New Orleans is one of the go to vacation spots in the US and even the world. Here is our Top 5 areas to visit list but it isn’t exhaustive. You could spend a year in New Orleans and not see and do everything. So don’t hesitate to comment with your top 5.
New Orleans is a city that is over 300 years old, founded in 1718. It has evolved over the years but it has always been a place that attracted people who wanted to be entertained. New Orleans got it’s name from Philippe II Duke of Orléans. New Orleans is a blending of cultures and has someone for all, young and old, to occupy their time. Let’s take a look at our top 10.
New Orleans is home to the National WWII Museum which is rated as the number two attraction in the US. You will not find a better way to experience the history of WWII. You will hear from actual service members regarding their experience fighting in WWII. The WWII Museum offers an amazing blend of sweeping and moving personal stories. The WWII Museum immerses you in the experience using exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an unbelievable collection of artifacts and stories told by the actual participants via oral history. You learn more about why WWII was fought, how WWII was won, and what it still impacts our world today.
Allow at least 3 hours to view.
The development of this area started the early 19th century, the Garden District along with Uptown is a historical melting pot. These areas are full of stunning architecture from grandiose mansions to the quaint colorful Creole cottages. This area shows how modern day New Orleans has most certainly been shaped by its amazing past.
Uptown’s homes — gleaming white and tiered like wedding cakes or shot-gunned into long, narrow lots – are the place’s glory and sheltered by canopies of leafy green or family trees as branched and blossoming as any ancient magnolia. The air’s opulent with the scent of jasmine and a slower, grander age. Uptown, where white tablecloths still cover two-tops. The waiter knows both your name and your preferences. A gin fizz? The crabmeat salad? Satsuma orange ice cream? They’re all on offer, as are the dazzling array of goods. The smart shops on Oak and Maple, Freret and Magazine, rival anything anywhere else. But this is Uptown, sugar. Once you’re here, there’s no reason – not ever – to leave.
Just a few of the things to do are:
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
Mardi Gras World
Originally known as “Place d’Armes,” when it began in the 18th century,”Historic Jackson Square” was renamed after Andrew Jackson after the Battle of New Orleans, Jackson Square is an iconic attraction in the middle of the French Quarter of New Orleans. This world renown landmark faces the Mississippi River and is surrounded by multiple historic buildings. These include:
St. Louis Cathedral
The Lower and Upper Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment buildings in the United States.
The Andrew Jackson statue which rests in the middle of Jackson Square was originally commissioned in 1851 by Micaela Almonester, Baroness de Pontalba, a wealthy, affluent free woman of colour (as they were called in those days). The Baroness, as a black woman, she was habitually (and rightfully) offended that Andrew Jackson refused to ever tip his hat to her. The act of a man tipping his hat to a woman in those days was considered a customary sign of courtesy, and was always practiced in polite society. To refuse tipping one’s hat to a lady was considered low-class and rakish. Though Jackson would commonly tip his hat to any other lady, he never extended that courtesy to Baroness Pontalba.
But the Baroness enjoyed the last laugh: Upon Jackson’s death, she commissioned the statue to be erected in the square facing her apartment (located facing Jackson Square), perpetually and unceasingly tipping his hat to her forever. Take THAT, Jackson!
For more than a half-century, there has been an open-air artist colony at Jackson Square. Local artists paint, draw, create portraits, caricatures, and display their work on the square’s iron fence. Some have been there for generations!
Jackson Square is a favorite site for visitors and locals. The artists, restaurants, museums, merchants and the square itself make Jackson Square one of the French Quarter’s most popular destinations.
Jackson Square is open seven days a week. During daylight savings time it’s open from 8am to 7pm. During winter, it’s open from 8am to 6pm.
Finding Jackson Square is really quite simple. It is on the Mississippi River, on Decatur Street, between the Jax Brewery Shopping Mall and the French Market, in front of the St. Louis Cathedral. Across the street from the Square, you’ll find the world-famous Café Du Monde.
Frenchmen street is the local’s Bourbon Street. Frenchmen street is filled with the sounds of live music of all genres. There is everything from traditional jazz to blues to reggae and rock and are, themselves, famous, attracting audiences from all over the world. There are clubs with names like Snug Harbor, the Spotted Cat, d.b.a , Blue Nile. You can stand of the street and hear better music than you will hear in most clubs with a cover charge. some of the best live music produced anywhere in the world. If you get hungry, you can check out Snug Harbor, Dat Dog, Adolfo’s, Marigny Brasserie, and Three Muses all on Frenchmen street. There is also an artist’s market that has some great values.
5. The French Quarter
The most famous neighborhood, yes it is a neighborhood, in New Orleans is the Vieux Carre aka The French Quarter. When New Orleans was founded in 1718 the city developed around the Vieux Carre or “Old Square.” The district became known as the French Quarter because of immigration after the American Purchase in 1803. The French Quarter as a whole has been as a National Historic Landmark, because of the numerous buildings which are separately deemed historically significant.
While the French Quarter is anchored by Bourbon Street, there is much more to do. The French Quarter contains 78 blocks and the boundaries are:
The most common definition of the French Quarter includes all the land stretching along the Mississippi River from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue (13 blocks) and inland to North Rampart Street (seven to nine blocks).
You could spend a month in the French Quarter and not see everything. Here is a list of a few things to do and never leave the 78 blocks contained in the French Quarter:
Bourbon Street, or Rue Bourbon, is best known for its night clubs and bars. There are multiple bars, clubs and taverns in the French Quarter. Some famous and others not so much. In no particular order:
While many of the above serve food, they are not considered true “restaurants.” Check in advance to determine if children are allowed. This list offers places that are primarily restaurants, again in no particular order.
While this list contains plenty of ideas, it is in no way complete. Please add your ideas in the comments section.