Although this historic French Quarter street has a bawdy reputation due to the burlesque clubs and all-night partying, come experience a whole other side of Bourbon Street steeped in history, folk lore and beauty that dates back to 1718 when New Orleans was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. Also known as “Rue Bourbon,” this historic street sits at the heart of the French Quarter extending 13 blocks from Canal St. to Esplanade Avenue. A favorite stomping ground for both visitors and locals is Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop located on the corner of Bourbon Street and St. Phillip Street in a creole cottage. This bar and restaurant’s walls are full of legends, mystery and days of old New Orleans. Galatoire’s Restaurant is one of New Orleans’ oldest and most popular restaurants. Specializing in French Creole cuisine, this French Quarter hot spot is the place to be for lunch on Fridays.The Old Absinthe House building was originally erected in 1806 as a family-owned importing firm. As years went on, the ground floor became a saloon where in 1874 mixologist, Cayetano Ferrer, created the famous Absinthe House Frappe. Even though Absinthe is now an illegal substance, you can still experience this celebrated drink substituted with Herbsaint. For more information, Click Here
The French Quarter
The French Quarter, also known as Vieux Carré – or the “Quarter” to locals, sits on a crescent in the Mississippi River on some of the highest ground in New Orleans. Not only is this the city’s cultural hub, but is a community where residents take time to reminisce with neighbors about times gone by and to welcome visitors in the streets. Cast iron balconies were added to many masonry buildings after 1850, when Baroness Pontalba included them on her fashionable row houses near Jackson Square. These lacy galleries, along with plentiful stoops and porches on younger buildings, make the Quarter a great place for people-watching-and every kind of person imaginable can be spotted on the sidewalks of the Quarter. Besides its obvious architectural distinction, the Vieux Carré offers visitors a plethora of different experiences. Around the bend of every corner you may find an eclectic shopping destination, delicious restaurant, or history museum. Browse the treasure trove at the French Market, shade yourself in Jackson Square, and munch on a muffuletta at Central Grocery. For more information, Click Here.
If it’s music that you crave or just a peek into the New Orleans way of life, then Frenchmen Street is a must-see. Known as the “locals’ version of Bourbon,” Frenchmen is an entertainment district located within walking distance of the French Quarter. It offers an amazing variety of venue styles and music ranging from traditional jazz to blues to reggae to rock all week long. Sketch artists and poets line the sidewalk and bluegrass and gypsy jazz pick-up bands nestle into stoops along the strip. Brass bands are commonly found on the corner of Chartres and Frenchmen, and before you know it, you’ll be dancing in the streets like a local. Grab a bite or cocktails or both at one of the many restaurants and cafes that line the street. Traditional Creole, world fusion, Mexican, sushi and vegetarian options are all just steps away. For more information, Click Here.
Randy Leo Frechette – A.K.A. Frenchy – has been drawing since he could grip a pencil. In grade school he impressed friends with caricatures of teachers and classmates, but he did not realize his true calling until jazz-funk band, The Boston Horns, persuaded him to paint their live performance in Orlando, FL.
Frenchy’s career is a wild and colorful ride with stops at concert venues and sports stadiums all over the globe. Based in talent-rich New Orleans, his creativity reflects the spirited nature of the city while his art serves as a cultural ambassador to the world.
His presence fills venues both large and small with the raw energy of the creative spirit. Frenchy captivates onlookers with his artistry in motion – painting events in real-time as they unfold before him. His performance is mesmerizing and its end-result is awe-inspiring. For more information Click Here or call 504-581-3522.
Japanese Garden Foundation of New Orleans
The initial dream of building a Japanese Garden in New Orleans first took root in 1985 when several Japanese cultural organizations joined together to create the Japanese Garden Society of New Orleans. The sole purpose of the JGS was to promote the awareness and appreciation of Japanese gardens through the construction of such a garden here in New Orleans. The garden celebrates some important connections between New Orleans and Japan. The formal name of the garden is Yakumo Nihon Teien, an unusual name that bears some explanation. Nihon means Japanese and Teien means garden, so that much is clear. Yakumo refers to a New Orleans writer, Lafcadio Hearn. The garden is one of the most visited and popular sites in the Botanical Garden. We recently expanded the garden more than doubling it in size. The Japanese Garden Society also recently changed its name to the Japanese Garden Foundation, which is more in keeping with our mission of expanding and maintaining this tiny treasure in City Park.
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National WWII Museum
National WWII Museum’s exhibits cover the epic and global scale of the war that changed the world, in a voice that is intimate and personal. Exhibits not only highlight the role of world leaders, but also the everyday men and women who found the strength and courage to accomplish the extraordinary. Currently housed in three buildings, each arranged around central themes of the war, Museum exhibits offer visitors an opportunity to experience the war through the eyes of the men and women who lived it. Interactive, oral histories and personal vignettes add a meaningful perspective. For more information Click Here or call (504) 528-1944.
Come join their outgoing captains on a high speed Airboat Ride! You’ll be touring a large tract (20,000 acres) of tidewater cypress swamp. It’s a dynamic ecosystem supporting many types of aquatic and moist-soil vegetation, as well as a diverse wildlife population. And you’ll witness some of the most beautiful scenery around as we take you through the swamp and into the bayous lined with moss-draped cypress and tupelo-gum trees. During your 1 hour 45 minute – 2 hour tour you’ll have opportunities to see alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets, herons and ibis, and we sometimes see hawks, owls and bald eagles. For more information you can call (504) 689-2005 or Click Here.
Swamp, City and Plantation Tours, Cajun Encounters does them all! On the Swamp Tours see the famous Honey Island Swamp. Voted as the #1 Swamp Tour by Louisiana locals, they provide an unforgettable two-hour personal tour of the beautiful Honey Island.
Traveling by bus, you will have several opportunities to get out and take a closer look at things like historic cemeteries, cultural centers and more. Pickup and drop-off service is included directly from your downtown hotel, and with tours departing several times a day.
Spend the day along the old Mississippi River Road, visiting Louisiana’s most famous plantations. With Cajun Encounters you will journey down the historic River Road Region as you make your way to these historic landmarks. On this tour, you will see the grandeur and diversity of New Orleans by visiting Oak Alley and Laura Plantations.
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Their tours offer an intimate, detailed look at the distillation process from beginning to end and tell the story of our unique company and our survival after Hurricane Katrina. The tours begin with an Old New Orleans Rum cocktail and conclude with tasting of all 4 products. Become a connoisseur as you experience the subtle flavors of our distinctive rums. Celebration Distillation offers daily tours and tastings at the distillery: Monday thru Friday at 12, 2, and 4 pm; Saturdays 2 pm and 4 pm. They are closed on Sundays. The tour is $10 per person and lasts approximately 45 minutes. The Old New Orleans Rum Distillery is close to the French Quarter but not walking distance. If you are unable to book our courtesy transportation, you will to need drive or take a taxi (approximately 10 minutes from the French Quarter). If you are driving, there is ample free parking available on the street. To book a tour, please call:(800) 979-3370. For more information, please Click Here.
Insta-Gator Ranch and Hatchery
Insta-Gator Ranch participates in the world renowned alligator ranching program. Directed by Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, this farm was developed to conserve the American Alligator species and preserve the Louisiana wetlands. Gator Fun! Your guided tour gives you a first-hand account of the Louisiana Alligator Industry, from hatchling to handbag. See the ultra-light airplane and air boat used to harvest the eggs from the Louisiana swamp, while action film footage takes you into the wild. You’ll see how the rancher locates the eggs in the marshes and cautiously removes the eggs from the nest.
Individual Rates- Call for tour times. Reservations are recommended.
Seniors & Military: $14.00
Children (12 & under): $10.00; Infants Free
For more information call (985) 892-3669 or Click here.
New Orleans Segway Tours
City Segway Tours is proud to be the first guided Segway tour in the world! Be sure you glide with the original – City Segway Tours!
City Segway Tours offers you the complete experience:
– A great orientation.
– Informative historical and current-day information.
– Heaps of unique and fascinating stories.
– Fantastic photo ops.
– Superb personal service from your guide.
– An opportunity to ride the coolest machine in the world, and more. New Orleans City Segway Tour takes you everywhere you need to see in just three hours. Glide effortlessly through the timeless streets of the French Quarter as we point out all the highlights New Orleans has to offer
Reservations are required please call 504.619.4162 or Click Here.
Let the old fashioned riverboats take you back to when life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi. Choose from any of our cruises, and you’ll experience New Orleans as it can best be seen from the river. Savor the beauty and romance of the New Orleans skyline aboard the last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi River, the Steamboat, NATCHEZ. Join us for our exciting new Casual Buffet Brunch, and enjoy a two-hour cruise by day from the heart of the French Quarter aboard the Steamboat NATCHEZ – including Calliope concert! Welcome aboard the most unique blend of “real New Orleans”, combining a two hour cruise on the iconic Steamboat NATCHEZ, with traditional live jazz, and a mouth-watering New Orleans Brunch. There will be live jazz on all the cruises. For more information call 504-596-1401 or Click Here.
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