1. St. Louis Cathedral: This cathedral happens to be the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States. Named after King Louis IX of France, the cathedral bears pristine white walls with three steeples. The adjacent Jackson Square is a great place to take in the sun or peruse the art vendors and fortune tellers who set up nearby.
2. Café Du Monde: There may be no spot in all of New Orleans more sweet than the famous Café du Monde. The open air cafe serves a very limited menu of chicory coffee, hot chocolate, and beignets. Café du Monde is a great spot for families and anyone with a sweet tooth. Pro tip: Go late at night because the lines can be long during the morning. Café du Monde is open 24-hours most days.
3. French Market: The French Market is located just a short walk from St. Louis Cathedral. Here, you can have fun exploring the different vendors selling a variety of souvenirs, foods, and more.
4. Voodoo Authentica: African and Caribbean influences brought Voodoo to New Orleans. If you’ve ever been interested in learning more about the mysterious religion of Voodoo, visit Voodoo Authentica, a small shop selling ritualistic candles, potions, and dolls.
5. Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium: Children and those young at heart love visiting the Insectarium, where you can see, learn, and even eat the diverse insect life found along the Gulf Coast.
6. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas: Families with young ones will have a great time visiting the aquarium. From African Penguins to Sand Tiger Sharks, your children are sure to find a new favorite animal!
7. The Shops at Canal Place: In addition to the lovely boutiques in the French Quarter, you will also find the luxurious Shops at Canal Place within walking distance of La Galerie Hotel. Stores include Saks Fifth Avenue, Brooks Brothers, J. Crew, and Lululemon.
8. Harrah’s Casino: Just when you think New Orleans has everything, you discover there’s more to it! Spend a couple hours playing blackjack or giving the slot machines a go at this top notch casino located nearby.
9. Ogden Museum of Southern Art: Looking for a cultural experience unlike any other? The Ogden museum’s breathtaking, and at times comedic art collection perfectly encapsulates the South’s historical and modern art. Our favorite pieces are the scenic portraits depicting the beauty, nature, and industry that surround the Mississippi River.
10. The National WWII Museum: Veterans, families of veterans, patriots, and history lovers alike will appreciate the National WWII Museum’s commitment to retelling the events and tragedies endured leading up to, during, and after World War II.
11. Mercedes-Benz Superdome: When it's Football season and the Saints are in town, nothing beats experiencing the energy and thrill of a game in the Superdome! Who Dat!
12. Smoothie King Center: Right next door to the Superdome is the home of our New Orleans Pelicans, as well as concerts and other exciting events throughout the year