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Go back in time and learn all about the "Pirate of the Pacific" also known as the USS KIDD with a walking tour of the ship's grounds. Experience one of the most popular historical attractions and unique outdoor activities for families and couples that are looking for things to do in Baton Rouge. Situated in the middle of downtown Baton Rouge, the Fletcher-class destroyer was the first US Navy ship named after Rear Admiral Isaac C. Kidd, who was one day killed during the infamous Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It's a fascinating centerpiece of the memorial, honoring the men and women of our American armed forces. 


Prices -

Adults $8; Veterans & Seniors $7; Children (ages 5-12) $6

Hours -

9:30 a.m - 3 pm, Monday - Friday; 10:00 am - 4 pm, Saturday & Sunday


  • Special Presentations
  • Military Reunions
  • Ceremonies


  • Tours
  • Exhibits
  • Overnight Camp Activities


  • Why is the USS KIDD out of water?

    The Mississippi River's water levels vary by as much as 40 feet per year because of the snow melts in the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachian Mountains. The reason the USS KIDD runs out of water is due to summer droughts. The ship sits in a cradle and you can walk underneath it. When the water levels rise hight, it can float again. 
  • How many men lived aboard the KIDD?

    During wartime conditions, the USS Kidd had as many as 330 men living aboard the ship. That number was slightly less during peacetime operations. When you visit this memorial, you'll walk the nostalgic decks and envision what life was like on the ship. You’ll soon understand why it’s considered one of the most unique things to do in Baton Rouge, LA. 

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