Beyond Saint Martinville: An Insider's Baton Rouge Guide

A Baton Rouge guide will come in handy after you run out of things to do in Saint Martinville. Baton Rouge is only about 40 minutes' drive from your Saint Martinville inn, and there is a wide range of attractions that you can explore in this charming city. Here are a few attractions that are recommended by the insider's Baton Rouge guide.

Louisiana State Museum
660 North 4th Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
(225) 342-5428
lsm.crt.state.la.us/br/br.htm

If you want to learn about the rich history of Louisiana, it is recommended that you visit the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rogue. This 69,000-square-foot museum is dedicated to providing a comprehensive account of the Baton Rouge area as well as the state of Louisiana. During your tour, you can learn about important events that occured throughout the state's history, ranging from the Lousiana Purchase to the Mardi Gras. There are two permanent exhibits in the museum, and they are the "Grounds for Greatness: Louisiana and the Nation" and "Experiencing Louisiana: Discovering the Soul of America." Some of the interesting exhibits that are on display include a Civil War submarine, a 48-foot shrimp trailer, a record-breaking marlin, Lucky Dog cart and items that are related to famous musicians such as Buddy Guy, Fats Domino, Aaron Neville, Clarence Gatemouth Brown and others.

The Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rogue is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. If you're driving to the museum from your Saint Martinville bed and breakfast, you can take Route 31 north and then go east on Interstate 10.

Magnolia Mound Plantation House
2161 Nicholson Drive
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
(225) 343-4955
www.nps.gov/nr/travel/louisiana/mag.htm

Magnolia Mound Plantation House is an attraction that is recommended by almost every Baton Rouge guide. This famous historic building will give you a glimpse into the lifestyle of Louisiana's wealthy plantation owners in the 18th and 19th centuries. It's a French Creole home that was built in 1791, and it's one of the few remaining examples of vernacular architecture that was prevalent in the region at that time. The house is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Baton Rouge, and it was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. During your visit, you will get to see period furnishings, a spinning and weaving building, blacksmith shop, vegetable garden, slave cabin, sugar cane field and other structures. You can explore the house by taking a guided tour or a self-tour.

Baton Rouge Zoo
3601 Thomas Road
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70704
(225) 775-3877
www.brzoo.org

The Baton Rouge Zoo is one of the most visited family attractions in the city. It is home to more than 1,800 animals from different parts of the world. The main attractions of the zoo include the Realm of the Tiger, the Otter Pond, Parrot Paradise, Safari Playground, L'aquarium de Louisiane and others. Some of the animals that you can see include Sumatran tigers, Siamang gibbons, flamingos, zebras, kangaroos, elephants, crocodiles and others. The Baton Rouge Zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are priced at $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors and $4.00 for children aged 2 to 12 (2010 prices).