Baton Rouge, Louisiana
When your cruise ship docks at Louisiana’s charming capital city of Baton Rouge, you’re guaranteed adventure, historical insight and intriguing attractions. Located on the Mississippi River’s eastern bank, Baton Rouge is a hub of delicious cuisine, live music and culture weaved with politics and tradition.
Maritime museums, statehouses, plantations, riverfront casinos, art centres and fabulous restaurants make this city a popular tourist attraction. Cruise lines that stop by Baton Rouge include American Cruise Lines and APT River Cruises.
Many cruise ships dock at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge, where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
Depending on when cruises dock in the port, visitors can be treated to nearby outdoor markets. For a wider range of facilities, passengers should head into the heart of Baton Rouge.
How to Get Around
Given the location of the Port of Greater Baton Rouge, it is easiest for passengers to catch a mode of transport to some of the city’s attractions. A fantastic way to see the main sights in Baton Rouge is by taking a free trolley, which operates on weekdays from 10.30am to around 2.30pm. Taxis are another popular mode of transport as well.
Travel times from Port of Greater Baton Rouge:
It is an 8 minute journey to Old State Capitol
It is a 7 minute journey to USS Kidd and Veterans Memorial
It is a 7 minute journey to Old Governor’s Mansion
It is a 7 minute journey to Louisiana State University
It is a 17 minute journey to BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo
It is a 29 minute journey to Nottoway Plantation.
Currency – Baton Rouge’s official currency is the United States dollar (USD). There are 7 coin denominations: 1c, 5c, 10c, 25c, 50c and both a silver and a gold USD$1. Bills are printed in 7 denominations: USD$1, USD$2, USD$5, USD$10, USD$20, USD$50 and USD$100.
Time Zone – Baton Rouge’s clocks run on Central Time, which puts the city 6 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Daylight Saving Time is observed from the 8th of March to the 1st of November.
Weather – The city typically observes warm and humid temperatures with especially hot summers. During the year, temperatures generally range from 5 to 33 degrees Celsius. If visiting in the warm season (May to September), be sure to wear lightweight clothing and carry around a drink bottle. November to February sees the city’s cold season, with average temperatures below 19 degrees Celsius.
Old State Capitol – A perfect example of Gothic Revival architecture is found in Baton Rouge’s Old State Capitol. Overlooking the Mississippi River, this 165-year-old building has lived through a tumultuous past. Nowadays, it serves as a symbol of the state’s character with its highly acclaimed museum shedding light on Louisiana’s political history, culture and art. Old State Capitol has even won awards for its incredible design, its effort to preserve the state’s history and its in-depth and fascinating exhibits. The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday and admission is free.
Louisiana State Capitol – When venturing through Baton Rouge, be sure to stop by Louisiana State Capitol. Known as the United States’ tallest capitol and constructed in 1932, the building is comprised of 34 floors and stands an impressive 137 metres high. Visitors flock to the Observation Deck on the building’s 27th floor to take in incredible views of the gardens below and Baton Rouge’s surrounds. The building’s interior decorations pay homage to the history, pride and spirit of Louisianans. Those looking to buy souvenirs can do so in the gift shop, and a café is available for those feeling hungry after exploring.
USS Kidd and Veterans Memorial – Take a look into Louisiana’s past by visiting the USS Kidd and Veterans Memorial. The USS Kidd ship is still docked in the Mississippi River, after being restored back to its former glory. Named to honour Rear Admiral Isaac Campbell Kidd, Sr., who was killed during a Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, this ship holds a lot of tales about the past – a big reason why it has featured in a number of documentaries and movies. Nowadays, tourists can go aboard to see the ship up close, and they can learn about its history by visiting the observation tower and museum.
BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo – Rhinos, otters, incredible rainbows of tropical birds, tigers and flamingos are just some of the exotic and domestic animals travellers can see when visiting BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo. Get up close and learn about different species and take some time to wind down and enjoy the zoo’s lively atmosphere.