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Address: Baton Rouge, LA
Description: Downtown Baton Rouge is a great place to hang out with its riverfront...
Downtown Baton Rouge is a great place to hang out with its riverfront area, historic neighborhoods, Old State Capitol building and numerous restaurants and dance clubs.
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The city of Baton Rouge has made great strides in recent years to improve the downtown area. It’s home to several local bars and clubs that draw the young professional crowd... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Sheryl W
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The city of Baton Rouge has made great strides in recent years to improve the downtown area. It’s home to several local bars and clubs that draw the young professional crowd. Downtown also boasts a variety of restaurant options, from fast casual to fine dining, that appeal to a wide range of tastes and preferences. During the spring and summer... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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584 reviews 584 reviews
228 attraction reviews
273 helpful votes 273 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

What a fun downtown to walk around in. If you're a nerd, architecture lover like I am, and even worse, if you carry an actual camera instead of just your camera phone, this downtown can really use up some digital memory card space. There are oodles (oodles?!) of historic buildings and restaurants and shops. It's a great way to spend... More 

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United States
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135 reviews 135 reviews
33 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Make a day of it and tour the Old Governors Mansion, Old State Capitol, Current State Capitol, and the Louisiana State Museum. There are also some other downtown museums we missed.

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Monroe, Louisiana
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173 reviews 173 reviews
44 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Downtown Baton Rouge has never been a cultural wonder. There are many old and dilapidated buildings on the fringe that frankly need to be torn down or substantially re-vitalized. However, things are getting better. Recently, I drove the area surrounding the Old State Capitol Building which is now a museum. It was difficult to maneuver because of all the construction... More 

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Houston, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I always like staying downtown when in Baton Rouge. It is close to the capitol and LSU and the river running through makes a great trek to jog through.

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Madisonville, LA
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74 reviews 74 reviews
9 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I worked downtown years ago and it was bustling during the day on weekdays but deserted at night and weekends. Not now - nice hotels and a plethora of restaurants and bars. Mostly very nice and feels very safe even at night. Very happy to see it revitalized.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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237 attraction reviews
514 helpful votes 514 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Baton Rouge's downtown area is in transition. The waterfront is under major reconstruction, and parts of downtown are being gentrified. It's still very lackluster, but we did stop in at the Cathedral, St. Joseph's, which was a treat.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The downtown area of Baton Rouge is improving daily. Many new resturants. Lovely Old State capital, gambling, Live at 5 free music on Friday night during spring and fall. Historical sites, etc.

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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Downtown Baton Rouge has come a long way in the last 10 years. It all started with Manship Theatre and Shaw Center for the Arts. We used to have only a few dumpy restaurants that really only did business because they were the only game in town during the week and on game days. We now have many great restaurants,... More 

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Statesville, North Carolina, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Good visit. Many of the roads leading to the capitol on the river side were closed for either repair or a moving being shot. Had to go in circles two times before we could figure out how to get out.

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