Hop aboard the New Orleans Riverfront Streetcar, it is a fun and inexpensive way to explore the Mississippi Riverfront attractions. The Riverfront Street car starts its run just outside the French Quarter at the south end of the French Market. From this starting point the streetcar travels upriver past the six blocks of shops and restaurants of the French Market. Then the streetcar rolls on past the Café Du Monde which unfortunately is behind the levee wall, the Moonwalk will be on your riverside and is a relaxing area to take in the sights of the river. Next you pass the Steamboat Natchez dock, Woldenberg Park (a awesome green space built on top of a warf), the Aquarium of the Americas, the IMAX theatre, the Canal Street Ferry (take a ride across the river), the Plaza de Espana, and the Outlet Collection Riverwalk, the nation's first downtown outlet center .. If you continue on you will pass the Morial Convention Center and the Cruise ship terminals. The street cars only accept cash, tokens, or passes. For information on purchasing tokens or passes go to the New Orleans RTA website. To avoid paying each time you board I recommend you purchase a one day Jazzy Pass.
Riverfront Streetcar STOP #2 Ursulines Street
French Market New Orleans
The New Orleans French Market includes six historic blocks of unique shops and restaurants, a Flea Market and a Farmers Market. These three comfined offers some of the best New Orleans shopping. The French Market is located in the French Quarter between Decatur St and the Mississippi River, starting at Café Du Monde and ending six blocks down river at the Flea Market. While shopping at the French Market you will find an array of merchandise including fine art, clothing & apparel, confections, and specialty retail shops. In the Flea Markdet you will find that merchants from all over the world bring their wares to this open-air shopper’s paradise. Traditional items such as clothing and antiques combine with art, jewelry and crafts to make this a market of diversity, a community of culture. The Farmers’ Market at Ursulines and North Peters has full-service eateries serving breakfast, lunch and dinner PLUS a variety of fresh produce, fresh baked goods and fresh squeezed juices available from counter-top vendors! So don't pass up a vist to the French Market New Orleans! Riverside Streetcar Stops #1, #2, and #3.
Riverfront Streetcar STOP #4 Toulouse Street
At this stop you will be at the river end of Toulouse Street. On the river side of the tracks you will find the Natchez Steamboat dock, the Gray Line tours ticket office, and the downriver end of Woldenberg Park. Across the tracks, through the open floodwall gate and to your right will be The Shops at Jackson Brewery. When you continue past Jackson Brewery and cross Decatur Street you will be on Toulouse Street which will take you right into the heart of the French Quarter with all of its shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. I recommend you stop at Café Maspero on the corner of Toulouse and Decatur for great seafood and sandwiches at a reasonable price.
Steamboat Natchez and Gray Line Tours ticket office
When you arrive at the Riverfront streetcar stop #4 the Steamboat Natchez dock and the Gray Line Tours Ticket Office will be on the riverside of the tracks. At this stop you can purchase tickets for the Steamboat Natchez river tour. The Steamboat Natchez offers Daily Daytime Jazz and Dinner Jazz cruises year round. Let them show you a New Orleans good time that can only be experienced from the river. Beside the Steamboat Natchez River tour Gray Line offers City tours, swamp tours, plantation tours and walking tours. Tickets for all these activities can be purchased at the Stop #4 Gray Line Ticket office.
The Shops at Jackson Brewery
When you arrive at the Riverfront streetcar stop #4 Jax Brewery will be across the tracks, through the open flood gate and to your right. The Shops at Jackson Brewery, commonly known as Jax Brewery by locals, was once the brewing and bottling house of Jax Beer. Today the converted brewery holds exclusive and distinctive New Orleans shops as well as nationally known stores. Drop into the monumental Shops at Jackson Brewery for a taste of New Orleans shopping and history. Located in the French Quarter at 600 Decatur St, The Shops at Jax Brewery offers four full floors of stores, attractions, kiosks, restaurants, bars, and cafés. Enjoy the best view of the Mississippi River and historic New Orleans from the Jax Promenade Balcony.
Riverfront Streetcar STOP #6 Canal Street
Tour the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas * On the Riverfront
The Aquarium of the Americas is located along the Mississippi Riverfront and has been recognized as one of the leading aquariums in the United States. The aquarium features 10,000 animals representing 530 species. Major exhibits include a Carribean reef featuring a clear 30-foot-long visitor tunnel surrounded by a 132,000 gallon tank of sea life; an Amazon exhibit, encased in a glass cylinder that includes macaws, piranhas, and other specimens from the Amazon basin; a Mississippi River gallery, featuring catfish, paddlefish, and the famous white alligator; and Gulf of Mexico exhibit, featuring a 400,000 gallon, 17 foot tall tank of sharks, sea turtles, and stingrays from the Gulf. The Aquarium is one of the stops on the Riverfront streetcar line and is right next door to the Entergy IMAX Theater.
Experience the Entergy IMAX Theatre * On the Riverfront
One of the top 5 indoor things to do in New Orleans is the IMAX Theater. Don’t just watch the movie but experience the journey at the New Orleans Entergy IMAX Theatre where the wonders of nature are magnified and where larger-than-life adventures explode with the help of the world's most advanced motion picture technology. The IMAX theater features a special six-channel, multi-speaker sound system and a silver screen reaching five-and-a-half stories tall. The IMAX Theater is right on the riverfront, next to the Canal St ferry, and one of the stops on the Riverfront streetcar line. The IMAX is located next door to Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.
The Shops at Canal Place * On the edge of the French Quarter
Experience upscale New Orleans shopping by visiting the Shops at Canal Place. Canal Place is home to many exclusive stores, notable designer boutiques, and anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue. Located at the foot of Canal Street on the edge of the French Quarter, Canal Place offers three floors of sophisticated shopping in a lush atrium environment with festive seasonal decorations. A food court, a movie theater; the Theatres at Canal Place and a live theater; the Southern Repertory Theatre are located on the third floor. On-site parking is covered and available at hourly and daily rates.
Riverfront Streetcar STOP #7 Poydras Street
At this stop you will be at the river end of Poydras Street and just steps away from
- Spanish Plaza with is river view, fountains, restaurants
- Outlet Collection Riverwalk
- Fulton Street with is assortment of restaurants and bars.
- Harrah’s Casino & Hotel
- Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel
- One of the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Stops
Riverfront Streetcar STOP #8 Julia Street
The Julia Street stop is the last and furthest upriver stop for the Riverfront Streetcar line. You are required to disembark from the streetcar at this stop. It just takes a few minutes to go upriver, turn around and come back. At this time you may re-board but will be required to present your Jazzy Pass or pay the fare again. At this stop the Julia Street and Erato Street Cruise Terminals will be on the riverside. If you cross the tracks and proceed through the open floodwall gate you will find the up river entrance to the Outlet Collection Riverwalk on your right. The Morial Convention Center will be on your left and if you continue straight you will be in the Warehouse District with its many shops, galleries, hotels, restaurants and bars.