Resting atop the Mississippi River lies old Red Stick; Baton Rouge, Louisiana steeped in southern culture yet a vibrant, modern Capitol City. Old plantation homes and antebellum architecture mix with modern buildings in one of the American South’s major industrial, petrochemical, medical, and research centers. From its deep-water international port, ocean going trade ships deliver cargo from the Panama Canal and wide, flat barges carry freight up the Mississippi River.
Occupying the southernmost bluff on the Mississippi River, the Istrouma Bluff protects Baton Rouge’s residents from major flooding and natural disasters. Baton Rouge provided safe haven for hundreds of thousands of Hurricane Katrina refugees with minimal economic impact. Both State and Parish governments employ over 30,000 people, while the major industrial firms employ nearly 20,000. Five research hospitals and Louisiana State University’s clinical and biological research facilities contribute to Baton Rouge’s growing research related industry. Its robust and diverse economy place Baton Rouge among the top twenty American cities based on economic strength.
People who travel to Baton Rouge for business or a vacation will find accommodations at hotels with well known names, boutique inns, bed and breakfasts or a riverfront hotel and casino. Baton Rouge restaurants feature both local and international cuisine from spicy Cajun to succulent sushi.
While in town check out Baton Rouge’s thriving performing and visual arts scene featuring the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, several theater companies including shows at the Baton Rouge River Center
, museums and galleries. Visit Louisiana’s 1932 Art Deco State Capitol building commissioned by Governor Huey Long or the neo-Gothic Old State Capitol by the river. On the riverfront hop aboard a paddle wheel riverboat and ride the Mississippi River, or chance Lady Luck on a riverboat casino. Tour the USS Kidd moored on the Mississippi and check out other exhibits at the Louisiana Naval Museum. Get out of town and explore Bayou Country on a swap tour.
Just ten miles southeast of downtown shoppers find the Mall of Louisiana or Perkins Rowe - a blended shopping, entertainment, residential and business center placed in a park-like setting with mixed old South and contemporary architecture.
Join Baton Rouge’s annual Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day parades, or watch over four hundred animated films from thirty plus countries at the Red Stick Animation Festival. Sports fans catch a Tigers game at Louisiana State University or Southern University’s Jaguars. Home LSU football games at Tiger Staduim
often sell sell out all 92,000 seats, so plan early.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana offers warm southern hospitality touched with a healthy dose of can-do American spirit. Come on down to Baton Rouge whether for business or pleasure and sample southern hospitality, Louisiana style.