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The population of this area of Eastern Louisiana is around 340,000.
You can find this destination some 75 miles from Baton Rouge, the state capital of Louisiana. It is also around 15 miles from Barataria.
Rediscover the joys of childhood and be transported into a realm of magic at Audubon Insectarium and the Prytania Theatre. If you're looking for even more family fun, head on to the Louisiana Children's Museum and John P Lyons Memorial Center.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is an aquatic wonderland for the whole gang.
Snap photos, admire the exhibits and learn about different ecosystems at the Audubon Zoo. Be sure to ask at the entrance about feeding times and where to find the zoo's rarer specimens.
Work your way into the roar of the crowd and enjoy the smell of burning rubber at the NOLA Motorsports Park, the area's favored destination for motoring enthusiasts.
The Boomtown Casino, the Treasure Chest Casino and the Harrah's New Orleans Casino are safe bets if you're wanting to try out your poker face.
Featuring well cared for horticultural displays and a variety of plant species, the New Orleans Botanical Garden and the Botanical Gardens ought to be on the itinerary of any visiting gardeners.
When the weather is fine, pack a picnic and find a quiet corner at one of the area's scenic urban parks, such as Jackson Square or Audubon Park. There's also plenty of room to lounge about in the grass at City Park and Lafayette Square.
Want to know all about your destination? Head to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Visitor Center and Basin St. Station Visitor Information Cultural Center. The well-informed staff at Gretna Green Blacksmith Shop and New Orleans Folklife and Visitor Center will also be able to answer any of your queries.
Nature enthusiasts often head to Bayou Segnette State Park and Pondicherry Wildlife Reserve to enjoy a fine day.
The area's exhibition spaces are jam-packed with tales of human endeavor and achievement. Enjoy the cool and quiet interior as you check out the collections at the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Mardi Gras World. You might also want to consider a visit to the National World War II Museum and the Contemporary Arts Center.
Accounts of this region's nautical history are embodied in the collection of vessel fragments exhibited at the Louisiana Maritime Museum.
Take the family to see many scientific artifacts, models and displays at Rivertown Museum & Kenner Planetarium, the most renowned science center around.
The wonderful specimens at the Louisiana Wildlife Museum aren't simply interesting to look at. They also play an important role in our understanding of the natural world.
New Orleans is a frenzy of artistic activity, with galleries and exhibition spaces all over the place. Start your tour of this creative paradise by stopping in at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Callan Contemporary. Afterwards, if you still have some energy left, wrap up your afternoon at the Berta’s & Mina’s Antiquities and the Cole Pratt Gallery.
History buffs can explore chronicles of former times at the Cabildo and the Historic New Orleans Collection. The Louisiana State Museum and the Backstreet Cultural Museum are also worthy options.
To find out more about the area's rich and colorful past, be sure to visit its historic structures and monuments. Start the local history tour at the Tulane University and the Loyola University New Orleans. More tales from a bygone era are waiting for you at the Dillard University and Greenwood Cemetery.
Learn about the region's spiritual side and enjoy some moments of quiet contemplation at Saint Joseph Church and St Patricks Church. If you'd like to check out some more religious sites, have a walk about Saint Louis Cathedral and Saint Augustine Church.
Before you pack up your suitcase and head off home, be sure to visit a few of the lesser-known attractions here. The Pinewood Country Club and New Orleans City Hall might catch your eye. Also, think about a visit to Spanish Plaza and the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans if your schedule allows.
If you are wondering where to stay in New Orleans, visit our New Orleans hotel options. There are 197 hotels to choose from in this beloved destination.
Visitors who appreciate life's finer things can choose from the Windsor Court Hotel, at 300 Gravier St, and the W New Orleans - French Quarter, at 316 Chartres St. Alternatively, The Garden District B&B, at 2418 Magazine Street, and the La Quinta Inn New Orleans Causeway, at 3100 S I 10 Service Rd E, are some listings that might be preferable if you're traveling on the cheap.
The world is alive with adventure, and there are lots of wonderful experiences to be had when we dig out our passports and head off on vacation.
New Orleans has plenty of activities. Here are some ideas to get you going:
Head to our New Orleans things to do page for a full list.