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New Orleans City Trip

One of the many magnificent plantation homes in New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS DAY 3: Nottoway Plantation, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, Faubourg Marigny and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

For another trip back in time, spend the day on leisurely visits to plantation homes along the Mississippi River. It is impossible to see them all in one day, so we recommend Nottoway Plantation. Dating to 1859, it claims to be the largest remaining antebellum plantation in the South and offers tours daily, plus piano music during lunch. Other options where visitors may sip a mint julep on the veranda include Greek Revival Houmas House and Oak Alley Plantation, which offers the classic beverage at the house. Houmas House has undergone the most extensive expansion in the state, offering a number of fine restaurants and the most upscale overnight accommodations in private cottages. Just a couple miles away is the newly restored Bocage Plantation, also a bed-and-breakfast inn. Guided tours are offered at each plantation. The Whitney Plantation is now known for its slavery museum, the first of its kind in the country.

If a bit of retail therapy is on your agenda, consider walking the length of Magazine Street. Blocks and blocks of eclectic shops, restaurants and coffeehouses await you.

Everything from upscale men's grooming, to mid-20th century furniture stores to art galleries featuring local artists reside on Magazine Street.

Staying in the city itself, a worthy and enlightening afternoon might be an organized tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, the city's oldest operating graveyard. The architecture of these old cemeteries derives from the fact that much of the city is below sea level, so graves in New Orleans are above ground. Tombs, some with inscriptions in French, date back to 1760, with the most famous belonging to voodoo queen Marie Laveau, who lies just inside the front gate. The city has many other historic neighborhoods to explore, such as Faubourg Marigny, Esplanade Ridge or Bywater. For an overview of these and other neighborhoods, visit the New Orleans Preservation Resource Center official website.

At New Orleans' fabulous Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, get a fish-eye view of such creatures as jellyfish, electric eels, frogs and a white alligator. Downtown, the Audubon Insectarium, a sister facility to the aquarium, offers unique, interactive exhibitions exploring the world of insects. The truly adventurous and brave can even eat insect samples at the museum's bug café.

Enjoy dinner and jazz music on the Natchez Steamboat

More conventional diversions include an early dinner-and-jazz cruise on the Natchez Steamboat, which departs daily from the Toulouse Street Wharf across from Jackson Square. If you're in town in May, check out the annual New Orleans Wine and Food Experience with wine dinners, seminars, samples of wine from around the world and food from the city's most talented chefs. If you're visiting in July, celebrate international spirits during the annual Tales of the Cocktail events, citywide.

There is so much to see and do, eat and experience that you'll want to return again and again. Bon Voyage!

For more information, visit The New Orleans Tourism official website.

* Images courtesy of the New Orleans official website. Plantation by GNOTCC, Michael Terranova and the New Orleans official website.


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