New Orleans is steeped in rich history, from its founding by France in 1718, to its place in the War of 1812, to its prosperous “Antebellum” years and beyond. This southern city is where Jazz was born, and home to local historic figures such as the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, the pirate Jean Lafitte, and author Anne Rice.
Where to Eat
Some of the oldest and most established restaurants in the country:
- The iconic French quarter mainstay, offering some of the finest creole fare.
- A local institution that recreates the feel of “Antebellum” New Orleans.
- Famed Chef, Paul Prudhomme’s Cajun kitchen is an upscale-casual affair.
- Located in a historic home in the heart of the Garden District, the restaurant features a popular "Jazz" brunch.
What to Do
Explore the bars and music of the French Quarter along historic Bourbon Street and in particular, Frenchmen Street, with its line-up of legendary spots.
The National WWII Museum is not to be missed.
The New Orleans Museum of Art for fine and decorative arts.
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art with its look at the South's contributions to the arts.
And for science see the Audubon’s Zoo, Aquarium, and Butterfly & Insectarium.
See how they lived with house tours of 1850 House, The Williams Residence and the Old Ursuline Covent.
Get Outdoors: The Botanical Gardens at City Park is home to some of the oldest oak trees in the world (700+ years). There also the Besthoff Sculpture Garden.
Take a Walk
The city’s Garden District is full of elegant revival mansions and is perfect for an architectural walk. If you prefer to get a little darker, see Lafayette Cemetery #1 with its rows of mausoleums and decorative designs.
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