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Things to Do in Area 5
BY COLETTE DEAN Special to The Advocate

Following the curve of the Mississippi River to downtown, circling LSU and spanning east all the way to I-10, it’s no wonder why Area 5 has a long list of “things to do” in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Destination places like the Hollywood, Belle of Baton Rouge and L’Auberge casinos and sports events at LSU Tiger Stadium, Alex Box and Pete Maravich Assembly Center may bring outsiders to the area at first, but there is much more to do in this great swath of the city. Here is a list of the top 10 favorites.

1) Old State Capitol 100 North Blvd.

Baton Rouge’s castle on the river, the historic building is a museum of political history. It’s also known for beautiful architecture, including a spiral staircase and a stained glass dome worthy of the many photographs taken throughout the years.

2) USS Kid and Veterans Memorial

305 South River Road The USS Kidd was the first ship of the U.S. Navy to be named after Real Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, who died on the bridge of his flagship, USS Arizona, during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The museum contains the largest model ship collection in the South, historic artifacts, Veterans Hall of Honor, a riverboat pilothouse, USS Constitution gun deck exhibit, and the Louisiana Memorial Plaza with the names of more than 7,000 Louisiana natives killed in combat.

3) Louisiana State Capitol State Capitol Drive

Built in 1932 by Governor Huey P. Long, the Art Deco building was completed at a cost of $5 million, including $1 million worth of art. The building is the tallest capitol in the United States and an observation deck

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