Daytime Activities Around New Orleans
Absinthe Museum of America
An entire museum dedicated to the alcoholic spirit that inspired some artists and writers and drove others to the brink of insanity.
823 Royal St.; 877-737-2772
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Take a break from the French Quarter to walk beneath a Caribbean reef, check out the sharks and other deep-sea creatures, and explore the Mississippi River as you’ve never seen it before.
1 Canal St.; 504- 581-4629, 800-774-7394
Backstreet Cultural Museum
Set in a historic location, this museum’s exhibits preserve, protect, and display the unique traditions and institutions of African-American culture in New Orleans. Major installations include exhibits on Mardi Gras, Jazz musicians, and community leaders.
1116 St. Claude Ave.; 504-522-4806
St. Louis Cathedral
This iconic symbol of New Orleans overlooks peaceful Jackson Square. Officially known as The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France, this is the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States. It's worth a visit just to bask in the cathedral's idyllic setting. It’s also close to many other major attractions along the riverfront.
Overlooking Jackson Square, near the intersection of St. Peter St. and Chartres St.
Walking, Carriage, Driving, and Riding Tours
One of the best ways to see New Orleans is to sign on with one of the dozens of tours offered daily throughout the city. Tours visit various districts and and cover just about any, and every, interest. Notable tours include: Haunted/Ghost Tours, French Quarter Tours, Garden Tours, Riverboat Tours, Cemetery Tours, Culinary Tours, and Voodoo Tours.
Walking the Garden District, French Quarter & Jackson Square
One of the most enjoyable ways to see New Orleans is just to stroll its brick and cobble-lined streets. From the French Quarter to the Garden District, the streets and sidewalks are quite walkable. And, in fact, getting lost in one of the city’s many quarters is the best way to find that little-known hidden gem restaurant or club that has eluded all of the guidebooks.
Major points of interest on self-guided walking tours include: public works of art, and quite a few contemplative local parks, such as Jackson Square Park (a large picturesque greenspace on the edge of the French Quarter, Mississippi River, and close to Café du Monde and other major attractions).
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