancient Egypt from the Ptolemaic era. The exhibitions are supported by different sounds, shows, visual images and large films. You can buy souvenirs such as books, toys, handicrafts and other objects related...
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7) U.S.S. Kidd and Nautical Center

U.S.S. Kidd and Nautical Center is an interesting and attractive place due to the exhibitions presented and to its exterior. It is in fact a ship from World War II that has been restored and used as a museum. It is named Fletcher and exhibits the largest collection of ship models from the south. It presents a model of a fighter plane, an A-7e Corsair from the Vietnam Era and other models that capture the interest of the public. It is open from 9:00 till 5:00 every...
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