Sights in NOLA
Quick Guide to the Streets of the French Quarter
- Bourbon Street: Thirteen blocks of bars and nightlife
Royal Street: Art galleries, antique shops, fine dining, and classical architecture
Decatur Street: Local friendly and down to earth, coffee shops and sidewalk eateries meet live music and bars
Chartres Street: Museums, boutiques, restaurants, galleries, and souvenirs
Dauphine Street: More nightlife and live music
Jackson Square: City’s public green space surrounded by local artisans from musicians to palm readers. Flanked by the St. Louis Cathedral, Café du Monde, and the French Market, Jackson Square is a beautiful place to stroll and people watch or take a carriage ride around the city.
French Market: Located in the same place since 1971, this six city blocks of shopping is America’s oldest public market and includes a farmers market, flea market, and great dining options. http://www.frenchmarket.org/
Magazine Street: Independent boutiques shopping, designer goods and vintage shops.
Steamboat Natchez: Making its home on the Mississippi riverfront next to the French Quarter, the Steamboat Natchez takes its visitors on a brunch, lunch, or dinner cruise accompanied by traditional live jazz. https://www.steamboatnatchez.com/
Lafayette Cemetery No 1: The most filmed cemetery in New Orleans, this is one of many historic cemeteries in the city. Primarily family tombs, the cemetery continues to have burials today.
St. Charles Avenue Streetcar: This historic streetcar line is the oldest continually operating in the world (1835). Take a relaxing ride to Tulane and Loyola or visit the Garden District in style.
Audobon Zoo & Aquarium: https://audubonnatureinstitute.org/zoo
City Park: This 1,300 acre park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. The park includes a Botanical Garden, Besthoff Sculpture Garden, biking, jobbing, and walking paths, an amusement park, and more. http://neworleanscitypark.com/
Walking Tours: Options abound! Take a historic walking tour of the French Quarter, enjoy a walking food tour, or get the creeps with a haunted mansions, cemetery, or ghost tour.
Preservation Hall: Originally an art gallery dating back to 1803, Preservation Hall is one of the world’s most renowned live-music venues in the world. www.preservationhall.com
Ogden Museum of Southern Art: Five floors ranging from impressionist to contemporary, this affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute is sure to please. www.ogdenmuseum.org ($13.50 adult / $11 students and teachers with ID)
Cabildo: Home to a modern 3-story museum of the history of Louisiana and the site of the signing of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. An inexpensive must-see for $6 (adults). https://louisianastatemuseum.org/museum/cabildo
National World War II Museum: Designated by Congress as the official WWII museum of the United States. 2018 Traveler’s Choice by TripAdvisor. Designated #1 attraction in New Orleans and 3rd Best Museum in the US. www.nationalww2museum.org ($23 adults)