Attractions

Top Choice Museum in CBD & Warehouse District

National WWII Museum

This extensive, heart-wrenching museum presents an admirably nuanced and thorough analysis of the biggest war of the 20th century. And its exhibits, which are displayed in three grand pavilions, are amazing. Wall-si…
Top Choice Zoo in Uptown & Riverbend

Audubon Zoological Gardens

This is among the country's best zoos. It contains the ultracool Louisiana Swamp exhibit, which is full of alligators, bobcats, foxes, bears and snapping turtles. Look for new and improved elephant and orangutan enc…
Top Choice Museum in CBD & Warehouse District

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

One of our favorite museums in the city manages to be beautiful, educational and unpretentious all at once. New Orleans entrepreneur Roger Houston Ogden has assembled one of the finest collections of Southern art an…
Top Choice Square in French Quarter

Jackson Square

Sprinkled with lazing loungers, surrounded by sketch artists, fortune-tellers and traveling performers, and watched over by cathedrals, offices and shops plucked from a Parisian fantasy, Jackson Sq is one of America…
Top Choice Cemetery in Mid-City & the Tremé

St Louis Cemetery No 1

This cemetery received the remains of most early Creoles. The shallow water table necessitated above-ground burials, with bodies placed in the family tombs you see to this day. The supposed grave of voodoo queen Mar…
Top Choice Museum in French Quarter

Presbytère

The lovely Presbytère building, designed in 1791 as a rectory for the St Louis Cathedral, serves as New Orleans’ Mardi Gras museum. You’ll find there’s more to the city’s most famous celebration than wanton debauche…
Top Choice Cathedral in French Quarter

St Louis Cathedral

One of the best examples of French architecture in the country, this triple-spired cathedral is dedicated to Louis IX, the French king sainted in 1297; it's a most innocuous bit of Gallic heritage in the heart of an…
Top Choice Museum in French Quarter

Cabildo

The former seat of government in colonial Louisiana now serves as the gateway to exploring the history of the state in general, and New Orleans in particular. It’s also a magnificent building in its own right; the e…
Top Choice Museum in Uptown & Riverbend

Newcomb Art Gallery

Part of Tulane University and flanked by beautiful Tiffany-stained-glass triptychs, the Newcomb Art Gallery is a great spot to soak up some art; just outside is a pretty green, where students sunbathe, toss Frisbees…
Top Choice Museum in Mid-City & the Tremé

Backstreet Cultural Museum

Mardi Gras Indian suits grab the spotlight with dazzling flair – and finely crafted detail – in this informative museum, which examines the distinctive elements of African American culture in New Orleans. The museum…