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Getting to Know Baton Rouge

French for "Red Stick" and named this by French explorer Sieur d'Iberville in 1699, Baton Rouge invites you to experience its Creole and Cajun culture through delicious cuisine, foot-stomping music and colorful festivals. This capital city of Louisiana sits on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River and provides its residents with an abundance of entertainment, from the Capitol Park Museum and ultra-modern Shaw Center for the Arts to LSU Tigers football and unique Creole eats.

 

Baton Rouge Apartments and Neighborhoods

As the second largest city in Louisiana, Baton Rouge offers a generous selection of apartments suitable for a variety of tastes. From historic communities dating back to the early 19th century to newer developments around LSU, the city has something for everyone. Let us help you narrow your search with a look at some of the best neighborhoods in Baton Rouge.

  • The Garden District features Old World architecture and contains three neighborhoods on the Louisiana National Register of Historic Places. It's pricey but comes with perks like proximity to I-10.
  • Choose Spanish Town for an artsy neighborhood in a historic district. This neighborhood is also the site of the city's largest Mardi Gras parade.
  • Beauregard Town is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Baton Rouge and lies close to I-10. It's ideal for residents seeking a community experience with businesses, museums and restaurants nearby.
  • Residents of Capital Heights appreciate the neighborly atmosphere; families enjoy walking their dogs and grabbing brunch at local cafes.
  • Oak Hills Place is a suburban neighborhood with small lakes scattered throughout, enabling its residents to enjoy fishing and waterside strolls.
  • The LSU/Lakeshore area consists of neighborhoods like University Gardens, University Hills and College Town. You'll find a healthy population of college students and professionals who enjoy walking, jogging, biking and LSU athletics.
  • Downtown is a good choice for those who prefer to be in the hustle and bustle of the central business district.

 

Free Things to Do in Baton Rouge

Admire the grandeur of the Louisiana State Capitol Building, the tallest in the U.S. at 450 feet. While there, be sure to venture onto the observation deck on the 27th floor for captivating views of the city. For an affordable museum experience, visit the LSU Museum of Art on the first Sunday of the month, when admission is free.

 

For Families with Kids

Many of the 130 schools in Baton Rouge carry a perfect 10 rating, so you can send your kids off each day with confidence. When it's time to take a break from their studies, reward them with a family trip to the Baton Rouge Zoo or the Louisiana Art & Science Museum.

 

Pet-friendly Activities in Baton Rouge

Grab the Frisbee and bring your four-legged friend out to explore the city's many pet-friendly parks, including Burbank Dog Park and Raising Cane's Dog Park.

 

Getaways from Baton Rouge

The distance from Baton Rouge to New Orleans is about 80 miles, so take that hour and a half drive to hear iconic jazz in the French Quarter or wander Magazine Street for antiques. The closest beaches to Baton Rouge are on the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico and include Gulfport, which is a little over two hours away, and Grand Isle, just three hours south.