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New Orleans Things To Do

Whether it's exploring history through world-renowned museums, getting an upclose and personal look into the history of Mardi Gras and float building, or taking a relaxing ride down the Mighty Mississippi; New Orleans has a variety of attractions to keep your family entertained throughout your stay.

Start your day feeding exotic animals at Audubon Zoo then hop on the St. Charles Streetcar and head downtown where you'll get a glimpse of marine wildlife at the Aquarium of Americas and encounter butterflies and a plethora of interesting insects courtesy of the Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium. Make your way to the internationally known Jackson Square and explore the majestic wonder of St. Louis Cathedral. Wind down a fun-filled day with  a sunset jazz river cruise along the Mississippi River aboard the Steamboat Natchez.

New Orleans Attractions

  • Mardi Gras World

    Mardi Gras World

    If you want a real, behind-the-scenes look at New Orleans Mardi Gras, then there's only one way to get it: take a tour at Mardi Gras World. Mardi Gras World creates many of the big, beautiful floats that parade through the streets every Mardi Gras season in New Orleans and around the world. During the tour, you'll get to see floats and props being created from the ground up, try on Mardi Gras costumes, and even eat some king cake.
  • Steamboat Natchez Riverboat Cruise

    Steamboat Natchez River Cruise

    Climb aboard the Steamboat Natchez for a scenic cruise down the Mississippi. Along the way, you'll enjoy the beautiful sights, delicious food and great music. Jazz bands frequent the decks of the boat, as well as the steam powered calliope, or just listen to the sounds of the river. Steamboat Natchez offers daytime cruises, as well as a dinner with jazz cruise that features the Dukes of Dixieland. (coupons available at NewOrleansCoupons.com).
  • Musee Conti Wax Museum

    Musée Conti Wax Museum

    It's the best-kept secret in New Orleans. The Musée Conti Historical Wax Museum is fun, historical, educational AND entertaining, making it a New Orleans must-see! Founded in 1963, "The WAX" tells the fascinating story of New Orleans, from the city's founding to the present day. Experience more than 300 years of history, legend and scandal with 154 life-sized figures displayed in historically accurate settings.
  • Jackson Square

    Jackson Square

    An afternoon in Jackson Square contributed by Nick Cognevich; photos of Jackson Square and Pirates' Alley by Marc Weitz. To explore one of New Orleans' most famous historic locations, visit Jackson Square at Experience New Orleans.
  • Holidays in New Orleans

    Holidays in New Orleans

    Celebrations and parades occur all year long in New Orleans! Whether it's St. Patrick's Day in New Orleans or Mardi Gras, there's always something to celebrate.
  • Audubon Zoo

    Audubon Zoo

    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.
  • Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

    Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

    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 your visit.
  • Audubon Insectarium

    Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium

    Located in the historic U.S. Custom House on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans, the Audubon Insectarium will delight you with "up close and personal" live insect encounters, the inextricably linked stories of the Crescent City and its insects, and “Life Underground,” where you’ll be shrunken to insect size.
  • Entergy Giant Screen Theatre

    Entergy Giant Screen Theatre

    The wonders of nature are magnified at Entergy Giant Screen Theatre, where larger-than-life adventures expand with the help of the world’s most advanced motion picture technology.
  • Southern Seaplanes

    Southern Seaplanes

    For more than 55 years, Southern Seaplane has been traveling above the swamps of Louisiana and its beautiful coastline, sharing their knowledge in a variety of tours for business and pleasure.
  • Longue Vue House and Gardens

    Longue Vue House and Gardens

    Longue Vue House and Gardens is an ornate, historic mansion that features a world-class museum. Families will love exploring the home along with eight stunning acres of gardens featuring a world-class house museum.