From locally family-owned five star restaurants to historical buildings, museums, and more, New Orleans CBD is a vibrant commercial center drawing New Orleans best artist, chefs, and local business owners of all kinds to the southern mecca. Explore historical buildings, take unique tours, indulge in exquisite cuisines and more- right here in the Central Business District.
Hilton St. Charles: “A Hidden Oyster”
Built in 1926, the Hilton St. Charles originally operated as a Masonic temple. Over the past 90 years, the Hilton St. Charles remains an iconic piece of history in the heart of the CBD. Should I mention, on the St. Charles Mardi Gras parade route and the historic streetcar line? Within its walls, it houses a hidden 500 seat theatre, six meeting, and venue spaces, and an onsite 5-star restaurant, Luke. Luke is known for its fresh seafood and collects from 6 different bodies of water across the US. Be sure to stop by the New Orleans Oyster Festival, this June, with live music and of course unlimited oysters. Hilton St. Charles is truly a special gem that is sure to impress. So sit back, relax, and Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!
Streetcar: “Tours on Tracks”
The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority operates the oldest operating streetcar line in the world. Since its birth in 1835, the streetcar now has 5 operating routes throughout New Orleans: Rampart/St. Claude, Riverfront, St. Charles, Canal (Cemeteries), and Canal (City Park). On its tracks, you will pass the World War II Museum, New Orleans cemeteries, New Orleans Museum of Art, Audubon Zoo, and the Garden District. The WWII Museum has been named a number one attraction in New Orleans. This is truly a must-see attraction, bringing history to life!
The streetcar line is the most affordable, historical tour on tracks, only cost $1.25 or you can purchase day passes.
Tableau and the La Petite Theatre: “Laughter and Lagniappe”
La Petite Theatre, founded in 1916, is one of the nation’s oldest community theatres. Dickie Brennan Restaurant Group bought a portion of the theatre building in 2011, and Tableau was born. It has been named one of the best fine dining restaurants in the city. From traditional barbeque shrimp and grits to truffled crab claws, the variety of crustaceans are endless. You can also find the La Petite Theatre full calendar. You are in for a local New Orleans treat.
Insectarium/ Aquarium: “Rolling on the River”
The Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is located inside US Custom House on Canal Street. This is America’s largest museum dedicated to insects, where you are encouraged to use your senses to explore different insects and their friends!
The Audubon Aquarium is located on the riverside portion of downtown. The aquarium is the coordinator of the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program. This is a hands-on exhibit, where you can touch a stingray and feed sea animals of all kinds!
These adventures are perfect for a family outing and is in walking distance to New Orleans best downtown shopping!
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