The National WWII Museum shares the American Experience in the war that changed the world™, and there are hundreds of stories just waiting to be told. This must-see attraction transports you to a time when victory hung in the balance, guaranteed to move and educate.
For a behind-the-scenes look at New Orleans Mardi Gras, there’s only one way to get it: take a tour of Mardi Gras World. You’ll see many of the big, beautiful floats that parade through New Orleans as well as around the world.
The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), has an extensive permanent collection alongside touring exhibits. The collection is well-known for their French and American art, photography and glass. Be sure to venture outside to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden and stroll among another 60 works of art.
With more than 100 engaging hands-on exhibits, daily art activities and educational and entertaining programs, your kids will stay engaged all day long at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. This interactive learning experience is great for children of all ages.
The Cabildo is one of the most historically significant buildings in America. You’ll find items such as the death mask of Napoleon Bonaparte and the site where the Louisiana Purchase was signed.
A short distance away is The Historic New Orleans Collection preserving the history of the French Quarter and New Orleans.
One of the country’s top-ranked zoos, Audubon Zoo, features an exotic mix of animals from around the globe, engaging and expansive natural habitats, lush gardens and resting spots, a taste of the mystical Louisiana swamp, and hands-on animal encounters. Walk beneath the vivid Caribbean Reef, marvel at the lush beauty of the Amazon Rainforest, and travel the Mississippi River at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, where penguins, sharks, stingrays and other deep-sea creatures await you.
Climb aboard the Steamboat Natchez for a scenic cruise down the Mississippi River. You’ll enjoy beautiful sights, delicious food and great music.
Visit Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter and see street performers or visit the quietness and tranquility of the historic St. Louis Cathedral.
Our many excellent restaurants make any trip to New Orleans worthwhile. The city offers award winning, upscale restaurants offering elegant fine dining experiences such as Galatoire’s, Antoine’s, Commander’s Palace, and Restaurant August. The St. James Hotel features one of New Orleans top steakhouses, the Chophouse, adjacent to our lobby. Within walking distance to all of our hotels, there are plenty of options for casual dining such as Peche Seafood Grill, Cochon, Meril, Bayona, Palace Café and so many more. Our Blake Hotel features the Café at the Square restaurant that offers delicious New Orleans classics for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The newly opened Coterie NOLA is adjacent to the La Galerie Hotel and offers authentic New Orleans dishes. Venture off the beaten path and have some of the best food recommend by locals. Don’t miss Port of Call, Liuzza’s by the Track, Dooky Chase or Jacques-Imo’s. No trip to New Orleans is complete without a muffuletta from Central Grocery.
BEYOND NEW ORLEANS
You can also journey beyond the city limits, and explore a place where time stands still. Cajun and Creole cuisine, swamp tours, historic plantations and great Louisiana culture are all just minutes from New Orleans!