is packed with history, culture and charm. Get a taste for its personality with these top attractions and sights. Trust us, you won't be able to get enough.
The French Quarter
The French Quarter is the site of the original New Orleans
colony, and today its streets are lined with beautiful historic buildings. Check out Jackson Square, a public gated park the size of city-block. The square is surrounded by 18th century architecture that's definitely worth a look. Sites to visit include St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest active cathedral and the Cabildo, the old city hall turned museum where the Louisiana Purchase was signed.
The Quarter is most famously known, however, for Bourbon Street, home of the annual Mardi Gras celebration. A partier's dream, Bourbon Street houses numerous bars, street vendors and shops, making it a great place for fun and foolery. That said, it's not the best place to bring the kids at night.
Purely New Orleans
Can't make it to New Orleans
during Mardi Gras? Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World has you covered. Here, you can experience the Mardi Gras magic year-round. Blaine Kern Studios is the company behind the floats each year, giving you a sneak peak into how they are created, along with an extensive display of costumes and floats from past celebrations.
Another unusual, New Orleans
attraction is the Historic Voodoo Museum. Located in the French Quarters, this small museum offers a glimpse into the rituals and folklore. Stop by and pick up your own voodoo doll, gris gris bag, candles and more.
has been dubbed the most haunted city in America with ghosts and paranormal activity lurking behind just about every corner. Live your Ghostbuster dreams on one of the many ghost tours available around the city. Discover the phantoms of the French Quarters, participate in a moonlight graveyard tour, visit Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau's grave and more.
Stop by the National World War II Museum. Interactive experiences and exhibits walk visitors through the war from the perspective of the soldiers and civilians that lived it. Don't miss this educational, emotional journey back in time.
History buffs will also enjoy the Chalmette Battlefield & Jean Lafitte National Park. This is the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans
-the last great battle of the war of 1812. Admission is free, so bring the family to learn more about this battle between the United States and Britain.