Take a Virtual Tour of New Orleans!
The Excitement and Rich Flavor of New Orleans
The New Orleans metropolitan area boasts a countless number of entertainment options, cultural opportunities, and culinary delights that residents find time to enjoy. Jazz is the soundtrack to the city, with numerous jazz clubs in the French Quarter area including the legendary Preservation Hall (pictured), the popular Frenchmen street, and the House of Blues. The Central Business District is home to the Howlin’ Wolf, which hosts an eclectic mix of artists, and The World War II museum which is a popular destination for many tourists. Uptown locals flock to Tipitina’s to see local bands as well as national stars perform jazz, funk, soul, and Cajun music. Each year, thousands of visitors flock to hear big-name bands perform at Voodoo Fest,French Quarter Fest, and Jazz Fest, events that guarantee a good time. Many major concert tours have stops in New Orleans with performances at either the Superdome or The Smoothie King Center. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra delights audiences with classical and contemporary favorites. Royal Street in the French Quarter is home to numerous intimate art galleries, and larger exhibits may be seen at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Contemporary Arts Center, and the unique Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Sports fans will want to get tickets early for the Saints, whose home turf is the Superdome (pictured). A Pelicans basketball game is always a fun and inexpensive option. Every year, New Orleans hosts the Sugar Bowl, Zurich Classic (a PGA tour event), and the city often hosts NCAA Tournaments and the NBA Allstar game. Few visitors think of New Orleans without thinking of Mardi Gras, a prolonged celebration preceding Lent that includes indulgence in great food, fantastic music, countless social events, and a long string of prize-laden parades, many of which are family-friendly and in local neighborhoods. Our Aquarium of the Americas has been rated one of the top five in the U.S. (don’t miss the penguins or rare white alligators), and the Audubon Zoo is also one of the best in the country. In December, City Park displays thousands of twinkling lights during the Celebration In the Oaks. For history buffs, a cemetery tour allows you to snake between many of New Orleans’ uniquely elaborate and ornate aboveground graves. If romance is in the air, the Cajun Queen’s jazz dinner cruise on the Mississippi River is a must. No description of New Orleans would be complete without mention of the gastronomic joys the city has to offer. New Orleans has one of the highest number per capita of restaurants in the country (over 1500 in the local area!). The jazz brunch buffet at Arnaud's and Antoine's is an absolute must, and the jazz brunch at Commander’s Palace is truly exceptional. Galatoire's, Emeril’s, GW Fins, Muriel’s, Jacques-Imo’s, Tableau, and countless other restaurants offer world-class and unique Cajun, Creole, and fresh Gulf seafood dishes. Neighborhood restaurants like Dick and Jenny’s, Saba, La Petite Grocery, Clancy's and Lola's are worth the wait. This is also home to amazing Vietnamese food - Lillys, Pho Bang or Pho No Viet are great options in the Garden District!
More Photos from around town!