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Nestled along the meandering banks of the Mississippi River lies New Orleans, a city renowned for its vibrant culture and rich history. With its iconic French Quarter, jazz-filled streets, and delectable Creole cuisine, New Orleans beckons visitors from around the globe. From the rhythmic beats of Bourbon Street to the serene beauty of City Park, New Orleans captivates with its diverse attractions. In every corner, New Orleans exudes an irresistible charm, inviting exploration and celebration at every turn. There’s so much to see in this historic city, so when arriving a day early, you’ll want to check out some of these local spots before embarkation. 

Mardi Gras World

0.1 miles from the New Orleans Cruise Port 

Just steps away from American Cruise Lines’ port is Mardi Gras World where you can experience where to tour where Mardi Gras begins. This is where you can learn about the history of Mardi Gras and get a front-row seat to all the float-making action. See the behind-the-scenes process of how these colorful creations come to life. You can even bring a little bit of that Mardi Gras magic home with you with a visit to their shop.

The National World War II Museum

1.1 miles from the New Orleans Cruise Port

One mile away from port stands as a poignant tribute to the bravery and sacrifices of those who served during World War II. Through immersive exhibits, artifacts, and personal stories, visitors are transported back in time to experience the global conflict firsthand. With its comprehensive collection and interactive displays, the museum offers a compelling and educational journey through one of the most pivotal periods in history.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

1.2 miles from the New Orleans Cruise Port

Nearby, discover the colorful world of Southern creativity at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. With vibrant folk art, contemporary gems, and quirky expressions, you'll dive into the spirit of the South. With daily events, this spot is a art-buff’s dream. Prepare for a delightful journey through Southern culture, where every artwork tells a fascinating story of tradition, innovation, and a whole lot of charm.

Jackson Square/St. Louis Cathedral

1.7 miles from the New Orleans Cruise Port

Just under two miles from port is Jackson Square, anchored by the iconic St. Louis Cathedral. This landmark stands as a picturesque symbol of New Orleans' rich history and vibrant culture. Framed by historic buildings and bustling with local artists and musicians, the square offers a lively atmosphere that captivates visitors. The St. Louis Cathedral, with its stunning architecture and spiritual significance, serves as a timeless beacon of faith and architectural beauty in the heart of the city.

Audubon Nature Institute

1.2 miles from the New Orleans Cruise Port

Reimagined and state-of-the-art, the Audubon Aquarium is just one part of this stop. With an extensive Zoo and Insectarium, you can experience the whole animal kingdom just a mile from port. Visit the alligators, birds and unique animals that make the bayou their home. Or awe at the two dozen African penguins that waddle around their carefully curated habitat.

Jean Laffitte National Historical Park and Preserve

1.6 miles from the New Orleans Cruise Port

Looking to get out into the Louisiana landscape under two miles from port? Well, you can explore the wild and mysterious beauty of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Traverse winding trails through lush marshes and dense forests teeming with wildlife, immersing yourself in the untamed beauty of the bayou. Make sure to take note of historic sites like Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery, where the Battle of New Orleans took place during the War of 1812 along the way.

French Market

2.6 miles from the New Orleans Cruise Port

Indulge your senses in the lively ambiance of the French Market, a vibrant hub of culture and commerce in the heart of New Orleans. From savory Creole delicacies to handmade crafts and local art, the market offers a delightful array of vendors to explore. With its bustling atmosphere, live music, and charming vendors, the French Market invites visitors to immerse themselves in the authentic spirit of the Big Easy

Louisiana State Museum

1.7 miles from the New Orleans Cruise Port

Get ready to learn as you navigate through these halls and embrace the history of Louisiana. From ancient artifacts to modern exhibitions, the museum offers a comprehensive journey through the state's diverse heritage. With engaging displays and informative presentations, you can explore Louisiana's unique identity shaped by the melting pot of its community members and its significant contributions to American history and culture.

1850 House

2 miles from the New Orleans Cruise Port

Experience the vibrant spirit of 19th-century New Orleans at the 1850 House, located in the heart of the bustling French Quarter. Built by Baroness Micaela Almonester de Pontalba, daughter of Don Andres Almonester y Roxas, the Spanish colonial landowner associated with the neighboring Cabildo, St. Louis Cathedral, and Presbytere. Step into meticulously recreated extravagant rooms filled with opulent furnishings, exquisite artwork, and authentic period artifacts.

Royal Street

2 miles from the New Orleans Cruise Port

Stroll down Royal Street, where every step unveils a treasure trove of art, antiques, and enchanting architecture in the heart of New Orleans' historic French Quarter. Lose yourself in the rhythm of live jazz pouring from quaint cafes and admire the intricate wrought-iron balconies adorned with colorful flowers. With its charming boutiques, lively street performers, and timeless charm, Royal Street offers an unforgettable experience that captures the soul of the Crescent City.

From history to the sweet sound of jazz rolling through the streets, you can experience all of New Orleans before you make your way through the Mississippi River