Baton Rouge Attractions

There's no question that Baton Rouge is a meeting point of various cultures, customs and stories that all work together to make this city one that has more than its share of special places. From shopping to gambling to reaching out and touching some very unique creatures, you'll find all this excitement and more as you explore all the amazing attractions that await you in Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge River Center
There's always something fun happening at the Baton Rouge River Center. What better way to keep cool than to hit the ice at the center's expansive ice skating rink. This fun activity is available on selected days of the month during the summer. Also, big-name attractions are featured frequently, like the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, various musical acts, and even specialized event shows like the bi-annual bridal fair.

Address: 275 South River Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802 - MAP
Phone: (225) 389-3030
Web: www.brrivercenter.com

Brec's Baton Rouge Zoo
Baton Rouge celebrates nature's wild kingdom at Brec's Baton Rouge Zoo. The Realm of the Tiger is the latest spotlight feature at the zoo, as it dramatically illustrates how the tiger lives in its natural environment as well as how it uses its natural instincts to find food and to remain one of the jungle's most respected residents. Also, see the zoo's latest addition, the baby baboon and enjoy the colors of the dusky shades of sunlight on the very popular Twilight Tour. All that plus the summer zoo camp for kids all go to make Brec's Baton Rouge Zoo the #1 family attraction in the city.

Address: 3601 Thomas Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70807 - MAP
Phone: (225) 775-3877
Web: www.brzoo.org

Circle Bowl
Since 1959, Circle Bowl has been racking 'em up for several generations of bowling lovers. Find your place on one of the 32 lanes and go for as many strikes as you can while the kids enjoy some time in "Action Alley," a dizzying game room that features the latest games and interactive fun. Circle Bowling is the perfect place to practice on your game by yourself or bring the whole family. Also, it's a great place for birthday parties, special events and fund raisers. Other great amenities include a big snack bar, Galactic Bowling, a Pro Shop and open play pricing.

Address: 8878 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70815 - MAP
Phone: (225) 925-5471
Web: www.circlebowl.net

Louisiana Art and Science Museum
The Louisiana Art and Science Museum explores some of nature's most dramatic wonders both from the inside and the outside. On the inside, you can enjoy a vast array of interactive exhibits as well as see movies about volcanoes, among others. Aside from the galleries inside, peer at the galaxy outside in the Rene W. Pennington Planetarium located within the museum. Don't forget to stop by the gift shop to select an item or two that will remind you of your adventurous day at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum. It's the ultimate art attraction in Baton Rouge.

Address: 100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA - MAP
Phone: (225) 344-5272
Web: www.lasm.org

Louisiana's Old State Capito
Louisiana's Old State Capitol has a long and winding history that is nothing short of dramatic. The fortress-like structure stood strong and impressive until it was gutted by fire in the Civil War. After recovering and returning to its original purpose, the building fell into disrepair in the early 1930s following the installation of a newer, less-storied building as the state's capitol. A concerned group of citizens worked hard to rebuild it and the old capitol now houses a wide variety of interactive exhibits that tell the state's sometimes controversial but never uninteresting story. The Old State Capitol is a must-see attraction for history buffs visiting Baton Rouge.

Address: 100 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70801 - MAP
Phone: (225) 342-0500
Web: www.oldgovernorsmansion.org

Mike
Everybody likes Mike, especially since he's the official mascot for Louisiana State University. Hundreds of fans and nature lovers alike flock to see Mike in his natural habitat at the LSU Tiger Cage; visiting Mike has become one of the city's favorite attractions. Originally, Mike's habitat was a mere 2,000 square feet and very limited for an animal (and mascot) of his stature. His home has now been expanded to include an impressive 15,000 square feet and he now resides in what is considered to be an amazing recreation of a tiger's natural habitat. Also, the lair features plenty of oak trees and an Italianate tower that echoes the architecture of the LSU campus.

Address: LSU, Baton Rouge, LA - MAP
Web: www.mikethetiger.com

Paragon Casino Resort
Dine, relax, play, be entertained and stay at the Paragon Casino Resort. You'll find everything you'd expect from a first class vacation attraction, plus a whole lot more, too. Aside from big name entertainment and great gaming, there's an amazing menu and accommodations that are so inviting, you may extend your stay for a few more nights to continue experiencing all that the Paragon has to offer.

Address: 711 Paragon Place, Marksville, LA 71351 - MAP
Phone: (800) 946-1946
Web: www.paragoncasinoresort.com

USS Kidd and Veteran's Memorial
The USS Kidd and Veteran's Memorial is a standing tribute to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during two eras of our nation's military conflicts. See the actual aircraft that soared through the skies of Southeast Asia as well as actual items used during the attack on the beaches of Normandy. The names of the fallen Americans are etched on to a granite wall, and they will forever be remembered as our heroes who tirelessly fought and never gave up. This "Pirate of the Pacific" is located in downtown Baton Rouge, and is a constant reminder of the outstanding bravery of our unparalleled service men and women.

Address: 305 South River Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802 - MAP
Phone: (225) 342-1942
Web: www.usskidd.com