Central Business District, New Orleans Places

Part of our New Orleans travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Central Business District, including The National World War II Museum, New Orleans Jazz Park Visitor's Center & Headquarters and Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve.
  • The best place in Central Business District 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
  • 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 eat 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 restaurants 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 food 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 eat 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 restaurants nearby
  • Williams Residence

    Williams Residence

    718 Toulouse St
    Tu-Sa 10AM-3PM, Su 11AM-3PM. $5.
    Central Business District food 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 eat nearby
  • French Quarter Festival

    French Quarter Festival

    Showcasing New Orleans Culture and Heritage for over 30 years!
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  • Galatoire's Restaurant

    Galatoire's Restaurant

    209 Bourbon St
    Tu-Sa 11:30AM-10PM, Su noon-10PM. Classic Creole on Bourbon Street. Despite being in the tourist strip of Bourbon Street, locals do eat here. For the true experience, wait in line for the downstairs dining room (reservations can be made for the upstairs room, but locals don't eat there), and refuse the menu when you're seated. Let your waiter know your tastes and let him feed you.
    Central Business District
  • 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 eat 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 restaurants nearby
  • Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse

    Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse

    Royal Sonesta Hotel300 Bourbon St
    Truly the most authentic New Orleans experience! Within our doors you'll find hot coffee and cool Jazz plus the historic Desire Oyster Bar, our gracious tropical courtyard & contemporary Louisiana cuisine at Restaurant R'evolution!
    Central Business District food nearby
  • Arnaud's

    Arnaud's

    813 Bienville St
    M-Th 6PM-10PM, F-Sa 6PM-10:30PM, Su 10AM-2:30PM and 6PM-10PM. Another of the great old French Quarter classics.
    Central Business District
  • Arnaud's French 75

    Arnaud's French 75

    813 Rue Bienville
    11:30AM-midnight daily. A casual spin-off of Arnaud's where you can try their famous Caesar salad dressing and the eponymous remoulade without wearing a jacket and tie. Same shrimp remoulade and gumbo as the main restaurant for a lower price.
    Central Business District
  • Court of Two Sisters

    Court of Two Sisters

    613 Royal St
    9AM-3PM and 5:30PM-10PM daily. A place for daily brunch (with a live jazz combo) and post-night out hangover cures; beautiful courtyard.
    Central Business District
  • Ashé Cultural Center

    Ashé Cultural Center

    1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
    Ashé's mission, essentially, is to be a community gathering space for the creation of art, but also to help drive community renewal. You'll need to check the website, but they have occasional events that would appeal to a visitor, like drum workshops, film screenings, etc.
    Central Business District eat nearby
  • Bayona

    Bayona

    430 Dauphine St
    M-Tu 6PM-11PM, W-Sa 11:30AM-2PM and 6PM-11PM. Incredible French/Euro/NOLA food by esteemed chef, Susan Spicer. Fabulous wine selections. Many locals' favorite. Must RSVP.
    Central Business District
  • Clover Grill

    Clover Grill

    900 Bourbon St
    Good eggs, burgers, and such. Heavily (though not exclusively) gay clientele. They cook your burger under a hubcap!
    Central Business District
  • Musee Conti Wax Museum

    Musee Conti Wax Museum

    917 Conti St
    25 seniors, $6 children. Experience more than 300 years of history, legend and scandal with the 154 life-size figures displayed in historically accurate settings.
    Central Business District eat 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 restaurants 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 food nearby
  • Madame John's Legacy

    Madame John's Legacy

    632 Dumaine St
    18th century Creole home.
    Central Business District eat 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 restaurants 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 food nearby
  • The Green Goddess

    The Green Goddess

    307 Exchange Pl
    Small restaurant tucked away on a side street serving creative dishes. Opened in 2009 and quickly became a favorite with local foodies. A few years later it's certainly been "discovered"; try to go there sometime other than the busiest days and not during the busiest dinner hours to avoid long waits for a table.
    Central Business District
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