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

    Baton Rouge is the capitol of the state of Louisiana. The Louisiana State Capitol Building, at 34 stories and 450 feet tall, is the tallest state capitol in the country. It took 2500 railcars of material to build it. There are 49 steps to the main entrance which list the states in order of admission to the United States; the top step has the motto...

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  • Swamp Tours

    New Orleans Things to Do

    My wife and I are originally from New Orleans but moved to New York many years ago. On a recent visit a friend recommended we do a swamp tour. As a New Orleans native my wife and I were reluctant but our friend showed us the tour details and we were intrigued. The company is called Canoe and Trail and they have been guiding canoeing trips through...

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  • Rural Life Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    The last group of buildings I would like to highlight are the ones reflecting the lives of slaves and those who remained on the plantations after slavery was abolished. Photo 1 is a typical slave cabin. The slaves lived in here with little more than a pallet with straw as a bed and maybe a crude handmade chair. Photo 2 is the typical home for a...

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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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  • Huey Long

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    Former Governor Huey Long is probably the best known politician in Louisiana from the early 1900s. He is revered as a hero and a strong, dedicated leader by many and reviled as a crooked, power-hungry politician by others. As is frequently the case the truth is probably a bit of both. He was one of the first politicians in the South to address...

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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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  • USS Kidd

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    The U.S.S. Kidd is a Fletcher Class Destroyer that saw action in World War II and the Korean War. It was named after Rear Admiral Isaac Campbell Kidd, Sr.; although I do not think that is the guy in photo 2. During World War II it was struck by a kamikaze pilot and 38 people were killed and 55 wounded. It was quickly repaired and sent back into...

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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 Old Governor’s Mansion was built by Huey P. Long in 1929 using the Classical Revival style of architecture. It served as the residence for the governor of Louisiana from 1930 to 1963 housing nine governors and their families including such notables as Huey P. Long, the notorious Earl Long (known for his affair with stripper Blaze Starr) and...

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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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  • Pentagon Barracks

    4 out of 5 stars

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    The Pentagon Barracks consisted of four two-story buildings housing soldiers and offices and a fifth building that served as a commissary and warehouse. They were built between 1819 and 1825 and were place in the shape of a Pentagon with a courtyard in the middle (hence the name). The fifth building was poorly constructed however, and was torn down...

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  • St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Art and Science Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    The Louisiana Art and Science Museum includes a variety of displays including two large art galleries with rotating exhibits, two smaller art galleries with permanent exhibits from the museum’s collection and area collectors, hands-on displays to teach kids of all ages about science, and Ancient Egypt Gallery housing a 2300 year-old mummy, the...

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  • Cemeteries

    New Orleans Things to Do

    New Orleans has many "above ground" cemeteries in town due to the fact that much of the city is at or below sea level. this one is just North of the French Quarter. Do not go here alone at night it is not in a good neighborhood.

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  • Old Arsenal Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    Although this Old Arsenal Powder Magazine was built in 1835 it is the third one on this old military post. An earlier one was here while the area was under French control. There was another, smaller one built prior when the Pentagon Barracks were being constructed in 1819. However, it was deemed too small and too close to the barracks so the...

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  • French Market

    4 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    The market was amazing. Lots of tourist junk to take back to family and friends but it had a wide variety of food! It was a amazing place to walk around and people watch! The variety of gifts and local merchants was vast and diverse. I thought this was a great way to spend a little time on my walk around the Quarter. Not to mention there is so...

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  • State Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    There are nine Louisiana State Museums around the state; some in New Orleans (like the Cabildo and the Presbytere) and the Capitol Park Museum here in Baton Rouge. The Capitol Park Museum houses some interesting displays on the history of the state and of Baton Rouge. Great displays on things like the Battle of New Orleans and the colorful...

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  • National WW2 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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  • 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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  • Audubon Aquarium

    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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  • Memorial Plaza

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    The Louisiana Veterans Memorial Plaza is associated with the U.S.S. Kidd Museum and is located right next door. You have the plaza itself and a couple of other nice memorials and monuments honoring the state's veterans that served the nation in peace and in wartime. I feel it is important to remember the sacrifices made by our nation's veterans and...

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  • Audubon Zoo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    The Audubon Zoo is a fun place -- take the St. Charles streetcar or John James Audubon and make a whole afternoon of it. Examples of the wildlife there: an Asian elephant who does tricks, a black bear who goes up and down tower stairs, a magnificent gorilla named Casey, and a cougar who evinced some interest in having me for lunch. The Louisiana...

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  • State University

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    The Burden Museum and Gardens falls under Louisiana State University and encompasses 440 acres of gardens and greenhouse in the middle of Baton Rouge. It also includes the Rural Life Museum and the LSU AgCenter Botanical Gardens. If you come here when the flowers are at their peak it is almost overwhelming. Even when I was here in January there...

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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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  • 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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  • Lafayette Cemetery

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    You don't need a guide to visit some of the cemeteries in New Olreans---we went to Lafayette Cemetery in the Garden District--there is plenty of street parking around it, and walked around marvelling at the statues and vaults with old New Orleans names..Established in 1833, it is the only cemetery in NO dedicated to anyone---Theodore Von La Hache...

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  • Shaw Center

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Baton Rouge Things to Do

    The Shaw Center for the Arts has 125,000 square feet of a variety of visual and performance arts; truly something for everyone. The center is conveniently located in downtown Baton Rouge by the Old State Capitol and other attractions. The center includes: The LSU Museum of Art, the Glassell Gallery, the Manship Theater, and the River Terrace (see...

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  • Ghost Tours

    New Orleans Things to Do

    As part of our conference, the scheduled activity was a 'ghost tour' through the French Quarter. The tour consisted of hiking through a couple of places throughout the Quarter, then our guide would tell a story of what happened in a particular house/locale, and then a relate a few stories of people of have seen a ghost since that time happened....

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  • Plantation Tours

    New Orleans Things to Do

    Visit the plantation country! If you have a car it's about 40 miles out of New Orleans. If not, be careful about what tour company you use. Some tour operators pay bellman $20 for each person they book with them. We had a BAD experience with a swamp tour company that does plantation tours on the side. This information came from a licenced tour...

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  • River Cruises

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Preservation Hall

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    Preservation Hall is one of New Orleans' most famous attractions but it is also a very hard one to categorize. It is only open from 8pm to 11pm when a very superb collection of jazz musicians perform an excellent set of popular jazz three times a night. This of course means I should consider listing the Preservation Hall as a nightlife spot however...

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  • Voodoo

    New Orleans Things to Do

    Even if shopping is not one of your highest priorities, you will want to visit Reverend Zombie's House of Voodoo Shop...if you dare! I got chills up and down my spine when I entered the door! A strange combination and collection of artifacts, some apparently related to voodoo and others not. Candles, incense, wooden Santos carving and images of...

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  • Places To See

    New Orleans Things to Do

    These were my top picks. Beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde is a must. Good for breakfast, brunch, or after a night of drinking some. They offer milk, cocoa, tea and juice also. If you want a not TOO expensive sit down sandwich (po boys) place, Cafe Masperos, right down the street from Jackson Square. Wax museum nothing special, but the...

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  • Walking Tours

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    If you are coming to New Orleans anytime soon, whether it be the Super Bowl or Mardi Gras, you HAVE check out Creole PubCrawl. They go around to some really interesting bars and restraunts in New Orleans' Warehouse distrcit where you get to try a specialty drink at each one. It's all led by a very informed tour guide that gives you the historical...

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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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  • Streetcars - St Charles Avenue

    New Orleans Things to Do

    If you plan on going for a ride on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, you might as well make it all the way to the Audubon Park/University District. Like the Garden District, this part of the city was developed during the 19th century and features some amazing architecture and green spaces. Audubon Park was the site of the "World Cotton Centennial",...

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  • Steamboat Natchez

    4 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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  • Washington Artillery Park

    4 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    Washington Artillery Park, formerly Founders Park is right off of Decatur St. There is a small ampitheater for street performers. While we were there, there was a street performance by a youth religious organization. After them they were replaced by a soloist on guitar. Behind the ampitheater are steps that lead up to the Moonwalk and a cannon. The...

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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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  • Superdome

    4 out of 5 stars

    New Orleans Things to Do

    We saw the Superdome on the way in from the airport, and of course when we took the New Orleans tour, they mentioned it again. On their website, I thought that it looked like a giant hamburger all lit up at night. If I were a real sports fan, that probably would not have occurred to me. They used to have tours of the Superdome but since 9-11 they...

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  • Old Ursuline Convent

    4 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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  • 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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