New Orleans, LA
We know that the best parts of your trip are often spent taking in the local attractions. With so many to choose from, right here in New Orleans—or a short drive away—it’s hard to focus on one in particular. So don’t. Throw yourself into as much as you can. However you choose to spend your time—experiencing the nightlife on Bourbon Street, cruising down the Mississippi in an old-fashioned steamboat or visiting former residents in one of our famous cemeteries (no joke)—good times, great stories and plenty of photos are guaranteed. Our concierge has great insights into all the best things to see and do in the area. We’re happy to make recommendations and provide additional information about any of the New Orleans attractions below.
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, it’s a community where residents take time to reminisce with neighbors about times gone by and to welcome visitors strolling the streets. Visitors can get an inside look at architectural gems by going on home tours offered throughout the year. Discoveries await around every corner. Prepare yourself to find an eclectic shopping destination, a delicious restaurant, or a wonderful history museum. Browse the treasure trove at the French Market, shade yourself in Jackson Square, and savor a muffuletta at Central Grocery.
Mardi Gras World
1380 Port of New Orleans Place
Come see where Mardi Gras is made on your New Orleans travels. Mardi Gras magic is created right before your eyes in this maze of amazing carnival creations. Guided tours, video, royalty costumes and a gift shop are all available. This is also a fabulous location for private events.
New Orleans Cemeteries
Only in New Orleans could cemeteries become some of the most popular major tourist attractions. Because the city is built on a swamp, the deceased have to be buried above ground, in elaborate stone crypts and mausoleums. Over time, the cemeteries, with elaborate sculptures and other decorative artwork embellishing the tombs, have come to come to resemble small villages. They are known collectively as the “Cities of the Dead”. The most famous cemetery is St. Louis Cemetery #1 but there are many others to explore as well.
Hermann Grima/Gallier Houses
820 St. Louis Street / 1132 Royal Street
Built in 1831, Hermann Grima House (820 St. Louis) and Gallier House (1132 Royal Street), built in 1857, offer tours interpreting the Creole lifestyles of New Orleanians in the 19th century.
1113 Chartres Street
This stately 1826 Mansion in the French Quarter contains collections from the Beauregard Family and from noted author Frances Parkinson Keyes. Guided tours take place on the hour from 10 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Saturday. Also available for private functions.
New Orleans Area Plantations
They were once the mainstays of a regional agrarian economy, as well as the bastions of a genteel culture. Now they are major tourist attractions offering windows into a bygone past. They are, of course, plantations, and in southern Louisiana there are a good number of them within easy driving distance of New Orleans. Some of our favorites include the Laura and Oak Alley Plantations.
Aquarium of the Americas
1 Canal Street
One of the top five aquariums in the country, featuring the largest collection of sharks and jellyfish. Don't miss our rare white gator, penguins, otters and a changing exhibits gallery. Steps away from the French Quarter and just three blocks from Loews New Orleans.
Utilizing the full 23,000 square feet of the historic, white marble columned structure in the 400 block of Canal Street, the Insectarium is the largest freestanding museum in the United States devoted to the 900,000-plus known species of insects and their relatives. It gives visitors an up-close-and-personal glimpse into the lives of selected members of the largest grouping of living, visible, mobile organisms on earth.
6500 Magazine Street
One of the top five zoos in the country. Meet more than 2,000 animals in their natural habitat settings, including our white alligator in the Louisiana Swamp exhibit.
New Orleans School of Cooking
524 St. Louis Street
Our festive Creole/Cajun cooking class includes lunch, laughs and lessons in a historic French Quarter setting. Group rates available with lunch included. Hands-on and team-building classes also available.
With over 45 museums throughout the New Orleans, it’s easy to immerse yourself in the city’s history, culture and arts.
Contemporary Arts Center (CAC)
900 Camp Street
The CAC is the home of modern multidisciplinary arts programming in the South. From bold experiments in visual arts, photography and sculpture to cutting-edge theater, music and dance, the CAC celebrates the art of now. It is a must-see on our New Orleans travel guide.
Louisiana Children's Museum
420 Julia Street
Explore 30,000 square feet of hands-on fun, engaging exhibits and exciting programs designed to spark your kids' curiosity. Dine in a five-star role-playing café, lift 500 pounds, trap your shadow… learning has never been so fun. This exciting New Orleans museum is located just five blocks from the Loews New Orleans.
Louisiana State Museum
751 Chartres Street
Showcasing the unique history and traditions of New Orleans, the Louisiana State Museum includes landmark properties the Cabildo, Presbytere, Old U.S. Mint, Madame John's Legacy and 1850 house.
New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins, C. Diboll Circle
The city's oldest fine arts museum houses more than 40,000 objects with an estimated worth of over $200 million. Discover works of art from ancient to modern times from around the world, including painting, sculptures, photography and other objects. The New Orleans museum also hosts traveling exhibits. Located in City Park and accessible via the Canal Street streetcar.
National WWII Museum
945 Magazine Street
Named one of the top museums in the country, the National WWII Museum allows visitors to relive the American experience of WWII. A collection of personal stories, artifacts and interactive displays brings history to life and proudly illustrates the teamwork, courage and sacrifice of the men and women who took part in one of the most significant events in our country’s history. The museum’s new 250-seat Solomon Victory Theater features a 120-feet wide immersive screen showing Beyond All Boundaries, a 4-D cinematic experience. Located just seven blocks from the hotel.
Stage Door Canteen at National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum honors the memorable wartime tradition of GIs visiting the Canteens to forget their anxieties and enjoy some entertainment. The Stage Door Canteen presents a wonderful weekly series of unique entertainment—evening performances and matinees of headliner acts, signature musical productions, big bands, dancing, The Victory Belles vocal trio, and more. Enjoy pre-show dinner, brunch or lunch by Chef John Besh at The American Sector restaurant.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street
Get to know the South! Located in the cultural heart of New Orleans just seven blocks from the hotel, this museum houses the largest collection of Southern art in the world. Learn about the history of the South through permanent collections, traveling exhibits, educational programs and publications at this fascinating museum in New Orleans.
Insider Tip: The National WWII Museum, Odgen Museum of Southern Art and the CAC are all located in close proximity to each other and very close to the contemporary art galleries of Julia Street.
Contact our concierge for additional recommendations.
Please note that most of the city’s museums and art galleries are closed on Mondays.