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ENERCARE CENTRE, TORONTO
MAY 20-23, 2019

New Orleans' must-see sights

 
Sticking around the Big Easy after Collision? New Orleans is bursting with music, art and European charm. Extend your stay and explore the birthplace of jazz. We’ve picked out our top sights to visit and get a true flavor of the city’s diverse culture and rich history.

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Come for Collision. Stay for New Orleans.

Take a walking tour of the French Quarter

Full of Spanish, French, American and Caribbean influences, the French Quarter represents the best of New Orleans’ cultural melting pot. Take in the area’s quirks and characters and see the best the French Quarter has to offer with a walking tour.

Louis Armstrong Park

Just steps from the French Quarter sits a public park that honors jazz legend Louis Armstrong. Look for the iconic arched entrance – inside you’ll find sites like Congo Square (a historic meeting place for slaves in the 1800s), along with sculptures, duck ponds and lots of open spaces for relaxing.

Have a beignet at Café du Monde

Sink your teeth into a delicious beignet, one of NOLA’s most notable foods from the town’s most iconic cafe, Cafe Du Monde. A beignet is a perfectly fluffy fried piece of squared dough covered in a mound of powdered sugar. They’re served hot and fresh, and pair perfectly with a cup of coffee.

Walk Magazine Street

If you’re a wanderer, shopper, or just looking for a bite to eat there’s nowhere in New Orleans like Magazine Street. This six-mile-long street from Uptown all the way down to the Garden District has some of NOLA’s best antique stores, galleries, craft shops and boutiques.

4D Cinema at WWII museum

The Solomon Victory Theater is a unique cinema located in the WWII museum. The 4D theater offers a state-of-the-art, digitally enabled, multimedia experience that you won’t soon forget.

 

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Stroll down Royal Street

Just around the corner from the commotion of Bourbon Street is the slower-paced Royal Street. On it you’ll find a slew of upscale antique shops and art galleries, as well as some inviting restaurants and cafés. Check out French Antiques for some authentic souvenirs, or the Caliche & Pao Gallery for a taste of New Orleans’ Impressionist art history.

Preservation Hall

Preservation Hall is a must-see on any New Orleans trip. Renowned for rejuvenating NOLA’s famous music scene, Preservation Hall also engages with the cultural community by emphasizing education and social programmes. After Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill, the amazing Preservation Hall team created and supported organizations such as The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program and the New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund (NOMHRF).

 

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The Presbytère, Louisiana State Museum

The Presbytère’s two permanent exhibits tell two sides of the Louisiana story; one of celebration and one of resilience. Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana offers a window into the annual celebration and riotous rituals of Mardi Gras, a festival that is inextricably woven into Louisiana’s way of life and whose roots extend deep into the Middle Ages. The Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond exhibit tells a story of rescue, rebuilding and renewal. The exhibit documents the hurricane, the aftermath and New Orleans’ ongoing recovery.

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Find a street performer

New Orleans is famous for its buskers and street performers. Make sure you carve some time out of your schedule to walk the streets and listen to the music streaming from every corner of the city. From contemporary folk musicians to refined violinists performing on Royal Street, to tarot card readers and jazz artists, you’ll remember the music and culture you see on the streets long after you head home.

Take a cooking class at New Orleans School of Cooking

Located in the heart of the French Quarter, the New Orleans School of Cooking teaches the basics of Louisiana cusine in a way you’ll never forget. Offering a fun, friendly vibe, their Cajun and Creole cooking specialists will teach you all of New Orleans’ local delights such as gumbo, jambalaya and pralines – all served with a little side of history.

 

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Ride the trolley up Canal Street

The Canal Street car takes locals and tourists to work and play each day as it travels the five-and-a-half mile route from the foot of Canal Street through the Central Business District and into the mid-city area. The line ends at City Park Avenue and the historic city cemeteries. The final stop is the amazing New Orleans Museum of Art, where visitors can see one of the finest art museums in the country along with the magnificent Sydney and Walda Bestoff Sculpture Garden.