Idyllically laid within the ambit of New Orleans' famous French Quarter district, Jackson Square is steeped in a rich history associated with the epoch-making Louisiana Purchase. An arsenal of historic landmarks, including the three-steepled St. Louis Cathedral, The Cabildo and the Presbytere stand amid vast landscaped gardens, with the bronze statue of the heroic Andrew Jackson forming a compelling centerpiece. Although now buried under layers of history, the square harks back to a fascinating past, when it was originally known as the Place d'Armes. An erstwhile site for public executions, this square saw a dramatic shift at the turn of the twentieth century. At the height of the Roaring Twenties, this National Historic Landmark became widely known for its association with the arts, allowing artists to gather and participate in the exchange of ideas. Through the years, Jackson Square has been touched by fleeting, yet enduring associations with tarot-readers, jugglers, street artists, and paraders, echoing the very unbeatable ethos that New Orleans is known for today.
A glorious jewel gleaming in the heart of the city, the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis is one of the most prominent landmarks in the French Quarter. Illustrious in the extreme, the Cathedral has often single-handedly solidified New Orleans' identity. Lording over the historic landscape of Jackson Square, this magnificent cathedral is a soulful amalgamation of culture, history and an inextricable French legacy. The Cathedral of St. Louis was first built in 1718 but became an established parish in 1720. The current cathedral is not the original, but a rebuilt expansion of the third version of the cathedral, built-in 1789. In 1964, Pope John Paul II designated the cathedral as a Minor Basilica. The graceful beauty of the St. Louis Cathedral and its surrounding courtyards in the French Quarter makes it a sight to behold. Cradled on the banks of the Mississippi River, the cathedral is considered one of the greatest symbols of Catholicism on the North American continent. Upheld by beautiful blue steeples and interiors which are just as ornate, this cathedral is an edifice hewn with an indelible French heritage.
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is a repository of many of the things that make this area of the United States great. Fine art, architecture, folk art and artifacts of the bygone Southern era can be found here. You also find unique exhibitions, such as Looking Back, Looking Forward, Becoming Ida Kohlmeyer, Walter Anderson and Friends, Clementine Hunter and Melrose, the Treme Storytelling Quilt Project, and The Jazz.
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.
It's just impossible to get bored of New Orleans' plush City Park. Sprawled over 1,500 acres, this welcoming oasis attracts hordes of people every day. You'll find lovebirds sharing some time together, children playing around, joggers doing their daily rounds and people absorbing the park's beauty. Camps, field trips and an amusement park are the facilities for children. Sports lovers can choose from golf, football, tennis and lots more. The park also provides the perfect setting for weddings, picnics, birthdays or other special functions. If you're a nature lover, you can volunteer to help protect this beautiful park.
Located in beautiful City Park, this breathtaking museum houses nearly 40,000 paintings, sculptures and prints, plus the Courtyard Cafe and the Museum Shop. The art at New Orleans Museum Of Art comes from across the globe and represents everything from Southwestern Native American art to 19th-century French Impressionists.
Café Baby showcases the colorful and whimsical artwork of Marc Bercier. Bright paintings of Bercier’s signature "Baby" symbol, based on a self-portrait his daughter drew when she was just five years old, and bold playful flowers draw art-lovers into this French Quarter Gallery. Once inside, visitors will find a large collection of Bercier’s paintings and portraits. Visitors will frequently find the artist in the gallery and available for questions. -Bethany Culp
James Michalopoulos expresses the feeling and spirit of New Orleans on canvas with vivid colors and a distinctive style. The Michalopoulos Gallery of New Orleans showcases these original paintings along with giclees, posters, prints and limited edition serigraphs made from the original artwork. Don’t miss the opportunity to stop in this French Quarter gallery to admire original works or to purchase a piece to display in your home. -Bethany Culp
Well known as the oldest skyscraper in the city, and located at the Central Business District, the Hennen Building is also popularly known as the Maritime Building. This beautiful structure stands 11 stories tall, and houses mostly apartments. The architecture is stunning and reflects the latter half of the 19th Century in it's appearance.
Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church was built in 1930, but it is actually the second church of that name to stand in the same space. It is an almost identical replica to a church that was built there in the 1850s and later damaged by surrounding construction. It is notable for its Gothic Revival architecture. Inside, there are stained glass windows, an elaborate altar, and cast iron pews. It's easy to see why this church is a local landmark and a beautiful place to visit.
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.
The Hale Boggs Federal Building is located in New Orleans' French Quarter. The building houses a courthouse. It is named after a well-known politician who once served as the House majority leader.