USS Kidd DD-61 - Known as the “Pirate of the Pacific,” she is the centerpiece of a memorial which serves to honor men and women of our American armed forces. Just a short walk from the American Queen’s dock, guests can explore a Fletcher-Class Destroyer that fought in many battles in U.S. history. Named after Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, who died on the bridge of his flagship during Pearl Harbor, the USS Kidd has received 8 battle stars for WWII service and 4 battle stars for Korean War service. This 2,050 ton, 376 foot-long vessel has since been converted into a museum, with exhibits of extensive collections of war artifacts, ship models, memorial hall, real fighter planes and bombers, and memorials.
St. Joseph Cathedral - Built in 1853, the Cathedral stands today as a landmark of the Catholic Church. The Gothic Revival structure has been extensively renovated and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places as well.
Capitol Park Museum - Here you can step onto a simulated Mardi Gras float, discover the difference between Cajun and Creole, and experience multimedia presentations of Louisiana history, industry, and culture. This impressive museum showcases collections of visual arts, jazz, costumes, textiles, and artifacts from Louisiana history. It was founded in 1906 and holds over 450,000 artifacts and works of arts. Permanent exhibits include: “Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond,” “Experiencing Louisiana: Discovering the Soul of America,” and “Grounds for Greatness: Louisiana”.
Louisiana’s State Capitol - The tallest capitol building in the nation was constructed during the Depression. Get a birds-eye view of the city and mighty Mississippi River from the 27th floor observation deck. This prime example of Art Deco Architecture was extremely popular in the 1930’s and stands 450 feet tall. The building holds 34 floors making it the tallest state capital in the United States. Guests can admire the uniquely constructed rooms throughout the building or take a ride up to the 34th floor to the observation deck where an impressive panoramic view of the city can be found.
Old Arsenal Museum - Built in 1838, the site was of particular military importance due to its location on the Mississippi River. View exhibits of the Battle of Baton Rouge. Located on the grounds of the New State Capitol, this museum was built in 1838 on what was a federal military post. Today, the Old Arsenal Museum contains exhibits about the structure of the historic powder magazine and the history of the State Capitol grounds.
LSU Museum Of Art - Located inside the Shaw Center for the Arts, the LSU Museum of Art seeks to enrich and inspire through collections, exhibitions, conservation, and education. Founded in 1959, the Louisiana State University Museum of Art has been fully accredited by the AAM and offers over 14 impressive galleries. Admire showcases from American, European, British, Chinese, and African influences and over 5,000 art pieces. Learn about the history of art and the influences it has on modern art styles and explore the extensive collection of original paintings, sculptures, photography, and more!
Louisiana’s Old State Capitol – A Gothic architectural monument located on the bluffs overlooking the Mighty Mississippi. This incredible building has withstood war, fire, scandal, and abandonment. It is now referred to as the Museum of Political History and has received awards for the architecture, exhibits, and preservation. Learn the history of Louisiana’s capital city, art, culture, and politics while you explore the original artifacts and interactive exhibits!
Baton Rouge Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Baton Rouge, the Capital of Louisiana, has a deep culture and rich history. Named by French explorer, Sieur D’Iberville after a reddish pole marking two separate tribal hunting grounds, Baton Rouge has transformed into a rich cultural city. Locals speak a specific version of French in their everyday language. The city is home to Louisiana’s capitol building which is the largest in the United States, and the Old State Capitol – a Gothic architectural monument located on the bluffs overlooking the Mighty Mississippi. Spend the day exploring all that Baton Rouge has to offer, from the museums and the architecture, to the shops and the cuisine – everyone will enjoy an exciting, busy day!
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
PREMIUM EXPERIENCE EXCURSION
Grand Southern Plantation Tour
Embark on a journey that tells the story of Louisiana sugar cane from Baton Rouge to the grand plantations. Our adventure begins in Baton Rouge, where we will weave through the streets of the state’s capital before a stop at the Houmas House, originally owned by indigenous Houmas Indians before being established as a sugar plantation in 1803.After a guided tour, enjoy a truly southern-style lunch buffet before continuing to our next stop. Then, we set off for Oak Alley Plantation, the “Grand Dame of the Great River Road,” where 300-year-old oak trees line the pathway that welcome guests to the grand entrance
APPROXIMATE DURATION 8.5 hours
CAPACITY 100 Guests
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
SIGHTS YOU WILL SEE
The Great River Road, Manicured plantation gardens, 300-year-old Oak Trees
THINGS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE
Guided Tour of the Houmas House, Free time to explore gardens and grounds, Southern-Style Buffet Lunch at Houmas House, Guided Tour through Oak Alley Plantation, Historic Slave Cabins
Northbound and Southbound Voyages