I am thinking about applying to LSU but I don’t know much about the city of Baton Rouge. I know plenty about the university (of course) but I want to know what the city is famous/popular for, what is the best time of the year to visit, what public transportation is like (how do most people get around) and what’s the best way to get around the city if I do not have a car (or should I just get one). I also want to know what are some good hotels to stay at and in what section(s) of the city. Also, what is the arts, music, club/social scene/nightlife like there and what are some of the local attractions/events? Next, what areas are not so safe and what are the major airports? Basically, I want to know what the locals know about Baton Rouge–all of the hotspots, where to do, what it’s like, why this city is hot. Any information would be useful at this point. : )
I am from Baton Rouge. Lived there for 30 years.
Most people have cars to get around town. Public transportation is not so great there. It may be getting better, but last I heard, there wasn’t enough funds to get the buses all over town. Limited routes.
Some good hotels are on College Drive. (Embassy Suites, Marriot, Best Western, ect.) College Drive of course, is by LSU. Also, there are nightclubs around that area of LSU.
There is the Baton Rouge Symphony, There are 2 casino boats on the Mississippi River in downtown Baton Rouge also. There are some clubs, but they go by age. If you want really young people, go to Texas Club. If you want an older crowd, go to Southdowns.
The major airport is north of the city, off of Interstate 110.
North Baton Rouge is the area with the highest crime. I should know, my ex husband is a Baton Rouge City Policeman. This is the area around Exxon Refinery too. You really have no need to go to North Baton Rouge…it is all residential area.
Baton Rouge is basically a small town that outgrew it’s infrastructure. It is just now catching up to its population boom with construction and roadway improvements. Give it time, and Baton Rouge will be the hub of Louisiana. I truly believe that!
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