Destination Guide

New Orleans

With the restoration of popular destinations such as the French Quarter, Garden District, and Central Arts District, New Orleans is on a steady pace to recovery from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. A melting pot of French heritage, opulent architecture, and distinct Cajun cuisine, the Big Easy will serve you a hearty helping of enjoyment no matter what your taste. Experience the world-class music, one-of-a-kind galleries, and museums that line the historic French Quarter, see your favorite animals at the Audobon Zoo and the Aquarium, or test your courage among the alligators on an incredible swamp tour. Select a destination category from the menu below, or scroll down to find an attraction and nearby La Quinta hotels.


Audubon Aquarium of the Americas - New Orleans

Immerse yourself in one of the country's most popular aquariums, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. This architectural wonder features a 30-foot walk-thru tunnel that surrounds visitors with an undersea view of more than 10,000 animals from 530 species.
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Audubon Zoo - New Orleans

Meet the original New Orleans party animals: gorillas, elephants, lions and more at the Audubon Zoo. Mingle with Rex and Zulu, two 380-pound White Tigers, enjoy unforgettable an sea lion show, or test your courage at the Embraceable Zoo that offers hands-on interaction with a variety of animals.
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Night Life

Steamboat Natchez River Cruise - New Orleans

Take a cruise down the Mississippi, sample some authentic New Orleans cuisine, and enjoy beautiful music all in a single experience with the Steamboat Natchez River Cruise. Daytime cruises or dinner/jazz cruises are available.
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Harrah's Casino - New Orleans

If the exhilarating entertainment doesn't knock your socks off, the prime location of Harrah's New Orleans will! Just steps from The French Quarter and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, this colossal casino has all the action-packed entertainment you can handle.
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Boomtown Riverboat Casino - Harvey

Get your boots and saddle up for a wild ride on the Boomtown Riverboat Casino, where you'll be dazzled by the authentic 19th century character and wild-west theme. A large selection of slots, table games, and a dance hall adorn this one-of-a-kind casino.
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Treasure Chest Casino - Kenner

Take your pick from over 950 slot machines, 43 table games, nightly entertainment, dining, an all-you-can-eat buffet, and more at the Treasure Chest Casino. This entertainment mecca is located along the beautiful banks of Lake Ponchartrain.
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Louisiana Swamp Tours - Crown Point

Louisiana Swamp Tours offer a glimpse of nature that has remained unchanged for centuries. Take it slow and easy, or travel high-speed through the Swamps of Barataria and get up-close and personal with alligators and other swamp dwelling creatures.
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Jackson Square - New Orleans

Before its tenure as an immaculately landscaped park, Jackson Square served as a military marching ground under the name "Place d'Armes." One of the most recognizable features in the square is the statue of Andrew Jackson, the victorious leader in the War of 1812. St. Louis Cathedral, established in 1720, also borders the square.
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Garden District Tour - New Orleans

The embodiment of Southern grandeur, the Garden District is lined with exquisite mansions that tell the tale of New Orleans' rich cultural history. Witness the roots of conflict between Creole and American culture in the brilliant architecture and flourishing foliage.
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Gator Swamp Tours - Slidell

Explore the primitive beauty of Louisiana's wetlands on a breathtaking Gator Swamp Tour. Float among the native alligators and hang on, you just might learn something.
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New Orleans Museum of Art - New Orleans

Peruse the collection of more than 40,000 pieces at the New Orleans Museum of Art, which includes French, American, African, and Japanese paintings as well as photography and glass sculpture. With a strong portfolio of French art, this museum features works by impressionist Edgar Degas painted in New Orleans for a brief period.
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National D-Day Museum - New Orleans

Examine every angle of the infamous D-Day invasion of World War II and pay tribute to more than one million Americans that were involved. Entering its fourth year of service, the National D-Day Museum features several state-of-the-art and interactive exhibits including "Everyone has a Jeep" that features the military vehicles and their role in the success of the invasion.
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Destrehan Plantation - Destrehan

And you thought your house was old. The beautiful Destrehan Plantation has graced the banks of the Mississippi River since 1787. It has earned the title of the oldest documented plantation home in the lower Mississippi Valley.
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Louisiana Children's Museum - New Orleans

The Louisiana Children's Museum puts kids in control and turns learning into fun. Unique hands-on exhibits such as the Little Port of New Orleans, Eye to Eye, and Body Works engage even the most curious of imaginations.
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Bourbon Street - New Orleans

Get out and stretch your legs on one of America's most well-known avenues, Bourbon Street. Lined with shops, restaurants, bars, and night clubs, this famed piece of New Orleans culture offers a wide selection of entertainment options.
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Riverwalk Marketplace - New Orleans

In the heart of downtown New Orleans, the Riverwalk Marketplace offers a 1/2 mile long stretch of stores including Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Nine West, and more. The Riverwalk is within easy reach of several restaurants, events, and other attractions.
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The French Market - New Orleans

For over 200 years, the French Market has welcomed merchants and shoppers from around the world. Today, you'll find a wide selection of clothing, antiques, art, crafts, and jewelry available in the historic open-air market.
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Mardi Gras Center - New Orleans

If you're serious about Carnival, Mardi Gras Center should be an essential stop on your New Orleans agenda. Choose from hundreds of custom-made masks, costumes, and other accessories at this unique marketplace.
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