Jackson Square
Jackson Square
4.5
Points of Interest & LandmarksHistoric Walking Areas
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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This historic landmark in the French Quarter is the cultural center of the city, home to a vibrant and bustling open-air artist colony.
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Neighbourhood: French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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  • CasandraTP
    Sydney, Australia3,582 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful park in the French Quarter
    Situated in the heart of the French Quarter and named after Andrew Jackson which has a beautiful statue in the middle of. This park is great for a stroll and to get that photo opportunity. There are plenty of restaurants around it and the St. Louis Cathedral at one end which is definitely worth a visit as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Wade C
    Knoxville, Tennessee405 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place to get away from the hustle
    Hard to believe this place sits right next to the craziness of The French Quarter. Beautiful grounds. Great place to get away from the hustle. Take pictures or just sit and take in the beauty.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 September 2023
  • Robert Boze
    Chula Vista, California42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place to launch you day in the French Quarter
    Jackson square is very picturesque and surrounded by artists displaying their works. After pictures of the square. Café du Monde is right across the street so you can grab some wonderful New Orleans coffee and powdered sugar covered beignets before taking a carriage ride around the French Quarter. After returning from your ride, there are several really good restaurants and book shops where you can eat and then find some wonderful books on the history of New Orleans. Oh, and try to be there at noon when the cathedrals bells go off! They're unusual and well worth waiting for.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Tee Wilson
    Menifee, California268 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much history here!
    Neat little area where there are shops and restaurants and the Riverwalk is right across the way. Jackson Square has a beautiful park and so much history lies there. I highly recommend visiting this piece of history while in Nola.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 16 September 2023
  • Lisa J
    Plant City, Florida936 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jackson Square
    Jackson Square is right across from Saint Louis Cathedral, its pretty large and has some shade. A large statue of Andrew Jackson in the middle and it overlooks the river and not far from Cafe Da Monde. Great place to take pictures.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
  • hbhakh
    Roanoke, Virginia2,230 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice spot
    Jackson Square is a great, historic spot in NOLA. It's in the heart of the French Quarter and offers a respite from the bustle. It's also nice to see that the statue of Jackson remains, despite those who'd like to "cancel" him. Without Jackson, NOLA's history could be quite different.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 October 2023
  • Mrs. Romence
    Grand Rapids, Michigan143 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Location However Homeless People Galore!
    Jackson square is located close to the French Quarter and the famed Cafe du Monde. It is a nice plot of land and vegetation in front of the St. Loius Cathedral, however there were homeless people, street performers, etc. that are very prevalent in the area and tend to take away from the beauty of the square. If you are visiting New Orleans for the day, then I would make sure to visit this place. If I were to come back and visit the city, I would not feel the need to visit this square again.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 November 2023
  • 2berries
    Lake George, New York277 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kind of a city center
    A lot going on here. Impressive architecture, diverse artists, musicians, street performers and street people. Worthwhile to spend a little time in this area. Not the highlight of our trip but interesting
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 November 2023
  • CharlieinTexas
    Austin, Texas5,113 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great People Watching!
    Very cool place. Nice gardens. All kinds of shops and food surround the square. Great people watching. All kinds of artwork and artists. Lots of psychics. Also musicians, jugglers, and other types of street entertainers can spend hours at a time or just pass through. Always something to see and, of course, ready access to the waterfront or the French Quarter.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 January 2024
  • Shey
    36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful but crowded
    The buildings, specifically the church, are stunning and offer gorgeous architectural views. The square is beautiful, and I'd be sad if we'd missed it. However, the square is very crowded by tourists (just like us), people selling things, singing, fortune telling, street shows, and unfortunately, lots of homeless individuals as well. It's a sad fact that smacks you in the face at every literal corner. I wish New Orleans had a better plan for these people in need.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 January 2024
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Sheryl G
Saint Paul, MN34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A lovely square in the French Quarter. I could imagine what it would have been like there 300 years ago. At our visit there were fortune tellers everywhere surrounding the park; performers singing, dancing, telling stories. Lots and lots of people everywhere having a good time. It was very enjoyable.
Written 13 March 2020
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wendy L
Evanston, IL482 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
When you see photos of New Orleans, this is often what is highlighted - the Cathedral, fountains and buggies out front. It is indeed a lovely, historic area on Decatur Street at the Riverfront in the French Quarter, and it is flanked by streets with wrought iron balconies, little shops, street performers and artists. It is a great location for photos, and some touristy stuff as well. It is also home to the original Cafe du Monde and crowds can be brutal on the streets around here. But it is classic NO, and worth a look if you want to say "been there, done that".
Written 4 January 2020
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Kathryn O
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Why would you want to hang out in a park across from Cafe du Monde, surrounded by artists, mule carts, palm readers and fronted by the glorious St. Louis Cathedral? Why wouldn't you? Sit on a bench or in the grass and just BE in the heart of the French Quarter.
Also, my baby liked chasing the birds.
Currently it seems to be closed due to COVID but we normally stop by multiple times per visit.
Written 7 August 2020
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MICHELLE F
Bertram, TX124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Just Beautiful! Must see. You can spend hours in this one spot. Go into St. Louis Cathedral, you will not be disappointed. The street artists are amazing weather you watch them paint, listen to them sing, or watch a majic show. Lots to do.
Written 2 February 2020
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Kate49002
Portage, MI12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Walking through the park was pleasant but just out side of the park along the streets is where you can meet many artists of music. I was very impressed by one man who was playing a electric violin. HE WAS AMAZING! Not sure why he was not in a recording studio as he should have been. I think the park draws all kinds of people there and if you are not in a hurry to go somewhere they will tell you history about New Orleans just to have conversation and you may get lucky and be able to listen to beautiful played music.
Written 4 February 2020
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tisforturtles
Las Vegas, NV11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Park was very beautiful and looked even more wonderful sitting in front of the Cathedral -- incredibly beautiful and well-maintained statues as well. Lots of unique street performers doing shows constantly; however the main downside to the street performers is how they hassle you for money or "donations" constantly throughout their show. Lots of homeless people are also lurking about asking for money and they try to make you feel bad if you don't give them any, so that ruins the ambiance.
Written 28 February 2020
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christa m
Fort Worth, TX136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Jackson Square is full of life. People of all ages were enjoying magicians, artists, entertainers, and the shops and eateries. We visited St. Louis Cathedral and the Presbytere, had a cool drink and snack at Monty’s On The Square. Just a terrific place to spend time in New Orleans.
Written 18 May 2020
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Dale H
Orange, Australia673 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Jackson square is a great place to visit whilst in New Orleans. A beautiful park surrounded by beautiful historic buildings. During the day there are artists selling their works and at any time you can have your fortune told by any number of fortune tellers. Lots to see and do in this area.
Written 11 February 2020
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Aprilp2412
Oceanside, CA530 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I am sure if you walk around New Orleans at some point you will stumble across Jackson Square. Not the most amazing place I have ever been but still pretty cool. This is good spot to get a feel for New Orleans. There are artists making and selling their art, there are musicians, and fortune tellers. People are generally hanging out, people watching, and enjoying the atmosphere. My friends and I went to one of the fortune tellers and had received informative readings.
Written 20 March 2020
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shakazeke
Chicago99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Jralackson Square is a beautiful part of New Orleans, including the cathedral and the park. Take one of the carriage rides that start here. The highlight for me are the street performers. They are GREAT. I could sit for hours watching the musicians, magicians, dancers, acrobats, etc.
Written 2 February 2020
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