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New Orleans City Park

Lakeview 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The former has walking trails, botanical gardens, and an open-air sculpture garden, plus tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course, and a mini-golf course. — Afar Magazine

Once part of the Louis Allard plantation and recently named one of America's "Coolest Parks," City Park has been here a long time and has seen it all. — Frommer's

Abundant live oaks provide a lush canopy for this 1,500-acre outdoor oasis, larger even than New York’s Central Park. — Where

With an area of around 1,300 acres, City Park is one of the ten largest parks in the United States — Travel + Leisure

Outdoor haven in the city. Dog park coming soon! — Not For Tourists

Audubon Zoo

Uptown / Carrollton 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It's been about 30 years since the Audubon Zoo underwent a total renovation that turned it from one of the worst zoos in the country into one of the best. — Frommer's

If you're looking for an afternoon away from the French Quarter, hop on a streetcar to this beautiful Uptown park. — Concierge

Consistently ranked as one of the top zoos in the nation, the Audubon Zoo presents a wide array of animals in exhibits that mimic their natural habitats. — Fodor's

A jewel in the crown of the Audubon Institute, this gorgeously landscaped zoo contains fun, intriguing and rare animal specimens. — Michelin Guide

It's more of an open space than compendium of small cages, and the animals mostly inhabit landscaped paddocks that replicate their natural habitats. — Travel + Leisure

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Central Business District 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This award-winning aquarium includes the largest and most diverse collection of sharks and jellyfish in the U.S. — Where

Simulates an eclectic selection of watery habitats – look for the rare white alligator. — Lonely Planet

Giant aquatic showplace perched on the Mississippi Riverfront... the aquarium's spectacular design allows you to feel like you're part of the watery worlds. — Fodor's

At the end of a mighty river and near the rich fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans is a natural place for aquatic exploration. — Concierge

The Gulf Coast is obviously a marine-rich environment, and some 500 species from here and further afield are collected at this impressive aquarium. — Travel + Leisure

Jackson Square

French Quarter 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The heart of the Quarter was originally known as Place d’Armes, and was renamed to honor President Andrew Jackson, whose statue anchors the square. A quintessential photo op. — Where

The gated green jewel of the quarter. — Not For Tourists

Laid out as a military parade ground known as Place d'Armes, the fenced and landscaped square at the foot of Orleans Street was renamed in 1851 to honor Andrew Jackson. — Michelin Guide

At the center of the French Quarter, adjacent to the famous Saint Louis Cathedral, is Jackson Square — Travel + Leisure

Surrounded by historic buildings and plenty of the city's atmospheric street life, the heart of the French Quarter is this beautifully landscaped park. — Fodor's

St. Louis Cathedral

French Quarter 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States. — Not For Tourists

This complex (which also includes the Cabildo and Presbytère) dates to the late 18th century and dominates the central part of the French Quarter right next to Jackson Square. — Travel + Leisure

Established as a parish in 1720, this magnificent circa-1849 cathedral, the heart and symbol of New Orleans, was designated a minor basilica in 1964 by Pope Paul VI. — Where

The St. Louis Cathedral prides itself on being the oldest continuously active cathedral in the United States. — Frommer's

The oldest active cathedral in the United States, this iconic church and basilica at the heart of the Old City is named for the 13th-century French king who led two crusades. — Fodor's

New Orleans Museum of Art

Lakeview 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Often called NOMA, this museum is located in an idyllic section of City Park. — Frommer's

Gracing the main entrance to City Park since 1911, this traditional fine-arts museum is considered by many to be the centerpiece of the whole area. — Fodor's

One of the South’s finest museums, featuring an extensive collection from the 15th through 20th centuries, with a special focus on European and American paintings — Where

When it was established in 1911, there were nine works of art on display. — goop

Housed in a much-expanded Beaux-Arts-style building (1911), the permanent collection encompasses major European and American schools of painting. — Michelin Guide

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Arts District / Warehouse District 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The most comprehensive collection of its kind, this Smithsonian Institution affiliate offers a fresh, new look at four centuries of the American South with emphasis on photography. — Where

The Ogden's collection features an impressive collection of modern works from artists who work in New Orleans and other parts of the Deep South. — Concierge

One of our favorite museums in the city manages to be beautiful, educating and unpretentious all at once. — Lonely Planet

Run the gamut from Clementine Hunter's paintings of plantation life to Shelby Lee Adam's photographs of Appalachia. — Afar Magazine

Art about the South, artistic explorations into Southern themes, and more fill this Smithsonian affiliate's elegant building. — Fodor's

Audubon Park

Uptown / Carrollton 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Walk, jog, golf or picnic among the oaks and lagoons in this beautiful glade. On the St. Charles streetcar line (stop 36) across from Tulane and Loyola universities. — Where

Across the street from Tulane University is the ever-popular Audubon Park — Travel + Leisure

Across from Loyola and Tulane universities, Audubon Park and the adjacent Audubon Zoo sprawl over 340 acres. — Frommer's

Serene park opposite Tulane and Loyola universities... an extraodinarily popular urban oasis. — Michelin Guide

A lovely spot riverside of St Charles Ave, home to the Audubon zoo. — Lonely Planet

The Presbytere

French Quarter 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It is now a museum showcasing a spectacular collection of Mardi Gras memorabilia, and displays highlight both the little-known and popular traditions. — Fodor's

The lovely Presbytère building, designed in 1791 as a rectory for the St Louis Cathedral, serves as New Orleans’ Mardi Gras museum. — Lonely Planet

The Presbytère was planned as housing for clergy but was never used for that purpose. — Frommer's

Located to the right of St. Louis Cathedral, this c.1790 building-originally called the Ecclesiastical House-was constructed on the site of the 1720 residence, or presbytere, of the Capuchin monks. — Michelin Guide

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The National WWII Museum

Arts District / Warehouse District 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Even if you have little to no interest in military history, don’t miss this moving tribute set in a massive industrial space in uptown New Orleans. — goop

This living history tribute to the veterans of World War II is a world-class military archive — Where

Opened in 2000 on the anniversary of D-Day, to tell the story of Normandy and the 18 other U.S. amphibious operations worldwide on that fateful day. — Frommer's

This vast and still expanding museum is a moving and well-executed examination of World War II events and aftermath. — Fodor's

A project that began as a museum dedicated to the Allied invasion of Normandy has become an ever-expanding exploration of World War II's causes and lasting impact. — Concierge

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Central Business District 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Insects are beautiful... insects are creepy. Get your fill of both sides of the coin during a visit to the Insectarium on Canal Street. On the beautiful side, there are the gorgeous... — Afar Magazine

This fascinating museum is dedicated to all things bug and arachnid, specifically 900,000 species of critters that creep, crawl, and flutter. — Frommer's

The unique Audubon Insectarium exhibits an important but distinctly less cuddly selection of animals. — Concierge

Located in the circa-1860 U.S. Custom House, this ranks as the nation’s largest museum devoted to insects. — Where

Wander through the lush terrain through natural habitats containing Siamang monkeys, orangutans, big cats, exotic birds, rhinos, hippos, zebras and giraffes — Michelin Guide

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

New Orleans 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Located on the edge of the French Quarter, Cemetery Number 1 in New Orleans is the oldest in the city. — Afar Magazine

This cemetery received the remains of most early Creoles. The shallow water table necessitated aboveground burials, with bodies placed in the family tombs you see to this day. — Lonely Planet

The oldest cemetery in New Orleans, resting peacefully for over 200 years now.  — Atlas Obscura

This is the oldest extant cemetery (1789) and the most iconic. Here lie Marie Laveau, Bernard Marigny, and assorted other New Orleans characters. — Frommer's

History and Voodoo queens buried just outside the quarter. — Not For Tourists

Backstreet Cultural Museum

Treme 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

For anyone visiting New Orleans this is an amazing museum to visit, and it will show you there is much more to this city that Mardis Gras and Bourbon Street. — Afar Magazine

This is the place to see one facet of this town's distinctive customs – its African American side – and how they're expressed in daily life. — Lonely Planet

Part private obsession, part cultural jewel, this small facility is off the beaten path but a must-stop for anyone interested in the true history and culture of New Orleans. — Frommer's

The greatest collection of New Orleans masking and processional traditions covering everything from Baby Dolls to Skull and Bone gangs.   — Atlas Obscura

Since 1999, when the Backstreet Cultural Museum opened its doors, it has become a focal point of Mardi Gras Indian, parade, and second-line culture in the city. — Fodor's

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

Garden District 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

If you're not here for the real thing, Mardi Gras World is a fun (and family-friendly) backstage look at the history and artistry of Carnival. — Fodor's

Locals congregate in neighborhood bars on hidden side streets and along the parade routes on Uptown stretches of St. Charles Avenue. — Concierge

This float factory takes the mask off of Mardi Gras and lets visitors see where the magic happens.  — Atlas Obscura

Mardi Gras World, located in the Port area of New Orleans near the convention center, is a fun stop any time of year. — Afar Magazine

Mardi Gras World offers tours of its collection of float sculptures and its studios, where you can see floats being made year-round. — Frommer's

Historic New Orleans Collection

French Quarter 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In several exquisitely restored buildings are thoughtfully curated exhibits with an emphasis on archival materials, such as the original transfer documents of the Lou-isiana Purchase. — Lonely Planet

This trove of local historic treasures features free changing exhibitions — Where

This private archive and exhibit complex, with thousands of historic photos, documents, and books, is one of the finest research centers in the South. — Fodor's

The Historic New Orleans Collection's museum of local and regional history is almost hidden away within a complex of historic French Quarter buildings. — Frommer's

This unique museum is housed in a beautifully restored 18C Spanish Colonial manse that managed to survive the city's 1794 fire intact. — Michelin Guide

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Beauregard-Keyes House

French Quarter 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Fine example of a raised hall home with great guides. — Not For Tourists

During the late 1940s beloved American author Frances Parkinson Keyes (1885-1970) restored this 1826 Louisiana raised cottage. — Michelin Guide

This "raised cottage," with its Doric columns and handsome twin staircases, was built as a residence by a wealthy New Orleans auctioneer, Joseph LeCarpentier, in 1826. — Frommer's

This beautifully restored 1826 villa and garden was the home of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard and novelist Francis Parkinson Keyes. — Where

This attractive 1826 Greek-revival house is named for its two most famous previous inhabitants. — Lonely Planet

Contemporary Arts Center

Arts District / Warehouse District 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Started in 1976 as an artist run community organization, the CAC now hosts contemporary art exhibits, visual arts performances and concerts. — Afar Magazine

Frequently changing temporary exhibits of modern visual art occupy the sleekly renovated gallery spaces of this former ice-cream factory and tobacco warehouse. — Michelin Guide

The grand modernist entrance to the CAC, a soaring ceiling vault of airy space and conceptual metal and wooden accents, is almost reason enough to step into this converted warehouse. — Lonely Planet

Take in cutting-edge exhibits, featuring both local artists and the work of national and international talent, at this keystone to the now vibrant Warehouse District arts scene. — Fodor's

Redesigned in the early 1990s to much critical applause, the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is a main anchor of the city's young arts district. — Frommer's

Preservation Hall

French Quarter 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Preservation Hall is the best spot in the French Quarter for live jazz. — Afar Magazine

The historic, inimitable traditional jazz venue is open to all ages. — Frommer's

This tiny hole-in-the-wall in the French Quarter dedicated to traditional New Orleans jazz. — Travel + Leisure

Preservation Hall reigns as a mecca for fans of traditional New Orleans-style jazz. — Michelin Guide

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Memorial Hall Confederate Civil War Museum

Arts District / Warehouse District 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Collection of Confederate memorabilia—the second-largest in the country. — Frommer's

This smallish space is still more of a collection of ‘things’ as opposed to a contemporary, interpretation-driven educational museum. — Lonely Planet

Established in 1891, this ponderous stone building at Lee Circle is the oldest museum in Louisiana. — Fodor's

The dark, Romanesque-style building (1891), with its stunning cypress interior, houses a fine collection of paintings, photographs, uniforms, battle memorabilia and other artifacts. — Michelin Guide

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Old Ursuline Convent

French Quarter 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

In 1727, 12 Ursuline nuns arrived in New Orleans to care for the French garrison's 'miserable little hospital' and to educate the young girls of the colony. — Lonely Planet

Dating to 1727, this is the oldest edifice in the Mississippi River Valley and the sole surviving building from the French Colonial period in the U.S. — Where

The real pioneers -- at least, in Louisiana -- were well-educated Frenchwomen clad in 40 pounds of black wool robes. — Frommer's

This wonderful example of French Colonial architecture dates to 1752, and is one of the oldest buildings in the American South. — Travel + Leisure

The oldest house of wimple-clad virgins along the Mississippi. — Not For Tourists

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