New Orleans InformationVisiting historic sites is just one of the things to do in New Orleans. Jackson Square in the city’s French Quarter was designed in the 18th century. Some parts of St. Louis Cathedral here date back to the 19th century. The Hermann-Grima House, the Gallier House and the Beauregard-Keyes House in the French Quarter were built in the 19th century. These houses are open for tours. People who are interested in historic homes will enjoy walking through the Garden District and seeing the antebellum mansions there.
Museums that history lovers will enjoy visiting include the National WWII Museum, the Confederate Memorial Hall Museum and the Cabildo. Exhibits at the Cabildo include items from the 19th century.
The Audubon Zoo, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and the Louisiana Children’s Museum are some of the places for family outings in New Orleans.
Travelers who want to enjoy New Orleans cuisine will find it at plenty of restaurants in the city. They can have coffee and beignets for breakfast. Those who want sandwiches for lunch can order po’boys or muffulettas. New Orleans specialties on the dinner menus at the city’s restaurants include jambalaya, gumbo and crawfish étouffée.
Shoppers will find a number of places in New Orleans to spend their time and money. Designer merchandise is available in The Shops at Canal Place. There are antique shops on Royal Street. Merchandise available at the shops in the French Market in the French Quarter includes New Orleans gifts, artwork and toys.
Public transportation options in New Orleans include buses and streetcars. Travelers can take Jefferson Transit buses from the airport to downtown New Orleans. The Regional Transit Authority operates the buses and streetcars that travel through the city. There are bus stops near the city’s Amtrak station. Travelers can take buses or streetcars to reach the French Quarter and the Garden District.
Sports lovers who are heading to New Orleans to see the New Orleans Saints play football at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome can head for the games as soon as they arrive. Express buses from the airport stop near the Superdome, and the Amtrak station in New Orleans is less than a mile from the Superdome. The New Orleans Pelicans play basketball at Smoothie King Center next to the Superdome.