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The National World War II Museum
945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 528-1944

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: The country's official World War II Museum lets you experience America's role in the war and on the Home Front - from the 1930s prelude to war, to the Normandy Invasion and the battles of the Pacific Islands. At The US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, see how technological innovations aided the Allies. Then, with Beyond All Boundaries - a multi-sensory cinematic feature from producer Tom Hanks, playing at the 4D Solomon Victory Theater - feel and experience what soldiers at the front experienced. New pavilions are under construction and anticipate opening in the near future. Archives- including oral histories of WWII veterans- are available for scholarly research by reservation. Through extraordinary artifacts and exhibits, get ready to discover the courage, teamwork and sacrifice of the Greatest Generation.
St. Louis Cathedral
615 Pere Antoine Aly., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 525-9585

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Church/Cathedral of Interest, Historic Building

Description: St. Louis Cathedral, located in the historic French Quarter, is the oldest continuously active Roman Catholic Cathedral in the United States. It was originally built in 1724 and rebuilt twice after a hurricane and a fire. The present church overlooks beautiful Jackson Square and was dedicated in 1794.
Jackson Square
751 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70181 [Map It]

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Park/Square (Recreational)

Description: Earns it's name for one of three bronze statues of Andrew Jackson located in the center of the square.
New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Cir., City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 658-4100

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: The neo-classical, Beaux Arts-style New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) turned 100 in 2011. NOMA houses a collection spanning 4000 years of art history in 46 galleries. View European paintings and sculpture from the 16th through 20th centuries; American paintings and sculpture from the 18th and 19th centuries; European and American prints and drawings; Asian, African, Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, and Native American art; photography; and European and American decorative arts. Special collections include the Peter Carl Fabergé treasures and the Latin American Colonial collection.
New Orleans City Park
1 Palm Dr., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 482-4888

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Park/Square (Recreational)

Description: Nestled in the center of NOLA, New Orleans City Park has held a special place in the hearts of generations of New Orleanians. Natural beauty, history, and fun activities make this a popular place to hang out and reconnect. Have a picnic, take a boat ride, or feed the ducks. Go fishing, find a shady spot to read a book, even visit the New Orleans Museum of Art or New Orleans Botanical Garden. From the largest municipal golf facility in the South to the largest collection of mature live oaks in the world, City Park has something to captivate your curiosity.
Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 581-4629, (800) 774-7394

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Zoo

Description: Audubon Zoo is a New Orleans landmark and a living museum filled with some of the rarest and most beautiful creatures of nature. There have been animals at this site since the 1884 World Exposition in Audubon Park. Today, Audubon Zoo is 58 acres of animals in their natural habitats. The Zoo consistently ranks among this country's best.
French Market
2 French Market Pl., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 522-2621

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Specialty Experience

Description: Founded in 1791, New Orleans’ French Market is the oldest public market in the country. This open-air mall features shopping, dining and music in a tradition that is uniquely New Orleans, yet still reminiscent of some European markets.
Laura: A Creole Plantation
2247 La Hwy. 18 River Rd., Vacherie, LA 70090 [Map It]
(225) 265-7690, (888) 799-7690

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations

Description: Named 'Top travel attraction in Louisiana' by LA Travel Promotion Assn. Daily tours based on Laura's memoirs of detailed life on the 1805 Creole plantation. 50 minutes from New Orleans.
Oak Alley Plantation
3645 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 70090 [Map It]
(225) 265-2151, (800) 442-5539

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations

Description: Come and enjoy her beauty and dream of her rich past. Explore 25 acres of history and romance, regret and rebirth, tragedy and triumph. Stoll these historic acres and see the legacies left by the Romans, the Stewarts & those in between. Step back into antebellum elegance and tour the Big House with a guide in period dress. And witness the reconstructed slave quarters to understand the lives of the workers whose labor made plantation life and its luxuries possible. Visit the Civil War Interpretive Exhibit which consists of a commanding officer's tent, staffed most days by one of our three Civil War interpreters.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 539-9600

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Celebrate the history, art, and culture of the American South at this acclaimed museum. Ogden is home to the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art in the world, showcasing art from 15 Southern states and the District of Columbia. On Thursday evenings experience Ogden After Hours, the acclaimed live music series held in the museum's atrium.
The Cabildo
701 Chartres St., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 568-6968, (800) 568-6968

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Landmark, Historic Building

Description: The Cabildo is one of the most historically significant buildings in America. Built between 1795 and 1799 to replace a structure that burned in the 1794 fire, the Cabildo served as the seat of government in New Orleans during the Spanish colonial period and is the location where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803.
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
Basin at St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 482-5065

Neighborhood: Treme
Attraction Type/s: Cemetery

Description: Tours offered Monday through Saturday at 10am, 11:30am and 1pm, and Sunday at 10am.
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
1400 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 896-4740

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Cemetery
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
1 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 581-4629, (800) 774-7394

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Aquarium

Description: Discover a world filled with 15,000 water-loving creatures, like graceful seahorses, neon-colored frogs and jaunty penguins. Come face to face with a white alligator. Pet a baby shark. And feel like an undersea explorer as you walk through the 30-foot-long Caribbean Reef tunnel. With so much to explore, you could spend all day at this amazing, state-of-the-art museum.
Audubon Park
6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 861-2537

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Park/Square (Recreational)

Description: Audubon Park opened in 1898 and was the site of the World Cotton Centennial in 1884. People travel from near and far to marvel at and enjoy the ever-beautiful oak trees, lagoons, and expansive green space located within the park. For the millions who use the park for picnics, relaxing, walking, running, cycling and special events there is no better place in New Orleans for recreational fun and relaxation.
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
40136 Highway 942, Darrow, LA 70725 [Map It]
(225) 473-9380

Neighborhood: Outside Metro Area
Attraction Type/s: Historic Home, Plantations

Description: Houmas House Plantation and gardens offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a Grand Southern mansion surrounded by the South's most beautiful gardens. Our recent restoration of the mansion and gardens offers our guests a view of the way life was in the early 1800s when sugar was king and Houmas House was the largest sugar plantation in the world. Guests will view a museum quality collection of antiques and artwork and will enter each of the rooms. There are no ropes to restrict the experience of touring the mansion. We offer two restaurants to enhance the experience. Our Latil's Landing Restaurant is in the French House built in 1775, and is a part of the Grand Mansion. Latil's was named one of the Top 20 Restaurants in America by Esquire Magazine.
Saenger Theater
143 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 524-2490

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance)

Description: Designed by renowned architect Emile Weil and built in 1927, the Saenger Theatre’s interior re-creates the ambience of a 15th century Italian courtyard and gardens, complete with a starlit evening sky ceiling, arched surroundings, statuary, columns and decorative moldings. Despite a brief hiatus following hurricane Katrina, it continues to serve as the grandest and most opulent entertainment venue in New Orleans today.
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Sugar Bowl Dr., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 587-3663, (800) 756-7074

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attraction Type/s: Theatre (Performance), Sporting Venue

Description: The Mercedes-Benz Superdome has hosted six Superbowls - more than any other facility of its kind - three NCAA's Final Fours and more Saints games, Sugar Bowls and star-studded events than imaginable. Built in 1975, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is better than ever.
Harrah's New Orleans Casino
8 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 533-6000, (800) 427-7247

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attraction Type/s: Casino

Description: With 113 table games, 20 poker tables, 1,873 slot machines, weekly tournaments and regular promotions, Harrah’s Casino New Orleans offers an endless array of options to try your luck. Whether you’re concentrating on a hand at a poker table or dropping quarters in a slot, you’ll get a taste of NOLA with French Quarter-style décor, New Orleans artwork, and even the occasional wandering brass band.
Crescent Park
Piety St. at Chartres St., New Orleans, LA [Map It]

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attraction Type/s: Park/Square (Recreational)

Description: Be one of the first to enjoy this brand new green space, located right on the riverfront in Bywater. Crescent Park stretches for 1.4 miles along the Mississippi, providing unparalleled views and access to the water. Take a stroll, ride your bike, or simply watch the river float by while sitting on its banks.
Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
1 Collins Diboll Cir., City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 488-2631

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Garden

Description: With over 50 priceless sculptures set on five acres, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden is a true New Orleans treasure. Located next to the magnificent New Orleans Museum of Art, this outdoor space includes modern and contemporary pieces meant to inspire art lovers of all kinds. Take your time wandering the grounds and soaking in the beautiful scenery - there's something to delight you at every turn.
Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
1380 Port of New Orleans Pl., New Orleans, LA 70114 [Map It]
(504) 361-7821, (800) 362-8213

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: See another side of Mardi Gras at this museum that also serves as the largest float-building facility in the world. Guided tours give a history of the festival, from the mule-drawn carriages of the past to the sophisticated mega-floats of today. Along the way you'll see colorful floats and costumes in all their splendor, plus get to sample Mardi Gras treats like king cake and coffee.
Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 528-3805

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Theatre (Performance)

Description: Since 1976, the CAC has led the transformation of NOLA's Warehouse District into the vibrant cultural hub it is today. Over 30,000 square feet (it is a warehouse, after all) hosts bold experiments in studio and performing arts of all kinds, with world-class exhibitions, shows, educational programs and celebrations happening year-round. Step inside and admire its award-winning architecture and airy, transformational space.
Steamboat Natchez
1 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 586-8777, (800) 233-2628

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Riverboat

Description: This classic Mississippi riverboat sails three times daily, at ll:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Traditional New Orleans jazz is featured and the evening cruise includes dinner (reservations required).
Chalmette Battlefield
8606 West St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette, LA 70043 [Map It]
(504) 281-0510

Neighborhood: Gentilly/New Orleans East/Chalmette
Attraction Type/s: Historic Landmark

Description: The last land battle ever fought on American soil between the United States and a foreign enemy took place only ten miles from what is today downtown New Orleans. The Battle of New Orleans, which actually occurred in Chalmette nearly two weeks after the treaty that ended the War of 1812 was signed, was significant in a number of ways. For one, it gave a much-needed boost to sagging American morale at the end of one of the most disastrous wars in American history. It also kept the British from capturing New Orleans preventing England from gaining greater leverage in negotiating the still-evolving peace terms of the Treaty of Ghent. At the site today is a monument built in the style of an ancient Egyptian obelisk and a large open field, on which markers show the approximate locations of the American and British positions. A ring road circles the battlefield, with convenient pull-offs where signs describe the various aspects of the battle. The Malus-Beauregard House, an antebellum plantation also stands on the grounds.
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