Louisiana’s capital city is on the rise. With a rapidly evolving downtown and even more excuses to spend a day by the river, Baton Rouge is a dynamic destination that embraces both innovation and its own fascinating history.
Like Louisiana itself, the city of Baton Rouge is an amalgamation of cultures. One can’t help but feel that unique gulf shore vibe, a mixture of French, African and Creole influence in everything from the food, to the music, to the deep-rooted southern hospitality of the people that you meet. Every experience is sure to be an authentic one, with traditions, recipes and celebrations dating back generations.
That culture thrives here because Baton Rouge is at the center of it all. About an hour drive from both New Orleans and Lafayette, considered to be the gateway to “Cajun Country,” the city is a central location for visitors from across the state. It’s access to two major airports, the Baton Rouge Metro Airport and New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong International airport, means it’s also easily accessible to visitors from across the nation and around the world.
Baton Rouge has something for every type of visitor from high-end hotels to cozy family-run restaurants, but it’s the city’s affordability that makes it such a great destination for meetings of all sizes. Whether you’re hosting a large tech-focused conference or an intimate gathering, there are accommodations and activities for every budget.
The rapid growth of the city’s downtown means that new businesses are opening every day. Hotels, in particular, are starting to make up more of the downtown landscape. This means that there’s more availability in the city than ever before, great for hosting meetings and events that allow your guests to be in walking distance the city’s offerings. Looking to host an event away from the city center? Baton Rouge has that too, with venues such as plantation homes and museums in the quieter outskirts.