6751 Westbank Expressway
Marrero, LA 70072
Phone: (504) 267-0701
Fax: (504) 267-0706
Having started out as the nation's first sugar plantation, then an urban park, and finally renamed in 1886 as Audubon Park in tribute to John James Audubon who painted many of his famed "Birds of America" in Louisiana, the 340-acre Audubon Park and Audubon Zoo is a place one can truly and peacefully enjoy New Orleans's old-world charm: fountains, statues, gazebos, lagoons, giant oak trees, and the occasional horse-back riders and carriages. There are also a golf course, tennis courts, and a extremely popular 1.8-mile-long paved jogging track. Do walk along the outskirts of the park and be wowed by the historic buildings of Loyola and Tulane universities, as well as many elegant mansions.
Uptown is a area in New Orleans which spans across a number of historical districts including the fabled French Quarter. Several 19th Century structures stand proudly along the avenues which are dotted with friendly jazz bars and clubs. Known for its mixed races, you are bound to notice subtle Italian, German, Irish and Afro American influences in the architecture and lifestyle. Hollywood chocolate boy Harry Connick Junior as well as the legendary Louis Armstrong both hail from Uptown, making it yet another reason to visit.
From the critter-filled swamps of Louisiana to the grasslands of Africa, you can explore some of the Earth's most intriguing habitats and the creatures that dwell within them at this world-class zoo. Rated one of the top zoos in the United States, it features two rare white tigers as well as Komodo dragons.
The Beaux Arts mansion was built in 1907. It was given to the city in 1948 by the Latter family and is now the most elegant public library in the Crescent City. Milton H. Latter Memorial Library building is one of the few mansions on Saint Charles Avenue that is open to the public. You can ride the Saint Charles streetcar to this historic landmark and take in other sights of interest and beauty as well.
Touro Synagogue was formed with the merger of two existing Jewish congregations of New Orleans: the German Jewish Shangarai Chasset and the Sephardic Portuguese Jewish Nefutzot Yehudah in 1828. Touro is now a reform synagogue and plays an active role in the local community, especially with its annual Jazzfest Shabbat—which coincides with the New Orleans Jazz Festival.
Whenever you are in New Orleans for business or pleasure, a must stop is Magazine Street. This is the street that has it all no matter what your shopping needs are. Whatever you're looking for, be it women's fashion (Total Woman), men's fashion (Style Lab for Men), vintage clothing (Recycled), children's clothing (Pippen Lane), shoes (Feet First), or accessories (Filly Handbags & Accessories), Magazine Street is the place to be. When you start to work up an appetite, try seafood (Casamento's Restaurant), French cuisine (Lilette Restaurant), Mexican (Nacho Mama's Mexican Grill), southern (Upperline Restaurant), farmer's markets (Crescent City Farmers Market), chocolates (Blue Frog Chocolates), cafe's (PJ's Coffee and Tea Co.), or bars (St. Joe's Bar).
Kirk Coco and Dylan Lintern, two businessmen, collaborated to establish NOLA Brewing in 2008. An abbreviation for New Orleans Lager & Ale, this brewery leans towards production of European brews. A brewing process headed by esteemed brew master, Peter Caddoo, results in delicious ales like NOLA Brown Ale and NOLA Blonde Ale and Hopitoulas IPA, which are popular favorites. Apart from their year-round selections, seasonal specials are also offered here.
A part of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Tulane University of Louisiana is a historic university established in the middle of 19th Century. Spread across 45 acres (18.2 hectares) in uptown New Orleans, the university has more than 13,000 students enrolled in various programs of undergraduate, graduate and professional courses in the fields of architecture, liberal arts, science, law, business, medicine and social work. The university strives hard to provide overall growth opportunities to students, and hence, has various cultural and sports events organized in its campus. The campus is home to various structures housing the colleges and schools of the university that reflect Renaissance, Romanesque and Tudor Revival style of architecture and watching these on a tour to the university is quite an experience in itself. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.
Elms Mansion is one of the most gracious and elegant homes in the Garden District. Built in 1869, it has played host to confederate President Jefferson Davis on a number of occasions. It boasts marble fireplaces and stained glass windows. Careful restoration has created a home of beauty making it more than suitable for the number of receptions held here. Call ahead to know more.
From the gates of Lafayette Cemetery you can see the lavish above-ground vaults and tombs of the families that once lived in the surrounding Garden District mansions. Mansions that were built by American newcomers when the French Creoles made them unwelcome in the older part of the city. Gates are open during working hours, but it is not advisable to walk about the grounds alone. Guided tours are offered by Save Our Cemeteries.
Among the few open green spaces left in Central City area of New Orleans, the A.L. Davis Park is a popular playground for kids. The park comprises a basketball court as well as a football field where local sports events take place. Apart from sports, the park is also at the center of various cultural and community events like concerts and parades which occur throughout the year.
Trinity Episcopal Church conducts a lot of programs for the welfare of the city. This church also offers Christian Formation classes. For further details, please check the website.