Culturally diverse and shaped by a unique history, New Orleans is a mixture of Old World
simplicity and modern luxury. A confluence of African-American, Native
American, and European traditions, New Orleans
is unlike any other city in America.
From art and architecture, to museums and parks, to shopping and live music,
the city is sure to please any and all who visit. The following is a guide to
some of the best sites, sounds, and events that New Orleans has to offer.
Free of Charge
1 Palm Drive, www.neworleanscitypark.com
Once the site of Allard
Plantation facing Bayou St. John, City Park is distinguished by its large
variety of recreational activities, including fishing, birding, boating, and
golf. At 1,300 acres, it is one of the largest urban parks in the country.
Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, City
Wed.-Sun. from 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
collection of modern and contemporary sculpture presented in an exquisite natural
setting. Visitors will find more than 50 sculptures spread over five acres.
Street, between the Jax Brewery Shopping Mall and the French Market, in front
of the St. Louis Cathedral, www.jackson-square.com
Also known as Place
d’Armes, Jackson Square
is a historic park and National Historic Landmark in the French Quarter. In
1803, the American flag was raised here for the first time to mark the newly
St. Louis Cathedral
Pere Antoine Alley, www.stlouiscathedral.org
Few cities in the world
are so closely identified by a building. The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis
King of France is the oldest
Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States.
1 Canal Street
Named after philanthropist
Malcolm Woldenberg, the Riverfront was opened to the public before the 1984
World’s Fair. It offers some of the best views of the Mississippi from wide, bricked walkways
lined by lush landscape and public art.
Street at banks of Mississippi River, www.friendsoftheferry.org
Hours: Daily, 6:00 a.m. to
Free for pedestrians, $1 for cars
Take a ride across the Mississippi and find out why New
Orleans is called the Crescent
City. The ferry drops
riders off in the historic Algiers Point neighborhood. Founded in 1719, Algiers
Point is the second- oldest neighborhood in the city with a rich history of
music and French and Spanish influence. www.algierspoint.org/neighborhood.htm
Avenue at Decatur Street, www. frenchmenst.com
entertainment district where, on any given night of the week, you can hear live
sounds and a wide variety of music from jazz to Latin to blues to reggae and
just about everything in between.
Poydras Street and St.
Charles Avenue, across from Gallier Hall, www.lafayettesquare.org
Relax and enjoy the
natural beauty of the city right in the heart of the Central Business District.
near Audubon Park, to downtown, at Canal Street
Street Merchants Association: 504-342-4435, www.magazine street.com
For shopping, dining,
or just casual strolling, no place outside the French Quarter beats Magazine Street. A
six-mile-long stretch features some of the best antique stores, art galleries,
craft shops, and classy boutiques to be found anywhere in the city.
1 Poydras Street
dedicated this plaza to the City of New
Orleans in 1976 in remembrance of their common
historical past and as a pledge of fraternity in the future. The focal point is
a fountain surrounded by the seals of the provinces of Spain.
Piazza d’Italia and The American
537 South Peters Street, www.americanitalianmuseum.com/pages/piazza.html
The piazza is a
monument to the Italian-American community and their contribution to the City
of New Orleans.
Designed in 1978 by renowned architect Charles Moore, it is a gathering place
for the New Orleans Italian community, as well as a symbol of cultural
architecture. The Museum chronicles Italian Americans in the Southeast and
their contributions through photographs, articles, family histories, and
1008 North Peters Street, www.frenchmarket.org
This market has existed
in this French Quarter site since 1791 and has remained true to its authentic
mission for 200 years. It is America’s
oldest public market and is a great place to find one-of-a-kind souvenirs.
Take Yourself on a Literary Tour
Go see where famous authors lived:
Tennessee Williams (722
Toulouse), William Faulkner (624 Pirate’s
Alley), Truman Capote (711 Royal), Thornton Wilder (623 Bourbon), Walker Perry
and Anne Rice (1239 First)
923 Tchoupitoulas Street, 504-581-7032, www.prcno.org
Hours:Mon.-Fri. from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Center features both permanent and rotating exhibits
on New Orleans
architecture and historic neighborhoods. Stop in to pick up helpful walking
tour brochures highlighting neighborhood restaurants, churches, theaters, and
Jean Lafitte National Park Laura C. Hudson Visitor Center
Decatur Street, www.nps.gov/jela
Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The visitor center features an extensive exhibit on
the history and conflict that surrounded the founding and shaping of
present-day New Orleans
and the French Quarter. Exhibits feature the significance and importance of the
Mississippi River, and native plants and
The Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum
813 Bienville Street, www.arnauds.com/museum.html
Hours: Daily starting at 6:00 p.m.
The collection of Carnival court gowns, costumes, and
other memorabilia made in France
provides a rare glimpse of the private side of Mardi Gras.
Celebration in the Oaks
New Orleans Botanical Gardens in City Park,
Hours: Friday and Saturday from
6:00 to 11:00 p.m., Sunday from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Park’s annual holiday
lighting exhibit and festival.
228 Poydras Street, www.harrahsneworleans.com
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a
Harrah’s Casino offers
115,000 square feet of gaming as well as many dining options, a life-sized
Mardi Gras float, and French Quarter balconies.
Miracle on Fulton Street
Fulton and Poydras Streets at
Hours: Friday and Saturday from
6:00 to 10:00 p.m., Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Experience a white
Christmas this holiday season in New
Orleans on Fulton
Street. Periodic “snowfalls,” dazzling lights, and
decorations transform the street into a winter wonderland! One of the city’s
newest holiday traditions, Miracle on Fulton
Street brings the magic of the season alive in
true New Orleans
Cost for Admission
New Orleans Botanical Gardens
1 Palm Drive, City Park,
Hours: Tues.-Sun. from 10:00 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $6 for adults
The Botanical Gardens offer a serene retreat from the
hustle and bustle of urban life.
New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)
1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park,
Hours: Wed.-Sun. from 10:00 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $8 for adults, $7 for
those 65 and older.
The Museum houses a $200
million collection in 46 galleries. It’s the city’s oldest fine arts
900 Camp Street, 504-528-3800, www.cacno.org/about.html
Thurs.-Sun. from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
$5 for adults, $3 for seniors
arts center dedicated to the presentation, production, and promotion of art of
our time, this award-winning building is dedicated to rotating exhibitions
throughout the year.
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street, 504-539-9600, www.ogdenmuseum.org
Wed.-Sun. from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
is $10 for adults, $8 for those 65 and over
The museum strives to
broaden the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the visual arts and
culture of the American South.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
1 Canal Street, 504-581-4629
Tues.-Sun. from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
$18 for adults
One of the top-five
aquariums in the country, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas features the largest collection of sharks and
1113 Chartres Street, 504-523-7257
Mon.-Sat. from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
$5 for adults
This stately, 1826
mansion in the French Quarter contains collections from the Beauregard family
and from noted author Frances Parkinson Keyes.
The National World War II Museum
945 Magazine Street,
Daily, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$14 for adults, $8 for those 65 and over
The Museum is the only
museum in the United States
that addresses all of the amphibious invasions or “D-Days” of World War II,
honoring the more than 1 million Americans who took part in this global
French Quarter Carriage Ride, Royal Carriages, Inc.
tours depart from Decatur
at Jackson Square
tours available from 8:30 a.m. to midnight daily, weather permitting
Admission: Half-hour $60 (up to four people), one hour $120
(up to four people)
Orleans tradition since 1941, Royal Carriages is America’s
oldest continually operating carriage company.
Old New Orleans
Rum Distillery Tour
2815 Frenchmen Street,
Mon.-Fri. 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.; Sat. 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
Distillation tours offer an intimate and detailed look at the distillation
process from beginning to end. All tours conclude with a visit to the tasting
Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World
1380 Port of New Orleans Place
Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
the Web site for ticket prices.
Tour the world’s largest
float-building and designing facility. Visitors can celebrate Mardi Gras
year-round while donning the elaborate costumes, witnessing the creation of
floats up close, and learning about the festival’s traditions and history.
Theatre for the Performing Arts presents: Oprah Winfrey’s
“The Color Purple“
December 1–6, 2009
801 N. Rampart Street in Armstrong
Nominated for 11 Tony
Awards, “The Color Purple” is based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel
by Alice Walker. It is an inspiring story about hope and the healing power of
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