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Suite Life The Academy French Quarter New Orleans

From historic homes and streetcar rides to above-ground cemeteries and world-class museums like the National World War II Museum, the opportunities for exploration in New Orleans are truly endless. Whether you’re an art aficionado, a history buff, or just looking to experience the city’s rich history and culture on a deeper level, you’ll find a variety of attractions that are sure to pique your interest.

French Quarter (The Vieux Carre)

Explore the charms of New Orleans' Most Famous Neighborhood

Often called the Crown Jewel of New Orleans, the French Quarter is one of NOLA's most historic neighborhoods. But you'll find plenty of new mixed in with the old. There's a reimagined French Market, modern boutiques and artisan cocktails mix with beloved antique stores and old restaurants. (Antoine's. Arnaud's. Galatoire's. Brennan's – the world would be far less flavorful without you!)

Like the Creole aristocrats lining the galleries of the Historic New Orleans Collection, the French Quarter is a timeless portrait – especially come dusk when swallows glide above the fortunetellers on Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral's butter-crème-colored walls reflect the fiery sunset. Ghost tours troop past mad Madame LaLaurie's mansion while neon signs stutter to life on Bourbon Street where syrupy red Hurricanes, slosh in famed ‘go cups'– those plastic tumblers responsible for uncountable curbside parties. Night falls. Horse hooves clop, music throbs and gaslights flicker in a place full of long-told legends and those waiting to be born. Create one of your own.

Harking back to the days when cotton was king and there were more millionaires in New Orleans than any other American city, the Antebellum plantations along River Road are now tourist attractions offering windows into a bygone past. Each plantation offers its own snapshot into the region's agrarian history and most are within easy driving distance from New Orleans (however, please note, taxis and ride-sharing services are not available for pick up from most of these locations. Transportation options are available through all the plantations-- please book accordingly). Some have full restaurants and overnight accommodations if you want to linger longer. Here is a list.

Laura Plantation

Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site

San Francisco Plantation

Circa 1856, San Francisco Plantation is a national landmark and the only authentically restored plantation in Louisiana. Open 360 days a year with period-dressed historic interpreters for daily tours, groups, events and educational programs.

Whitney Plantation

Less than an hour from New Orleans. The only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on slavery. Historic buildings, museum exhibits, modern memorials and first person slave narratives give a voice to enslaved people who worked and lived in Louisiana.

New Orleans, a city where family ties run strong and deep, is a great place for kids. While usually associated with grown-up getaways, New Orleans is an easy place to find family fun, with tons of outdoor activities, parks of all sizes, kid-friendly tours of swamps and neighborhoods, and the excitement of street music and art all around town. Add in the charm of the French Market , the allure of mobile Lucky Dog vendors and the frosty sweetness of iconic sno-balls , and New Orleans is an undeniable family treat.

Audubon Zoo

 

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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. Animal favorites include elephants Jean and Panya, the Komodo dragon and a rare white tiger from California, named King Zulu. But also look for bears, monkeys, snakes, orangutans, elks and more exotic animals than you can imagine! Much of the zoo dates from early in the 20th century. The sea lion pool was constructed in 1928. Its graceful columns mark one of Audubon Zoo's most romantic spots. Monkey Hill was built by Works Progress Administration workers to show the children of New Orleans what a hill looks like! At 28 feet, it's the legendary “highest topographical point in New Orleans.” Today it boasts wading pools, a rope bridge and a safari trail. At the Audubon Zoo, visitors can stroll through a real swamp right in the middle of uptown New Orleans. A Cajun houseboat on a lagoon full of 14-foot alligators faces a pair of playful black bears. A raccoon defies the laws of physics by snoozing on a narrow twig at the top of a tree. At the baby animal nursery, naturalists show visitors baby nutria, explaining why that innocent-looking fuzzy creature is jeopardizing the very existence of the swamps. Further on, the world-famous white alligators float in an exhibit constructed especially for them. Rocking chairs throughout the swamp exhibit invite visitors to slow down and take in the ambiance of the swamp. An air-conditioned restaurant provides a welcome venue for a sit-down snack and drink.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

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Looming large against the Mississippi River is the extraordinary Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, one of the top museums of its kind in America. Here the visitor finds 15,000 sea life creatures, representing nearly 600 species, living happily in a state-of-the-art facility.

The world-renown Audubon Aquarium is home to fish and sea life of all kinds - and visitors can get up close, eye-to-eye if you please, with some of the most fascinating creatures of the ocean. The Caribbean Reef tunnel, for example, is 30 feet long and allows the visitor a view of the Caribbean sea life viewed only by divers. The new Seahorses Gallery showcases these beautiful creatures as they swim gracefully between the grasses in their home and glide through the water. Remember, only the MALE seahorses give birth.

At the Audubon Aquarium visitors also find rare and endangered species. Look for the white alligator - just 18 of these animals were found in a Louisiana swamp. These alligators are not albino - their steely blue eyes and white skin are mesmerizing. In Cajun lore, seeing a white alligator is considered good luck!

Want to pet a shark? Here's your chance. The shark touch pool allows visitors to touch a baby shark and talk with the naturalist. Want to be entertained by Sea Otters, rare neon colored frogs or jaunty penguins? They are all here! The half-million-gallon Gulf of Mexico exhibit teems with fully-grown sharks and undersea life that thrive around the barnacled pilings of a simulated oil rig. If anaconda snakes, poisonous frogs and stunning exotic birds are your interest, then visit the Aquarium's Amazon rain forest exhibit.

Plan to spend several hours or all day in this amazing museum filled with aquatic life you've only read about. A small cafe is on site, as is a wonderful gift shop. The Audubon Aquarium is available for rental for large receptions and corporate entertaining.

Steamboat NATCHEZ

  • Toulouse Street and the Mississippi River, New Orleans, LA 70130 ( Directions ) | P: (504) 569-1401 | F: (504) 587-0708
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Harbor jazz brunch and dinner jazz cruises on the last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi River. Enjoy a unique visit to the engine room to see the workings of 100-year-old steam engines, it is timeless.

Carousel Gardens Amusement Park

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There was a time not so long ago that carousels (or merry-go-rounds) were a common feature of the American urban landscape. Today there are not that many left, one of which is in New Orleans' City Park. Since 1906 little kids and kids at heart have enjoyed the "flying horses" of City Park's antique carousel, one of only about 100 antique wooden carousels in the country and the last one in Louisiana. The carousel, featuring the masterwork of famed carousel carvers Looff and Carmel, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was damaged during the flooding from Hurricane Katrina but was painstakingly restored. Its restoration and reopening generated national attention and praise from the National Historic Preservation Society.

The ornately carved horses and other figures on the carousel have brought delight to generations of New Orleanians, and now visitors to the city and their kids can enjoy them also.

Elsewhere in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park are other rides to keep your kids twisting, turning, whirling and twirling, including the Rockin' Tug, Bumper Cars, Red Baron Mini-plane, Scrambler, Tilt-A-Whirl, 40-foot fun slide, Umbrella Cars, Ferris Wheel, Construction Zone and Live Oak Lady Bug roller coaster. A miniature train tours the park along narrow-gauge tracks, featuring open-air passenger cars and an engine with an authentic, old-time steam whistle.

Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes & Culture

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Come celebrate the rich culture of costumes in New Orleans. Our interactive tours immerse you in the traditions of Carnival revelers, Walking Clubs, Mardi Gras Indians, Cajun Mardi Gras, Kings, and Queens, and masquerade balls. You can even take pictures dressed in our decorative mardi gras costumes.

New Orleans Pedal Barge

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Introducing the newest New Orleans experience, the city's first ever Cycle Boat. This social, active adventure is the perfect way for friends, families, visitors and locals to explore New Orleans. Reserve a seat on one of our BYOB rides or reserve the entire boat for a special occasion.

New Orleans Jazz Museum

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Celebrates jazz in the city where it was born. Through dynamic interactive exhibits, multigenerational educational programming, research facilities and engaging musical performances, the music New Orleans made famous is explored in all its forms. Housed in the historic Old U.S. Mint, strategically located at the intersection of the French Quarter and the Frenchmen Street live music corridor, the New Orleans Jazz Museum is in the heart of the city's vibrant music scene. Through partnerships with local, national and international educational institutions, the New Orleans Jazz Museum promotes the global understanding of jazz as one of the most innovative, historically pivotal musical art forms in world history.