Things to do in New Orleans

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For a famously adult city, things to do in New Orleans can be surprisingly family-friendly, and children will love getting up close and personal with... Read More

For a famously adult city, things to do in New Orleans can be surprisingly family-friendly, and children will love getting up close and personal with the penguins at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, or living out their creepy-crawly dreams at the Audubon Insectarium. Older children have a great educational opportunity in visiting the National World War II Museum, recently expanded and a huge resource for every generation. Art and culture permeates the city, of course, and as well as the myriad galleries, there’s the entirety of the New Orleans Museum of Art to explore. The jazz at Preservation Hall and the trundling streetcars play out the parts of a living museum, and you can soak up history just walking around.

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    Audubon Insectarium

    The former New Orleans Custom House now houses the largest free standing insectarium in the country, with a huge array of space for exploring bugs and... Read More

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    Audubon Zoo

    The 58 acres of this uptown zoo make for a full afternoon. The zoo dates back to the 1930s, but its most recent major renovation was in the 1980s. It's... Read More

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    Cajun Encounters Honey Island Swamp Tour

    A 40-minute drive (they'll pick you up) over Lake Pontchartrain lands you at Honey Island Swamp Tours on the Pearl River. The swamp here is a veritable... Read More

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    Cemetery Tours

    The local geology means that in New Orleans, people are mostly laid to rest above ground level, resulting in the vast number of large, ornate tombs that... Read More

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    City Park

    With an area of around 1,300 acres, City Park is one of the ten largest parks in the United States. There is an incredible array of features to explore,... Read More

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    Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum

    This is probably one of the city's best kept secrets. An instant bonus for visitors is that it's above a fine bar, the French 75 Bar, so you can order a... Read More

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    Jackson Square

    This central square in the French Quarter was originally named Place D'Armes when the city was a French Colony. It was given a face lift around 1850,... Read More

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    Museum of Death

    New Orleans is a city that addresses death with joy as well as mourning. If you're lucky, you'll witness a famous Second Line parade, complete with jazz... Read More

  • National World War II Museum in New Orleans Bryce Duffy
    National World War II Museum

    Originally opened to celebrate the work of local shipbuilder Andrew Higgins (his boats played a major role in the D-Day landings), this huge facility... Read More

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    New Orleans Museum of Art

    Set in the resplendent grounds of City Park, NOMA (and the adjacent Besthoff Sculpture Garden) is one of the most important artistic facilities in the... Read More

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    Old Ursuline Convent

    This wonderful example of French Colonial architecture dates to 1752, and is one of the oldest buildings in the American South. It is one of the few... Read More

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    Preservation Hall

    Although technically this is a music venue—and operates as such, with two or three concerts daily—it belongs with museums because it was founded in 1961... Read More

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    St. Charles Streetcar

    It's formally known as Route 12, but the St. Charles Streetcar is the oldest continually operating streetcar line in the world, having trundled up and... Read More

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    St Louis Cathedral

    This complex (which also includes the Cabildo and Presbytère) dates to the late 18th century and dominates the central part of the French Quarter right... Read More

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