Local AttractionsHours listed are current at press time but subject to change.
New Orleans City Convention & Visitors Bureau, 2020 St. Charles Avenue, (504) 566-5011 or (800) 672-6124. Maps for self-guided walking tour of French Quarter are available. Open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information, www.neworleanscvb.com
New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, (504) 658-4100. The Gulf South’s finest art museum features an outstanding permanent collection and special Faberge Gallery, café, and museum shop. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Fridays, the museum is open until 9:00 p.m. for “Where Y’Art?”, an evening arts program. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children 7-17 years of age. For more information, www.noma.org.
Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street, (504) 523-4662. Elegant residence and history of the Collection’s founders. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. No admission charge. Tours available for $5 at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Royal Street Complex is also open on Sunday 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sunday tours are available at 11:00 a.m, 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. For more information, www.hnoc.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum, 724 Dumaine, (504) 680-0128. See artifacts of Voodooism and learn about its culture as well as unique walking tours. Open daily, 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults; rates vary for students and children. For more information,
The New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History,
Located in the historic Faubourg Tremé, one of America's oldest black neighborhoods, the museum is comprised of 7 historic buildings and is anchored by the lovely Tremé Villa. The museum features rotating exhibits as well as a fine collection of African artwork and crafts. The museum acts as a gateway the Tremé neighborhood and offers walking and bus tours of the neighborhood. noaam.org
The National World War II Museum
This historical gem takes you from the beaches of Normandy to the sands of the Pacific Islands with interactive displays and dramatic exhibits. The Museum's recent additions include the Solomon Victory Theater, the Stage Door Canteen and The American Sector Restaurant- a Chef John Besh creation. Nationalww2museum.org
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas; #1 Canal Street, (504) 581-4629
Top 5 U.S. aquarium featuring sharks, jellyfish, rays, rare white gator, penguins, otters and a changing exhibits gallery. Parakeet Pointe: Treats for Tweets! Steps away from the French Quarter and area hotels. http://www.auduboninstitute.org/
Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium, 423 Canal Street, (504) 581-4629, Experience insect encounters, fun bug animation and surprises at our immersion theater, a serene Japanese butterfly garden and much more.
New Orleans Botanical Garden, Victory Avenue, City Park, (504) 483-9488, Louisiana's only Botanical Garden has roots in WPA/Art Deco period. Explore 12 acre garden featuring over 2,000 plant varieties, tropical conservatory, theme gardens such as Butterfly Walk, Rose, Tropical, Japanese and Train Garden. http://www.garden.neworleanscitypark.com/
Jackson Square, at the corner of St. Peter and Chartres Streets, is a good starting point for a tour of the French Quarter. The St. Louis Cathedral is located here. Built in 1850, it is the oldest cathedral in use in the United States. Free guided tours; donations are appreciated.
Hermann-Grima Historic House, 820 St. Louis Street, (504) 525-5661. Contains a kitchen building, courtyards and stables restored to their 1830s appearance. Creole cooking demonstrations are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hourly tours available 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Hourly tours are available 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors and children 8-18 years of age.
Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, (504) 488-5488. Historic city estate, Greek Revival mansion with original furnishings and collections. Guided house tours and self guided tours of 8 acres of gardens. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and members of the military, and $5 for children. No admission charge for children under 2. For more information, www.longuevue.com.
Musee Conti Wax Museum, 917 Rue Conti, (504) 525-2605, is a historical look at events and people of the past 300 years. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Friday, and Saturday. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $6.25 for seniors, $6.00 for children 4-17. For more information, www.get-waxed.com.
Storyland, located in City Park at 1 Palm Drive, (504) 482-4888, is a place to see children’s plays and stories acted out and visit imaginative play areas based on fairy tales. Open Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p. m. and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Admission is $3.00 for everyone over 2. For more information, http://www.neworleanscitypark.com/
Tours and Nightlife
Preservation Hall, 726 St. Peter Street, (504) 522-2841, (888) 946-JAZZ. Admission is $15.00 per adult and $10 for students. Admission is cash only. Hear traditional New Orleans jazz nightly from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. For more information, http://www.preservationhall.com/hall/index.aspx
Tremé Walking Tours, New Orleans African American Museum, 1418 Governor Nicholls Street, (504) 566-1136. This tour starts in the heart of Tremé and surveys 300 years of local history. Participants will learn about the historical achievements of free people of color and the enslaved African population, Jazz history, second line traditions, Mardi Gras Indians, the New Orleans civil rights movement, as well as Creole architecture and building traditions. Tours are Saturdays at 10 a.m. Admission is $23 per adult, $19 for students and seniors, and $12 children (2-12). For more information, http://noaam.org/tours
Saenger Theatre, 143 N. Rampart Street, (504) 525-1052. Venue for the performing arts, music, and film. Theatre patrons enjoy an evening under the stars. Broadway shows, concerts, gospel music and more. This theatre is currently undergoing renovations and will re-open sometime in 2013. For more information, www.saengeramusements.com
Southern Rep Theatre, The Shops at Canal Place, 3rd Floor, (504) 522-6545 or (504) 504-523-9857. This is the only full-time Equity theatre in New Orleans. Plays are performed and written by Southern playwrights and actors. For more information, http://www.southernrep.com/