Cultural Attractions

The main staple of culture in Greater New Orleans is music, and here in the birthplace of jazz lie a multitude of offerings that truly define the region.

On any given night, the sounds of performers spill out of nightclubs and dance halls across Southeast Louisiana. The music made by the horns and snare drums of brass bands can be heard mixing with the washboards and accordions of Zydeco music, while thunderous bass and shrill samples provide the background for a vibrant hip-hop scene and slides glide along the strings of blues guitarists. Venues that catered to musicians centuries ago still stand, while some performers bring their music to the masses on street corners and in alleyways.

These musicians provide the soundtrack to hundreds of fairs and festivals each year.

In addition, our region holds deep ties to its heritage and pays homage to the past through various landmarks and museums. Residents and visitors alike regularly walk into buildings that were constructed in the 1700s, including sites such as the Cabildo, Jackson Square, and the former U.S. Mint.

The region also features the Audubon Nature Institute’s world-famous zoo, aquarium, and insectarium; numerous historic parks; battlefields; and galleries displaying art from around the world.

Performing Arts

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
New Orleans Opera Association
Jefferson Performing Arts Society
Contemporary Arts Center
Numerous live music venues

Museums

Louisiana State Museum
National World War II Museum

Historic New Orleans Collection
Longue Vue House and Gardens
New Orleans Museum of Art
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
New Orleans African American Museum
Kenner’s Rivertown Museums
Herman Grima/Gallier Historic Houses
Louisiana Children’s Museum
River Road Museum
Confederate Museum
Islenos Museum

Other attractions

Audubon Zoo
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World
New Orleans Botanical Garden

Historic Landmarks

St. Louis Cathedral
Jean Lafitte National Historic Park
Chalmette National Battlefield
Oak Alley Plantation
Destrehan Plantation
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
San Francisco Plantation
Evergreen Plantation
Ormond Plantation
Laura Plantation
New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park

Source: GNO, Inc. Research Department