New Orleans

Gnarled oak trees, ironwork balconies, Southern comfort food, music wafting out of doorways, atmosphere everywhere!

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Mardi Gras World

Warehouse full of impressive Mardi Gras floats, where you can watch artists at work creating the floats for next year!

Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie

19th century plantation with stunning canopied path between oak trees, and a fascinating guided tour.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Fabulous five-storey museum with colorful, interesting art by Southern artists.

Louisiana Children's Museum

Super fun museum for kids- a good break from the heat.

Old State Capitol, Baton Rouge

An incredible Gothic castle-like capitol building that stands high on a bluff.

City Park

Beautiful park with stone bridges over a bayou and gigantic moss-draped oaks.

Jackson Square, French Quarter

Lush, tropical square in front of the iconic St Louis Cathedral- the focal point of the sights and sounds of the French Quarter.

Frenchmen Street

A cozy street where the locals go to hear live music.

Little Gem Saloon, Downtown New Orleans

In the midst of downtown, a little historic building where Jazz began. Come for great live music and food!

New Orleans Botanical Garden

Formal series of themed gardens overflowing with flowers, sculptures, and fountains. On weekends, a model train garden that kids adore!


Whimsical sculptures of fairy tale scenes in the middle of a giant oak forest with Spanish moss and vines. Magic!

Carousel Gardens

An old-fashioned amusement park amongst gorgeous moss-draped giant oaks.

Audobon Aquarium and IMAX

Claustrophobic aquarium with great outdoor exhibit where you can feed parakeets and a do-not-miss IMAX hurricane show.

St. Charles Ave

Gorgeous street under a canopy of giant oak trees with 19th c. Southern mansions and plenty of cute ethnic restaurants nearby.

Dauphin Street, Mobile (two hours away)

Main street in Mobile, with historic buildings with wrought-iron balconies.

Forte Conde, Mobile (two hours away)

Small history museum inside a 4/5 replica of Fort Conde.

History Museum of Mobile (two hours away)

A lovely, well-planned museum with miniature doll houses, and Carnival exhibit.

Children's Museum of Acadiana, Lafayette

A small children's museum with a pretend grocery store and pretend cafe.

Lafayette town

Cute main strip with bars and coffee shop, all under the shade of pines.

National World War II Museum

Campaigns of Courage exhibit sets the mood with real scenes you walk through.

Canal Street

Main street with colorful storefronts and plenty of shopping.

Besthoff Sculpture Garden, City Park

Peaceful sculpture garden with interesting modern art.

Moon Walk

Stroll along the Mississippi River in front of the French Quarter, and enjoy the cool breezes and views of the bridge.

The Fly, Audobon Park

Plain flat grassy area with shaded gazebos on the brown, soupy Mississippi River.

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