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The Audubon Nature Institute has a zoo, aquarium, insectarium and a theater and organizes educational and enjoyable events for children. All museums are available for hire for personal events. A great place not only for children, but also for adults to learn about nature, the Audubon Nature Institute is fun for the whole family.
While many folks try to keep anything that creeps, crawls, or flies out of their lives, the Audubon Insectarium is working to bring visitors eye to eye with the creepy and crawly. Thousands of mounted specimens and live insects make up the collection of interactive exhibits that are housed in the largest freestanding museum of its kind in the United States. Audubon Insectarium exhibits include Butterflies in Flight which provides visitors with an up-close learning experience in a free-flying Japanese Garden style exhibit, Life Underground which shrinks visitors to the size of our six-legged friends with oversized props and animatronic insects, and the Cooking Show and Cultural Café which gives everyone the chance to experience the joy of cooking with insects!
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park consists of six sites in and around New Orleans. The park honors Cajun culture in general and Jean Lafitte in particular. Lafitte was a notorious pirate and smuggler, who came to the aid of General Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. The visitor center has historic walking tours of the French Quarter and is a great starting place for information regarding the other sites around New Orleans.
Lafayette Square is a public park that welcomes one and all. Designed by Charles Laveau Trudeau, it is renowned for the marvelous art work and sculptures installed here, such as statues of Henry Clay and Benjamin Franklin. Owing to its proximity to the government offices like USGSA Public Building Services, US Appeals Court, National Labor Relations and Federal Reserve Bank, it is packed with office workers during lunchtime. Lafayette Square also hosts concerts on a regularly that includes the popular Wednesday at the Square and Harvest the Music concert series.
Jackson Square, in the heart of the French Quarter, has been around since the 1700's when it was originally known as the Place d'Armes. The center of the park showcases a large statue of Andrew Jackson. The square is surrounded by historic buildings including the St. Louis Cathedral, which is a minor Basilica. The old city hall in the square is where the ultimate version of the Louisiana Purchase was signed. The square was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960.
New Orleans Musical Legends Park is a lovely outdoor space that is dedicated to creating awareness about the rich cultural and musical heritage of the city of New Orleans. A pleasant reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city, the space offers visitors a tranquil oasis with interesting exhibits that chronicle the various influences that have shaped the culture of this vibrant city. Entrance to the park is free, and live musical performances are par course. Grab a table and some beignets from the Cafe, or simply settle down and enjoy a musical extravaganza in this beautiful outdoor setting at the heart of the French Quarter.
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park provides an ideal platform for all to experience and share the cultural history of jazz in New Orleans. The park aims to educate visitors through its database of information, on the origin and development of jazz in America. A hallmark feature of this site is the Perseverance Hall, where black jazz performers played for black or white audiences in the 1800's. The park hosts special jazz events several times a year. The seasonal concerts for Christmas are extremely popular.
In what appears to be a presumptuous gesture if not an eccentric one, actor Nicolas Cage has already picked out a burial site for himself. Located in the St. Louis Cemetery No.1, Cage has purchased a rather dramatic white pyramid that will serve as a tombstone after his death. The pyramid grave stands 9-feet (2.74 meters) tall and displays the Latin maxim 'Omnia Ab Uno', meaning 'Everything from one'. As much as Nicolas Cage feels at peace about choosing his resting place, the locals of the city do not seem to mirror his feelings, seeing as that the pyramid occupies quite a lot of place in the already cramped cemetery.