Looking to get out of the house, visit Baton Rouge and check out the Louisiana State Capitol Building and grounds. Its free, need I say more? Ok where to start…
Louisiana has two capitols, the old and the new.
The new capitol, located at 900 N 3rd St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, is definitely worth checking out on the weekend.
I recommend starting at the front steps. Carved in the steps are the state names and the year it became part of the United States. As you head up the stairs, statues surround both the right and left sides and help guide you into the entrance. As you enter the main entrance to the building, you proceed through a metal detector, where the guards ensure nothing harmful or illegal is brought inside. Once inside, the best thing to do is ask the clerk for a map.
There are several points of interest to see on this trip.
While inside, check out the pencil in the ceiling and the bullet holes in the wall. Both have an interesting story associated with it that you can learn about by taking the tour.
After looking around downstairs, head to the roof top for one of the best views in Baton Rouge. If you visit in the evening, you can often see the LSU Tiger Stadium.
From the top you can see the artwork designed into the Capitol ground, the armory and cannons, the Mississippi River, and several other historical sites throughout BR.
After coming down from the rooftop of the Capitol, take the time to check out the grounds.
The picture above is the Armory. Its worth checking out. Inside you will learn a little history and get the opportunity to see where and why the gun powder was stored.
As you travel along the grounds, you will come across this tunnel of bamboo, located next to the Armory. This is a great place to stop and take a few pictures. I have only see a bamboo tunnel like this in two places in La, here and on Avery Island where the famous Tabasco sauce is made.
After checking out the new Capitol, swing by the Governors Mansion and the old Capitol.
Now that you’ve seen the new Louisiana Capitol Building, check out the old state capitol building, It looks more like a castle.