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Audubon Zoo

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

Home to more than 1,800 animals, the renowned Audubon Zoo is one of the finest zoos in the U.S. $22.95 adults, $19.95 seniors, $17.95 ages 2-12. A free shuttle departs from St. Charles... — Where

One of the country's top rated zoos. Go on a cool day. — Not For Tourists

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

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

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

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

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

See the sharks, penguins sting rays and sea turtles at this colorful family attraction, located right on the river. — Michelin Guide

This award-winning aquarium includes the largest and most diverse collection of sharks and jellyfish in the U.S. $29.95 adults, $24.95 seniors and $21.95 ages 2-12. Open daily at 10 am;... — Where

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

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

New Orleans City Park

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

With an area of around 1,300 acres, City Park is one of the ten largest parks in the United States. There is an incredible array of features to explore, both natural—including the scenic... — Travel + Leisure

City Park encompasses 1,500 lush acres at the head of Esplanade Avenuea, a broad boulevard that traces an old Choctaw Indian path from the river to the headwaters of Bayou St. John. — Michelin Guide

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

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

Three miles long, 1 mile wide, stroked by weeping willows and Spanish moss and dotted with museums, gardens, waterways, bridges, birds and the occasional alligator. — Lonely Planet

Jackson Square

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

Sprinkled with lazing loungers, surrounded by sketch artists, fortune-tellers and traveling showmen and watched over by cathedrals, offices and shops plucked from a Parisian fantasy. — Lonely Planet

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

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

At the center of the French Quarter, adjacent to the famous Saint Louis Cathedral, is Jackson Square.  It spans about two square blocks and is one of the best places in the city for... — Travel + Leisure

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

St. Louis Cathedral

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

This handsome structure ranks as the oldest continuously operating cathedral in the US. — Michelin Guide

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

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

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, and visited by Pope... — Where

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. It has... — Travel + Leisure

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

Inside the park, the elegant museum was opened in 1911 and is well worth a visit both for its special exhibitions and top-floor galleries of African, Asian... Native American and Oceanic art. — Lonely Planet

Among the New Orleans Museum of Art’s core values are quality, community, diversity, and education. — Travel + Leisure

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

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 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

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

This is the premier collection of Southern art in the United States. — Frommer's

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

The Presbytere

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

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

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

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

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Audubon Park

Uptown / Carrollton 88 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 from Loyola and Tulane universities, Audubon Park and the adjacent Audubon Zoo sprawl over 340 acres. — Frommer's

Across the street from Tulane University is the ever-popular Audubon Park.  A 1.8-mile loop takes joggers and cyclists through a scenic trip around a lake surrounded by giant oak trees. ... — Travel + Leisure

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

This large, lush stretch of greenery... contains the world-class Audubon Zoo; a 1.7-mile track for running, walking, or biking; picnic and play areas. — Fodor's

The National WWII Museum

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

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

This living history tribute to the veterans of World War II is a world-class military archive. The Victory Theater shows the 4-D film “Beyond All Boundaries,” while the U.S. Freedom... — 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

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. The interactive exhibits are unlike... — goop

The extensive, heart-wrenching museum should satisfy the historical curiosity of anyone with even a passing interest in WWII. — Lonely Planet

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

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

Shrink down to ant size and experience "Life Underground," explore the world's insect myth and lore, venture into a Louisiana swamp, and marvel at the hundreds of delicate denizens of the... — Fodor's

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

Located in the circa-1860 U.S. Custom House, this ranks as the nation’s largest museum devoted to insects. More than 70 interactive exhibits are featured, along with thousands of live and... — Where

The former New Orleans Custom House now houses the largest free standing insectarium in the country, with a huge array of space for exploring bugs and creepy crawlies. — Travel + Leisure

A jewel in the crown of the Audubon Institute, this gorgeously landscaped zoo contains fun, intriguing and rare animal specimens including white alligators, majestic Bengal tigers and... — 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

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

Just one block from the French Quarter, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, founded in the late 1700s, is the oldest and most famous of New Orleans's cities of the dead. — Fodor's

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

Backstreet Cultural Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This garish and good-fun place houses (and constructs) many of the greatest floats used in Mardi Gras parades. — Lonely Planet

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

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

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

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. Open Tu-Sa, 9:30 am-4:30 pm; Su, 10:30 am-4:30 pm. The Louisiana History Galleries are housed in the Merieult... — Where

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

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

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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 →

The Confederate general and Louisiana native P.G.T. Beauregard briefly made his home at this stately 19th-century mansion. — Fodor's

This beautifully restored 1826 villa and garden was the home of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard and novelist Francis Parkinson Keyes. Tours offered hourly M-Sa, 10 am-3 pm. $10... — Where

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

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

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 →

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

The city’s premier modern art exhibit space features rotating exhibits and also hosts performances. $10; $8 seniors/students. Open W-M, 11 am-5 pm. — Where

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

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

Art enthusiasts visiting New Orleans should consider a stop at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in the Warehouse Arts District, just a short walk from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art... — Afar Magazine

Preservation Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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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 →

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

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

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 →

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

The Ursulines were the first of many orders of religious women who came to New Orleans and founded schools, orphanages, and asylums and ministered to the needs of the poor. — Fodor's

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

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

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. Tours given M-Sa, 10 am-4 pm. $8... — Where

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