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Louisiana’s French Quarter and Unique Attractions
Don’t resist the temptation to visit the French Quarter when in Louisiana. When there, head over to the French Market. Spanning six blocks, it started as a trading post in days past. For the Goths and Metalheads in your group, check out the Original Dungeon. It’s fun for the entire group, too. Doors open at midnight. That should give you some idea what you’re in for.
Don’t forget about Bourbon Street, considered to be the heart of the French Quarter. Yes, it’s the street used in many a movie and fiction plot.
Many compare Jackson Square in the French Quarter to Greenwich Village in New York City. Filled with artistic types, you’ll see these artists and their creations there. No one will let you forget about Mardi Gras, quintessential event of the French Quarter. No description can do it justice. You just have to experience it for yourself. Round your French Quarter trip to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Music is in the air.
Once the main drag of New Orleans, Bourbon Street stretches across the length of the French Quarter. Known as the epicenter of the party,
Bourbon Street has been entertaining New Orleans guests and residents since the early 1700s with its wealth of entertainment, shopping, restaurants, and so much more.
Visitors flock to Upper Bourbon Street, especially during celebrations such as Mardi Gras, for famous taverns, bars and watering holes.
Spend time at some legendary Bourbon Street hangouts such as the Cat's Meow, Razzoo and Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop.
Originally designed as an actual canal cutting through the streets of New Orleans, Canal Street is a well-known thoroughfare forming a boundary of the French Quarter near downtown NOLA.
The street features a collection of sight seeing and commerce, including One Canal Place and the iconic Canal Street Car Line.
Canal Street extends from the Mississippi River until it becomes Canal Boulevard – passing by the Shoppes at Canal Place and Bourbon Street along the way.
Canal Street is known for its history of entertainment as well, once housing the a collection of historic theaters and cinemas.
The atmosphere of the French Market will forever go unmatched. Found on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail, the French Market features hundreds of boutiques full of unique commerce.
This epicenter of retail, souvenirs, and fresh produce has graced the edges of the French Quarter for over two centuries, and continues to delight visitors and host festivities.
Don’t miss market celebrations such as the Creole Tomato Festival, or check out what’s happening anytime at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.
No matter when you’re in town, there’s always something to do, and something to take home, at the French Market. With Best Western hotels in New Orleans, Harvey and Metairie, you can take your new finds to your comfortable room anywhere in town.
An icon of the French Quarter, Jackson Square sits in the heart of New Orleans across from the Mississippi River. Formerly known as Place d'Armes, Jackson Square became a National Historic Landmark in 1960, and is currently a hub for art, theater and shopping.
Say hello to the many Jackson Square artists, vendors and performers and get your palm read, enjoy the live music and routines of the street performers, or take home a beautiful piece of art from the heart of New Orleans.
Jackson Square neighbors the stunning St. Louis Cathedral, yet another landmark of Crescent City. One of the oldest churches in the country, the St. Louis Cathedral originated in the early 1700s and is currently open to the public. Step inside and take a look around. Admire the beautiful artwork of the ceiling, visit the gift shop, or take a tour of the cathedral and the Old Ursuline Convent.
A major avenue in New Orleans, Magazine Street follows the Mississippi River through the central part of the city and the French Quarter.
Magazine Street becomes Decatur Street once it hits the Vieux Carré, and passes Audubon Park housing the Audubon Zoo in uptown New Orleans.
The famed thoroughfare is six miles in total, featuring a great deal of shopping and sightseeing along the way – including a pass through the Lower Garden District.
It’s no question the best nightspots in town are on Bourbon Street. Any night of the week, residents and visitors find themselves pouring into the streets of the French Quarter – looking for music, dancing, karaoke and, of course, some adult refreshments.
Happy hour at the world-famous Cat’s Meow starts at 4 p.m., and ends with an all-inclusive round of Catskaraoke. Pack yourself on the balcony for an amazing view of the street, right in the middle of the party at Bourbon Street and St. Peter Street. Across the intersection is Krazy Korner, home of the Bourbon Balcony Bash during Mardi Gras.
Party until you can’t party no more, and spend the night at the Best Western hotel in the French Quarter. Found three blocks from Bourbon Street neighboring Louis Armstrong Park, this Best Western hotel in New Orleans grants guests convenient access to the sights and sounds – albeit karaoke – of the French Quarter.
Touring the Vieux Carré
Ghosts, Pirates and Mobsters of the Quarter
French Quarter History Tour
The French Quarter History Tour, brought to guests by Historic New Orleans Tours, Inc. departs daily at 10:30 a.m. for a journey through the Vieux Carré.
Starting at the Mighty Mississippi, this tour winds through the streets of central New Orleans, passing through the French Market, the Jean Lafitte Blacksmith Shop, and beautiful Jackson Square.
Don’t miss tales of the Quadroon Ballroom, or literary pit stops for fans of Anne Rice, Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner.
There's no better way to get to know the Quarter, so strap on some comfortable walking shoes and ready yourself for quite a story.
New Orleans Ghost Tours
Didn’t know New Orleans was haunted? Now that you do, sign up for New Orleans Ghosts Tours z a sector of the Haunted History Tours of downtown crescent City.
Once darkness falls over the streets of the French Quarter, set out for the Rev. Zombie's Voodoo Shop on St. Peter Street. This is where the nightly ghost tour guides meet their groups at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., and take them on a two-hour exploration of spiritual New Orleans.
ev. Zombie's Voodoo Shop is also the meeting spot for voodoo and vampire tours – all the more reason to sign up with the Haunted History Tours of the French Quarter.
Scandalous Cocktail Hour Tour
What better place to have a cocktail hour tour than the Big Easy?
Hosted by Historic New Orleans Tours, Inc. – this 21-and-over Scandalous Cocktail Hour Tour takes guests past a number of famous New Orleans watering holes such as the Carousel Bar, Pat O’Brien’s, and Jean Lafitte Blacksmith Shop – the perfect place for fans of real pirates.
This two and a half-hour tour starts at the legendary Pat’s O’Brien’s Hurricane Bar, and ends on foot at Muriel’s along Chartress Street. Hear how well-known cocktails were first created, and walk past a former homestead of the American Mafia. From Jean Lafitte to Tennessee Williams, this tour is not to be missed.