Living in New Orleans

New Orleans is a unique city with a harmonious blend of the old and the new. It is considered one of America's most interesting cities. Cradled within a crescent on the lower Mississippi River, New Orleans began as a French colony in 1731. It was then ruled alternately by the French and the Spanish until the Louisiana Purchase by the United States in 1803.

The streets of the Vieux Carre, or the French Quarter, are the site of the original settlements. They remain today essentially as they were laid out almost 250 years ago. Much of the original charm of the city is still reflected in its architecture, language, cuisine and unique traditions. From the Vieux Carre, the city spreads to other areas, each developing a distinctive culture, architecture and attractions. For instance, The Garden District is a magnificent assemblage of ante-bellum and Victorian mansions.

Tulane's medical school, teaching hospital and associated clinics are located in the central business district, within walking distance of the French Quarter, the Mississippi River and famous Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue. Not only is the area the regional center for health care programs, but it continues to be the hub for the city's commercial, cultural and recreational activities.

New Orleans is renowned for Mardi Gras, the world famous Jazz and Heritage Festival, a vast number of other cultural, historical and regional festivals, and for its superb cuisine served in restaurants ranging from elegant Antoine's and Commander's Palace to colorful oyster bars and neighborhood restaurants. The city also offers cultural activities, including the New Orleans Opera Association, The Contemporary Arts Center, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Two large parks and Lake Pontchartrain are within the city limits, and offer opportunities for enjoyable land and water sports. A cosmopolitan city, New Orleans is perfectly suited to a variety of lifestyles. Many tourists' guidebooks to New Orleans are available in your local bookstore and libraries; we recommend that you look at them to get a bit of "the flavor of New Orleans."

To find out more about New Orleans history, and culture take a look at these web sites. There is an energy, a strength and a soul to this city. This is our New Orleans, our home, our history.


New Orleans

Outdoor Fun

Audubon Park
City Park
Jean Lafitte Barataria Preserve
French Quarter and downtown
Jackson Square
New Orleans Streetcar Rides


Restaurants and Markets

French Market
Crescent City Farmers Market
New Orleans Menu
We Have the World's Finest

Music and Concerts

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
French Quarter Fest
Voodoo Fest
Wednesdays at the Square

House of Blues
LA Philharmonic Orchestra
Preservation Hall

Culture and Museums

Audubon Zoo
Audubon Aquarium of Americas
Contemporary Arts Center
LA Children's Museum
National WWII Museum
New Orleans Ballet
New Orleans Museum of Art
New Orleans Opera
Ogden Museum


Magazine Street
Riverwalk Market Place

The Shops at Canal Place

Sports and Games

New Orleans Saints Football
New Orleans Pelicans Basketball
New Orleans Zephyrs Baseball
Audubon Golf Trail
Zurich Golf Classic
Tulane Baseball
Tulane Football

Family and Kids

Louisiana Charter Schools
New Orleans Public Schools
New Orleans ISAS Schools
Parochial Schools of Louisiana
Lusher Charter School


New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau