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Top Ten Attractions

Destination(s): New Orleans

New Orleans is a unique city, and its tourist attractions are unique as well. Only in New Orleans can you see Mardi Gras floats being created (Mardi Gras World), visit the tomb of a famous voodoo priestess (St. Louis Cemetery), or attend a 24-hours-a-day-365-days-a-year party (Bourbon Street). New Orleans has it all: history and culture, shopping and entertainment, live music and nightlife. You will also love the stunning New Orleans architecture, the beautiful parks, and the many fun, family-friendly attractions. read more about Top Ten Attractions

Jackson Square

Jackson Square

  • Decatur Street
  • tel:+1 504 410 2396
  • Visit website
  • New Orleans, 70116
Royal Street

Royal Street

  • 417 Royal Street
  • tel:800 672 6124
  • New Orleans, 70130

Royal Street in the French Quarter is the perfect place to go for window shopping and a daytime stroll. On this beautiful and historic street, visitors will find art, antiques, specialty shops, and restaurants, as well as dozens of street performers. On any given day you might hear a jazz ensemble, bluegrass group, brass band, or just a boy and his guitar. Magicians, tap dancers, saxophone players, and men in head-to-toe metallic costumes are also common sights. The art galleries are breathtaking, and the street boasts some of the best restaurants in the city, such as Brennan's and The Court of Two Sisters. Other excellent Royal Street points of interest include Painted Alive Gallery, Cornstalk Bed and Breakfast, and the Carousel Bar, located inside Hotel Montelone. read more about Royal Street

Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street

  • Bourbon Street
  • New Orleans, 70116
Saint Louis Cemetery 1

Saint Louis Cemetery 1

  • 3421 Esplanade Avenue
  • tel:504 482 5065
  • Visit website
  • New Orleans, 70119

Established in 1789 on the outer edge of the French Quarter, St. Louis Cemetery Number One is the most famous of all the "Cities of the Dead" in New Orleans. Take a tour or explore on your own the rows of sarcophagi and large society tombs. Marie Louveu, the famous Voodoo Queen, is buried there, and many visitors leave toys, flowers, and coins around her tomb. It is said that if you want to ask her for a favor, just knock on her tomb three times! St. Louis Cemetery is within walking distance of the French Quarter, but you can also take a carriage ride there from Jackson Square, and learn more history along the way. read more about Saint Louis Cemetery 1

St. Charles Streetcar

St. Charles Streetcar

  • 3421 Esplanade Avenue
  • tel:504.248.3900
  • Visit website
  • New Orleans, 70115
Lafayette Cemetery

Lafayette Cemetery

  • 1400 Washington Ave
  • Washington Avenue
  • tel:+1 504 566 5011
  • New Orleans, 70130

Lafayette Cemetery in the Garden District is one of the oldest cemeteries in the country, and has been in operation since 1824. New Orleans residents quickly learned that because of the high water table and unpredictable flooding, coffins cannot be placed six feet underground; their dead must be buried in above-ground tombs. These rows of sarcophagus tombs are the reason New Orleans cemeteries are often referred to as "Cities of the Dead." Lafayette Cemetery may look strangely familiar – it has been used in several movies, including Interview with a Vampire. Author Anne Rice lives nearby and wrote about Lafayette Cemetery in many of her vampire books. Visitors can take a tour and learn the history of Lafayette Cemetery (you can even take a carriage ride there from the French Quarter), or you can explore on your own. See the wall vaults and the "Secret Garden," a square of four tombs built by a secret society of friends who wanted to be buried together. As for lunch after touring, the Commander's Palace, one of the best restaurants in the city, is right across the street. read more about Lafayette Cemetery

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

  • 1380 Port of New Orleans Place
  • Next to Convention Center, on the Riverfront
  • tel:800/362-8213
  • Visit website
  • New Orleans, 70130
Magazine Street

Magazine Street

  • Magazine Street
  • tel:504 342 4435 / 1 866 679 4764
  • Visit website
  • New Orleans, 70130

Magazine Street is a six mile stretch of shops and eateries, beginning at the edge of the French Quarter and ending at Audubon Park. The fun, trendy street is loaded with specialty stores, galleries, restaurants, and bars. Between Canal Boulevard and Jackson Avenue visitors will find many antique stores and art galleries, including the Glassworks and Printmaking Studio. Closer to Jackson Avenue are funky stores, along with great, cheap restaurants such as Juan's Flying Burrito for Mexican fare and J'anita's for breakfast and BBQ. Between Washington and Louisiana are no less than twelve restaurants, three bars and two coffee shops, as well as tons of clothing boutiques, including retro and "recycled" fashions at Funky Monkey and Buffalo Exchange. Past Louisiana, the shopping continues down Magazine Street – antiques, art, books, apparel, and plenty of restaurants and bars along the way for when you need a break. Have a roast beef po-boy at Ignatius, near Napoleon Avenue, or sip a blueberry mojito on the back patio at St. Joe's, near Jefferson Avenue. read more about Magazine Street

Audubon Park

Audubon Park

Audubon Park is really several parks in one, spanning St. Charles Avenue all the way to the Mississippi River. A fitness trail circles the Audubon Golf Course and runs alongside live oak trees and lush lagoons that are home to ducks, geese, egrets, and turtles. Cross over Magazine Street, and you'll come to the Audubon Zoo and Cascade Stables. Keep walking alongside the zoo, past the Audubon Labyrinth and across the train tracks, until you get to Riverview Park. Known to locals as "the fly," this is a great spot for playing soccer, or just laying in the sun with a daiquiri, admiring the waters of the Mississippi. The park is a great place to play or picnic, and if you don't want to drive there, you can get to the park from the French Quarter on the St. Charles Streetcar or by the John James Audubon ferry boat. read more about Audubon Park

New Orleans City Park

New Orleans City Park

Located in Mid-City, near Lake Ponchatrain, is beautiful 1300-acre City Park. City Park is the home of the Botanical Garden and the New Orleans Museum of Art, as well as the Besthof Sculpture Garden, through which visitors can wander for free. Kids can meet life-size replicas of fairy tale characters in Storyland, enjoy rides at the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, or take a train ride around the entire park. City Park also has tennis courts, walking trails, a golf course and driving range, stables, and paddle boats. If you're looking for something simpler, take a walk around the duck pond or just stroll through the grounds, admiring the bald cypress trees and live oaks. City Park has more live oak trees than anywhere else in the world, some of which are several hundred years old. Although there is a playground, kids might rather explore the low, sweeping branches of these beautiful trees. read more about New Orleans City Park