Attractions in New Orleans

French Quarter
This iconic New Orleans district is the oldest neighborhood in the city. The neighborhood features Jackson Square; a quaint city park displaying an equestrian statue of General Andrew Jackson. The Napoleon House, which is now a restaurant, is a historic building originally constructed with the purpose of housing Napoleon Bonaparte after he had been exiled from France. Bourbon Street is the neighborhood's most popular gathering spot and is known for its bars and nightclubs.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Located on the Mississippi River, this fun attraction features marine life such as sharks, stingrays and sea turtles. Penguins and tropical birds also inhabit the attraction. Visitors even have the chance to feed a parakeet. A walk-through tunnel showcases a magnificent Caribbean reef. The Gulf of Mexico exhibit educates visitors about the local aquatic life.

St. Louis Cathedral
Having miraculously survived extensive damage from Hurricane Katrina, the historic church, St. Louis Cathedral, still stands as the oldest cathedral in the United States to continuously operate. The first church on the site was built back in 1718, although most of the structure seen today was constructed in the mid 19th century. The cathedral's magnificent steeples make it an architectural masterpiece. Colorful stained-glass windows and religious artworks and symbolisms are found inside the church.

Backstreet Cultural Museum
Memorabilia from Mardi Gras and other traditional New Orleans events is housed within this attraction. Film collections showcase jazz funerals and other local ceremonies. The museum also contains the largest collection of Mardi Gras Indian costumes. Visitors can even see costumes, colorful fans and other antique pieces from historic New Orleans social and pleasure aid clubs.

Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
This outdoor space showcases an extensive collection of impressive sculptures created by renowned international artists. The Mississippi, a granite sculpture fountain standing 18-feet tall, is one of the garden's most celebrated pieces. Other sculptures can be seen sitting on benches. Additional creations depicting unique shapes and messages are also present. Visitors even have the options of participating in outdoor yoga sessions.

Lounge Vue House and Gardens
This beautiful mansion contains many antique furniture, art and porcelain pieces. Carpets from Eastern Europe and wares from China give this home a cultured ambiance. Colorful gardens and magnificent statues surround the house. A Classical Revival architectural style gives the house a distinguished presence.