Combining the charms of the old South with lively Creole culture, Baton Rouge attracts more than one million visitors each year. Easy access and proximity to New Orleans are certainly two top factors making Baton Rouge an ideal destination. For those traveling by plane, the city is home to Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, which offers non-stop access to major cities and connecting service throughout the world. Additionally, nearby Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans offers even more travel options on nine major carriers and soon-to-be-resumed international flights.
Once in the city, guests are met with over 8,000 hotel rooms. From full-service hotel chains to historic cottages to budget-friendly inns, properties of all price points line the pedestrian-friendly streets of downtown. For quicker travel, a convenient free downtown trolley service can ferry guests among hotels, top attractions, and meeting venues of all kinds.
The first of the trolley's 20 downtown stops is at the stunning Baton Rouge River Center. Situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, the River Center features over 200,000 square feet of space. Among its versatile venues are a 100,000-square-foot exhibition hall, an elegant 26,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, a 70,000-square-foot arena, and a sophisticated 1,900-seat Theatre of Performing Arts. Featuring spacious light-filled rooms, state-of-the-art amenities and breathtaking riverfront views, the River Center is an ideal choice for memorable meetings and conferences in Baton Rouge.
Also sure to be memorable are the several unique venues located throughout the city. Host a meeting at the Louisiana State Museum, which offers more than 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space for up to 750 people. Or, inspire attendees with a backdrop of world culture and scientific discovery in the soaring atrium at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. For an evening of Southern splendor, the Houmas House Plantation and Gardens is capable of accommodating up to 5,000 guests on 36 awe-inspiring acres.
Of course nothing livens up meetings and events like spirited jazz and zydeco music complemented by Creole and Cajun cuisine. It's not hard to find this combination in Baton Rouge, thanks to a number of popular restaurants offering private function space. Up to 700 guests can feast on Creole masterpieces at award-winning Juban's, while Mike Anderson's Seafood serves up catfish, oysters, crawfish and more to up to 80 guests in a relaxed setting. To really revive guests after a long day in the boardroom, Alligator Bayou offers a waterside pavilion where guests can dance to the sounds of blues or swamp pop and enjoy Chef Mike's out-of-this-world white chocolate bread pudding.
Several major corporations are headquartered in Baton Rouge including the Shaw Group, Cajun Industries, Energy Gulf States Louisiana, and Turner Industries Group, LLC. In addition, the city is home to several large companies including ExxonMobil, Dow Chemicals and Nan Ya Plastics. Louisiana State University and Southern University are also in Baton Rouge.