Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana and the seat of East Baton Rouge Parish. Eighty miles north of New Orleans, the city is situated on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. The city occupies 76 square miles of land, upon which over 230,000 people live. Baton Rouge is the location of big business like ExxonMobil and Dow Chemical Company. Residents work in the sciences and professional services, education and accounting. Their kids attend one of three elementary schools, seven middle schools and two high schools. Higher education includes Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge Community College, Medical Training College and Tulane University of Louisiana. Home and condo values are well above the state average. Actress Reese Witherspoon is from Baton Rouge.Baton Rouge's history is one of ownership. In the beginning, there was the French. The Spanish took over ownership of the city, followed by the English, then Louisiana, Florida, the Confederacy and finally, the United States. Agriculture and shipping were the basis of the economy. Settlement and industry slowed during the Civil War, but picked back up afterward. The 20th century saw massive advancement in industry as the petrochemical business grew. Advertising, shipping, construction, education and the film industry have all shown growth in the last half of the 20th century. For more Baton Rouge history, please see this webpage.
Baton Rouge maintains parks and recreation facilities. Acadian Park only has a playground, for example, while Anna T. Jordan Community Park, Greenwood Community Park and North Sherwood Forest Community Park, among others, have pavilions for picnics. Greenwood, Jordan and Howell Community Parks, among others, offer swimming arrangements. Tennis is available at 61 of Baton Rouge's parks. Disc golf, golf courses, dog parks, senior centers, fitness centers and rec centers are all on the list of amenities offered by Baton Rouge Parks and Recreation. For directions and amenities, please click here.
Town events are important to searchers of homes. Baton Rouge events include the Louisiana Marathon, LSU sporting events, art exhibits, Cool Nights and Winter Jazz, ice skating, holiday feasts and festivals, Christmas parades, Christmas lights and so much more.
Baton Rouge attractions feature the historical, the nature features and the fun. See how life was lived in the 1800s at LSU Rural Life Museum. Check out the wildlife at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center or the Baton Rouge Zoo. See more attractions here.