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Baton Rouge is a picturesque town along the Mississippi River and Louisiana's capital.
Sometimes state capitals can be stuffy places, but not Baton Rouge.
Antebellum's landmarks include the Old Louisiana State Capitol, now a museum, and the Magnolia Mound Plantation, with its French Creole home.
If you have some time to soak up the sights and enjoy the attractions, especially in spring or fall when temperatures are perfect, you'll find plenty to do to keep yourself busy.
The beautiful old mansions, including Magnolia Plantation (1791), one of the oldest in the area, and the State Capitol are well worth seeing.
This city sets that reputation aside and proudly celebrates all it has to offer, including a capitol building with a resident ghost named Sarah.
Outdoor recreation is also easy to find in Baton Rouge - places like the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center are a good place to look for an adventure.
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is home to exotic and domestic animals.
Among the collection are Louisiana big cats, rhinos, otters, fish, reptiles and amphibians at L'aquarium de Louisiane.
Check out Parrot Paradise for rare and colorful birds from the tropics, including parrots and macaws.
The Tiger Kingdom is a more recent addition, featuring tigers and other Asian animals.
The Flamingo Cove and Giants of the Islands exhibits feature Chilean flamingos and Galapagos and Aldabra tortoises.
For other fun things to do, check out some of Baton Rouge's museums and cultural attractions, such as the LSU Rural Life Museum, which provides an insight into the region's rich history.
LSU Rural Life Museum is a complex of renovated buildings that illustrate life from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The city is home to the destroyer USS Kidd , part of the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial, one of the city's must-see sites.
On the river, the USS Kidd is a retired WWII destroyer who is now a museum.
Louisiana State University was founded in 1860 near Alexandria and in 1869 was transferred to Baton Rouge.
In 1926, the university moved to its current location. Some of the highlights include the LSU Rural Life Museum and the LSU Museum of Natural Science.
The Native American mounds located at the site are believed to be more than 1,600 years old.
Baton Rouge's vibrant city center is about a square kilometer, bordered by the Louisiana State Capitol to the north, the USS Kidd Veterans Museum to the south and the Mississippi River to the west.
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