Baton Rouge Introduction Walking Tour, Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge is a city with a rather unique architecture, vividly displaying traces of two major influences, Spanish and French. Alongside the notable buildings waiting to be explored in downtown Baton Rouge there are quite a few other attractions not to be missed, too. To find out exactly which, follow this orientation walk and make the most of your time in the city.
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Baton Rouge Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Baton Rouge Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Baton Rouge (See other walking tours in Baton Rouge)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Author: jenny
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Louisiana State Capitol
  • St. Joseph's Cathedral
  • Shaw Center for the Arts
  • The Manship Theatre
  • Old State Capital
  • Louisiana Art & Science Museum
  • U.S.S. Kidd and Nautical Center
  • Old Governor's Mansion
  • Red Stick Farmers Market
Louisiana State Capitol

1) Louisiana State Capitol (must see)

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.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
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.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Shaw Center for the Arts

3) Shaw Center for the Arts

The Shaw Center for the Arts is a performing art venue, fine arts museum, and education center. The Center includes the LSU Museum of Art, the LSU School of Art Glassell Gallery, the 325-seat Manship Theatre, classrooms, a rooftop sushi restaurant, and a park. Among other collections, the museum includes the largest assemblage of Newcomb Pottery in the United States.
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.
Old State Capital

5) Old State Capital (must see)

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.

Opening hours: Tuesday- Friday: 10 am - 4 pm; Saturday 9 am - 3 pm.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Louisiana Art & Science Museum

6) Louisiana Art & Science Museum (must see)

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.

Opening hours: Tuesday- Friday 10:00 am- 4:00 pm; Sat 10:00 am- 5:00 pm; Sun 1:00 pm- 5:00 pm.
U.S.S. Kidd and Nautical Center

7) U.S.S. Kidd and Nautical Center (must see)

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.

Opening hours: Monday- Friday 9:30 am- 3:30 pm; Saturday-Sunday 10:00 am- 4:00 pm.
Old Governor's Mansion

8) Old Governor's Mansion (must see)

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.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Red Stick Farmers Market

9) Red Stick Farmers Market

The Red Stick Farmers Market is one of the largest in the state of Louisiana. There are as many as 50 vendors that sell goods at the market during the peak months of June and October. The market creates a direct link between the farmer and the consumer and provides a sustainable source of income for small Louisiana agribusinesses. The Red Stick Farmers Market is producers-only, meaning that anything the farmer brings in, they must be growing in Louisiana.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

Walking Tours in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Create Your Own Walk in Baton Rouge

Create Your Own Walk in Baton Rouge

Creating your own self-guided walk in Baton Rouge is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums and Galleries Tour

Museums and Galleries Tour

Baton Rouge is a beautiful and attractive city where there are many attractions to visit. It has numerous museums and galleries with different pieces of art, entire collections of modern or old art objects, artifacts, diverse documents of great historical and cultural importance, maps, paintings, jewelry and pieces of furniture. All these attractions must be admired by visitors of this city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles