Louisiana Things to Do

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Louisiana Things to Do

  • Bourbon Street

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    Bourbon Street is the core of New Orleans' nightlife. It is a street that runs the length of the historic French Quarter, and is lined with bars, nightclubs, and souvenir shops. For parents traveling with children - beware - there are also a number of strip clubs along Bourbon Street that are not discreet in their advertising. Bourbon Street has...

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  • State Capitol

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    the old state capitol is a very interesting building to visit in downtown baton rouge. in 1847 the louisiana state capitol was moved from new orleans to baton rouge. the new state capital was built on the site of the "red pole" (baton rouge) which was once a native american settlement. this "castellated gothic" building was designed by james...

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  • Swamp Tours

    New Orleans Things to Do

    It seems that everybody who visits New Orleans will take a swamp tour providing that they have the time. I did so I did too. I arranged my tour through my hotel so I cannot recall the name of the actual service that I took. The tour is conducted in swamps north of New Orleans not too far from the Mississippi state border. I cannot understate how...

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  • Huey Long

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    louisina governor and later senator huey p. long is one of the most interesting and controversial political figures in american history. long was elected governor in 1928 during the great depression on a populist platfrom. long supported the "share our wealth" program which taxed corporations and individuals and redistributed wealth to the poor....

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  • Garden District

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    Follow St Charles Street from Canal St, through the Central Business District, and after a mile or two you'll hit the Garden District. This area is full of huge houses with big gardens from the 1840s when cotton and sugar were booming, and it was established by the new American presence in the city. A tourist favorite is to take the St Charles...

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  • Old Governors Mansion

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    The Mansion was built by Huey Long in 1930 as Louisiana's answer to the White House. It has been restored to its original Georgian-style splendour and there are guided tours which tell the story of the governors who lived there. The mansion has the original crystal chandeliers and hand-printed French wallpaper. Open Tues - Fri 10 – 4pm and closed...

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  • Jackson Square

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    The Square itself was quiet when I was there, but it is surrounded by all sorts of activity. Carriages line up on Decatur Street in front of the square waiting for passengers, and street performers may be entertaining across the street from it. On the other side of the square, Chartres Street is a pedestrian area. Artists have their wares displayed...

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  • Art and Science Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    the louisiana arts & science museum is located in the historic 1925 illinois central train station building. the museum has art collections and a planetarium. a good place to take children on a visit to baton rouge.

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  • French Quarter

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    The French Quarter, well, I should have researched it a little better. We were expecting lots of Jazz clubs (not that I like jazz), bands playing, lots to see and do, and beautiful buildings. What we found was that aside from the beautiful building, which were many, all we found was sleazy clubs and bars, with bouncers in the doorways stood with...

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  • Rural Life Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    the LSU rural life museum is an excellent place to experience what louisiana was like in the 1800's. the museum has an excellent collection of relics of life in rural louisiana. the star attraction of the museum is it's collection of 19th century hearses and cast iron coffins. on the grounds of the museum is a collection of over 25 19th century...

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  • Cemeteries

    New Orleans Things to Do

    The oldest cemetery in New Orleans, St. Louis Cemetery #1 was founded in 1789. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Most of the burial sites are elaborate above ground vaults and tombstones. One that looks out of place among the others is actor, producer and director - Nicholas Cage's site. Cage purchased two plots back in...

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  • USS Kidd

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    the u.s.s kidd was a destroyer that saw action in WWII and the korean war. the destroyer was named after admiral isaac c. kidd who was killed on the battleship arizona during the attack on pearl harbor. the u.s.s. kidd was put into service in 1943 and was awarded eight battle stars in the pacific during WWII and four battle stars in the korean war....

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  • Cruise the Mississippi

    New Orleans Things to Do

    a fun thing to do in new orleans is to take a mississippi riverboat cruise. there are several replica riverboats docked near the east end of canal street and next to the riverwalk shopping center. there a number of tour operators and several cruise options. see the attached web site for more information.

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  • Tiger Stadium

    5 out of 5 stars

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    THE Death Valley, home of the 2003 National Champions, THE LSU TIGERS! The 6th largest on campus stadium in the nation (cap. 91,600) and always voted one of the most intimidating places to play football. Possibly the greatest venue in all of sports...

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  • Plantations

    New Orleans Things to Do

    There are many different group bus tours available in New Orleans that will take you to the plantations and swamps. We opted for the cheaper and more flexible approach and decided to do our research to find a plantation that particularly interested us and then rented a car for the day and went on our own. At any of the plantations you can pay to...

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  • Pentagon Barracks

    3 out of 5 stars

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    Four brick buildings in a pentagon shape with an open courtyard. Classic Rvival style; the barracks housed troops garrisoned at Baton Rouge under the cammandership of Zachary Taylor prior to his presidency.

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  • Mardi Gras

    New Orleans Things to Do

    Mardi Gras season begins in New Orleans with parades and festivities during Carnival. Mardi Gras Day or “Fat Tuesday” is always 47 days prior to Easter Sunday. It’s the last day of the Carnival season and falls on the day before Ash Wednesday or the first day of Lent. For 2014, it will be on March 4. Most visitors plan to arrive much earlier, and...

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  • State Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    Across from the State Capitol is the Louisiana State Museum. There is a permanent exhibition detailing Louisiana history - the battle for the port of New Orleans, the Louisiana Purchase, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. While I visited there were two temporary exhibits - one a tribute to things lost after Katrina and another, a tribute to Louisiana...

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  • Riverwalk

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    The Riverwalk is a peaceful spot, with just a few beggars and homeless musicians as well as a good amount of tourists checking out the dikes and realizing that the Mississippi River *is* above the level of the city streets by about 5-10 feet. Last hurricane the dikes between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi broke, next hurricane or flood?...

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  • Zoo

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    BREC Baton Rouge Zoo - What I like best about the Baton Rouge Zoo is that is is big enough to have a great time yet not so big that you get lost in the crowd. The animals have life-like environments and there is a lot of room for the zoo to expand.I know you will have a great time here also.

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  • St. Louis Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    The St. Louis Cathedral is the oldest continuously occupied cathedral in the United States. It was originally built in 1720. (The parish has been continuously occupied, but the building itself has been rebuilt or remodeled several times and isn’t the original.) The interior is very attractive and worth a look. Located between the two State Museums

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  • Shaw Center

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    the shaw center for the performing and visual arts is a new 125,000 square foot complex located in downtown baton rouge. the shaw center is home to the LSU museum of art, the brunner gallery, the manship theater, and a restaurant and cafe. for those interested in art and theater the shaw center is baton rouge's best venue. see the attached web site...

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  • D-Day Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    The National World War II Museum used to be known as the D-Day Museum. The reason behind locating a museum dedicated to D-Day and other amphibious landings during the course of World War II was that the vehicles that were used to land on the beaches during these operations were built in New Orleans. The museum when it was opened in 2000 on June...

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  • State University

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    Pete Maravich Assembly Center is the domed building to the right which is also known as the "Deaf Dome". The stadium which was opened in 1971 can seat over 14,000 spectators. The building was named after the late "Pistol Pete" Maravich, a LSU basketball star player who played three seasons and still currently holds the all-time career scoring...

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  • Audubon Zoo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    I took the St Charles Avenue streetcar out to Audubon Park and Zoo as part of a planned independent tour of the several districts and attractions in that part of the city. I also visited the Uptown District, the Garden District and the Lafayette Cemetery. The Audubon Zoo fit in nicely with my plans as it small in comparison to some other North...

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  • French Market

    4 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    After stopping by Cafe Du Monde, this is an interesting place to wander around. Within the market, there are a number of independent little places to shop - you'll see groceries, food, knick-knacks, etc. Basically, it's a large open-air flea market with lots of local color. I made the mistake of trying some sort of voodoo hot sauce - it blew apart...

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  • St. Louis Cemetery 1

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    Saint Louis Cemetery #1 is the oldest and most famous cemetery in New Orleans. It was established in 1789 following the great fire of 1788. There are a few graves of famous people in the cemetery including Homer Plessy from the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court case and Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, who is buried in the Glapion crypt. As in...

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  • Ghost - Haunted - Cemetery Tour

    New Orleans Things to Do

    I definitely recommend taking a guided tour of the New Orleans cemeteries - they are very interesting and distinctive of New Orleans. Although it is possible to buy a guide book and go by yourself (there is no "admission fee" to the cemeteries), several of the ones you will want to visit (St. Louis #1 and Lafayette #1, for example) are located in...

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  • Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

    4 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is considered one of the leading aquariums in America. It was the last of the major attractions in New Orleans that I visited. Maybe because I was a little tired or maybe because I am a little jaded with regards to aquariums (I have visited many recently) but I was only marginally impressed the Audubon Aquarium....

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  • Cafe Du Monde

    4 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    Two Hour cruise only costs $18.00 cruise and lunch $27.50 The ticket offices of the Steamboat NATCHEZ and Riverboat John James Audubon are located at: Steamboat Natchez Ticket Office Toulouse Street & the River (French Quarter) John James Audubon Riverboat Ticket Office Canal Street & the River (across from Aquarium entrance

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  • Mule drawn carriage

    New Orleans Things to Do

    PLEASE DO NOT RIDE IN THE DONKEY CARRIAGES...IN THE FRENCH QUARTER OR ANYWHERE!! I see horrible things happening to these poor beautiful animals daily..I LIVE IN THE FRENCH QUARTER!! Unfortunately, I see the old obese drunky driver yelling and whipping the Mule when she can't get her cart full of 12 tourist going because its so heavy!! They are so...

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  • Voodoo

    New Orleans Things to Do

    First, I'd like to allay any fears that anyone has about this place. No one is going to put a spell on you, turn you into a zombie, or even try to convert you. Second, as the owner of this museum will tell you, voodoo is more about helping people than hurting them. In these non-Christian belief systems, what you do--good and bad--eventually comes...

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  • Algiers - Mardi Gras World

    New Orleans Things to Do

    I took the boat across the Mississippi with a friend and walked along the riverfront. About 10 minutes or so and then we climbed down a very steep, grassy hill to get into the storage space of Mardi Gras World. This is not a formal visiting site - ask the workers if it's ok for you to look around. Here are fabulous floats from years past. On...

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  • Cabildo and Presbytere - Louisiana State...

    New Orleans Things to Do

    The Cabildo was built by the Spanish in the late 1790's as their seat of government. It was the site of the signing of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 of the transfer. Today it houses a very fine museum dedicated to the history of Louisiana. There are exhibits here detailing the lives of the Pre-Columbian Native Americans, the arrival of Europeans...

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  • Street Cars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    If staying in the French Quarter/Business District, Catch the Green Line on Royal Street and it takes you through the Garden District/uptown. $1.25 per person (owe way) and lasts around 1 ½ hours to complete the loop. You can definitely see a lot and take a break from walking, a must do if visiting NOLA.

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  • City Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    City Park is one of America's greatest and largest urban park. In fact it suppose to be larger than New York's Central Park. The park is 1,300 acre (5.3 km²) in size. It was laid out in the mid 1800's on what was a plantation. The park features many attractions for all members of the family. They include an small children themed amusement park...

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  • Lafayette Cemetery

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    Lafayette Cemetery #1 is located at Garden District. It was established in 1833, it’s one of the oldest in the city and you can many different burial methods. It’s not a huge one and we felt completely safe walking around and we met only with 3-4 other visitors, it was very quiet in general. A guided tour is always suggested for visiting the...

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  • Audubon Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    As Audubon Park is rather big and quiet, there is some wildlife, specially, birds; yo may spot some nesting colonies of Heron above the small river running through the park or see Ibis (picture 1) gliding above you. The squirrels are not very shy here (picture 2), and the kids may love to get as close as possible, but I would watch out if they want...

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  • Jean Lafitte National Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    Learn about the history and culture of New Orleans and the surrounding area at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, with one of the visitor centers located in the French Quarter. The exhibit is pretty good and there are also tours led by national park rangers offered. Very easily accessible and a good place to take a break from walking as...

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  • Lake Pontchartrain

    4 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    If you like exercising on a bike (I mean a real one, not a torture device you may have in an apartment or find in the health (?) clubs of hotels), why not go to Lake Pontchartrain, just to see how it looks like? First impression: it is huge and you do not see horizon (picture 1)! When you go there, you pass by nice suburbs (picture 3), have the...

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  • Mississippi

    New Orleans Things to Do

    As a European kid I loved the exotic name of this river, to read the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in the beautiful humoristic and picturesque style of Mark Twain, or the accounts of the explorers meeting the local Indians in the high part of this huge stream; I also studied the delta of this river at Uni, and remember the beautiful...

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  • Old Ursuline Convent

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    This old convent is the oldest building in the entire Mississippi Valley. It was established in 1752 by The Sisters of Ursula. It was used to teach school, house orphan girls and to tend to the ill. It is the only building in the United States that was actually built during the French colonial period. The chapel is quite pretty. Today the convent...

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  • Canal Street and CBD

    New Orleans Things to Do

    Between the French Quarter and the Garden District is the Central Business District, probably the second most famous area of New Orleans. Traditionally called the American Quarter, this was the part of the city settled after the Louisiana Purchase. Canal Street is the division between the French Quarter and the CBD, and is a popular area for...

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  • Pontalba Buildings

    New Orleans Things to Do

    The 1850 House is located in the Lower Pontalba Buildings and is now part of the Louisiana State Museum. Visitors are invited to go on a self-guided tour of the former residence, and there's plenty of information on the walls to make it an enjoyable visit. You get to learn about the different families who lived in the house before it was converted...

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  • Beauregard - Keyes House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    The Beauregard-Keyes house is named after its two most illustrious residents, General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard, who took part in the American Civil War, and Frances Parkinson Keyes, a prolific American novelist. The house was built in 1826 for a man named Joseph LeCarpentier, and P.G.T. Beauregard rented it for a couple of years during the...

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