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Top Attractions in New Orleans

Updated on July 23, 2012

New Orleans, the 46th largest city in the United States and the largest city in the state of Louisiana, is a city where you will find fine cuisine, music (the birthplace for Jazz music), festivals and celebrations and the famous New Orleans Mardi Gras that is held annually.

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Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

The Audubon Aquarium, recognized as one of the leading aquariums in the United States. The aquarium's exhibits generally feature particular regions throughout North and South America, with 10,000 animals representing 530 species. The aquarium is open from Tuesdays tot Sundays from 10am to 5pm.


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Audubon Insectarium

The Audubon Insectarium is an entomology museum in New Orleans. The insectarium houses more than 50 live exhibits and numerous multimedia elements. The facility of 2,100 m2 is the  largest free-standing American museum dedicated to insects.

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Audubon Zoo

The zoo covers 58 acres (230,000 m²) and is home to 2,000 animals. Some of the exhibits at the zoo include gorillas,orangutans, and the Louisiana swamp exhibit. The zoo is also home to two rare White tigers and rare white alligators. The zoo is open year round Tuesday through Sunday, except Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving. and Christmas day.

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Louisiana Children's Museum

The Children's Museum is a museum where you and your kids can explore and experience 30,000 square feet of hands-on fun, engaging exhibits and exciting programs - all designed with curious kids (and grown-ups) in mind. These adventure include the following: Pilot a towboat down the Mighty Mississippi. Shop until you drop in a pint-size Winn-Dixie grocery store. Dine in a five-star, role-play café. Ride a bike with Mr. Bones. Lift 500 pounds. Hoist yourself up a wall. Trap your shadow. Stand inside a gigantic bubble. Tuesday through Saturday, the Museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. 

Musée Conti Wax Museum

The Musee Conti is a Wax Museum with tableaux of wax figures depicting scenes from the turbulent history of the city. Costumed-, life-size figures are displayed in settings that portray historical events from as early as 1699 to present. Some of the figures include Louis Armstrong, Napoleon Bonaparte, Andrew Jackson and Jean Lafitte.

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National World War II Museum

The National World War II Museum, formerly known as the National D-Day Museum, opened its doors to the public on June 6, 2000, with the 56th anniversary of D-Day. The museum has a large lobby where aircraft and other items are suspended from the ceiling. The building is several stories high; elevators are available but the stairs are more accessible and are quicker. Visitors begin their self-guided tour of the museum on the top floor and work their way down toward the ground floor, working in chronological order.

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Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is associated with the University of New Orleans. Its focus is the visual arts and culture of the American South within the context of the region's history and culture. Aside from its permanent collections, changing exhibitions, educational programs, and publications, the museum also houses the Goldring-Woldenberg Institute for the Advancement of Southern Art and Culture.

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Louisiana Plantation Homes

Plantation homes in Louisiana is something that everyone who visit the area should see and experience for themselves. There are more than 18 plantations, each and everyone with their own features.

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Tourist Attractions in New Orleans

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