New Orleans Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • Rebecca O
    Ridgewood, NY1,592 contributions
    Interesting streets. Very picturesque. Which is what we did! Took video though too. We drove to make it easier.
    Written 31 January 2023
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  • Bijal P
    Flower Mound, TX25 contributions
    One of the best places to visit if you visit NOLA. Do not miss it. Loved , loved the nature and the picturesque scenery. Beautiful , clean park with a nice free sculpture garden. Great place to take pictures and I 100% recommend to everyone. They have a playgorund for kids, Cafe de Monde , paddle boats and kayaks. and icing on the cake is the park is FREE!! Spend few hours here. Its well worth. Also the Streetcar "48" comes all the way to here so you dont have to drive. The streetcar name is Canal st- City park/museum.
    Written 6 February 2023
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  • Vincent S
    Margate, FL458 contributions
    This is located in City Park. It is right next to the Art Museum. Next to a great little kids area. Right by a Cafe Du Monde.
    It is free which is good.
    There were a few groups of college students and a variety of all ages.
    Walking the area on a few paths and bridges over water features. The sculptures are interesting. You can spend anywhere from an hour to a couple depending on how long you want.
    Very relaxing.
    Written 5 February 2023
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  • Frances D
    6 contributions
    I really enjoyed touring this historic home and learning what life was like for enslaved people who lived in New Orleans. The house is luxuriously decorated and the contrast between that and the spartan quarters for the enslaved is stark. There are original implements in the kitchen and scullery and you really see what kind of tools were available. My tour guide was knowledgeable and I learned a lot about New Orleans in the 1830s-50s.
    Written 2 February 2023
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  • Colfax735
    Minneapolis, MN34 contributions
    The free music lecture series at 2 pm almost every day. The staff were great, and the bathrooms were clean. The history talk about the New Orleans area was well worth the time.
    Written 21 January 2023
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  • Robin B
    Issaquah, WA353 contributions
    Only $10 per person and quite an interesting museum. There are 2 levels of very cool, historical medical instruments, pharmaceuticals, etc. We enjoyed the exhibits and wished we’d had more time to spend there.
    Written 30 January 2023
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  • Ann F
    6 contributions
    Visited the museum for the exhibit on The Cathedral of Notre Dame. Interactive exhibit which brought to life the building and now restoration of the cathedral after the fire. Also visited the exhibit on the Spanish New Orleans & the Caribbean, which details the history of the Spanish in New Orleans.
    Written 21 January 2023
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  • Princess
    Chicago, IL118 contributions
    This place is huge and placed in the perfect secluded spot to peacefully be its own thing. Definitely impressive, grand, and beautiful~
    Written 19 January 2023
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  • Alfredo G
    Miami, FL42 contributions
    Excellent option to visit an afternoon with family or friends! Located near the center of New Orleans, it is a beautiful mansion and gardens! We really enjoyed our visit!!
    Written 7 January 2023
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  • Craig
    Saint Charles, MO8 contributions
    We went to daily Mass at this church, tucked into the edge of the French Quarter just on the other side of Canal Street - just across the street from the Roosevelt Hotel. Perfect way to start the day with the 7:30am daily mass during the week.
    Written 26 December 2022
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  • Kiyoshi T
    Austin, TX158 contributions
    It is important to note that the address of this museum has changed--it is now located at 1531 St. Philip St., at the corner of North Robertson, still in Treme.

    This museum is a labor of love by the late Sylvester Francis, who singlehandedly acted to record and preserve aspects of New Orleans culture that he feared were in danger of being lost. Now curated and run by his daughter, the current location remains faithful to his vision. The modestly sized single room is literally stuffed with spectacular handmade Mardi Gras costumes, photograph albums of past participants in Mardi Gras celebration (many now deceased) taken by Francis, video footage of Francis talking about his work, and other documentation and memorabilia such as videos, masks, and newspaper clippings. His daughter, who now runs the museum, was there the day we visited and explained to us that the collection will be rotated at Intervals to display more of the items. Being there and listening to her speak about her father's work was a fascinating and moving experience. As small and unspectacular as this place appears from the outside, it provides a glimpse into New Orleans life and culture that can't be had anywhere else.
    Written 23 December 2022
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  • AaronFWA
    Angola, IN955 contributions
    We so much enjoyed seeing this historic home..we wished the tour guide was not there so we could just have viewed the property without her lengthy lectures
    Written 15 November 2022
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  • Jeffrey L
    16 contributions
    If you are into Civil War history, this museum is an absolute MUST! It is one of my favorite places in New Orleans. It is right across the street from the World War 2 Museum (another favorite). Started in the 1890's, it has many original and excellently preserved artifacts not ravaged by time. Around the top of the main hall, are dozens of beautifully preserved battle flags of the Confederacy. The exhibits include many swords, guns, photos (carte de visites, tin types,ambrotypes and others), uniforms and personal items. Among the most impressive to me were the 4 uniforms of Southern generals, including Generals Pierre Tousant-Beauregard and Braxton Bragg. There is a short film that is very well done. The gift shop area is very well done, prices are very reasonable and there are many offerings, you can even buy very nice reproduction swords and scabbards - 4 different offerings - that are well done. The staff are very friendly and helpful. This place is definitely worth going to if you love history and only for $10 admission fee. Recommended time 1-2 hours
    Written 20 November 2022
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  • Megan M
    1 contribution
    We took a tour here while in town for a wedding in Nov 2022.
    It was an easy ~20+min walk from the Loews hotel (passed by Jackson Square, did get cursed at by one unwell man, otherwise uneventful).
    Started pouring rain right when we got there, so not much time spent in the garden, but there was plenty of beauty inside the old convent and St. Mary's Church.
    Our tour guide, Philip, was a lifelong New Orleans resident and very knowledgeable about the city, its history, & the convent museum of course. He packed lots of content into the 1hr tour.
    Obviously, this would be of particular interest to Catholics but I'd recommend to anyone looking to spend an hour learning some local history in a beautiful, uplifting setting.
    Written 24 November 2022
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  • howarc1
    Saint Louis, MO111 contributions
    We had spring rolls, tonkatsu ramen, and red beans.There were so many other things I wanted to try. This goes on my "must do" list for NOLA!
    Written 7 September 2022
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