A lively city, Baton Rouge, is embodied by remarkable structures, eerie mansions, admirable orchard along the impressive Mississippi's banks, great fields growing sugarcane and excellent plantations. The city, which is also the state capital of Louisiana, is seen at about seventy-five miles (121km), NW of New Orleans.
It was about three centuries ago that Baton Rouge was named, after a red stick was found on a cliff facing Mississippi, by D' Iberville, a French researcher. Among the pride of the city, which is now known as the fifth largest port city in America, are the riverboat casinos filled with live entertainment, extravagant gambling, and also with great cooking as the Cajun cuisine. Another pride of Baton Rouge are the state universities based here in the city, specifically the Louisiana State University and the nations' biggest attested African-American University, the Southern University. The city is also rich in art and entertainment, as there are lots of art galleries and museums, ballet companies, planetarium, and an enterprising opera house. Baton Rouge, an active city with various lifestyles, is proud of both its man-made and natural treasures foreigners should not miss.
Baton Rouge, getting there and around
By Plane: At Louisiana, the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) is located at about fourteen miles (22km) west from business district of New Orleans. The time in GMT -6 (GMT -5 from April's first Sunday to Octobers' last Sunday. If you want, you can contact the switchboard: +1 (504) 464 0831 or the information desk: 504 464 2650. If you want to transfer from the airport to the city, you can ride a taxicab that may cost you $ 28.00 from the airport to the Central Business District (CBD) for at most two persons, with $12.00 charge per passenger for three or more passengers. Pick-up is outside the baggage claim area, on the lower level. An alternative is the airport shuttle that heads to the hotels in the CBD for $13.00 per person, on a one-way travel.
Another alternative is the Airport-Downtown Express (E-2) bus that caters service from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Kenner, down Airline Drive, into the New Orleans CBD. Outside entrance 7, on the upper level, is where the bus picks-up. On weekdays, it runs every 15-20 minutes, while on weekends every 30 minutes. The last trip from the airport is at 7 pm. The most likely thing here is that you can save more compared to the other two, by riding a bus you can spend as little as only $ 1.60 from the airport to the CBD.
There are also companies providing car rentals at the airport, among them are Alano, Avis, Budget, Hertz, national and Thrifty. A lot of facilities surround the airport for the convenience of the passengers, including restaurants, shops, cafes, ATMs and visitor information desks.
Baton Rouge, main attractions
Rural Life Museums and Windrush Gardens
The Louisiana State University Operates the Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens, that is located on the Burden Research plantation. A broad accumulation of instruments highlights the museum. With household goods, farming and mechanism equipment and other ancient treasures that portray Louisiana as it is in the 19 th century.
Telephone: (225) 765 2437
Address: LSU Burden Research Plantation 4650 Essen Lane
Opening Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm daily
Admission: Adults $7.00; children 5-11 $4.00
Old State Capitol
The Old State Capitol serves as the center for political and bureaucratic history today. "The ugliest thing on Mississippi," as quoted by Mark Twain; this ancient structure is still very useful today. Louisiana Legislature based in this very same building after it was built in 1849 not so long as in 1862 Baton Rouge City was apprehended by the Union forces. In 1882, the dignitary came back to its home building, the Old State Capitol, and based there till 1932 when the modern capitol was finished.
Telephone: (225) 342 0500
Address: 100 North Boulevard at River Road
Opening Time: 10:00am-4:00pm from Tuesday to Saturday, 12:00pm-4:00pm every Sundays; and closed every Mondays (excluding April and May)
Admission: Adult admission is $4.00; seniors/veterans $3.00; students $2.00; free admission for children below 6 of age. Discounts: only $2.00 each for a group of adults reaching a number of 20 or more persons.
The World War II's Fletcher Class Destroyer, USS Kidd, which height reaches 369ft or 112m brandish the Nautical Center of Baton Rouge City. The ship allows overnight camping ordeal. There are also displays of a broad collections of World WarII memorabilias, such as those fighter planes used during the known war.
Telephone: (225) 342 1942
Address: 305 South River Road
Opening Time: 9:00am-5:00pm daily
Admission: Adults $7.00; Children ages 5-11 $4.00; Children below the age of 4 are free of admission
San Francisco Plantation
Edmund Bozonier Marmillion built the apertured house or sometimes called, 'great house' in1856 which he called the Creole open-suite style. This is now known as the San Francisco Plantation House.
Telephone: (985) 535 2341, or (888) 322 1756 (toll free)
Opening Time: 9:30am daily; last tour is 4:40pm
Baton Rouge, excursions
The City of Lafayette
Famous for its extraordinary Cajun and Creole legacy, Lafayette city predominates the French culture where moderate spoken French language is heard. Lafayette is located eastwards of Baton Rouge, that can be spotted in between Interstate 10 and Interstate 49 . Guests are fascinated with the city's thrilling museums, relaxing tours in the bayou, excellent gardens, and grand farm dwellings, with a mix of a historical charm. The primeval Zydeco and Cajun cuisine sounds up the appetite as two genuine favorite cuisine are served, the Cajun and Creole cuisine, which is also the most anticipated by visitors in the city.
Telephone: (318) 232 3803 (Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission)
Baton Rouge, important visitor information
Time: Local Time is GMT
Electricity: Electrical Current is 110 volts and 60 hertz. The usual plug used is the two, flat-pin type, through three-pin plugs. (Thus, appliances without dual-voltage capabilities need an adapter that is available on most egression airports.
Money: The currency used is in US Dollar ($) and is equivalent to 100 cents.
Language: The official language is in English
Climate and Weather: Throughout the year rain falls, but most of the year the weather is hot and muggy.
Customs: The legal age of consent is 21 years old.