New Orleans is a beautiful, historic city with a storied past. Visitors from all over the world come to this gracious town, which reflects the elegance of the antebellum era. There are so many attractions, it's hard to tell where to start. We've highlighted a few of our favorites that are easy to get to from our hotel near the Mercedes Benz Superdome. From shopping at the French Market to taking a charming family-friendly riverboat cruise down the Mississippi, to getting closer than you ever dreamed you would to the spectacular Mardi Gras parade floats, to cheering on the Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, these are just a few ways to keep the good times rolling at our hotel near Jackson Square in New Orleans.
At the Wyndham New Orleans-French Quarter you'll be in the vibrant heart of Mardi Gras and a short walk to any activity your heart desires. Remember, Mardi Gras isn't the only festival in town - in fact, you'll find nearby art, music and cultural festivals almost all the time. You'll also be just a stone's throw from the area's famous streetcars and shops and restaurants, ranging from traditional to outrageous. For sports fans, the Saints and Pelicans are the hometown pros, and you can't lose catching a game at LSU, Tulane or UNO. Be minutes away from the best spots in town or head out and discover your new faves.
The lifeblood of New Orleans pumps through this romantic, historic and iconic neighborhood that never shuts down. Revel in the convenience of staying close to the action as you step out of the hotel and into a whole new world. Grab a drink and stroll around while people watching, window shopping and taking in all the sights and sounds unlike anywhere else. Working up an appetite is easy with so many local exotic choices, like authentic gumbo, alligator sauce picante, crawfish etouffée and jambalaya. The fun never ends!
Walking distance from the Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter hotel, this historic centerpiece was once known as Place d'Armes, and is surrounded by buildings that have stood the test of time and history-making events. Just below the Lower and Upper Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment buildings in the country, you can check out the cultural offerings of artists, restaurants, museums and merchants who line this venerable square. Where else could you find the annual Tennessee Williams Festival, highlighted by a Stella shouting contest honoring the famous play and film, A Streetcar Named Desire? This landmark is open seven days a week, 8am to 7pm.
ST. LOUIS CATHEDRAL
Perfectly conserved and continuously restored, the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France is the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the U.S. Standing in Jackson Square since 1721, it's revered as a major beacon of faith known for its mesmerizing architectural design.
Walk along nearby Bourbon St. (Rue Bourbon) where burlesque clubs, live music and revelry, renowned bars and inspired restaurants boast the historic ambiance that has helped keep the city aglow since 1718.
A must-see for guests looking for New Orleans tradition. Be enthralled by the many homes still owned by the families that built them, centuries ago. Stroll among the fountains, canals and beautiful park featuring towering oak trees more than 500 years old.
AUDUBON ZOO/AQUARIUM OF THE AMERICAS
Educational programs, animal encounters and gardens galore await at the Audubon Zoo, located in historic Uptown New Orleans. Experience an exotic mix of animals from around the globe and discover unique natural habitat exhibits. You can also visit the Aquarium of the Americas, located on the Mississippi River adjacent to the French Quarter, to pet a sting ray or come face-to-face with gigantic sharks in the 400,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico Exhibit. Together, they establish the Audubon Nature Insitute, designed to offer real-life glimpses of thrilling and exotic wildlife in natural swamp, jungle and ocean ecosystems. Truly one of the country's most innovative, educational and entertaining attractions!
NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART
Nearby NOMA is New Orleans' oldest fine arts museum. With almost 40,000 objects to admire, including French, American, African and Japanese works, the galleries and Sculpture Garden are ready to amaze visitors of all ages and levels of interest.
This glistening sports and entertainment venue is not only the proud home turf of the New Orleans Saints, it regularly hosts big name concerts, Super Bowls and College Football Championship games. All year long you can also count on this area for festivals and family events.
The Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter is just minutes away from the eclectic energy of Frenchmen Street. This is the place locals go for food, music and art in New Orleans. Cozy venues lure you in for their own brand of food, drinks, jazz, blues, art and shopping. It's all waiting for you 7 nights a week, 365 days a year.
ST. LOUIS CEMETERY
Constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries, these are actually three cemeteries that feature above-ground burial vaults, including some notable figures, such as Marie Laveau, the famous voodoo priestess. The guided tours will sure to be enlightening, and maybe a little spooky.
MARDI GRAS WORLD
A real behind-the- scenes look at what goes into making the magic of each New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration. Enjoy an authentic Mardi Gras experience as you walk through the float den and explore where and how the breathtaking floats are built. A must-see, whether you're sightseeing during a New Orleans family vacation or taking a break from your business trip for a group visit.
1380 Port of New Orleans Pl., New Orleans, LA 70130
The French Market District encompasses six blocks on the riverside of the Lower French Quarter. The District includes over 20 unique retail shops, performance venues, restaurants, cafes, a flea market and a farmers market. In addition to the recreational shopping opportunities and ongoing free special events, the District boasts historical monuments such as a Washington Artillery Park (across form Jackson Square), a New Place de France (home of the Joan of Arc statue), public art, scenic walkways, and convenient riverside parking. The RTA's red streetcars can also be taken to reach various sections of the District.
1235 N Peters St, New Orleans 70116
Steam down the magnificent Mississippi River on New Orleans' only steamboat. Choose from several cruise options, all with live jazz entertainment and selections with brunch, lunch or dinner. They're the perfect venue for special events like Go 4th on the River and New Year's Eve for one-of- a-kind views of local firework shows.
600 Decatur St., Suite 308, New Orleans 70130
NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM
Inspirational and educational, The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in World War II. Designated by Congress as the official WWII museum of the United States, the museum is located in downtown New Orleans on a six-acre campus. Get in-depth details of the war and honor American heroes from all branches of the military. The five soaring pavilions feature breakthrough historical exhibits, a spectacular 4-D movie theatre, on-site restoration work and a period dinner theater.
945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130