When most people think of New Orleans, they think about the French Quarter. With its 18th and 19th century architecture and storied history as one of the oldest cities in the United States, it is unquestionably an essential destination on your New Orleansjourney. Thankfully, we’re only 12 blocks away.
But it isn’t the only destination.
New Orleans is much more than the Quarter. There are world class museums mere block away: The National World War II Museum (the nation’s only one), the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Contemporary Arts Museum, and Louisiana’s Civil War Museum. There’s also The Audubon Zoo and Aquarium in Audubon Park, and The Insectarium (the only museum/exhibit of its kind in the world). All of this on the other side of Canal Street from the Quarter.
And on that side there’s the Cabildo, The Historic New Orleans Museum and a host of interesting places like Gallier House, Madame John’s Legacy, Voodoo Museum (run by friendly practitioners), and The Backstreet Cultural Museum in Treme. While most people have heard about our voodoo history and Mardi Gras Indians, here’s an art (not so) secret: NOMA (New Orleans Museum of Art) boasts one of the finest sculpture collections in the country—outdoors, in beautiful City Park.
After a museum day, watch a Saints game at the Superdome nearby and join the “Who dat!” chorus. Maybe some table gaming at Harrah’s Casino, several blocks away. There are galleries in the adjacent Warehouse District and the newer arts hub on St. Claude Avenue. Into history? The plantations all along River Road north of New Orleans are about an hour from the Inn or hop on the 100 year old Natchez Paddle Steamboat for a ride up the Mississippi from the foot of the French Quarter. And just up the road is The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.
If you’re feeling adventurous and want to see a key ingredient in that alligator cheesecake you’ve nibbled, spot them in their natural habitat only about 35 minutes from the city. Or maybe a Voodoo Haunted Places or tour of New Orleans’ above ground cemeteries is what you’re after. You can even see where the famous Mardi Gras floats are built.
New Orleans is wondrous—and its’ all easily accessible from The Green House Inn. Be sure to visit the Tourism Office nearby at 2020 St. Charles Avenue where the staff is knowledgeable and the free brochures are plentiful.
And you can always Ask Frank. He’s ours.