Situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, Baton Rouge is Louisiana's capital and most populous city with nearly 230,000 residents. Spanning approximately 79.1 square miles, it is one of the southernmost capital cities in the lower 48 United States along with Tallahassee, Florida, and Austin, Texas. A magnificent blend of past and present, Baton Rouge shines with all the sophistication of a modern city while holding steadfast to the graceful charms of its Southern roots.
Baton Rouge bore the colors of a number of different flags before being incorporated as a U.S. city in 1817. In fact, the city dates back 300 years to when, in 1699, French explorer Sieur d'Iberville named the region during an expedition along the Mississippi River. The one-time home of the French, the English, the Spanish and the Confederacy, Baton Rouge is an exciting medley of cultural influences. From Cajun and Creole to antebellum homes and Zydeco dancing, the city is a tapestry of converging cultures sure to enchant visitors from across the country.
Guests often begin their journey into Baton Rouge's vibrant past by stopping by one of the many historic sites and attractions dotted across the city. See Louis Armstrong's bugle and the four-pounder gun used in the Battle of New Orleans at the captivating Capitol Park Museum. Or, take a step back in time at one of the city's lovingly-preserved plantation homes. From the Magnolia Mound Plantation to the Blythewood Plantation and the Nottoway Plantation, these glorious estates impart a true taste of the lives of Baton Rouge's past residents.
As Baton Rouge's colorful history enlightens guests, its opportunities for entertainment and adventure energizes them. Visitors can experience a legendary escape at one of Baton Rouge's premier gaming and entertainment properties at L'Auberge Casino & Hotel. Or, visitors can get out on the water in an entirely different setting, the Louisiana Bayou. Swamp tours are another option for guests looking to get up-close and personal to the native animals of residents of the area's wetlands.
For sports enthusiasts, Baton Rouge is a delight with plenty of golfing and fishing options. Its collegiate athletics are also top-notch, including the championship-winning LSU Tigers football team and the Southern University Jaguars. In the southern United States, college football is important, but even more important is what happens before the game—the tailgating. Baton Rouge likes to think of itself as the Tailgating Capital of the World. If you visit during the fall, you simply cannot miss this unique experience. Picture this: tailgates inundating campus, grills firing up, drinks being poured and loud music playing. Feast your eyes on groups of fans firing up vats of jambalaya, gumbo, crawfish étouffée, fried alligator and more!