Baton Rouge – A Capital Vacation Destination

The second largest city in the state of Louisiana is Baton Rouge. It’s also the state capital. The city itself has a population of just over a quarter million; however, the metropolitan area – or Greater Baton Rouge – has a population of over 800,000 and is expected to be near a million by 2013. There is a rich mixture of cultures represented in Baton Rouge which has given rise to the city’s motto “Authentic Louisiana at every turn”.
The climate in the city is just what’s to be expected in the Deep South. Mild winters give way to hot and humid summers with moderate to heavy annual rainfall. Snow is rare; however, there has been a day of winter snowfall for three consecutive years; 2008 – 2010. The average high temperature is 77 and the low is nearly 57, providing a warm, yet comfortable, year-round climate. Baton Rouge averages 113 days of rain, totaling approximately 63 inches of precipitation per year.
Okay, we all know Baton Rouge is a beautiful, vibrant city; but what are some things to do while visiting town? Here are four stops to add to your itinerary.
The USS KIDD is a Fletcher-class destroyer. Also known as the “Pirate of the Pacific”, she is currently in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge. Aboard the KIDD, visitors can gain a sense of what it was like during her tours of duty. There are even overnight camping excursions available for the KIDDos.

Wanna see Baton Rouge’s wild offerings? Check out the Baton Rouge Zoo. The Realm of the Tiger exhibit features Malayan and Sumatran tigers, Siamang gibbons and an aviary. The Otter Pond showcases a replicated fishing cabin where visitors can look into an underwater viewing area with otters and a view of L’auarium de Louisiane which exhibs fish, reptiles, and amphibians native to Louisiana. There are even more exhibits to be seen, and fun for the entire family.

Louisiana’s Old State Capital is a Gothic architectural masterpiece. Standing high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, this 160 year old statehouse is both inspiring and bold. Within, guests can tour the building and learn about the history of the area in the Old State Capital Museum of Political History.
At the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center you can stroll through 103 acres of Louisiana swamp, right in downtown Baton Rouge. On the property, be sure to visit the 9,500 square foot building featuring award winning animal exhibits. Over a mile of gravel paths and boardwalks weave throughout the center. Visitors may see any of a number of native animals, reptiles, and insects.
There’s the short, but interesting list of things to do. Check them out and let us know what you think.
All of this is a direct flight from Destin/Ft. Walton Beach, FL from the Northwest Florida Regional Airport aboard Vision Airlines B-737 and Dornier 328 aircraft with non-stop service 3 times weekly.
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