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Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, sits on the banks of the mighty Mississippi river, about an hour’s drive from New Orleans. Its sub-tropical climate means that it’s warm or hot for much of the year, with only a couple of months of cool weather and occasional snowy or icy conditions. The most popular time to visit is during the early summer. Temperatures in June and July peak around 92 degrees Fahrenheit so be sure to pack your sunscreen and hat. Spring is the next busiest tourist season, and the city is particularly lovely with spring blossoms and daily high temperatures of 74 – 86 degrees Fahrenheit. If you visit during the fall, you’ll find that fewer tourists means you can find good deals on rooms and flights to Baton Rouge. From December – February, with high temperatures averaging between 62 – 66 degrees Fahrenheit and lows around the freezing mark, it can be quite chilly. Baton Rouge even experiences the occasional snow or sleet storm, and icy conditions that can make roads treacherous. Visitors from the north may scoff at these temperatures, but as a city unaccustomed to this kind of weather, with a little snow on the ground Baton Rouge grinds to a standstill. February usually sees a spike in tourism around Mardi Gras, when the city is bursting with parades and parties.
You can find flights to Baton Rouge from major US cities with United, Delta and American Airlines.
The airport serving Baton Rouge is also known as Ryan Field, and is located four nautical miles north of the central business district. Here are your options for transport into Downtown Baton Rouge.
Your hotel may offer shuttle services to and from the airport, so be sure to ask when you’re making reservations. Otherwise, you can find the contact information for local companies offering shuttle, limousine and charter bus services here.
Hail a cab or pre-book with Lyft or Uber from the airport and get downtown in 12 minutes, for a fare of approximately $14.00 USD.
You can ride the Capital Area Transit System (CATS) express bus from the airport into Downtown Baton Rouge. Board route 103 and ride to the Hilton and Indigo hotels in 16 minutes for a fare of $4.00 USD.
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Downtown Baton Rouge is quite compact and walkable, and you may enjoy strolling around historic neighborhoods like Spanish Town and Beauregard. When you need a rest, hop on to a CATS bus or the free downtown trolley. Here are some details about your options for Baton Rouge transportation.
Taxis usually charge a meter drop of $4.00 USD, and $2.00 USD per mile, with a surcharge after midnight. Uber and Lyft both operate in the city and usually offer a cheaper alternative, with rates starting at $1.25 USD for the meter drop, then $0.90 USD per mile, with a minimum fare of $5.00 USD.
The local CATS buses serve all of Baton Rouge, with a single ride fare costing $1.75 USD. You may purchase a day pass for $4.00 USD, or a 7-day pass for $19.00 USD. There is also a free trolley service running between many of the tourist attractions downtown. The Capitol Park trolley operates weekdays from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, approximately every 8 minutes.
The famous ‘Red Stick’ offers many interesting historical and cultural sights and events. Here are a few suggestions for your itinerary, when you travel to Baton Rouge.
If the weather is stormy during your visit, you should know that because Baton Rouge is so flat and drainage is poor, there is a danger of encountering flash floods. Places you should be wary of, due to urban flash flooding, include along River Road under the Mississippi River Bridge, some areas in the Garden District, and Brightside in south Baton Rouge.
Mardi Gras is a ton of fun, but watch out for the beads! They can give you a good whack if you aren’t paying attention. Sometimes the streets are a bit crowded as well, so if you are unsteady on your feet, you’d best stay away from the busiest areas.