Audubon Aquarium
Audubon Aquarium
Audubon Aquarium

10 Things You Must Do

Indulge your senses, savor New Orleans' rich cultural experience and celebrate everything that - even after nearly 300 years of the greatest achievements and the steepest challenges - still makes New Orleans America's most unique, authentic and enthralling destination.   

The War that Changed the World comes to life for all generations through powerful, personal stories from the battlefront and the home front, rare artifacts, an interactive submarine experience and the 4-D film "Beyond All Boundaries" featuring Tom Hanks.
On the riverfront, in the Lower French Quarter. Stretches six blocks from The Shops at the Upper Pontalba to the Farmers & Flea Markets, with restaurants and cafes, boutique shops, music venues, parks and public monuments in between.
Under new rules set by the Archdiocese of New Orleans, all visitors to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 must be accompanied by a licensed tour guide from Cemetery Tour New Orleans. Families with loved ones buried in the cemetery, tomb owners, and genealogists can acquire a special pass by calling: (504) 596-3050. While on the 45-minute guided walking tour inside of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, patrons will walk along a predetermined route throughout New Orleans’ most famous above-ground tombs to experience the burial site of Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau, Civil Rights Activist Homer Plessy, and other well-known New Orleanians. Patrons will learn about the above ground burial practices dating back 300 years and get up close to the variety of architectural styles designed by the top architects of the 19th century, including Benjamin Henry Latrobe, designer of the U.S. Capital building. These include family tombs, wall vaults, and society tombs such as the New Orleans Musicians Tomb, Italian Benevolent Society Tomb, and more. The guided tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 begins and ends at the Basin St. Station’s New Orleans Visitor Center at 501 Basin St. and reservations are reccomended in advance.
Open nightly with concerts at 8, 9 and 10pm Mondays through Wednesdays with additional 5 and 6pm performances Thursdays - Sundays, for the best in traditional New Orleans jazz for all ages. Limited online reservations are available at and at the box office daily between 12-5pm. Also, available for private concerts, receptions and catered events. Xplorit Virtual Tour Discover Preservation Hall with one of the most comprehensive, completely immersive and interactive virtual experiences in the world.
Founded in 1905, this legendary restaurant started with recipes and traditions brought from France by Jean Galatoire. Remaining consistent for more than a century, Galatoire’s original menu and ambiance is still present today.
St. Louis Cathedral, located in the historic French Quarter, is the oldest continuously active Roman Catholic Cathedral in the United States. It was originally built in 1724 and rebuilt twice after a hurricane and a fire. The present church overlooks beautiful Jackson Square and was dedicated in 1794.
Enjoy 5,000 years of art in one day at the New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans' oldest fine arts institution, home to more than 40,000 works and the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.
Since 1862, the Original French Market coffee stand. Serving cafe au lait and Beignets 24 hours daily. On Decatur Street, other shops open 8am. Taste the original Beignet, Louisiana's state donut, coffee with chicory and half hot au lait. Xplorit Virtual Tour Discover Cafe Du Monde with one of the most comprehensive, completely immersive and interactive virtual experiences in the world.
The legacy of New Orleans' grandeur is alive at the Sazerac Restaurant (formally the Sazerac Bar), site of the creation of America's first cocktail, the Sazerac. Both the famous and the infamous have celebrated in this special place. Come join us for your favorite libation.
Experience the finest collection at one of the largest and most exceptional galleries in North America. This 40,000 square-foot French Quarter gallery is filled with rare, museum-quality antiques, important fine art and breathtaking jewelry.