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Louisiana State Museum - Capitol Park Museum

A great place for art enthusiasts, the Capitol Park Museum is a must visit if in Louisiana. It has two permanent exhibits: Grounds for Greatness: Louisiana and the Nation, and Experiencing Louisiana: Discovering the Soul of America. The huge and lovely museum has great architecture and is also available for lectures, meetings or receptions. To go back in history and learn the culture of the city, this place is definitely a can't-miss.

Louisiana State University

Occupying a place of pride in Baton Rouge, the Louisiana State University (LSU) is one of the major research universities in the South. The university is deeply steeped in a rich and long-standing history; it was founded in 1853, initially functioning as a military academy, and was then changed into a seminary. As with many southern colleges, LSU closed during the Civil War, eventually reopening its doors in 1865 after a four year closure. Today, the university is particularly well-known for its Division I athletics, the LSU Tigers consistently being one of the top teams in the country. In fact, LSU is the only university in the United States with its own live tiger, Mike. The university hosts a collective of landmark buildings, most of which lie cradled along the Mississippi River, like the Foster Hall, the Troy H. Middleton Library and the glorious Memorial Tower. A fine example of skillful architecture and landscaping, the university campus is also a breeding ground of aged oak trees, magnolia carpets and rumbling mounds which have stayed strong over 5000 years.

Louisiana State Capitol

The Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge is the tallest capitol building in the nation and is a National Historic Landmark. The seat of government for the state, it is home to the Louisiana state Senate and House of Representatives. Not the original Capitol Building in Baton Rouge, construction of the current capitol was championed and facilitated by former Governor Huey Long in the 1930s, and was the unfortunate site of his assassination later on. Spread over 30 acres, the capitol building consists of the towering skyscraper tower and also contains the Louisiana Capitol Garden and its ten miles of pathways.

Dixie Landin'

Two adjacent amusement parks in Louisiana, Blue Bayou is a water park and Dixie Landin’ is a traditional rides park. Blue Bayou has more than 20 attractions including a lazy river, a wave pool, tornado slides, an aqualoop, and more. It is also known as The Land of the Giants since it houses five of the world’s largest slides. Dixie Landin’ is home to a variety of rides ranging from kiddie rides to thrill rides. Major attractions include the drop tower, roller coasters and a variety of flat rides.

Mike the Tiger

Right in the middle of the Louisiana State University campus a tiger is prowling. Students can sleep safely, however, as this fearsome creature is the school's own mascot, Mike the Tiger. Following a tradition started in 1936 by Mike Chambers, for whom the tiger is named, Louisiana State is now housing its sixth tiger who they still trot out to bellow a fearsome roar at the school's football home games. Guests with concerns about animal welfare can see Mike in good confidence. The school has managed to keep all of its tigers alive nearly twice as long as wild tigers, meaning families and visitors can enjoy this strange attraction as much as the attraction itself.

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