Destination: Baton Rouge Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
By Mona L. Hayden
October 24, 2012
Laissez les bons temps rouler! Let the good times roll! And roll they do, around every corner of this most distinctive and entertaining state. Louisiana celebrates its state bicentennial in 2012 and the outlook is very positive as the economy and development continue to thrive. Factor in the local culture and cuisine and you’ll understand the state’s excitement— and want to stay a bit longer.
By Christine Loomis
February 28, 2012
Few places in the United States offer a more compelling view into a foreign culture than this one. Except the foreign culture in south-central Louisiana, complete with its own language, food, music and history, isn’t actually foreign. Acadiana, the officially recognized region of 22 Louisiana parishes, is distinctly American, though its roots stretch back to Acadie, now known as Nova Scotia, and before that to France. When approximately 11,500 Acadians were forced out of Canada by the British in 1755, an inhumane act that came to be known as Le Grand Dérangement, many of them eventually made their way to Louisiana, where they were permitted to live in exile by the King of Spain, then in charge of the region. They held on to their language and music, though both were transformed by association with multiple new cultures and ultimately morphed into something wholly unique to this region. Visitors will hear a lot of French in Lafayette, including in traditional Cajun songs.
Learn about Baton Rouge for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations
Number of Meetings Hotels: 100
Total Hotel Rooms: 9,400]
Number of Special Events Venues: 15
Local Convention Centers: Baton Rouge River Center
Local Airports: Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR), Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY)
Local CVB: Iberia Parish CVB Cajun Coast CVB Baton Rouge CVB
Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s state capital is a haven for history, antebellum homes and even a bit of gaming. To complement the gaming, the city also has an ever expanding artistic community fed by the mysterious local feel, and magical history of the region. The Saw Center for the Arts is a downtown attraction that opened in 2005. Under the umbrella of the center there are numerous other attractions. The Bruner Gallery, LSU Museum of Art and the Manship Theater are all elements that make up the center, and the eclectic mix of artistic outposts has won the center numerous awards since its opening.
Try your luck at one of the many gaming halls, casinos or other gambling centers in the city. Although Baton Rouge doesn’t have the same fervent “party all night” vibe of its neighbor New Orleans, the city still offers a lot of the attractions that draw people to the area. All of that with a more relaxed and laid-back vibe make Baton Rouge a must see destination.