Life in Baton Rouge
Located on the east bank of the Mississippi River, the city of Baton Rouge represents the best of what Louisiana has to offer. As the capital of Louisiana, with a population of more than 450,000, Baton Rouge offers a semi-tropical climate, excellent food with just the right seasonings and a colorful history. Cultural diversity rounds out this metropolitan setting.
Baton Rouge is home to both Louisiana State University and Southern University, each representing a full slate of quality higher education and exciting athletic events. Baton Rouge's primary and secondary education programs also provide a wide range of options where your children may learn and grow in public or private institutions.
New Orleans lies just 75 miles to the south, and Lafayette only 50 miles west. More than 300 festivals offer ample opportunities to sample the state's rich heritage, abundant produce and friendly inhabitants.
Baton Rouge maintains an extensive, nationally-recognized park system. More than 136 parks, which include six golf courses, 131 tennis courts, 34 recreation centers, six swimming pools, two camp grounds, a cycling velodrome, an equestrian center, 20 soccer fields and 136 softball and baseball diamonds, are scattered throughout East Baton Rouge Parish.
Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Baton Rouge Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Baton Rouge Government Website
Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism
Louisiana Office of State Parks