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Local Area Attractions

Delight your senses at our New Orleans hotel in the central business district.
Like any gracious host, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans welcomes visitors with genuine hospitality. With an enviable location on Canal Street, our downtown hotel places guests within walking distance of popular attractions, including Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. Visitors can discover the inspiration for the hotel’s décor at nearby antebellum homes, and participate in iconic events including Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest. The city’s intricate mélange of cultures creates a unique destination, and with so many aspects to its character, it can fulfill every agenda with equal enthusiasm.

Audubon Institute Aquarium of the Americas

One of the top-five aquariums in the country, featuring the largest collection of sharks and jellyfish. Do not miss the rare white gator, penguins, otters and a changing exhibits gallery. Adjacent to the aquarium is the Entergy IMAX Theatre where visitors can immerse themselves in a big-screen 2-D or 3-D adventure.

Contact: (504) 581-4629 | Distance: .66 miles/2 minutes | Website

Audubon Institute Insectarium

New Orleans' newest attraction, is dedicated to the largest group of animals on the planet - insects! Experience insect encounters, fun bug animation and surprises at our immersion theater, a serene Japanese butterfly garden and much more!

Contact: (504) 581-4629 | Distance: .40 miles/2 minutes | Website

Audubon Institute Zoo

One of the top five zoos in the country. More than 2,000 animals in their natural habitats settings, including our white alligator in the Louisiana Swamp exhibit.

Contact: (504) 581-4629 | Distance: 4 miles/15 minutes | Website

Louisiana Children's Museum

Find something new and fun to do each time you visit the Louisiana Children’s Museum. 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.

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. Create a masterful work of art and much more! Even little ones have a special space to climb, crawl, hide and explore. Learning has never been more fun!

Contact: (504) 586-0725 ext. 210 | Distance: 1.2 miles/5 minutes | Website

National World War II Museum

Dr. Stephen Ambrose, University of New Orleans Boyd Professor of History, founded The National World War II Museum Foundation in New Orleans in 1991. The Museum, which opened on June 6, 2000, is the only museum in the United States that addresses all of the amphibious invasions of World War II, paying tribute to the more than one million Americans who took part.

Contact: (504) 527-6012 | Distance: .98 miles/4 minutes | Website

New Orleans Museum of Art

Located in beautiful City Park, this breathtaking museum houses nearly 40,000 paintings, sculptures and prints, plus the Courtyard Cafe and the Museum Shop. The art comes from across the globe and represents everything from Southwestern Native American art to 19th century French Impressionists.

Contact: (504) 488-2631 | Distance: 3.23 miles/9 minutes | Website

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The mission of The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, University of New Orleans, is to broaden the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South through its permanent collections, changing exhibitions, educational programs, publications, research center, and its Goldring-Woldenberg Institute for the Advancement of Southern Art and Culture. To that end, the museum will collect, conserve, exhibit, study, and interpret the art of the South within the context of the regional history and culture.

Contact: (504) 539-9612 | Distance: 1.51 miles/4 minutes | Website

Saenger Theater

Built in 1926, with a comprehensive renovation completed in Fall 2013, this historic theater is the premier performing arts venue in New Orleans. The Saenger regularly hosts touring Broadway productions, live concerts and top standup comedians along with several other live events.

Contact: (504) 287-0351 | Distance: 0.1 miles/3 minutes | Website

 

French Quarter

Today known simply as “The Quarter,” the French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, dating to 1718. Home to popular attractions such as Bourbon Street, Royal Street and Jackson Square, The Quarter also houses the St. Louis Cathedral and the Louisiana State Museum. Enjoy the abundant art and antique galleries are throughout, or, for a different taste of New Orleans, stroll down to the French Market for the finest produce grown in the State of Louisiana. Address: Hotel is located in the French Quarter.

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Historic Plantation Homes

For centuries, wooden wagons rumbled from fields to river docks and the sweet smell of sugarcane filled the sub-tropical air. The muddy Mississippi flowed past 400 plantations along Louisiana's Great River Road, creating empires of wealth, icons of architecture, bastions of culture and legions of slaves.

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Mardi Gras World

Come see where Mardi Gras is MADE! See Mardi Gras magic created right before your eyes in this maze of amazing carnival creations. Guided tours, video, royalty costumes, gift shop.

Contact: (504) 361-7821 | Distance: 2 miles/6 minutes | Website

 

Magazine Street

Magazine Street — one of New Orleans’ premier shopping and entertainment districts — is an unparalleled collection of neighborhoods with a diverse array of businesses, shops, restaurants and hot spots. It’s where people live, work, play and enjoy the good life that New Orleans has to offer. In short, ... it’s the Place to be in New Orleans.

Distance: 4 miles/12 minutes | Website

 

Mercedes-Benz Superdome/New Orleans Arena

One of the largest domed stadiums in the world, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and its neighboring New Orleans Arena serve as the home of the New Orleans Saints football team, the New Orleans Pelicans basketball team, Essence Festival, and the Allstate Sugar Bowl in addition to several other large events.

Contact: (504) 287-0351 | Distance: 0.8 miles/16 minutes | Website