New Orleans is a city thriving with energy, and at its heart is the French Quarter, a historic neighborhood of the city that dates back to 1718, making it the oldest part of the city. At the center is Jackson Square, an exciting area home to St. Louis Cathedral, multiple art galleries, many eateries, street performers and kind of every shop that you may want to check out to fill that shopping itch. When you are ready to sit down and enjoy a chicory infused café au lait style coffee, Café du Monde waits for you across from Jackson Square, where you will also find the finest French beignets this side of the Mississippi River.
There is no better place to see a wide range of interesting wildlife than at the Audobon Zoo, where over 2000 different animals reside on a 58-acre complex. You will be able to see every type of creature from an elephant to a butterfly and everything in between. There is even a section that houses wildlife specific to Louisiana, where you can see a part of what makes New Orleans and the surrounding areas so special. If you are a lover of all things oceanic, the zoo also offers you the Audobon Aquarium of the Americas, home to over 500 species of marine life. You can learn about creatures from the mysterious Amazon before hopping over to take in fish from the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. There is also a Mississippi River exhibit and an exotic Caribbean experience that you will not regret visiting. Cost for admission for the Audobon Zoo is $19.95, while the Aquarium of the Americas is $24.95 for a single adult.
During your easy-going stop, you will want to take a walk down Frenchman Street, a spectacular stop that hosts live music, delicious food joints and a massive outdoor art market. Down Frenchman, you will not see any harsh advertising or lit-up signs. Every building is old and historic in its own way, and the music you will find here sets a standard that is hard to beat anywhere else in the nation. From New Orleans jazz to reggae to the blues, you are guaranteed to find yourself wanting to get up and dance. After you work up an appetite, you may want to head over to Down The Hatch, a great pub that stays cooking until 2:00 AM. If you are in the mood for a Louisiana style po' boy, Acme Oyster House at Harrah's is your place. Grab a drink, a plate of Creole jambalaya and a fried catfish po' boy, and count yourself one with the locals. The price of food on Frenchman Street ranges from close-to-nothing for street food to right around $11.00 at Acme.
For a beautiful walk on a nice day, you will want to find yourself in City Park. Founded in 1854, and a favorite spot for residents and tourists alike, City Park provides you with a carousel, botanical gardens and the biggest collection of live oak trees in the world. Many of the live oaks are older than 500 years old, making them a one of a kind marvel. If you happen to be in the city during the last few days of October, you can check out the Voodoo Music Festival, an outdoor festival that happens right in the middle of City Park and has hosted many great and world-famous acts from different decades and genres. The cost of the park is a bonus, as it is free. The Voodoo Music Festival tickets sit above $100, making it a special treat.
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