Our Favorite Must-See Spots in New Orleans
We hope everyone had a fantastic New Year! Now that it’s 2016, we know many of you are probably planning trips to New Orleans…we hope so! With that in mind, we wanted to share some of our favorite must-see spots in NOLA that we recommend checking out while you’re here!
St. Louis Cathedral & Jackson Square
The St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square are together one of New Orleans’ most notable landmarks. Since 1727 New Orleanians have worshiped on the site of the Cathedral. In the first little church were baptized the children of colonists and the children of slaves. Jackson Square was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and in 2012 was named by the American Planning Association as one of America’s Great Public Spaces. And that it is. From the statues to the trees to the street performers—plus the view of the historic St. Louis Cathedral—it’s a vital part of New Orleans and the French Quarter. Every year, the square hosts the French Quarter Festival in April and Caroling in Jackson Square in December, so you can time your visit around events such as those!
There is a long line of Natchez boats: the current one is the ninth and is the last authentic steamboat on the Mighty Mississippi. Each of the boats had deep ties to American history, and the current Natchez has been in operation since 1975. Take a two-hour cruise down the Mississippi aboard the steamboat and experience New Orleans’ classic beauty and romance.
The Ursuline Convent is an historic New Orleans landmark—known as one of the oldest buildings in NOLA, dating back to 1732. It’s been converted into a museum so that you can tour its formal gardens, hand-crafted cypress staircase, and bronze busts. Most of the structures were restored and repaired in the 1970s during a $3 million restoration, so you’re sure to enjoy this testament to the past!
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is much more than a bar. Jean Lafitte was a privateer, entrepreneur, sailor, diplomat, spy, and hero of the Battle of New Orleans. The tavern is said to have been owned by Lafitte, and is one of the oldest surviving structures in New Orleans. It has been called the oldest structure in the U.S. housing a bar. Finally: it is supposed to be one of the more haunted venues in the French Quarter! There’s a lot of reasons to visit this place: all of them distinctly NOLA.
Finally, Preservation Hall, an incredible musical venue in the French Quarter founded in 1961 to protect, preserve, and perpetuate traditional New Orleans jazz. It’s not your typical venue: there are multiple shows a day, seven nights a week. People from all around the world continue to visit New Orleans to share the intimacy and atmosphere of Preservation Hall, and you should too.
We always have more recommendations for must-see spots in New Orleans! Next time you stay with us, just ask!
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