Lives in Slidell, Louisiana
Since Aug 2009
I love to travel and see new places, but also love to find new fun things to do in my own hometown!
Military Museums, Speciality Museums
Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Historic Walking Areas
Mass Transportation Systems
Historic Walking Areas, Shopping Malls
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Children's Museums, Speciality Museums
Jogging Paths & Tracks, Parks
Flea & Street Markets
The Aquarium is the perfect place to beat the cold or heat of the outdoors (or escape the rain during Spring). It's easy to navigate with or without a stroller, and appeals to kids of all ages. There are sharks, penguins, jellyfish, stingrays (that you can even touch) plus an Amazon Rain Forest and Parakeet Pointe.
Originally known as the D-Day Museum, this is now a major museum complex in the Warehouse District covering all aspects of WWII, an awesome 4D movie, a John Besh restaurant (American Sector), and musical performances at the Stage Door Canteen (with or without meals included). There are many artifacts on display from ships to letters.
The Ferry across the Mississippi River from Canal Street to Algiers Point is not only a fun ride, but it's also FREE! And the ride back provides excellent photo opportunities for capturing the city skyline.
This is what visitors come to see, and what locals love about our City. History, Flea markets, antiques, street performers, art, food...what's not to love?
Great place to visit during the day to see artists display their works on the iron fence surrounding the Square, hear street musicians and see street performers, visit unique shops, and immerse yourself in history, surrounded by the Pontalba Apartments (the oldest apartments in the U.S. facing Decatur on either side of the Square), and visit the 2nd oldest Catholic cathedral in the US, St. Louis Cathedral.
Mardi Gras is synonymous with New Orleans and Blaine Kern is synonymous with Mardi Gras! Everyone will enjoy seeing how floats are built and re-used year to year and the kids will love to costume and pretend to be in the parade!
Strolling down Royal Street is a MUST for every visitor (local and out-of-towner) to the French Quarter. Take in the architecture (Spanish, not French, due to the many fires and rebuilding under Spanish rule), window shop at the antique stores, but definitely go in and see the most gorgeous chandeliers, antique furniture and Victorian curiosities. It's much quieter and more interesting than Bourbon Street!
There is no better way to see New Orleans Uptown than on the St. Charles Ave. streetcar (not a trolley). The green ones are St. Charles Ave. (not to be confused with the red Canal Street and Riverfront streetcars). Uptown is Upriver from the French Quarter and where oak-lined St. Charles Ave. is home to the many beautiful mansions built by the Americans after New Orleans became part of the US.
Originally built as exhibit pavilions for the 1984 Louisiana World Expositions (World's Fair), Riverwalk has recently been renovated into an Outlet Mall. It's more spacious and brighter than before, has an awesome view of the River, and great shopping at popular brand stores (Hanes, Coach, Nieman Marcus Last Call, Aerosole, LOFT Outlet, Clark's and more) plus unique New Orleans food and shops.
Urban park bounded by St. Charles Ave., N. Maestri, S. Maestri and Camp St. Historical statues, dog park, and venue for Wednesday at the Square concerts held in the spring (March-April) featuring local musicians, food vendors, and local shopping from tent vendors.
The Children's Museum is great for kids of all ages (my daughter and friends went here on her high school Senior Ring Day!) Located on Julia Street 3 blocks past Poydras St. in the CBD it's easy to walk to, or ride the St. Charles Street car and get off at Julia St., then walk two blocks towards the River.
Beautiful Riverfront park to watch the River traffic go by, enjoy the River breeze, and relax. The Park runs from the Moonwalk to the Aquarium and Spanish Plaza and offers unique sculptures.
Home of the beignet (pronounced BEN - yay), a puffed doughnut covered with powdered sugar! An "order" is 3 square beignets with a generous coating of confectioner's sugar.
I personally detest insects and have not been here, but I have many friends who love it. It's located in the historic Customhouse Building on Canal Street, and there's a butterfly pavilion, so if you don't mind the insects, it's worth a visit!
Locals refer to the French Market as the area with food, followed by the Flea Market with items for sale (not necessarily super-cheap). The French Market is the historical fresh market of the City where everything from fruit, vegetables, and seafood could be purchased for home and restaurant use, and that is still true today.
The food is good, prices are reasonable, and a unique atmosphere.
The oldest family owned and continuously operated restaurant in the US (175 years in 2015)! Not only is the food fabulous, but so is the building and service staff. This place is so old-school that servers must apprentice for years before becoming full waiters. They take care of you like family, and each family has their own favorite waiter who makes their reservations and serves them regardless of which dining room is being used! Oh, and there are 14 dining rooms to choose from!
Maspero's has it all - fried seafood, poboys, muffalettas, red beans and rice, Patton's Hot Sausage - is conveniently located on Decatur St. and has hours to satisfy your hunger whenever it hits! Prices are reasonable too.
Located across the street from the old Jax Brewery (now a shopping mall), the Crescent City Brewhouse is the only French Quarter microbrewery. In addition to its specialty brews, the Brewhouse also serves lunch and dinner and has live music nightly.