New Orleans Activities

TripWhat's travel guide to New Orleans; our list of the best attractions, including The National World War II Museum, Contemporary Arts Center and Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
  • The best activities in New Orleans: The National World War II Museum

    The National World War II Museum

    945 Magazine St
    Formerly the "D-Day Museum". Exhibits on the United States in World War II, both on the battlefronts and the home front. Expansions in recent years include a restaurant, the "Victory Theater" presenting multi-media historical presentation, and the "Stage Door Canteen" featuring live music shows in the style of WWII era USO shows.
    Central Business District food nearby
  • Contemporary Arts Center

    Contemporary Arts Center

    900 Camp St
    The Contemporary Arts Center is a pioneering contemporary art museum located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The CAC is a non-collecting museum that focuses on new developments in painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, performance art and new media. Remaining committed to programming that reflects "the art of the last five minutes," the CAC has displayed the works of many now-famous artists early in their careers, including Andy Warhol.
    Central Business District eat nearby
  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art

    Ogden Museum of Southern Art

    925 Camp St
    The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is located in New Orleans, within the Central Business District adjacent to Lee Circle. It is associated with the University of New Orleans. Its focus is the visual arts and culture of the American South within the context of the region's history and culture.
    Central Business District restaurants nearby
  • New Orleans Jazz Park Visitor's Center & Headquarters

    New Orleans Jazz Park Visitor's Center & Headquarters

    916 N Peters St
    Often has live music, lectures, and gives music history related walking tours. Many events are free; those that aren't are a bargain.
    Central Business District food nearby
  • Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve

    Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve

    419 Decatur St
    Headquarters for National Park that includes several historic sites in and near New Orleans. Has a small museum and visitor's center. Show up by 9AM to get a place on the informative free walking tour of the French Quarter.
    Central Business District eat nearby
  • Perseverance Hall #3

    Perseverance Hall #3

    950 St Claude Ave
    At the Saint Claude entrance to the park, is an old 19th century dance hall, usually vacant, but sometimes used for music, exhibits, and other events.
    Marigny restaurants nearby
  • ISU Cyclones

    ISU Cyclones

    +1 888 478-2925
    ISU's football and basketball teams are the biggest draws, but ISU is also a national power in wrestling and the university fields teams in several other sports in the Big 12 Conference, at the NCAA Division I level. The sports complex is just southeast of the main campus; the football team plays at Jack Trice Stadium on University Blvd just south of Lincoln Way, while the basketball, wrestling, volleyball, and gymnastic teams play at Hilton Coliseum, at Lincoln Way & University Blvd.
    food nearby
  • Tipitina's

    Tipitina's

    501 Napoleon Ave
    Legendary Uptown music club with great local and national talent. Take bus/cab/car, but well worth the trouble. "Tip's" has a 2nd location in the French Quarter too, but this is the famous one.
    East Riverside eat nearby
  • New Orleans Museum of Art

    New Orleans Museum of Art

    Founded in 1910 and opened in 1911, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the city's oldest fine arts institution, has a magnificent permanent collection of more than 35,000 objects.
    City Park restaurants nearby
  • Jackson Barracks

    Jackson Barracks

    6400 St Claude Ave
    M-F 8AM-4PM, Sa by appointment, closed holidays. Free. Jackson Barracks military base has been here since the 1830s. This is an unorthodox choice for most Lower 9th visitors, but the Louisiana National Guard has an interesting military museum, with artifacts, weapons and memorabilia from every major American war.
    Holy Cross food nearby
  • Mercedes-Benz Superdome

    Mercedes-Benz Superdome

    1500 Poydras St
    When no games or events are scheduled, you can take tours New Orleans Arena, 1501 Girod St. Located beside the Superdome, the New Orleans Arena hosts smaller shows & sporting events.
    Central Business District eat nearby
  • The Presbytere

    The Presbytere

    751 Chartres St
    $6 adults, $5 students/seniors/military, free for children 12 and under. Colonial church offices, now another museum, including a New Orleans Mardi Gras display.
    Central Business District restaurants nearby
  • Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden

    Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden

    1113 Chartres St
    $10 adults, $9 students/seniors, $4 children 6-12, free for children under 6.
    French Quarter food nearby
  • Pitot House

    Pitot House

    1440 Moss St
    Historic house of a former mayor from the era of the Louisiana Purchase at the start of the 19th century.
    Bayou Saint John eat nearby
  • Gallier House

    Gallier House

    1132 Royal St
    M,F 10AM-2PM, Sa noon-3PM. $10 adults, $8 students/seniors/children 8-18/AAA members, free for children under 8. Joint admission with the Hermann-Grima House $18 adults, $15 students/seniors/children 8-18/AAA members. Home of famous local 19th century architect.
    French Quarter restaurants nearby
  • Madame John's Legacy

    Madame John's Legacy

    632 Dumaine St
    18th century Creole home.
    Central Business District food nearby
  • New Orleans Arena

    New Orleans Arena

    1501 Girod St
    Located beside the Superdome, the New Orleans Arena hosts smaller shows & sporting events.
    Central Business District eat nearby
  • Audubon Insectarium

    Audubon Insectarium

    423 Canal St
    attraction opened in June 2008 in the historic old Custom House Building on Canal Street.
    Central Business District restaurants nearby
  • The Historic New Orleans Collection

    The Historic New Orleans Collection

    533 Royal St
    Tu-Sa 9:30AM-4:30PM, Su 10:30AM-4:30PM. Free. Museum with changing exhibits of local history. Also has a research center nearby on Chartres Street.
    Central Business District food nearby
  • Williams Residence

    Williams Residence

    718 Toulouse St
    Tu-Sa 10AM-3PM, Su 11AM-3PM. $5.
    Central Business District eat nearby
  • Howlin' Wolf

    Howlin' Wolf

    907 S Peters St
    They host a good variety of local and visiting acts; definitely get a hold of their schedule in The Gambit, a weekly paper. (Note: if you visited here before Katrina, they are now a block up the street from their former location.)
    Central Business District restaurants nearby
  • French Quarter Festival

    French Quarter Festival

    Showcasing New Orleans Culture and Heritage for over 30 years!
    Central Business District food nearby
  • Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts

    Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts

    801 N Rampart St
    This is one of the largest performance venues in the city, and is frequently used by the Louisiana Symphony Orchestra and for large scale dance performances and musicals. The official address is listed as 801 N Rampart St, but it is actually located away from Rampart towards the back of the park.
    French Quarter eat nearby
  • Mardi Gras World

    Mardi Gras World

    1380 Port of New Orleans Pl
    A great place to get the Mardi Gras spirit year-round; at the edge of the Central Business District
    Lower Garden District restaurants nearby
  • Louisiana Children's Museum

    Louisiana Children's Museum

    420 Julia St
    New Orleans' most playful place for children filled with hands-on exhibits! Explore, experience, and learn with the Louisiana Children's Museum!
    Central Business District food nearby
  • San Fermin en Nueva Orleans

    San Fermin en Nueva Orleans

    but with roller-derby girls with plastic baseball bats serving as the "bulls" chasing the runners
    It caught on, and now attracts thousands of participants and even more spectators each July in the French Quarter and CBD.
    Central Business District eat nearby
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