Right on the River, across from the French Quarter, is the Audubon Aquarium. Explore every ocean with activities that range from watching penguins play to touching a stingray or even feeding a parakeet. This aquarium has something for everyone and will keep you entertained for hours.
Just a short walk from the aquarium, you can take a look at some of the smaller inhabitants of Earth. The Insectarium is a museum that allows you to engage all five senses. In the butterfly garden, guests are surrounded by hundreds of butterflies from all around the world and if you’re lucky, one might land on you.
No trip to New Orleans is complete without a stop at Café Du Monde. The beignets (a French doughnut) are the best in the state. While seating is very limited, there is a to go line on the backside of the cafe that will get you in and out. There is no rush, though; Café Du Monde is open 24 hours a day. If you find that beignets are something you can’t live without, bags of mix are available for purchase.
If you were disappointed to discover our conference does not coincide with Mardi Gras, have no fear. Mardi Gras World is all Mardi Gras, all the time. Take a tour of a functioning float warehouse and get exclusive behind the scenes information about how the floats are made and what Mardi Gras is in the first place.
This beautiful theatre is located on Canal Street and has a history almost as rich as the city itself. Build in 1927, the Saenger hosts a wide variety of shows from concerts to comedians to traveling musicals. Tickets are available online on the Saenger’s website.
Take a trip back in time to World War II. This museum is one of the best. To get an in-depth look at everything you need to allot plenty of time for this tour. You can see every phase of the war and even get to see a few traveling exhibits. If you have the time, this stop is definitely one you should not pass up.
One of the must see locations in New Orleans is Jackson Square, home of the oldest Catholic Cathedral in the nation. Since 1727, people have worshiped in St. Louis Cathedral; Pope John Paul II has even visited this historic site. Guests are welcome to enter the Cathedral and look around, but please check mass times before trying to take a look inside.
You’ve ridden trams and trollies, but never a street car. For just a few dollars, you can get an all day pass to all three lines. The lines run down Canal Street, St. Charles Ave., and the Riverfront. The street cars are an experience like no other and a very easy way to get around the city.
The Steamboat Natchez
On Tuesday night, we will get a true taste of old school New Orleans. This city was built by the Mississippi River and steamboats. Once aboard, passengers are emersed in cajun cooking and classic jazz. The view of the skyline isn’t bad either.
… And MORE all within walking distance!