There is an exhilarating euphoria you feel when you enter the city of New Orleans that makes you quiver with the intoxication of being in the presence of life enjoying itself. This is what locals call the Spirit of New Orleans, and her power of seduction is overwhelming. It can be found in her flavorsome food, her melodious sounds, her exquisite beauty, and in her charm, but, most of all, it lives in the hearts of those lucky enough to call New Orleans home. Like all of her native sons and daughters, we at New Orleans…A La Carde love to talk about our favorite subject, the Crescent City, and we can hardly wait to share our joie de vivre with you.
Enjoy the self-guided tours of one of America’s most historic and architecturally stunning neighborhoods, painstakingly researched and illustrated with fascinating true stories by a passionate 7th generation New Orleanian. Use our customized maps as you are guided through Garden District areas. The tour can either be walked or driven, bikes would be great!
The plantation homes of Southern Louisiana are widely considered to be the finest remaining group in the South. The Plantations of the River Road Self-Guided Audio Tour introduces you to 14 of them, along both sides of the Mississippi River within a short drive of New Orleans. Just before the Civil War, the River Road was home to more than seventy percent of the millionaires in the United States. Of the 1,200 plantations then, fewer than two percent remain today. The tour winds through a series of parishes (counties to those outside Louisiana) between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Many still bear some resemblance to the original communities settled by Creole, German, and Acadian immigrants. It sheds light on the background of the region - including the history of slavery - and introduces you first-hand to the distinctive food, architecture, industry and culture of these memorable locations. This authentic tour is meticulously researched and presented by a seventh-generation New Orleanian.
Experience the many sights and sounds that make New Orleans a true melting pot of American heritage….Take a tour with the country’s oldest carriage company and immerse yourself in the incredible gumbo of New Orleans history, legend, and wonder. Carriages operate daily from 9:00 a.m. until midnight, departing from Jackson Square at Decatur Street, in front of the St. Louis Cathedral.
(504) 943-8820, or (504) 382-2008
The Steamboat Natchez
The New Orleans Steamboat Company operates riverboat cruises on the Mighty Mississippi River on the only authentic steamboat in New Orleans! It will take you back to when life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi. Choose from any of the cruises, and you'll experience New Orleans as it can best be seen... from the river. Enjoy a two-hour Harbor cruise by day from the heart of the French Quarter aboard the Steamboat NATCHEZ ... including Calliope concert! Or perhaps the Dinner/Jazz cruise would be more to your liking with a New Orleans style dinner buffet and music by the Dukes of Dixieland!
(504) 569-1414 for reservations or to confirm sailings
Discover the beautiful sights along one of the South's most elegant avenues! St. Charles Avenue Tour can be enjoyed from your car, limousine or the streetcar.
Designed for visitors to New Orleans who want to witness the effects of the nation's most damaging natural and man-made disaster as well as the rebuilding efforts. It is the first formal Katrina-based tour that is self-guided. It covers about 50 miles in three to four hours; listeners can also choose one- and two-hour options, returning to complete the tour at a more convenient time.
In addition to tour directions, it contains narrative information explaining levees and why they failed, New Orleans history, stories behind the differing neighborhoods, the science underlying coastal erosion and restoration, and tales of heroism and help. Among the narrators - all of whom are civic leaders - are New Orleans musician Charmaine Neville, Women of the Storm founder Anne Milling, and King Milling, chairman of the Governor's Advisory Commission on Coastal Restoration. A portion of the proceeds from each CD sale will go to benefit organizations that are working to rebuild New Orleans.
Cajun Pride Swamp Tours
Cajun Pride Swamp Tours, "Simply the best", six different tours to choose from, including gentle trips through the bayou. Door to door pickups available.
(985) 651-4477 or (504) 467-0758
Gray Line Tours
Gray Line Tours offers a relaxing way to see the local sights, guided tours include cemeteries, the French Quarter, the Garden District, and plantation houses to name a few. Please call or view the card for available tours.
Blue Bikes is the fun new way to get around New Orleans. Whether you’re heading to work, to meet friends for dinner, or just explore the city, Blue Bikes offer a convenient, fun, and healthy way to experience the city you love.
Located in the Historic New Orleans Trace, 10 minutes from Downtown in the fifth largest urban park in the nation! City Park is home to the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, and a 7-acre Botanical Garden filled with flowers, plants, and magnificent statues and foundations. Carousel Gardens home of the antique carousel, roller coaster, miniature train and many more rides and attractions. The childrens’ favorite, Storyland, has larger-than-life storybook exhibits suitable for climbing and playing. Other attractions include: Boat rentals, Fishing, Golf, (two 18-hole courses, one 9-hole course, and a driving range), Tennis, Horseback Riding and the Christmas-time “Celebration in the Oaks” decorations and entertainment.
NOLA Motorsports Park
NOLA Motorsports Park is a full-featured events facility located in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Our facility, designed by Alan Wilson, is capable of hosting events for both large and small groups. Just minutes outside of the historic New Orleans French Quarter, we are convenient to the entire metro area.
We offer programs for the general public in the form of high performance driving schools, track days, kart rentals, driver education courses, spectator events, ride-alongs with professional drivers and much more. Our facilities have many meeting rooms for groups as small as ten to groups of thousands.
A 2.75 mile world-class track that consists of 16 turns with a 5,200 foot straightaway. Designed with challenge and safety in mind, the track offers both the club level and professional driver an amazing experience. NOLA Motorsports Park offers everyone the ability to use our track for recreational or competitive use. Race fan, driver or racer, we have a place for you. Come enjoy the thrill of speed!
Our 40 acre karting facility includes 30 acres of track area with 7 acres lighted. Three circuits provide 80+ configurations.
Experience the thrill of racing just inches off the ground at the largest karting track in the US. We offer karting options for everyone from our daily rentals and rental leagues to race series for those that own a racing kart or purchase one from our in-house kart shop.
11075 Nicolle Boulevard | Avondale, LA 70094
Joe’s Landing Marina
Fishing charters for Reds and Speckled Trout, marina facilities, lodging, and other information.
4811 Privateer Boulevard | Barataria, LA
Jean Lafitte Harbor and Marina
Our Marina has been locally owned and operated since 1984. Only 45 minutes from New Orleans, we are just a car ride away from Bourbon Street. Jean Lafitte Harbor offers a wide range of services, including, but not limited to Recreational Boat Rentals, Work Boat Rentals, Inland Charter Fishing, Boat Storage, RV Campground, Air Boat Rentals, and a fully stocked hardware and convenience store. We are the most experienced in giving you the best adventure, the best service, the best marina business services, the best amenities and the best local knowledge. Call us today! We can set up a custom experience for you and your family or you and your corporate associates. And, we can accommodate all of your marina business needs.
4932 Kenal Rd, Lafitte, LA 70067
Sweetwater Guide Service & Marina
Sweetwater is located in Delacroix at the intersection of Bayou Gentilly and Bayou Terre Au Boeff with easy access to the Breton Sound fishing grounds. This means access to both inside and outside fishing. There are 3 different species of fish that are mainly targeted in the area: Redfish, Bass, and Speckled Trout. We specialize in all three, so no worries about finding your favorite fish.
Full day all inclusive charters are available. We specialize in inshore fishing for Speckled Trout and Redfish. We provide equipment, bait, licenses if needed and fish cleaning and packaging All you have to bring is your lunch and drinks for the boat and don’t forget sunscreen and an ice chest to bring your packaged fish home. Lunch can be provided for an additional cost.
Cabins offering accommodations are available for up to 16 guests. Galley kitchen with outdoor cooking equipment available; meals prepared upon request. Cable and Wi-Fi in each unit.
We currently have 12 boat sheds that are 12 x 30 with electricity and running water. For as long as you rent a boat shed, you have unlimited launches with no wait. We offer our clients full service boat launch including ice, drinks, lunch and gas. All you have to do is call and we’ll come jump in your boat!
6250 Delacroix Highway | St. Bernard, LA 70085
Sportsman's Paradise, Tuna Town USA and Redfish Capital of the World.
Any of these descriptions of Venice, Louisiana hold true, and barely touch the surface of the majestic beauty of this estuary. Venice offers visitors some of the most fertile fishing and hunting areas the country or the world has to offer. Venice is non-stop action whether you’re looking for big game fishing in the beautiful offshore waters, or the action of the Mississippi River Delta, you won’t be disappointed. Venice, Louisiana truly is a "Sportsman's Paradise."
237 Sports Marina Road | Venice, LA
Audubon Park and Golf Course
Located in the uptown area, Audubon Park provides the setting for majestic live oaks, walking and jogging trails, a golf course, and the Audubon Zoo. Take the streetcar from downtown for a great way to reach the park!
6500 Magazine St.
(504) 581-4689 or (800) 774-7394
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Your first decision is choosing which site(s) you want to visit. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve has six sites in south Louisiana. In the New Orleans area, Jean Lafitte sites are the French Quarter Visitor Center in New Orleans, the Barataria Preserve in Marrero, and Chalmette Battlefield/Chalmette National Cemetery in Chalmette. The park's three Acadian cultural centers are the Acadian Cultural Center (Lafayette), the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center (Eunice), and the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center (Thibodaux).
419 Decatur Street
Lakewood Golf Club
Lakewood Golf Club, the golf course that once hosted 26 New Orleans Opens, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. A recent multi-million dollar renovation makes Lakewood Golf Club one of the most exciting courses to play with challenging fairways, tees and greens. Nestled among beautiful Louisiana cypress and oaks, Lakewood Golf Club is one of the South's premier golf destinations.
Lakewood Golf Club is owned by the New Orleans Firefighters Pension Fund, which plans to develop the surrounding property into an upscale golf resort including golf villas, a 4-star luxury hotel, condominiums and more in the next few years.
4801 General Degaulle Drive | New Orleans, LA 70131
(504) 373-5926 ext. 1
The Players Championship
Open for the public to enjoy, TPC Louisiana brings championship golf to New Orleans. Master architect Pete Dye designed the course, working in conjunction with PGA TOUR players Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson – a New Orleans native.
TPC Louisiana was named “the #4 best upscale public golf course” by Golf Digest magazine when it debuted in 2004. TPC Louisiana is consistently included in GolfWeek’s “Best Courses You Can Play.” (Golf Digest Top 100 Public Golf Course)
The breathtaking scenery at TPC Louisiana’s golf course, stretches over 250 acres of wetlands along the Mississippi River delta, this championship golf course meets the highest course conditions is a grand representation of the natural local habitat. The golf course is part of the Audubon Golf Trail and a proud member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program – providing a landscape that many have compared to a private nature reserve.
The golf course layout incorporates stately stands of cypress and oak trees – with Dye adding plenty of water hazards and bunkers to make for a highly interesting game. The golf course features over 100 bunkers as well as five ponds, which come into play. There are five sets of tees at TPC Louisiana ranging from 5,121 yards from the front/women’s tees to 7,400 yards from the tips, which will test the PGA TOUR’s finest golf professionals.
TPC Louisiana boasts a series of short but compelling par-4 holes to balance the longer ones and delivers a great blend of challenge and playability. The signature hole on the golf course is the par-5, 18th hole. Water is in play for the entire right side of the hole, making for a challenging finish for golfers of all skill levels.
11001 Lapalco Boulevard
Bayou Oaks City Park Golf Course
Prepare yourself for an unparalleled golfing experience. Our course is a pleasure for golfers of any skill level to play. Test your accuracy with our fairways, water hazards and sand traps; we have everything you need to challenge you and improve your game. 1040 Filmore Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70124
"Getting there is half the fun!" Passes are available at many hotels and visitors centers in the city. If you are not familiar with the transit system, you can get rider assistance by calling the Regional Transit Authority's RideLine at (504) 248-3900. VisiTour Pass 1-day $3.00 3-day $12.00
Riverfront Streetcar - Enjoy all the fun and excitement along the Mississippi River. The 1.5-mile ride is your quick connection from the Convention Center to the Farmer's Market via the French Quarter.
St. Charles Streetcar - Experience the splendor of oak-draped mansions or unique shops in Riverbend via the world's oldest operating street railway. Roll by magnolias in full bloom in front of antebellum homes. More than 155 years old, the St. Charles line follows 6.5 miles of the city's most beautiful sights and landmarks.
The North Rampart/St. Claude Avenue Streetcar - Enjoy the latest addition to New Orleans' family of streetcars, with this new line that runs between Union Passenger Terminal and Elysian Fields Avenue.
The New Orleans School Of Cooking
Learn the basics of Louisiana Cooking in a way you'll never forget. Fun is a primary ingredient in our kitchen! Our Creole/Cajun experts teach New Orleans specialties such as Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines, and season them with history, trivia, and tall tales. It's a "ga-ron-teed" good time for all.
For more info call us at (504) 525-2665 (local) or 1-800-237-4841.
Lakeside Shopping Center
Lakeside Shopping Center is Louisiana’s No. #1 international tax-free shopping destination. Shop at over 120 at over 120 participating stores with convenient on-site refund center. Conveniently located 10 minutes from downtown New Orleans and 10 minutes from the Louis Armstrong international airport.
Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm Sunday: Noon -6 pm.
3301 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Metairie, LA 70002
The Shops at Canal Place
An inspiring mall to shop for women's, men’s, and children’s clothing, accessories, home décor, and even a movie theater. Visit Sak’s, Brooks Brothers and Tiffany’s, to name a few.
333 Canal Street
This six-mile-long stretch from the Garden District to Uptown known as the longest mall in America features some of the best antique stores, art galleries, gift shops, and boutiques to be found anywhere in the city.
For a casual stroll, shopping, antiquing or dining, there is no place in America like Magazine Street.
Dirty Coast: what the locals wear.
Dirty Coast is a locally owned, designed, and printed t-shirt brand, inspired by our humid home.
New Orleans really is a magical place. We often get lost in her obvious appeal, letting ourselves be overwhelmed with the most primal of urges she seems to bring out of all of us.
3 neighborhood shops:
- 713 Royal St. (504) 324-6730
- 2121 Chartres St. (504) 324-6459
- 5631 Magazine Street (504) 324-3745
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Visit one of the nation's top aquariums! Located on the banks of the Mississippi River adjacent to the French Quarter, the Aquarium of the Americas will take you on a journey from the Caribbean Sea to the muddy Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico. Also featuring the Amazon Rainforest, Changing Exhibits Gallery (with something new every year!), Seahorses Gallery and the country's largest collection of jellyfish. You'll delight at watching penguins and sea otters play, meet a shark up close, and explore the wonders of the sea! Or, reach out and feed an exotic bird at the Aquarium’s hands-on Parakeet Pointe!
At the corner of Canal Street and the River
Entergy Giant Screen Theatre
Entergy IMAX® Theatre is home to the "Largest IMAX® screen in the Gulf South." Located next door to the Aquarium, Entergy IMAX® Theatre combines the visual power of a five-and-a-half story screen with dynamic sound to put you in the middle of the action. Explore the wonders of nature through a variety of IMAX® features! One of the favorite films at this theater is Hurricane on the Bayou, Executive Produced by Audubon Nature Institute. This award-winning film weaves together rollicking local music, dramatic views of southeast Louisiana, and the stunning images of Hurricane Katrina’s effects into an uplifting story about steps underway to sustain Louisiana’s vanishing wetlands.
For tickets and show times call (504) 581-IMAX (4629)
At the corner of Canal Street and the River
(504) 581-IMAX (4629)
The Escape Game
The Escape Game is America’s top-rated escape room on TripAdvisor! You may be used to simple lock-and-key puzzles but escape rooms have evolved and these 60-minute adventures are unlike anything else. If you’re going to escape, your team will have to work together to search the room, uncover clues and overcome challenges. 233 North Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Located in historic Uptown New Orleans Audubon Zoo offers an exotic mix of animals from around the globe, engaging educational programs, hands-on animal encounters, and lush gardens. Unique natural habitat exhibits—such as the award-winning Louisiana Swamp and Jaguar Jungle—showcase the relationship between people and nature. Don't miss the sea lion and elephant presentations; highly endangered whooping cranes, Amur leopards and orangutans; white tigers Rex and Zulu; and mysterious white alligators. Audubon Zoo is often ranked among the country’s best for innovation and entertainment value!
6500 Magazine St.
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
Audubon Insectarium is located in the U.S. Custom House on Canal Street on the edge of the French Quarter and one block from the Mississippi River and Aquarium of the Americas. Here you and your children will be delighted to use all five senses of your senses as you explore North America’s largest museum devoted to insects and their relatives. Join the active audience of an awards show for bugs, by bugs and be captivated by thousands of butterflies in an Asian garden!
423 Canal St.
Mardi Gras World
Mardi Gras World is literally the place where Mardi Gras magic is made. And here you will see the world-renowned masters of Carnival sculpture and float building at work in their shops and walk among towering figures of fantasy. Mardi Gras World is open 7 days a week from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM with tours every 30 minutes. Located on the Mississippi River, just past the Convention Center.
1380 Port of New Orleans Place
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world™, and there are hundreds of stories just waiting to be told. This must-see attraction transports you to a time when victory hung in the balance. Guaranteed to move and educate, The National WWII Museum features a 4D cinematic experience, interactive exhibits, soaring aircraft, personal histories and more. Guests can also enjoy on-site dining at The American Sector restaurant and take a step back in time in BB’s Stage Door Canteen, a 1940s-style entertainment venue that showcases the music and performers of the war years with weekly matinees and weekend shows.
945 Magazine St.
The Pitot House
Located directly on Bayou St. John in Mid-City, was built in 1799 and is the only example of a Creole Colonial-style country home open to the public in the city of New Orleans. The ground floor of the house features brick floors, white plaster walls, and an exposed wood beam ceiling. The upstairs portion of the house has wide wood plank flooring, colorful Creole/ Caribbean influenced paint colors and carved wood mantels. The second floor has been furnished with Louisiana and American antiques that date from the early 1800s through the mid-nineteenth century.
1440 Moss Street
A visit to New Orleans’ historic French Quarter would not be complete without a stop at Jackson Square, which is where you will find the Cabildo. This elegant Spanish colonial building neighbors St. Louis Cathedral and houses many rare artifacts of America’s history.
Among them is Napoleon’s death mask, one of only four in existence. It was made from a mold crafted by Dr. Francesco Antommarchi, who was one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s physicians at the time of his death.
Using a variety of artifacts, images and documents, the exihibition From "Dirty Shirts" to Buccaneers: The Battle of New Orleans in American Culture opens with an exploration of the battle’s history, emphasizing the diversity of its participants, and closes with an investigation of how the battle has been remembered, commemorated and represented.
An 1839 self-portrait by Julien Hudson, is also on display. A free man of color, he was one of many during the antebellum period who worked as professional artists, writers and musicians in New Orleans.
701 Chartres Street | New Orleans, 70116
Ogden Mueum of Southrn Art
Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art and is recognized for its original exhibitions, public events, and educational programs which examine the development of visual art alongside Southern traditions of music, literature, and culinary heritage to provide a comprehensive story of the South. Established in 1999, the Museum welcomes close to 100,000 visitors annually, and attracts diverse audiences through its broad range of programming including exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, and concerts which are all part of its mission to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation, and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South. It is the first museum in Louisiana to be designated an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
925 Camp Street
Southern Food & Beverage Museum
Located in a 19th century market just 3 blocks off the St. Charles streetcar line, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB) is a fun introduction to the serious business of eating in New Orleans and the food of the American south in general. With a visit to SoFAB the visitor will see La Galerie de l'Absinthe, the Museum of the American Cocktail and can visit the Gumbo Garden. This is a unique experience not available anywhere else.
Taking a cooking class at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum and have lunch and a tour. The classes not only cover the basics of familiar Louisiana dishes, but also are steeped in the history and culture of this place. Check the website for details and schedule.
New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden:
One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park
The New Orleans Museum of Art is an exquisite pearl wrapped inside City Park’s gorgeous natural landscape. The city’s oldest fine arts institution contains a permanent collection with more than 40,000 objects and is noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, as well as photography, glass, and Japanese works.
There is a gift shop and Cafe NOMA in the museum. You can enter the museum from the side entrance if you'd like to only have lunch and not tour the museum. See www.CafeNOMA.com for restaurant details.
Outside NOMA, the five-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden holds more than 60 sculptures collectively valued at $25 million. These incredible works of art are nestled along meandering footpaths, reflecting lagoons, and 200-year-old live oaks inside the garden.
751 Chartres Street | New Orleans, 70116
(504) 568-6968 | (800) 568-6968
The Presbytère was designed in 1791 to match the Cabildo, alongside St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter. It stands today as a beautiful reminder of both Louisiana’s singular past and its vibrant present.
The Presbytère, originally called Casa Curial or “Ecclesiastical House,” was built on the site of the residence, or presbytère, of the Capuchin monks. The building was used for commercial purposes until 1834 when it became a courthouse. In 1911, it became part of the Louisiana State Museum.
The Presbytère’s two permanent exhibits tell two sides of the ongoing Louisiana story—one of celebration and one of resilience.
Enjoy tree-lined Esplanade Avenue and discover the story of the French Creoles, including Edgar Degas and his maternal family. Hosted by the Great-Grand nieces of the artist himself, this is considered by many to be the most historically accurate tour in New Orleans. The Tour includes exploring both houses and viewing the award winning film "Degas in New Orleans, a Creole Sojourn".
Also included is the Creole Neighborhood of Edgar Degas Walking Tour which explores references to the neighborhood included in Degas' New Orleans letters. The price of the tour is $29 per person. Total time for the tour is 2 hours and 15 minutes. Tour times are 10:30 and 1:45.
2306 Esplanade Avenue | New Orleans, LA 70119