Stay in the heart of the Big Easy at the Country Inn & Suites New Orleans French Quarter. Attractions such as the Audubon Zoo, the Louisiana Children's Museum and the Aquarium of the Americas delight families, while the Mercedes Benz Superdome is a must for concert-lovers and sports enthusiasts. Whether you spend your day playing slots at Harrah's Casino or browsing the shops in the French Quarter, make sure you're on Bourbon Street by sunset to rub shoulders with revelers and hear live music spilling from clubs as the vast array of restaurants and bars come to life. Though Mardi Gras is the city's most famous festival, keep in mind that there are numerous events throughout the year devoted to jazz, food, sports, local culture and simply having a good time.
Get a unique perspective of the city with one of these tours:
Visit the concierge at the Country Inn & Suites New Orleans French Quarter for help finding the best-kept secrets in the Big Easy. Booking service is available.
Be sure to add these New Orleans attractions to your itinerary:
- Aquarium of the Americas (0.5 miles)
One of the foremost aquariums in the U.S., the Aquarium of the Americas is home to more than 10,000 animals.
Phone: +1 (800) 774-7394
- Audubon Zoo (5.7 miles)
This 58-acre zoo, named after famous New Orleans naturalist John James Audubon, is home to more than 2,000 animals, including whooping cranes, white tigers and show-stopping seals.
Phone: +1 (800) 774-7394
- Harrah's Casino (0.1 miles)
Compete against New Orleans' greatest gamblers at Harrah's Casino. The casino also features 2,100 slot machines.
Phone: +1 (504) 533-6000
- Louisiana Children's Museum (0.5 miles)
This 30,000-square-foot museum offers various educational and entertaining exhibits devoted to topics like bubbles, machines, science and how the body works.
Phone: +1 (504) 523-1357
- Morial Convention Center (0.9 miles)
One of the largest conventions facilities in the nation, Morial Convention Center has 1.1 million square feet of exhibit space and hosts tradeshows, symposiums, business conventions and more throughout the year.
Phone: +1 (504) 582-3000
- Mardi Gras
The New Orleans area has been celebrating Mardi Gras since the late 17th century. Today there is no better place to do it than the French Quarter.
- Mercedes Benz Superdome (0.9 miles)
See the New Orleans Saints and the Tulane University Green Wave in action at this multi-purpose arena in New Orleans' Central Business District.
Phone: +1 (504) 587-3822
- National World War II Museum (0.5 miles)
Located in the Central Business District, this museum focuses on the Battle of Normandy and the American influence in the war. Exhibits include various vehicles of war, such as a Higgins boat, a Supermarine Spitfire and a Sherman Tank.
Phone: +1 (504) 527-6012
- Preservation Hall (0.9 miles)
This famous jazz concert hall has held regular concerts since the 1960s and continues to offer nightly shows.
Phone: +1 (504) 522-2841
A combination of centuries-old traditions and high-tech innovations, this time-honored tradition must be experienced to be understood. From Bourbon Street to the French Quarter area, Mardi Gras in New Orleans truly defies description.
Mardi Gras dates:
Mar. 4, 2014
Feb. 17, 2015
Exit the airport to 1-10 East and continue to 234 B-Poydras. Take a slight left onto Poydras (0.8 mi), and turn left onto Camp St. Turn right onto Gravier, and then take a right onto Magazine St.