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Area Attractions

New Orleans, one of the top tourist destinations in the world, where there is something for everyone. It's home to a unique melting pot of cultures. The food, music and fun is around every corner. There is family friendly fun starting at the doorstep of the New Orleans Hilton Riverside.

The Audubon Nature Institute

This includes the Audubon Zoo, Butterfly Garden & Insectarium, Aquarium of the Americas and IMAX Theatre.

Next door to the Hilton is the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. It would be easy to spend an entire day in this wonderful place. An IMAX Theatre is located in the same building as the aquarium. Tickets can be purchased for a single location or in packages for multiple locations. www.auduboninstitute.org

The French Quarter

Step back in time and wander the streets of the French Quarter. There are wonderful, unique shops, art galleries, clothing stores and restaurants. Jackson Square is easy to get to from the Hilton. You can walk, take the trolley car that runs on the levee overlooking the Mississippi River or take a taxi. Take a carriage ride through the Quarter and get a unique perspective and history lesson about this unique part of American History.

Museums

The Louisiana Children's Museum: Since opening its doors in 1986, the Louisiana Children's Museum has been one of the city's premier attractions for children. We welcome 147,000 visitors per year, engaging children, families, caregivers, and school groups in memorable interactive experiences designed to make learning fun.

The Museum's 30,000 square feet of exhibit space and programs offer children a diverse set of activities that promote learning across many disciplines - from reading and math skills to architectural ideas and the nuances of grocery shopping - through interactive play. Whether they are learning what bones they use to ride a bike, alongside Mr. Bones or loading up a cargo ship in the Little Port of New Orleans exhibit, children take an active role in their own learning. http://lcm.org/

The National WW II Museum: If you're looking for New Orleans museums with over 178,000 square feet of engaging content and multi-sensory exhibits, come visit The National WWII Museum. The history museum was voted the #1 tourist attraction in New Orleans and the #4 US museum by TripAdvisor.

Originally founded in 2000 as the D-Day Museum, The National WWII Museum is an unforgettable way to experience World War II-from industrial efforts on the home front to the combat experience of the American soldier abroad-and honor the generation that sacrificed so much to secure our freedom. Offering an impactful blend of sweeping narrative and poignant personal detail, the Museum features immersive exhibits, state-of-the-art multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories to take visitors inside the story of the war: why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today. Beyond the galleries, the Museum's online digital collections, virtual field trips and webinars, exclusive travel programs, and renowned International Conference promote continuing scholarship and offer patrons new ways to connect to history.

The biggest building on the Museum's campus is The US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, which boasts an incomparable collection of wartime bombers and aircrafts. It is also home to the USS Tang, the remarkable interactive submarine experience that takes visitors on the final mission of the United States Navy's first submarine. My Gal Sal, the illustrious airplane that was lost while on a mission in Greenland and recovered 53 years later, can only be seen by visitors to The National WWII Museum.

Designated by Congress as the official WWII museum of the United States, The National WWII Museum is located in downtown New Orleans on a six-acre campus, where five soaring pavilions house historical exhibits, on-site restoration work, a period dinner theater, and restaurants. A capital expansion program includes the construction of two additional pavilions in coming years, cementing the Museum as a state-of-the-art educational institution and a premiere destination for travelers from around the world and well as locals in New Orleans. Museums with this many interactive learning experiences and entertainment are one in a million. Plan your visit today! http://www.nationalww2museum.org/

New Orleans Museum of Art: New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), New Orleans' oldest fine arts institution, opened on December 16, 1911 with only 9 works of art. Today, the museum hosts an impressive permanent collection of almost 40,000 objects. The collection, noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, photography, glass, and African and Japanese works, continues to expand and grow, making NOMA one of the top art museums in the south.

The five-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA is one of the most important sculpture installations in the United States, with over 60 sculptures situated on a beautifully landscaped site amongst meandering footpaths, reflecting lagoons, Spanish moss-laden 200-year-old live oaks, mature pines, magnolias, camellias, and pedestrian bridges. www.noma.org

Outdoor Fun

South Louisiana has some of the best fishing in the country. The inland waters hold Redfish and Speckled Trout that are not only fun to catch but delicious to eat. Offshore fishing in the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico has exciting fishing for red snapper, grouper, tuna, king mackerel and marlin. There are numerous fishing guide services available.

Bird watching and swamp tours are also available via guide services. A local favorite is Woodland Plantation just 40 minutes south of New Orleans. It is a bed and breakfast that also provides guide services for fishing and bird watching. www.woodlandplantation.com

Restaurants

There are over 11,000 restaurants in New Orleans. If you come here for anything, it's gotta be for the FOOD. There is something for everyone, from fine gourmet dining to a shrimp or oyster Po Boy from the local deli or sandwich shop. Drago's is located right in the Hilton and known for their grilled oysters. Two blocks from the Hilton is Mother's, a MUST stop while you are in the Crescent City. If you are wanting to eat at one of the finer establishments, a reservation is suggested. Just a few suggestions are Commander's Palace, Galatoire's, Arnaud's, Acme Oyster House, NOLA Poboys, Camilia Grill and, of course, Cafe Du Monde. (here's a hint, ask the locals where they go out to eat).

Shopping

There is world class shopping here in New Orleans. Canal Boulevard, Canal Place, The Riverwalk Marketplade and The Shops At Jax Brewery are just a few places located very close to the Hilton Riverside.

Beaches

Pass Christian, MS 55 miles
Biloxi, MS 77 miles
Dauphin Island, AL 119 miles
Gulf Shores, AL170 miles
Pensacola, FL 174 miles
Destin, FL216 miles

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