New Orleans Gardens District and the St. Charles Streetcar
Just a few blocks from the French Quarter, New Orleans takes on a completely different look in the Garden District, and it’s a must visit to get a real feel of New Orleans! Begin your ride at either the St. Charles stop, at St. Charles (Royal St.) and Canal, or at Carondelet St. (Bourbon St.) and Canal. The streets change names as they cross Canal, so it can be confusing!
If you are a window tourist, then just take the ride both ways, or there are some great stops along the way if you want to get out and explore!
Keep an eye open for Mardi Gras beads that are still hanging in the tree branches from Mardi Gras! Some have been there for years!
At Poydras Street, you’ll see LaFayette Square, the second oldest park in New Orleans. They have a 12-week Free Concert Series, Wednesdays at the Square each Spring!
The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta has a very interesting FREE museum you can take a self guided tour, including the history of money in New Orleans.
Washington at St. Charles is your stop to walk down to see the famous Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. I really suggest taking the cemetery tour, as there is so much information on the tour!
Not for my wild children, but Commander’s Palace is just across the street, and one of the nicest and most historic restaurants in New Orleans. Reservations are recommended.
We then took a walk to see some of the amazing homes in the Garden District. The Brevard House at 1239 First Street was once owned by author Anne Rice and the settting of her novel, The Witches of Mayfair. During our visit I was reading the book, and had a little fan-girl moment just seeing the house!
Another of the beautiful houses in the Garden District.
Loyola and Tulane University are just beautiful campuses, and you’ll ride right past them on the Streetcar, or you can stop to take a walk around the campus.
This is also your stop for the Audubon Park and the Audubon Zoo!
The Streetcar turns on Carrollton, leaving the Garden District to take you through the Historic Carrollton Neighborhood, and at the end of the line it will turn around. I suggest to ride all the way out, and make your stops on the ride back.
Things To Do (With Kids) in New Orleans
The Audubon Aquarium is a located in the French Quarter, right on the shores of the Mississippi River! Click HERE to read more!
Ranked by Trip Advisor as the #2 Museum in the World, the National World War II Museum is a must-see! Click HERE for more information.
The Louisiana Children’s Museum is a fun play to take the kids to play and learn, located in the nearby Warehouse Museum District. Enjoy the day or enroll the kids in one of their camps to attend while you explore New Orleans for a day! Click HERE for more information.
During this visit, we stayed at the Hilton Riverfront Hotel, located just next door to Fulton Alley! The hotel offered two heated swimming pools, and a large workout facility with tennis courts and much more! It also has a terrific location, right on the river, and adjoining the Riverfront Mall and Carnival Cruise Lines port! Click HERE for more information.
New Orleans St. Charles Streetcar
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