New Orleans is a city that has much to offer whether you visit for the first time or have been here plenty! The visitor bureau created a site for us that contains a lot of information about sites, food, getting around, etc. Check it out here: http://www.neworleanscvb.com/acr/
Frenchmen Street (****)
Trip Advisor #2 of 467 things to do in New Orleans
Frenchmen Street area provides the greatest concentration of live music venues outside the French Quarter and is considered less touristy and more local than Bourbon Street. Its most popular section is a two-block stretch in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, which is known for its wide variety of live music on any given night of the week.
Preservation Hall (****)
Trip Advisor #14 of 467 things to do in New Orleans
Situated in the heart of the French Quarter on St. Peter Street, the Preservation Hall venue presents intimate, acoustic New Orleans Jazz concerts over 350 nights a year featuring ensembles from a current collective of 100+ local master practitioners. On any given night, audiences bear joyful witness to the evolution of this venerable and living tradition.
Julia Street galleries (****)
Trip Advisor #260 of 467 things to do in New Orleans
This 600-block Soho of the South is lined with a wealth of art galleries, not to mention mid-19th century townhouses.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art (****)
Trip Advisor #59 of 467 things to do in New Orleans
Ogden Museum of Southern Art is associated with the University of New Orleans. Its focus is the visual arts and culture of the American South within the context of the region's history and culture. Since 2003, the Ogden Museum has hosted Ogden After Hours on Thursday nights, 6pm-8 pm. It is a place for Southern musicians who want to showcase new work or break into the New Orleans market. Visitors can enjoy music in such genres as blues, jazz (contemporary and traditional), R&B, country, folk, rockabilly, Cajun, bluegrass, Swamp pop and rock 'n' roll.
The National WWII Museum (***)
Trip Advisor #1 of 467 things to do in New Orleans
Founded by historian and author, Stephen Ambrose, the Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world - why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today - so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. Designated by Congress in 2003 as America's National WWII Museum, the campus includes the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, showcasing the large artifacts of the war and exhibits on D-Day at Normandy, the Home Front and the Pacific; the Solomon Victory Theater, a 4D theater showing the exclusive Tom Hanks production, Beyond All Boundaries; the Stage Door Canteen, where the music and entertainment of the "Greatest Generation" comes to life; the John E. Kushner Restoration Pavilion, where staff and volunteers restore artifacts in public view; The American Sector restaurant and Soda Shop - delicious onsite dining options; and the new US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, where exhibits and interactive experiences paint the picture of a nation mobilized for war.
Jackson Square (***)
Trip Advisor #5 of 467 things to do in New Orleans
Jackson Square earns it name for one of three bronze statues of Andrew Jackson located in the center of the square. The area surrounding Jackson Square contains a mix of commercial and residential property. The Cabildo, the Presbytere (on the opposite side of the Cathedral), and one of the apartment townhouses of the Lower Pontalba Apartments are now state museums. Jackson Square is also the location of an open-air artist colony, where artists display their work on the outside of the iron fence. Visitors even have the opportunity to see the artists at work and perhaps have their portrait drawn by one of the many talents utilizing Jackson Square as their studio. Jackson Square has been featured in numerous movies, live television network broadcasts, and the New Year's Eve celebration.
Café Du Monde (***)
Trip Advisor #151 of 1,530 Restaurants in New Orleans
Since 1862 Café Du Monde has been the original French Market coffee stand serving cafe au lait and beignets. A New Orleans landmark, located directly across from Jackson Square and the Pontalba apartments, Cafe du Monde offers the original beignet, the state doughnut of Louisiana. Coffee and chicory is a New Orleans favorite, served mixed half and half with hot milk as cafe au lait.
Seafood Fest (*)
Trip Advisor #6 of 467 things to do in New Orleans
Held every year during the fall, the free Seafood festival features live entertainment, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, local arts and crafts and world-famous cuisine from top New Orleans restaurants and caterers. In past years festival-goers dined on delicacies from such renowned seafood restaurants as Acme Oyster House, Arnaud's, Café Giovanni, Drago's Seafood Restaurant, Galatoire's, Mr. B's Bistro, Ninja,Oceana, Pigeon Caterers, Pontchartrain Point Café, Red Fish Grill, Remoulade, Saltwater Grill, and others. Shrimp, crab, oysters, fish, crawfish and other delicacies hauled out of the water are featured in a multitude of creative dishes that will please the palate.
Audubon Park (****)
Trip Advisor #18 of 467 things to do in New Orleans
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. Named after artist and naturalist John James Audubon who lived in New Orleans starting in 1821, the park features a 1.8 paved loop for joggers, cyclists, and rollerbladers and several covered shelters ideal for a family reunion or a simple gathering with friends and family.
Audubon Zoo (***)
Trip Advisor #32 of 467 things to do in New Orleans
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. Visitors are enchanted to find a unique wildlife haven full of New Orleans flavor, impressive 100-year old oak trees and a cast of animal characters.
New Orleans City Park (multiple activities)(*)
Serving as New Orleans’ largest outdoor attraction since 1854, City Park is one of the oldest parks in the country. With its iconic oak trees and picturesque moss canopies, this 1,300 acre green space brings in millions of visitors each year. People come from near and far to enjoy the beautiful trails and scenery, as well as the endless amount of vendors, museums and activities within the park itself. With multiple themed gardens, biking and walking paths, live concerts, an amusement park and the World’s largest grove of live oak trees, City Park has something for everyone!
River Cruise (Creole Queen) (*)
Trip Advisor #10 of 17 Boat Tours & Water Sports in New Orleans
Constructed in Moss Point, Mississippi, the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen took her maiden voyage on October 1, 1983. She is an authentic paddlewheeler powered by a 24 foot diameter paddlewheel and the most modern, fuel efficient GE diesel-electric system ever installed in a boat of this class. Even though the Creole Queen would have been right at home in the New Orleans of 1850, passengers of that era could never have conceived of a paddlewheeler with her luxury, comfort and safety. Ninety tons of air conditioning and heating keep the interior spaces pleasant all year round. Luxurious private rooms, stereo music and sound systems, modern restrooms and handicapped accessible facilities all combine to make the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen a true "floating palace".
Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours (**)
Trip Advisor #1 of 8 things to do in Marrero
Located only twenty-five minutes from New Orleans in the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Jean Lafitte Swamp and Airboat Tours explore Louisiana's back country along its meandering bayous abundant with wildlife and exotic plant life. Trained navigators escort you into the murky waters of Louisiana swamps where you will come face to face with the beauty and beasts of nature.