There is so much to see and do while visiting New Orleans you must take advantage of the many New Orleans Visitor Information Centers. They are official and free. You could spend several hours just taking in the information they provide about New Orleans. Would you like to see a wall sized aerial photograph of the New Orleans metropolitan area or watch a short introductory film about the Crescent City? Then visit Basin Street Station Welcome Center. Are you interested in literature, pamphlets and maps on all the attractions there are to see while exploring New Orleans? Then stop by the Louisiana Travel Information Center. Are you interested in exhibits, walking tours, films, music performances, folk life and cooking demonstrations and talks by rangers to help you understand the history and culture of New Orleans? Then check out the French Quarter National Park Visitors Center. All visitor center locations have friendly travel advisors who want to help you get the most out of your New Orleans visit.
Map of the French Quarter
The French Quarter (original New Orleans) is boardered by the Mississippi River on the South, Canal Street on the West, N. Rampart Street on the North and Esplanade Avenue on the East.
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Basin St Station New Orleans Welcome Center
The Basin St Station Welcome Center should be your first stop when you arrive in New Orleans. Located just outside the French Quarter at 501 Basin St, the Basin St Station is not just a New Orleans Visitor Center but a Visitor Information and Cultural Center wrapped up in one. Basin St Station presents an authentic introduction to New Orleans for locals and visitors alike. The first floor of this building is filled with travel information, travel guides, attraction brochures, maps, historic New Orleans photos, several exhibits, kiosks, a huge satellite map of the region, a scaled model of the French Quarter, a gift shop with souvenirs, sodas and snacks, and lots of New Orleans history. There are also friendly travel counselors that can help you build a custom itinerary filled with things that you want to see and do while in New Orleans. While you are at the Basin St Station take a short break and watch the video “New Orleans: Cultural Crossroads of America”. It plays continuously throughout the day.
Official Louisiana Travel Information Center * Jackson Square
There is an official Louisiana Travel Information Visitors Center located on Jackson Square at 529 St. Anne Street. There is no one there to sell you anything or scam you. Inside you will find helpful Louisiana State Tourist employees eager to answer your questions and ensure you find the attractions you are looking for. Here you will find a room of travel information such as magazines, travel guides, maps, coupons, and brochures. I believe there hours are 9am - 5pm.
National Park Visitors Center * French Quarter
There is a National Park Visitors Center located in the French Quarter at 419 Decatur Street. Here you will find exhibits, tourist information, maps and travel guides on National Park properties in the New Orleans area such as the Chalmette Battlefield, the Jean Lafitte National Park (Barataria Preserve), and the New Orleans Jazz National Park. They also have exhibits, walking tours, films, music performances, folk life and cooking demonstrations, and talks by rangers to help you understand the history and culture of New Orleans and the Mississippi River Delta. I believe this visitors center is open 7 days a week from 9am – 5pm.
Jazz National Park Visitors Center * French Quarter
Only in New Orleans could there be a National Park for jazz! If you are interested in Jazz music then stop by the New Orleans Jazz National Park Visitors Center at 916 N. Peters Street in the French Market. Here you will find information on Jazz music and history, Jazz music CDs, pamphlets for self guided Jazz History walking tours, and each day the Visitor Center usually offers a world class music experience as well. Park Rangers also give talks about the history of Jazz, the influence of Jazz and about different Jazz legends. The purpose of New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park is to preserve resources and information that are associated with the origins and early development of jazz in New Orleans; Enhance opportunities for visitors to experience and appreciate the sights and sounds of early jazz and the places where early jazz evolved; Interpret the origins, history, and progression of jazz; Promote and assist the education of students in various forms of jazz in order to perpetuate its continued evolution as a true American art form.
New Orleans Tourist Information * Maps * Discount Tickets
If you are looking for tourist information, maps, discount tickets for New Orleans tours and attractions then stop by this tourist information center located on the corner of Canal St and Royal Street. Inside you will find friendly travel counselors who will be glad to help you find that perfect tour. This visitor center is loaded with the broachers about things to do in New Orleans. Conveniently, they also sell discount tour tickets and this visitor center is an official pickup location for many of the local tours.
Airport Shuttle New Orleans
Do you need transportation to and from the airport? Airport Shuttle New Orleans is the Official Ground Transportation Provider for the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. They offer transportation to and from Downtown & Uptown New Orleans Hotels, the French Quarter Hotels, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center & the Cruise Ship Terminals (All about 15-20 miles from airport). Their vans are white with yellowing lettering that says "Airport Shuttle" on its side along with their phone number 522-3500. Beware of impostors! If you do not see 522-3500 on the side of the van, it is not Airport Shuttle New Orleans! For Departure Reservations, please call 504-522-3500 no later than 24 hours prior to your flight. Your advance reservation will ensure your timely departure to the Airport.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
The New Orleans International Airport is located at 900 Airline Drive in Kenner. This is about 15 miles west of the New Orleans French Quarter off of I-10 (The Airport Exit is 223). The Airport offers free Wi-Fi (wireless Internet service) throughout the airport for traveler’s convenience. The Airport offers a 3,000 space short-term parking garage and a 2,500 space long-term parking garage on site. There are also a couple concession stands throughout the airport and a rental car facility as well. To travel between New Orleans and the New Orleans International Airport visitors have the following three options: Tax Cab, Airport Shuttle, and Airport Limousine.
New Orleans Train and Bus Station
If you are arriving or departing from New Orleans by train or bus you will find yourself at the New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal. This passenger terminal is both a train station serviced by Amtrak and a bus station serviced by Greyhound, and is one of the largest and busiest train stations in the South. The station is the major Southern hub for Amtrak, with three trains (Sunset Limited originating in Los Angeles; City of New Orleans originating in Chicago; and Crescent originating in New York) serving the city. The facility has large a waiting area which includes a small gift shop and is staffed by Amtrak employees. The station is located at 1001 Loyola Avenue and is about one mile from the French Quarter. Transportation to and from the terminal include taxis, city bus and the Loyola Avenue/Union Passenger Terminal Streetcar. The train/bus station is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ticketing office is open from 5:45 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. seven days a week. Baggage service is available from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. seven days a week.
New Orleans Urgent Care * French Quarter * Warehouse District
While you are vacationing in New Orleans I pray you have a healthy and safe visit. But if the unfortunate happens and you get sick or hurt yourself there is New Orleans Urgent Care. Walk-ins are welcome, no appointments necessary, no lengthy wait time, on site Minilab, digital X-ray and Board Certified physicians are there to treat you quickly for minor emergencies and ailments. For those who are staying in the French Quarter the Urgent Care is located at 201 Decatur Street and their phone# is (504) 609-3833. For those staying in the Warehouse District the Urgent Care is located at 900 Magazine Street next to the WWII Museum and their phone# is (504) 552-2433.
Is there parking in the French Quarter?
There is very limited street parking in the French Quarter. However, throughout the Quarter and especially along Decatur Street you will find parking lots that offer parking at an hourly rate. Since parking is limited you will have to pay a premium to park your car.
I like to eat hot boiled crawfish, what is the crawfish season in New Orleans?
Restaurants in New Orleans generally serve boiled crawfish from February through June.
I like to eat oysters, when can I eat oysters in New Orleans?
New Orleans restaurants serve oysters all year round, but oysters, especially oysters on the half shell, are best during autumn, winter and early spring. Many locals will tell you that during the Christmas season raw oysters are at their peak. Being the perfect size, firm, and tasting like clean ocean water.
Is it legal to drink alcohol on the streets of New Orleans?
Yes, it is legal to drink on the streets of New Orleans seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, provided your beverage is in a go-cup (a plastic container).
What time do the bars close in New Orleans and the French Quarter?
Bars in New Orleans are allowed to be open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.