From the critter-filled swamps of Louisiana to the grasslands of Africa, you can explore some of the Earth's most intriguing habitats and the creatures that dwell within them at this world-class zoo. Rated one of the top zoos in the United States, it features two rare white tigers as well as Komodo dragons.
Consisting of six sites spread across New Orleans, this historic site pays homage to the pirateering legacy of Jean Lafitte, and the historical events that unfolded in his wake. The visitor center has historic walking tours of the French Quarter and also sets the scene for other historic sites in and around New Orleans. The extensive Barataria Preserve is part of the site, and is sheathed in a tapestry of marshes, swamps and dense hardwood forests, while the Chalmette Battlefield has been the ground of many historic battles and wars. Characterized by a string of teeming bayous and inextricable Cajun traditions, the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is a stirring insight into the historical heart of New Orleans.
This Greek Revival mansion is home to original English and American antiques and eight acres of formal gardens and decorative fountains. Although florals vary with the seasons, visitors can count on a spectacular display year-round. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Longue Vue House & Gardens features ever-changing exhibits. A gift shop sells horticulture and decorative items, children's gifts and reproductions from the Longue Vue Collection.
Aquarium of the Americas is a world-class aquarium with state-of-the-art exhibits, allowing visitors young and old to experience underwater nature first hand. Visitors immerse themselves in the major marine and submarine habitats of North and South America, including the Caribbean Sea and the Amazon Rainforest. The aquarium also features thousands of fish, reptiles and birds native to these habitats.
Kirk Coco and Dylan Lintern, two businessmen, collaborated to establish NOLA Brewing in 2008. An abbreviation for New Orleans Lager & Ale, this brewery leans towards production of European brews. A brewing process headed by esteemed brew master, Peter Caddoo, results in delicious ales like NOLA Brown Ale and NOLA Blonde Ale and Hopitoulas IPA, which are popular favorites. The brewery offers free guided tours every Friday, followed of course by samples of the delicious beers.
Like its name suggests, Mid-City occupies the middle of the city of New Orleans. Not very touristy in nature, this neighborhood is replete with live music bars and clubs that depend heavily on locals who revel in the distinctive flavors of the local food preparations. Walk by the historic Canal Street which is a particularly bustling thoroughfare and a great spot for people watching, or head down to Tulane Avenue which abounds in old industrial structures. Mid-City has never failed to capture the imagination of the discerning tourist.
Head to the French Quarter to this visitor's center to discover the history and rich culture behind the Crescent City. The visitors center is like a mini museum with historical information as well as tourist information.
Learn about New Orleans' rich history on this free walking tour. You can go on a number of tours, including different district walking tours. These engaging tours combine history and humor so you can learn to love this fascinating city. Remember to tip your guide at the end if you liked the tour.