Area Information


Our History

Baton Rouge was first settled by Europeans in 1719 when the French established it as a military post. Since that time, Baton Rouge has been governed by France, Great Britain, Spain, Louisiana, the Florida Republic, the Confederate States and the United States. In 1755, British forces drove the French-speaking settlers of Acadia out of the maritime provinces of Canada. Many of the displaced settlers made their way to rural Louisiana and became known as Cajuns.

The proud Cajun tradition still holds a prominent place in Baton Rouge society. Baton Rouge was incorporated in 1817 and was named the state capital in 1849. The middle of the 20th century brought a sudden boom in the petrochemical industry, prompting considerable urban sprawl. With a building surge that began in the 1990s, metropolitan Baton Rouge continues to be one of the nation’s fastest growing areas.

Local Climate

Baton Rouge experiences a humid subtropical climate characterized by mild winters and hot, sticky summers. High temperatures in July reach an average of 91 degrees, with January lows hovering around 41. Annual rainfall is 67.5 inches, and snow is virtually unheard of.

Area Amenities

East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools operates primary and secondary schools throughout Baton Rouge. Students can continue their education at Louisiana State University, one of only 21 American institutions designated as a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant research center. Baton Rouge is also home to Southern University and A&M College, part of the nation’s only historically black land-grant university system. The Baton Rouge Metropolitan area is served by 29 hospitals. Baton Rouge General Medical center and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center are two of the state’s highest ranked health care organizations. Air travel in our city is provided by Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport.


Recreational Activities

A melting pot of Cajun, Creole Catholic and Baptist heritage of the Florida Parishes and South Mississippi, Baton Rouge is defined by a lively and diverse culture. Antebellum architecture pervades the city, with several stately plantation homes on display. From Jazz Daddy’s Poboys to Chelsea’s Café, hot food, cold drinks and live music are abundant. Whether you prefer the rustic simplicity of Cajun cooking or the refined flavor of Creole cuisine, Baton Rouge has plenty of gumbo and jambalaya to go around. The Shaw Center for the Arts, houses the Manship Theatre in addition to a variety of art galleries, traveling exhibits and a number of restaurants. The Baton Rouge Little Theater is home to Opera Louisiane and the Baton Rouge Ballet Theater, while the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra performs at the River Center Music Hall. Various other cultural districts and performing arts venues are sprinkled throughout the city, as well.

For a more raucous experience, head to Tiger Stadium for the spectacle that is LSU football. Of course, Baton Rouge parties during Mardi Gras with numerous parades, the largest of which takes place in historic Spanish Town. More revelry is just an hour away in New Orleans, home to the iconic bars and restaurants of the French Quarter and Bourbon Street. You also have to check out the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, Bayou Country Superfest and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana’s diverse landscapes give rise to a wealth of outdoor enjoyment, as well. Managed for trophy largemouth bass, the lily pads and moss-draped cypress trees of Caddo Lake also harbor healthy populations of catfish, crappie and bream. Lake Pontchartrain, False River and Henderson Lake offer opportunities for boating, canoeing, sailing, waterskiing and fishing. The bayous and swamps of Louisiana attract hunters of waterfowl, alligators, frogs and turtles. Homochitto and Kisatchie National Forests are also fantastic destinations for hunting, camping, hiking, off-road vehicle and water sports enthusiasts.

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