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French Quarter Attractions and Things To Do in New Orleans

Things To Do in New Orleans

The Crescent City brims with historic architecture, famous cuisine, and fascinating characters. In addition to these familiar sites, you’ll also find several must-see attractions. Explore the Asian Domain at the Audubon Zoo, where sun bears and even a white tiger reside, check out the nightlife on Bourbon Street and Frenchmen Street, or try your luck at Harrah’s Casino. New Orleans offers plenty of easy transportation options for visitors and locals alike. Looking for something close to Bienville House Hotel? The Audubon Aquarium, Entergy IMAX Theatre, and St. Louis Cathedral are but a quick journey on foot.

Family-Friendly Attractions in New Orleans

Flora, fauna, and fun unique to New Orleans

Audubon Zoo
Home to more than 1,800 animals, the Audubon Zoo is one of the finest in the U.S., and the gardens are spectacular. A free shuttle departs from St. Charles Avenue streetcar stop 36.
Address: 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone: (504) 861 – 2537
Hours: Closed Monday / Tues – Fri: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. / Sat. & Sun.: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Audubon Institute Aquarium of the Americas
This award-winning public aquarium includes a penguin colony with several nesting pairs.
Address: 1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 565 – 3033
Hours: Closed Monday / Tues. – Sun. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Entergy IMAX Theatre
Experience Hollywood blockbusters and amazing educational films on a silver screen five-and-a-half stories tall!
Address: 1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (800) 774-7394
Hours: Shows start every hours on Tues. – Sun. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
Located in the historic U.S. Custom House on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans, the Audubon Insectarium will delight you with “up close and personal” live insect encounters, the indelible story of the Crescent City, and insects, and “Life Underground,” where you’ll be shrunk to insect size.
Address: 423 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (800) 774-7394
Hours: Closed Monday / Tues. – Sun. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Louisiana Children’s Museum
Located downtown, the Louisiana Children’s Museum promotes hands-on participatory learning for children of all ages.
Address: 420 Julia St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 523-1357
Hours: Closed Monday / Tues. – Sat. 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. / Sun.: 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

St. Louis Cathedral
This magnificent cathedral was built around 1849 and was designated a minor basilica in 1964 by Pope Paul VI. Mass said daily.
Address: 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone: (504) 525-9585
Hours: Free tours available Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 1:30pm-5pm. The St. Louis Cathedral gift shop is open daily, 9am-6pm.

New Orleans Museums

Where art meets history and culture

With over 40 museums in New Orleans to choose from, it’s easy to immerse yourself in the city’s rich history and sensational culture. New Orleans museums run the gamut – from an emphasis on Southern art at the Ogden Museum to a comprehensive look at the Second World War at the National WWII Museum. Those seeking modern works might enjoy the Contemporary Arts Center or NOMA. In typically quirky New Orleans fashion, the Musee Conti Wax melds history – and scandal – with artistic wax sculptures.

New Orleans Museum of Art
Address: 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans, LA 70124
Phone: (504) 658-4100
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Friday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Closed Monday

Contemporary Arts Center
Address: 900 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 528-3805
Hours: Closed Tuesday / Wed. – Mon: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Musee Conti Wax Museum
Address: 917 Conti Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 525-2605
Hours: Monday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Closed Mardi-Gras Day; special appointment for private parties, specialty tours and events.

The National World War II Museum
Address: 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 528-1944
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily; closed Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Address: 925 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 539-9650
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Homes
Address: 820 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 525-5661
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.; closed Wednesday and Sunday

Shopping in New Orleans

Local goods and national brands in one charming spot

No matter if you’re on the hunt for souvenirs or simply looking for something for yourself. New Orleans shopping offers an array of goods. Start at French Market – the country’s oldest public market founded in 1791 – then work your way over to Royal Street for antiques. The French Quarter is also home to Faulkner House Books, Nola Kids, and UAL, where you’ll have access to designer clothing and accessories at deeply discounted prices. Within walking distance is the Central Business District: head to the Shops at Canal Place, the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, and the Shops at Jax Brewery for more traditional stores. Ready to top off your day? Try Goorin Bros., a unique hat shop.

French Market
Address: 1235 North Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone: (504) 596-3420
Hours: Vary by vendor, but typically open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Magazine Street
Famous for its miles of locally owned boutiques and restaurants as well as national retailers, Magazine Street is a shopper’s paradise. Magazine Street is easily accessible by car or public transportation from our French Quarter hotel.

Royal Street
Just steps away from our French Quarter hotel, Royal Street is famous for its elegant antique furniture, décor, art galleries, and jewelry boutiques.
Hours: The street is closed to cars from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to serve as a pedestrian mall.

The Shops at Canal Place
Located just steps away from Bienville House Hotel, this upscale shopping center is home to exclusive designer boutiques and national luxury brands including Saks Fifth Avenue, Anthropologie, Tiffany & Co., and Brooks Brothers. The mall also features locally made goods at artist collective RHINO Gallery, plus a luxurious movie-watching experience at The Theatres at Canal Place.
Address: 333 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 522-9200
Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk
Experience the nation’s first upscale outlet center in a downtown setting at The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk. Shop from more than 75 retailers and restaurants including Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio, Tommy Bahama Outlet, Forever 21, Coach, The PUMA Store, Hartstrings Kids Apparel Center, and Kenneth Cole.
Address: 500 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 522-1555
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Faulkner House Books
Address: 624 Pirate’s Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone: (504) 524-2940
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The Shops at Jax Brewery
Address: 600 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 566 – 7245
Hours: Daily from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

UAL United Apparel Liquidators
Address: 518 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 301-4437
Hours: Daily from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Goorin Bros. Hat Shop
Address: 709 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone: (504) 523 – 4287
Hours: Monday -Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Nola Kids
Address: 333 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 566-1340
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

New Orleans Restaurants

Every meal is a culinary experience in New Orleans

New Orleans is known as much for its sensory countenance as it is for its high-spiritedness, and nowhere is this more palpable than in the glorious food offered at local New Orleans restaurants. This city is enthusiastic about its cuisine, which can be found in every direction and on every level – in the deli on the corner, at the neighborhood po’ boy shop, on the contemporary seasonal menus of swanky hotel lounges, and in the old grande dame restaurants that have soldiered on for generations. You are going to want to eat a lot here. Feel free to unbuckle your pants after dessert.

Latitude 29
Located inside Bienville House, Latitude 29 serves up exotic Tiki cuisine and cocktails that includes options for our gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan guests.
Address: 321 N. Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 609-3811
Hours: Monday-Thursday 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Friday-Sunday 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Cuisine: Tiki, Polynesian, Asian
Price Range: $$

Criollo Restaurant
Criollo is a refined Creole bistro located inside our sister property, Hotel Monteleone.
Address: 214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 681-4444
Hours: Breakfast Daily: 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Lunch Daily: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Dinner Daily 5:30 p.m. – until
Cuisine: Creole, Cajun, American
Price Range: $$$

Acme Oyster & Seafood House
Address: 724 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 522-5973
Hours: Daily 11:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m.
Cuisine: Creole, Seafood, Po-Boys
Price Range: $$

Antoine’s
Address: 713 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 581-4422
Hours: Lunch served Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Dinner served Monday-Saturday 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sunday Jazz Brunch 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cuisine: Creole, French, Seafood
Price Range: $$$

Arnaud’s
Address: 813 Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 523-5433
Hours: Dinner served daily 6:00 p.m. – till; Sunday Jazz Brunch 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Cuisine: Creole, French
Price Range: $$$

Bayona
Address: 430 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70122
Phone: (504) 525-4455
Hours: Lunch served Wednesday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 2;00 p.m.; Dinner served Monday-Thursday 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Cuisine: American, Creole, French
Price Range: $$$

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
Address: 429 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 522-5800
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Cuisine: Seafood
Price Range: $$

Cafe Du Monde – French Market
Address: 800 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone: (504) 525-4544
Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (closes at 6:00 p.m. December 24, opens 6:00 a.m. December 26)
Cuisine: Breakfast, Coffee Shop
Price Range: $

Court of Two Sisters
Address: 613 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 522-7261
Hours: Jazz Brunch Buffet daily 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Creole a la Carte Dinner served nightly 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Cuisine: Creole, French
Price Range: $$$

Crescent City Brewhouse
Address: 527 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 522-0571
Hours: Monday-Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Cuisine: American, Creole, Pubs, Seafood, Burgers, Cajun
Price Range: $$

Galatoire’s
Address: 209 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 525-2021
Hours: Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (closed Mondays)
Cuisine: Creole, French
Price Range: $$$

Johnny’s Po-Boys
Address: 511 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 524-8129
Hours: Open daily 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cuisine: American, Po-Boys, Breakfast, Lunch
Price Range: $

Emeril Lagasse’s NOLA Restaurant
Address: 534 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 522-6652
Hours: Lunch Thursday-Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Dinner daily 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Cuisine: American, Creole
Price Range: $$$$

Olivier’s Creole Restaurant
Address: 204 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 525-7734
Hours: Lunch Thursday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Dinner daily 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Cuisine: Creole
Price Range: $$

Paul Prudhomme’s K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen
Address: 416 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 524-7394
Hours: Deli-Style Lunch Thursday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Dinner Monday-Saturday 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (closed Sundays except New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival)
Cuisine: Creole, Cajun
Price Range: $$$$

New Orleans Tours

Learn obscure facts and history with specialized New Orleans tours

New Orleans boasts hundreds of years of history – the stories and buildings born out of so many years are nearly impossible to keep up with. Fortunately, several tours are available for tourists interested in learning more about the city and its one-of-a-kind narrative. Choose from neighborhood and themed tours, or try a haunted history tour that pays a visit to cemeteries and other haunted locales. Water tours on Steamboat Natchez are a memorable choice, as well.

Gray Line Tours of New Orleans
Address: 400 North Peters Street, Suite 203, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 569-1401 or (800) 223-2628 for reservations
Gray Line Tours offer the following New Orleans tours:

  • Hurricane Katrina – America’s worst (man made) disaster
  • Swamp & Bayou – Boat trip into South Louisiana’s wetland
  • Super City – 300 years of history, legends & romance
  • Plantations – The South’s most picturesque antebellum setting
  • Paddle & Wheel – Natchez Cruise plus the City Tour
  • French Quarter – One of America’s oldest neighborhoods
  • Garden District – Elegant homes off St. Charles Avenue
  • Cemetery & Voodoo – Visit the tomb of Marie Laveau
  • New Orleans Cocktail – Discover other famous “spirits”
  • Ghost & Spirits – The haunted French Quarter at night

Haunted History Walking Tours
Phone: (504) 861-2727 or (888) 644-6787
Haunted History Walking Tours specializes in ghost, voodoo, vampire, and cemetery tours of New Orleans. Haunted History Walking Tours offers the following New Orleans tours:

  • New Orleans Ghost Tours
  • New Orleans Voodoo Tours
  • New Orleans Vampire Tours
  • New Orleans Cemetery Tours
  • New Orleans Scandal Tours
  • Garden District Tours
  • Garden District Ghost Tours
  • French Quarter History Tours
  • Specialty Tours

Steamboat Natchez New Orleans Cruises
The New Orleans Steamboat Company locally owns and operates the last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi River, offering daytime jazz cruises and night time dinner jazz cruises.
Address: 400 North Peters Street, Suite 203, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 586-8777 or (800) 365-2628

New Orleans Nightlife and Live Music

Find live music and nightlife around every corner

The city of New Orleans and music are an enduring couple. Since its inception nearly 300 years ago, the city has played an integral role in music history, contributing to the development of jazz (including a sub-genre, New Orleans Jazz) and nurturing a long line of musicians and performers. To this day, music pulses through the streets, especiallyafter dark. Pair your night out with toe-tapping rhythms for an evening to remember whether you’re in the intimate confines of a French Quarter jazz club or a premier music venue like Tipitina’s in Uptown.

Harrah’s Casino
The South’s largest casino is located at the foot of Canal Street.
Address: 228 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 563 – 6000
Hours: Open daily, 24 hours a day.

House of Blues
Featuring Southern-Inspired Delta Cuisine in a casual juke-joint setting. Visit the House of Blues website for a calendar of live music performances.
Address: 225 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 310-4999

d.b.a. New Orleans
Live music nearly every night of the week, in the heart of Frenchmen Street.
Address: 618 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone: (504) 942-3731

Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub
A Bourbon Street mainstay since 1969, Fritzel’s offers nightly live jazz & drinks in an intimate space.
Address: 733 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone: (504) 586-4800

Tipitina’s
A staple of New Orleans music and culture since 1977 & one of the country’s premier music venues.
Address: 501 Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone: (504) 895-8477

Gay Nightlife
Bienville House and our sister property, Hotel Monteleone, are both LGBT friendly hotels in the French Quarter, located just steps away from some of the city’s best gay bars.

Louisiana Plantations

The Antebellum Era comes to life at nearby plantations

New Orleans has its place in history, but so, too, do the towns outside the city that are home to authentically restored plantations dating back to the early and mid-19th century. Sugarcane and other cash crops kept these plantations going – in fact, Houmas House plantation was the largest sugar producer in the country at one point, dubbed appropriately “The Sugar Palace.” Most plantations are about a 1 to 2 hours’ drive from our hotel, but you’ll find plenty of history close by as well: Destrehan Plantation is just 30 minutes away by car.

Bocage Plantation
Address: 39050 Highway 942, Darrow, LA 70725
Phone: (225) 588-8000

Catalpa Plantation
Address: 9508 US Highway 61, St. Francisville, LA 70775
Phone: (222) 635-3372

Chretien Point Plantation
Address: 665 Chretien Point Road, Sunset, LA 70584
Phone: (337) 662-7050, toll free (800) 880-7050

Destrehan Plantation
Address: 13034 River Road, Destrehan, LA 70047
Phone: (985) 764-9315 toll free (877) 453-2095

Greenwood Plantation
Address: 6838 Highland Road, St. Francisville, LA 70775
Phone: (225) 655-4475, toll free (800) 259-4475

Hermitage Plantation
Address: 38308 Hwy 942, Darrow, LA 70725
Phone: (225) 473-1812

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
Address: 942 River Road, Darrow, LA 70725
Phone: (504) 523-2788

Nottoway Plantation
Address: 31025 Louisiana Highway 1, White Castle, LA 70788
Phone: (225) 545-2730, toll free (866) LA-South (866) 527-6884

San Francisco Plantation
Address: 2646 Highway 44, Garyville, LA 70051
Phone: (985) 535-2341

Plan Your Trip to New Orleans Today!

Enjoy all of the incredible attractions that New Orleans has to offer, and book a room at our French Quarter hotel today!