New Orleans, LA
Things to Do
523 St. Ann St
Hours: Tues.-Sun. 9-5
This house is one of the loveliest old homes in New Orleans. The
well-preserved town house and courtyard features lovely ironwork on the
balconies, a gift shop and a bookstore.
Aquarium of the Americas
Foot of Canal St
Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 9:30-6, Fri.-Sat. 9:30-7
More than 7,000 aquatic creatures swim in 60 displays in this world-class
aquarium. There are four major exhibit areas: the Amazon River Basin, the
Caribbean Reef, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf Coast, each with fish
and animals native to that environment.
Woldenberg Riverfront Park
Foot of Canal St
This park surrounds the aquarium, and it is a great spot for viewing the
active Mississippi. Water tours leave from the park frequently.
Once a plantation, the park is now one of the largest (340 acres) and most
acclaimed metropolitan parks in the United States. It has a world-class
zoo, picnic and play areas, a golf course, a miniature train, riding
stables, a tennis court, and a river view.
6500 Magazine St
Daily 9:30-5, summer weekends til 6 pm
This wonderful zoo is a great place for families to visit. The zoo has a
tremendous number of exhibits, including a Louisiana Swamp, tropical-bird
house, butterfly exhibit, flamingo pond, sea lions, and white tigers.
1113 Chartres St
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10-3
This grand 19th-century mansion was once the home of Confederate General
P.G.T. Beauregard. The famous novelist Frances Keyes wrote 40 novels here.
A beautiful walled garden is another feature of the home.
Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
233 Newton St
Hours: Daily 9:30-4:30
As the name suggests, this attraction is dedicated to the most famous party
in America, Mardi Gras. Visitors can watch floats being made, view a film
about Mardi Gras, and buy Carnival memorabilia in the gift shop. Kids will
enjoy trying on a trunk full of costumes.
This famous street takes you past some of the typical bars, restaurants,
music clubs, and novelty shops that have given this strip its world-famous
reputation. Families will enjoy the street during the day, while revelers
will enjoy the night scene.
Hours: Hrs may vary by season; closed in winter except for Christmas season
The carousel was built in 1906 and is on the National Register of Historic
Places, and the park is just as good. The park includes a roller coaster,
tilt-a-whirl, Ferris wheel, bumper cars, and other rides.
2507 Prytania St
Built in 1852, this house is a wonderful example of the Greek Revival
style. Magnificent columns support the outside structure, and the inside
features a magnificent gold ballroom.
4717 St. Charles Ave
The Brown House was finished in 1902 after five years of construction. It
is the largest mansion on St. Charles Avenue, and it is a model of
Romanesque Revival architecture.
Bordered by City Park Ave, Robert E Lee Blvd, Marconi Dr, and Bayou St.
City Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country. Within its
1,500 acres, the Casino, Botanical Garden, Storyland, Carousel Gardens, New
Orleans Museum of Art, tennis courts, and a golf course attract and
929 Camp St
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10-4
This imposing building, covered in ivy, houses an extensive collection of
artifacts and records from the Civil War. This museum is the oldest in
Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp St
Hours: Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5
Admission: Varies with event
The center has won prizes for its own good looks, and the art inside is
even better. The center also hosts concerts, films, theatrical and dance
performances, and art-related workshops and seminars.
423 Canal St
Built in 1849, this staunch structure occupies the whole block and is a
major city landmark. The building has identical entrances on all four
sides, and visitors are welcome to look around.
3029 St. Charles Ave
Hours: Weekdays 9:30-5
Built in 1869, this magnificent home features marble fireplaces and
stained-glass windows. The house has been carefully restored and furnished
with period pieces.
Energy IMAX Theater
Foot of Canal St
Hours: Shows daily
With a screen 5-1/2 stories tall, this is one of the most thrilling cinema
experiences around. The theater shows breathtaking nature films related to
the sea, Earth, and outer space that are meant for the whole family to
The French Market contains shops, offices, and eating places, and it is an
important part of the life of New Orleans. Street performers enliven the
marketplace, and visitors can choose from the best of New Orleans
820 St. Louis St
Hours: Tours Mon.-Sat. 10-3:30
This house is one of the French Quarter's largest and best examples of
American architecture. Cooking demonstrations, held in the city's only open
Creole kitchen, delight visitors all day long.
Hours: Daily 8-6
Occupying the heart of the French Quarter, the square was built in 1718. A
statue of Andrew Jackson commemorates his victory at the Battle of New
Orleans. Artists hang their paintings on the park fence and set up outdoor
studios, as do musicians, dancers, and magicians.
Louisiana Children's Museum
428 Julia St
Hours: Tues-Sat 9:30-4:30, Sun noon-4:30; in summer open daily
One of the best children's museums in the country, the Louisiana Children's
Museum has lots of hands-on activities. It also features a playscape for
very young children, and lots to do for the whole family.
Musee Conti Wax Museum
917 Conti St
Hours: Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun noon-5:30
This wax museum features famous residents and natives of Louisiana. More
than 100 wax figures are featured.
New Orleans Botanical Garden
Hours: Tues-Sun 10-4:30
While the garden may be relatively small (10 acres), it is a lovely spot to
visit and has lots to offer. The gardens include a tropical conservatory, a
water-lily pond, a formal rose garden, azalea and camellia gardens, and
horticultural gardens. Fountains and sculpture are found throughout, and
everything can be seen during a guided tour.
New Orleans Museum of Art
Hours: Tues-Sun 10-5
One of the best museums in the country, the NOMA has a large permanent
collection that specializes in pre-Columbian, African, and local art.
World-class traveling exhibits also come frequently to the museum.
1415 3rd St
The house was built in the 1850s, and it is one of the largest and most
elegant in New Orleans. The architecture is styled after an Italian villa,
and it may have been the first house in New Orleans with indoor plumbing.
Hours: Hrs vary by season
This theme park is designed almost exclusively for children. It features 26
storybook exhibits built around fairy-tale characters. Child Magazine has
rated Storyland one of the ten best playgrounds in the country.
Hours: Daily 8-4
Built to be a casino, this Spanish-style building is now an enlarged
concession stand selling New Orleans delicacies, including the world-famous
po'boys. A band stand has frequent performances, kids enjoy the playground,
and paddle boats are available for rent in the lagoon.
Woldenberg Riverfront Park
Hours: Weekdays 6 am-10 pm, weekends 6 am-midnight
Offering an incredible view of the Mississippi, the park has a wooden
promenade and many stores and restaurants. It is easily one of the best
river front developments in the nation.
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