New Orleans Louisiana
New Orleans Travel and Tourism
New Orleans has long been the largest city in Louisiana, and one of the premier cities in the world.
The Vieux Carré ... French Quarter in New Orleans
"The Big Easy" is situated on curves on the Mississippi River, and also called "The Crescent City".
It is the site of the famed French Quarter and Canal Street, and has been the locale of many world-class hotels over the years such as the Roosevelt Hotel, Jung and the Monteleone.
Also located downtown is the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of the NFL New Orleans Saints, the annual Sugar Bowl, and the site of several Super Bowls.
Things to Do in New Orleans
From world-renowned festivals to the end of the Great River Road in Plaquemines Parish, the Greater New Orleans area offers a variety of experiences for visitors.
|Upcoming 2018 New Orleans Special Events & Festivals|
|Allstate Sugar Bowl
January 1, 2018
|King Cake Festival
January 28, 2018
New Orleans Area Mardi Gras:
Krewe of Rex
|French Quarter Festival
April 12-15, 2018
|New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 27 - May 6, 2018
Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana
July 5-8, 2018
New Orleans has long been a harbor for the creative powers of artists, writers and musicians, and their influences can be seen throughout the city.
New Orleans offers visitors beautiful architecture, museums, historic streetcars, art galleries, shopping, world-class cuisine, nightclubs, authentic music and riverboat rides.
Popular attractions include:
- National World War II Museum
- St. Louis Cathedral
- The Cabildo
- The Presbytere
- New Orleans Museum of Art
- French Market
- Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
- Acquarium of the Americas
- Audubon Park
- Audubon Zoo
- Preservation Hall
- Garden District
- Streetcar rides
- Old U.S. Mint
- Historic cemetery tours
- Louisiana Children's Museum
- Chalmette National Historical Park
- Longue Vue House & Gardens
- Riverboat rides on the Mississippi River
- Port of New Orleans and cruise ship departures
- Louisiana Superdome
- and much more
Popular annual events include:
- Louisiana Seafood Festival
- New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
- Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival
- Essence Festival
- French Quarter Festival
- Sugar Bowl Classic
Mardi Gras 2018 in New Orleans
New Orleans has been known since 1857 for its Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, celebration before Lent each year.
Mardi Gras will be celebrated in New Orleans next on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Parades will begin in many locations in January.
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
We have updated our list of websites with detailed Mardi Gras parade information ... make your plans now!
This magnificent, costumed, beaded and feathered carnival is rich with tradition and is all about having a good time!
The traditional Mardi Gras colors, dating back to 1892, are purple (justice), green (faith) and gold (power).
Mardi Gras is always on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The day before Mardi Gras is known as Shrove Monday or Lundi Gras.
Swamp Tours in the Greater New Orleans Area
One of the most popular things to do in Louisiana is touring the swamps!
Flat-bottom tour boat in the Honey Island swamp in Louisiana
In the greater New Orleans area, there are many swamp tour options in communities such as Marrero, Westwego, Braithwaite, Lafitte, Des Allemands and Laplace.
Swamp tour operators offer a variety of options, boats, tour length and cost. Some use flat bottom boats, others operate airboats. Kayak and canoe tours are also available.
If you are visiting the greater New Orleans area, many of the tour operators offer pickups at French Quarter and downtown hotels.
While some operators offer online reservations, others require phone reservations. Some accept credit cards and others require cash, so plan accordingly.
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome, site of the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl
2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl
The Allstate Sugar Bowl was played on January 1, 2018, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. It was part of the College Football Playoff and hosted a semifinal game between the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson University Tigers.
New Orleans Hotels and Restaurants
Gulf to Table New Orleans Style: Video from Louisiana Travel
A favorite attraction in New Orleans is its restaurants, variety of cuisines, and dishes from fresh seafood. In this video, New Orleans chefs John Besh, Brian Landry and Ben Thibodeaux, along with restauranteur Dickie Brennan, tell the story of Gulf to table cuisine in the Crescent City.
Attractions Around the New Orleans French Quarter
Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral in the New Orleans French Quarter
The Cabildo in the New Orleans French Quarter
Bourbon Street at night in the New Orleans French Quarter
The New Orleans French Quarter on a rainy night
The famous Pat O'Brien's in the New Orleans French Quarter
Cafe du Monde at the French Market in New Orleans
Cafe au Lait and beignets at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans
Other Attractions and Things to Do Around New Orleans
The famous New Orleans streetcars ... and Canal Street
The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas on the river front in New Orleans
Historic cemetery in New Orleans
The Port of New Orleans, home to Carnival, Royal Caribbean, NCL, and other cruise lines
National World War II Museum at 945 Magazine Street in New Orleans
The Museum broke ground in December of 2017 on the eight-story, $66.5 million Higgins Hotel and Conference Center, one of the final pieces of the sprawling educational complex dedicated to America’s involvement in the Second World War.
The New Orleans Superdome, downtown skyline, and Crescent City Connection
St. Charles streetcar in the New Orleans Garden District. It is the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world, in operation since 1835.
The Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine Street in New Orleans
New Orleans Attractions Video ... from Louisiana Travel
Cajun Aces TV Show on the Food Network
The Chefs of Cajun Aces ... Cody and Sam Carroll (courtesy of the Food Network)
Sam and Cody Carroll of Louisiana are premiering on December 2, 2017 their new Food Network show, “Cajun Aces."
Hot Tails in New Roads was the two chefs’ first restaurant.
Sac-a-Lait, located in New Orleans’ historic Warehouse District, followed in 2015. In the series the married couple tell the story of their cooking ingredients, go harvest the ingredient, cook at the family farm and visit their restaurants.
Big Easy Motors TV Show on the History Channel
A new TV show debuted in 2016 on the History Channel featuring the local New Orleans automobile restoration shop "The Bomb Factory".
There’s undiscovered treasure in the bayous of Louisiana and Charles Handler knows how to find it. From a 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible to a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT, Handler and his team find long-forgotten piles of junk and turn them into dazzling custom cars. Each episode, based in New Orleans, the Big Easy, features amazing vehicle restorations and high stakes auctions where everything’s on the line.
Tuesdays at 10/9c on the History Channel
Map of the New Orleans Area
Metairie, the first surburb of New Orleans, is located on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, between New Orleans and the City of Kenner.
Located in Jefferson Parish, Metairie has a population of about 450,000 residents.
Jefferson Parish straddles the Mississippi River and includes towns and cities which are governed by their respective local governments, including the cities of Kenner and Harahan on the east bank, Gretna and Westwego on the west bank, and Grand Isle on the Gulf of Mexico.
Metairie is not a city and it has no mayor or local government of its own. As part of Jefferson Parish, Metairie is governed by the Jefferson Parish Council.
Kenner, a surburb of New Orleans, is located on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, near New Orleans and Metairie.
Kenner is the home of Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY), formerly known as Moisant Field.
Located in Jefferson Parish, Kenner has a population of about 70,000 residents.
Kenner was founded in 1855 by Minor Kenner on three former plantations. As New Orleans grew, "surburban" areas like Kenner flourished during the 1930s, as automobiles became a more dominant and affordable means of transportation, and more highways were constructed. Airline Highway, U.S. Highway 61, boomed.