Baton Rouge Zoo#9 in Best Things To Do in Baton Rouge
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A hit with families, the Baton Rouge Zoo is home to a variety of animals both big and small. Everything from alligators and rhinoceroses to parrots and hissing cockroaches call this zoo home. Visitors will find a variety of exhibits here grouped by region, including Africa, Asia and South America, as well as by environment, including an aquarium and an otter pond. In addition to the animals, the zoo also offers a playground, multiple cafes, daily animal feedings and educational chats and demonstrations. There's also a train ride that takes visitors into the wetlands surrounding the zoo's perimeter.
Recent visitors said the zoo is a fun activity for families. A few felt the zoo was too small, but others said it was sized just right, especially for the price of admission.
You'll find the zoo about 10 miles north of downtown Baton Rouge. Tickets to the zoo cost $8.75 for adults, $5.75 for kids ages 2 to 12 and are free for infants 1 and younger. Discounts are available for seniors. If you're on a budget, consider taking advantage of the zoo's Wednesday afternoon discount, when admission costs $1.50 (plus tax) from 2 to 4 p.m. The zoo welcomes visitors from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. From April to August, the admission gate is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends to take advantage of the extra hours of daylight. Keep in mind that due to COVID-19, some attractions (like the train ride) are temporarily closed. For more information, visit the official website.
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#1 Louisiana's Old State Capitol
A National Historic Landmark, Louisiana's Old State Capitol is not your average capitol building. Designed in a Gothic Revival architecture style and constructed between 1847 and 1852, the exterior of the building looks like a medieval fortress. Created by architect James Harrison Dakin, the building is accented with towers, stained-glass windows and cast-iron – a design aesthetic that Dakin referred to as "Castellated Gothic." Though it's no longer used for official government business (lawmakers started using the new state capitol beginning in 1932), it's open to the public and houses a number of exhibits, including a multimedia presentation about the ghost of Sarah Morgan, a Civil War-era figure who kept diaries of her experiences throughout the war.
Past visitors called the building a "must-see" while in Baton Rouge. Reviewers were particularly impressed by the stained-glass windows and spiral staircase.
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