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Downtown Walking Tour in Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge
Downtown Walking Tour in Baton Rouge
Guide Location: USA » Baton Rouge
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
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Author: jenny
This self-guided walking tour is included in the iOS app "City Maps and Walks (470+ Cities)" in iTunes and the Android app "Baton Rouge Map and Walks" in Google Play.
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.
Tour Stops and Attractions
Louisiana State Capitol
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. The building features sculptures depicting scenes from Louisiana and U.S. history. Leading up to the main entrance are a series of steps with the names of all of the United States in the order of each state's admittance to the Union. After the first 13 steps (symbolizing the original 13 states) there is a small platform. Behind this platform, the steps continue again with the rest of the 48 states. The 49th step lists both Alaska and Hawaii, which were admitted to the Union in 1959 after the Capitol was constructed.

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St. Joseph's Cathedral
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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Old Governor's Mansion
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 new governor's mansion Huey Long refused to move into the original one. Instead after his inauguration Long stayed at the Heidelberg Hotel in Baton Rouge while his family stayed back home in Shreveport.

In 1964 the old Mansion became the home of the Louisiana Arts and Science Center Museum. The Mansion served as headquarters for the LASC until 1976, when the Museum moved to new quarters in the Old Illinois Central Train Station. In 1978, the Mansion reopened as a historic house museum.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
The Manship Theatre
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 peculiarities.
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Old State Capital
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" in Louisiana they are probably talking about this building and not the two towns that were formerly the capital city; New Orleans and Donaldsonville.

Operating hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 9 am - 4 pm

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Sight description based on wikipedia
Louisiana Art & Science Museum
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 to the Louisiana Art and Science Museum. It is open Tuesday till Friday from 10 am till 3 pm, Saturday from 10 am till 5 pm, Sunday from 1pm till 4pm and it is closed Mondays.
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U.S.S. Kidd and Nautical Center
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 day.
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