Downtown Orientation Walk, Baton Rouge

Downtown Orientation Walk, Baton Rouge
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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.

Downtown Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: Downtown Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » Baton Rouge (See other walking tours in Baton Rouge)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Author: jenny
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....   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Old Arsenal Museum

2) Old Arsenal Museum (must see)

Old Arsenal Museum was constructed in 1838. Prior to this, it was used as a powder store where ammunitions were kept for protecting all of Louisiana. During the Civil War it was used for storage of ammunition as well; it was also used as a place of protection and settlement during the war. In the 20th century it was transformed into a museum where elements and peculiarities of the war can still be seen on the walls of the...   view more
St. Joseph's Cathedral

3) 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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Sight description based on wikipedia
Shaw Center for the Arts

4) 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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Manship Theatre

5) 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...   view more
Old State Capital

6) 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"...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Louisiana Art & Science Museum

7) 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...   view more
U.S.S. Kidd and Nautical Center

8) 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. It is open from 9:00 till 5:00 every...   view more
Old Governor's Mansion

9) 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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Red Stick Farmers Market

10) 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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

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