New Orleans: Dishing Out Pomp and Pageantry in Southern Style

Warm and welcoming, plan a fun-filled reunion in the Big Easy. New Orleans has something for everyone from culture and cuisine to sights and sounds.

Masked girl by Chris Granger

New Orleans, Louisiana

There are not too many places that compare to lively New Orleans. With so many facets to its vibrant character, the Big Easy, as it’s fondly known, has Spanish, French, African and Caribbean influences in everything from its culture and cuisine to its sights and sounds.

Royal Street in the French Quarter

Royal Street in the French Quarter

Stroll through the oldest and most famous area of the city, the French Quarter where local mom-and-pop-shops and fine dining eateries stand alongside. Drop in to the historic Café du Monde for delicious powdered sugar covered beignets and café au lait. Adding to the infectious atmosphere of the French Quarter are strains of jazz that can be heard from all corners of this historic district. Make your way to Preservation Hall, where daily shows for all ages fill up this old school New Orleans jazz venue.

Café du Monde

Café du Monde

For a day of family fun, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas offers plenty of excitement for the young and old. See over 15,000 sea life creatures here including African penguins, sea otters and stingrays. New Orleans is also home to a zoo with animals like Malayan tigers and Sumatran orangutans and an insectarium with varied species of bugs, beetles and butterflies.

Family at Audubon Aquarium by Zack Smith

Family at Audubon Aquarium by Zack Smith

The Garden District is where you can get a glimpse in to Mardi Gras at Mardi Gras World, the largest float design facility in the world. See colorful displays and costumes being created for the largest carnival in New Orleans! Take a ride down the historic avenue on the St. Charles Streetcar, operational since 1835, and see the distinguished homes and landmarks in the neighborhood.

St. Charles Streetcar

St. Charles Streetcar

A green oasis and a recreational hub in the heart of the city, City Park has several attractions. Indulge in some family-friendly activities at the Carousel Grounds Amusement Park with rides for kids of all ages or play a round of mini-golf at City Putt. Kids will especially enjoy themselves at Storyland with larger-than-life storybook sculptures. Enjoy the outdoors by going biking or boating at Big Lake where the stately Singing Oak tree stands tall.

Steamboat Natchez

Steamboat Natchez

Tour the New Orleans Botanical Garden with over 2,000 plant species and see works of art at Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden next to the New Orleans Museum of Art. Have a rocking time at Rock ‘n’ Bowl with live music and bowling to keep you entertained.

Lodging Inventory:

  • Total hotels in Downtown New Orleans (French Quarter,
  • Central Business District, Warehouse District and Garden
  • District): 134 hotels
  • Total hotels in Greater New Orleans Area
  • (including Downtown hotels): 300 hotels

Group Perks:

  • Total hotels in Downtown New Orleans (French Quarter,
  • Central Business District, Warehouse District and Garden
  • District): 134 hotels
  • Total hotels in Greater New Orleans Area
  • (including Downtown hotels): 300 hotels

Top Attractions:

  • The National WWII Museum
  • Swamp and Plantation Tours
  • Live Music every night of the week
  • Mississippi River Cruises
  • Mardi Gras World

Our complimentary service will help you and your family plan a local or destination reunion in New Orleans. Before you choose your dates, let us check the special events and exclusive convention calendar for you. We make the planning easy and remove the additional stress from the reunion planner.

– Rachel Funel, Account Executive, New Orleans & Company