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  • 1. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

    French Quarter | Zoo/Aquarium

    This giant aquatic showplace perched on the Mississippi riverfront has four major exhibit areas: the Amazon Rain Forest, the Mississippi River...Read More

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  • 2. Jackson Square

    French Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    Surrounded by historic buildings and atmospheric street life, this beautifully landscaped park is the heart of the French Quarter. St. Louis...Read More

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  • 3. The Presbytère

    French Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    One of the twin Spanish colonial buildings flanking the St. Louis Cathedral, this one, on the right, was built on the site of the priests' residence...Read More

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  • 4. 1850 House

    French Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    This well-preserved townhouse and courtyard provide rare public access beyond the storefronts to the interior of the exclusive Pontalba Buildings...Read More

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  • 5. Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

    French Quarter | Government Building

    Shrink down to ant size and experience "Life Underground," explore the world's insect myth and lore, venture into a Louisiana swamp, and marvel...Read More

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  • 6. Beauregard-Keyes House

    French Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    The Confederate general and Louisiana native P.G.T. Beauregard briefly made his home at this stately 19th-century mansion. A more long-term...Read More

  • 7. Bourbon Street

    French Quarter | Neighborhood/Street

    Ignore your better judgment and take a stroll down Bourbon Street past the bars, restaurants, music clubs, adult stores and novelty shops that...Read More

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  • 8. Canal Street

    French Quarter | Neighborhood/Street

    At 170 feet wide, Canal Street is often called the widest street (as opposed to avenue or boulevard) in the United States, and it's certainly...Read More

  • 9. Faulkner House

    French Quarter | House/Mansion/Villa

    The young novelist William Faulkner lived and wrote his first book, Soldiers' Pay, here in the 1920s. He later returned to his native Oxford...Read More

  • 10. French Market

    French Quarter | Market/Bazaar

    The sounds, colors, and smells here are alluring: ships' horns on the river, street performers, pralines, muffulettas, sugarcane, and Creole...Read More

  • 11. Gallier House

    French Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    Irish-born James Gallier Jr. was one of the city's most famous 19th-century architects; he died in 1866, when a hurricane sank the paddle-steamer...Read More

  • 12. Gauche House

    French Quarter | House/Mansion/Villa

    The cherubs featured in the effusive ironwork on this distinctive house stops people in the street. Built in 1856, this mansion and its service...Read More

  • 13. Germaine Wells Mardi Gras Museum

    French Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    During a 31-year period (1937–68), Germaine Cazenave Wells, daughter of Arnaud's restaurant founder Arnaud Cazenave, was queen of Carnival balls...Read More

  • 14. Hermann-Grima House

    French Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    Noted architect William Brand built this Georgian-style house in 1831, and it's one of the largest and best-preserved examples of American...Read More

  • 15. Historic New Orleans Collection

    French Quarter | Museum/Gallery

    This private archive and exhibit complex, with thousands of historic photos, documents, portraits, and books, is one of the finest research...Read More

  • 16. Jackson Brewery

    French Quarter | Store/Shop/Mall

    Remodeled in the 1980s, "Jax Brewery," as it's commonly known, dates back to the days when New Orleans was the beer capital of the South. Today...Read More

  • 17. Jean Lafitte National Park Visitor Center

    French Quarter | Information Center

    Visitors who want to explore the areas around New Orleans should stop here first. The office supervises and provides information on the Jean...Read More

  • 18. LaBranche Houses

    French Quarter | House/Mansion/Villa

    This complex of lovely townhouses, built in the 1830s by sugar planter Jean Baptiste LaBranche, fills the half block between Pirate's Alley...Read More

  • 19. LaLaurie Mansion

    French Quarter | House/Mansion/Villa

    Locals (or at least local tour guides) say this is the most haunted house in a generally haunted neighborhood. Most blame the spooks on Madame...Read More

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  • 20. Latrobe House

    French Quarter | House/Mansion/Villa

    Architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, who designed the U.S. Capitol, built this modest house with Arsene Latour in 1814. Its smooth lines and porticoes...Read More

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