Star Attractions in New Orleans 

What are the not-to-be-missed sights and activities in New Orleans? While you’re in NOLA for GMN2016, take some time to explore the city and enjoy the mild March weather. Here are some ideas to get you started:

The Audubon Nature Institute features a zoo, an aquarium, a butterfly garden (near the GMN conference hotel, the New Orleans Marriott), a theater, and a gorgeous park. You probably won’t have time to visit all of the Audubon attractions, so pick one and spend an hour or two.

Did you know you can ride a streetcar through the city? Take one for a shopping excursion or a trip to Harrah’s Casino (Riverfront line), or to reach the National WWII Museum (St. Charles), Audubon Park (St. Charles, right through the Garden District), and the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Sculpture Garden, located in City Park (Canal). The New Orleans Marriott is on the Canal line.

Speaking of museums, the Historic New Orleans Collection is the place to go to learn about the history and culture of New Orleans.

For a snack, beignets and coffee at Café du Monde are a real treat. (Read the full food and restaurant post here.)

Music fan? Check out Preservation Hall for jazz. Shows are nightly at 8, 9, and 10 p.m. Or a free concert in Lafayette Square (Wednesday at the Square).

You’ve heard of the French Quarter and the Garden District, but what about Faubourg Marigny? It’s a neighborhood a bit off the beaten path and is known for its colorful architecture. Frenchmen Street in that district features live music venues, restaurants, and local art.

And, no list of New Orleans attractions would be complete without mentioning Lafayette Cemetery and the St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square!

For other ideas, take a look at this Thrillist list of New Orleans secrets, and this list of hidden gems from Atlas Obscura.

 

 

 

Carolyn Sosnowski

Carolyn J. Sosnowski, MLIS, is e-learning and content manager for PEAK Grantmaking. Follow her on Twitter @TheRealCarolynS.

  • David Moakler

    Great list of attractions. If you couldn’t make the conference, here’s a cool free app called “Trusted Helplines”. A free useful reference for non-profits who assist the public on a regular basis. http://careconnectusa.org/trusted-helplines/. Opinions and suggestions are welcome.