New Orleans Louisiana
New Orleans Travel
New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana, and one of the most visited cities in the world.
Cafe du Monde at the French Market in New Orleans
It is the locale of the French Quarter and Canal Street, and features world-class hotels, B&Bs, and vacation rentals.
"The Big Easy" is located on curves on the Mississippi River, and also called "The Crescent City". Downtown is the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of the NFL New Orleans Saints, the Sugar Bowl, and the site of numerous Super Bowls.
Attractions in New Orleans
New Orleans offers visitors historic streetcars, riverboat rides, museums, zoos, art galleries, shopping, world-class cuisine, and authentic music. Popular attractions include:
- National World War II Museum
- Riverboat rides on the Mississippi River
- Louisiana Superdome
- St. Louis Cathedral
- Streetcar rides
- Historic cemetery tours
The Audubon Zoo in New Orleans
- Audubon Park
- Audubon Zoo
- The Cabildo in the French Quarter
- The Presbytere
- French Market
- Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
- Preservation Hall
- Garden District & St. Charles Avenue
- Louisiana Children's Museum
- Chalmette National Historical Park
- Lafitte Greenway
- Longue Vue House & Gardens
Popular annual events include:
- Mardi Gras
- New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
- Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival
- Essence Festival
- French Quarter Festival
- Sugar Bowl Classic
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, has been celebrated in New Orleans before Lent each year since 1857.
The next Mardi Gras in New Orleans is scheduled for February 16, 2021.
We recommend you check with individual parade sponsors/krewes to determine the latest parade schedules, routes, times and other information. Due to concern over the spread of the Coronavirus, many parades and events have been postponed, rescheduled or cancelled.
Mardi Gras parade in downtown New Orleans
Swamp Tours in the New Orleans Area
In the New Orleans area, there are many swamp tour options in nearby towns such as Marrero, Westwego, Braithwaite, Lafitte, Des Allemands and LaPlace.
Tour operators offer a variety of options, boats, tour length and cost. Some use flat bottom boats, others operate airboats. Kayak and canoe tours are also available.
The Lafitte Greenway is a public 2.6-mile multi-use trail and linear park connecting the French Quarter to Bayou St. John and Mid-City. Opened in the fall of 2015, the Lafitte Greenway was designed with extensive input from neighborhood and civic groups.
Today, the Lafitte Greenway is used by 300,000 people annually. It serves as an active transportation route, and a space for recreation, play, community-building, and environmental sustainability. The New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORD) manages the Lafitte Greenway.
The City and community have continued to invest in improvements to the Greenway since it’s opening, developing state-of-the-art sports fields, basketball courts, fitness parks, playgrounds, stormwater management features, and art installations, as well as public programming that engages the community and actives the space.
For more details, visit LafitteGreenway.org
French Quarter Attractions
The Cabildo in the French Quarter
Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral
Bourbon Street at night in the French Quarter
New Orleans Lodging, Hotels and Restaurants
More Things to Do While in New Orleans
National World War II Museum
The New Orleans Superdome and downtown skyline
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
St. Charles streetcar in the New Orleans Garden District, oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world
Big Easy Motors TV Show on the History Channel
A new TV show debuted in 2016 on the History Channel featuring the local New Orleans automobile restoration shop "The Bomb Factory".
There’s undiscovered treasure in the bayous of Louisiana and Charles Handler knows how to find it. From a 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible to a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT, Handler and his team find long-forgotten piles of junk and turn them into dazzling custom cars.
Each episode, based in New Orleans, the Big Easy, features amazing vehicle restorations and high stakes auctions where everything’s on the line.
Tuesdays at 10/9c on the History Channel
Map of the New Orleans Area
Metairie, the first surburb of New Orleans, is located on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, between New Orleans and the City of Kenner.
Located in Jefferson Parish, Metairie has a population of about 450,000 residents.
Jefferson Parish straddles the Mississippi River and includes towns and cities which are governed by their respective local governments, including the cities of Kenner and Harahan on the east bank, Gretna and Westwego on the west bank, and Grand Isle on the Gulf of Mexico.
Metairie is not a city and it has no mayor or local government of its own. As part of Jefferson Parish, Metairie is governed by the Jefferson Parish Council.
Kenner, a surburb of New Orleans, is located on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, near New Orleans and Metairie.
Kenner is the home of Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY), formerly known as Moisant Field.
Located in Jefferson Parish, Kenner has a population of about 70,000 residents.
Kenner was founded in 1855 by Minor Kenner on three former plantations. As New Orleans grew, "surburban" areas like Kenner flourished during the 1930s, as automobiles became a more dominant and affordable means of transportation, and more highways were constructed. Airline Highway, U.S. Highway 61, boomed.