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New Orleans City Park

Lakeview 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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 →

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

Among the country's best zoos. It contains the ultracool Louisiana Swamp exhibit, full of alligators, bobcats, foxes, bears and snapping turtles. — Lonely Planet

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

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

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

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

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas has some beautifully done exhibits, but the most exciting was the stingray touch pool. — Afar Magazine

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

Several rescued turtles and an informative exhibit are now on display. Kids love this stellar aquarium. — Frommer's

Jackson Square

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

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

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

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

Jackson Square is surrounded by artists selling their work. Just walking around the square feels like you're at a modern art museum. — Afar Magazine

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

The National WWII Museum

Arts District / Warehouse District 90 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

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

The immersive, sensory exhibits employ state-of-the-art technology to recreate wartime experiences, and the museum's theater is truly impressive, with its '4D' movie using incredible CGI animation. — Travel + Leisure

Formerly known as National D-Day Museum, this collection commemorates the battle of Normandy and WWII.  — Atlas Obscura

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

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

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

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

As the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States, St. Louis Cathedral is something you won't want to miss on your trip through the Big Easy. — Afar Magazine

One of the best examples of French architecture in the country is the triple-spired cathedral dedicated to Louis IX, the French king sainted in 1297. — Lonely Planet

New Orleans Museum of Art

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

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

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

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

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 →

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

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

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

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

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

Audubon Park

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

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

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

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

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

The Presbytere

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

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

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

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

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Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Central Business District 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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 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

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. — Fodor's

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 →

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Located in a former funeral parlor, this offbeat museum seeks “to keep jazz funerals alive” with memorabilia from famous send-offs, in addition to archival items and photos from second-line parades — Where

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

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

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

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

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

Historic New Orleans Collection

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

This trove of local historic treasures features free changing exhibitions — 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 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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

Contemporary Arts Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preservation Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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