LSU Tiger Stadium#7 in Best Things To Do in Baton Rouge
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Nicknamed "Death Valley" because it's so hard for visiting teams to win here, Louisiana State University's Tiger Stadium is certainly a sight to see, especially on football game days. On game days, the stadium welcomes more than 100,000 fans, making the stadium the fifth-largest city in the state of Louisiana. If you can, try to time your Baton Rouge visit so that you can attend a game and get a sense for the stadium's memorable game day atmosphere, which recent visitors described as "electric."
While you're at the stadium, you may also want to make time to pop over to see Mike the Tiger, the only live tiger residing on a college campus in the U.S. The 15,000-square-foot tiger habitat is located across the street from Tiger Stadium and is a must-see LSU tradition, according to past visitors. Mike is usually outside daily and visible from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; it's free to view his enclosure.
For information about game tickets, visit the LSU Sports website. Tours of the stadium are not available. The stadium is located on the Louisiana State University campus about 3 miles south of downtown Baton Rouge.
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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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