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Jackson Square, New Orleans

Be a part of New Orleans's rich history and cultural heritage with a visit to Jackson Square. One of the city's most iconic landmarks in the heart of the French Quarter, the park serves as the main hub for cultural and leisure activities. Stroll past the manicured lawns and 18th-century architecture, admiring the eccentric mix of street artwork and handmade crafts on display by local artists. Before or afterward, stop for a beignet (French-style doughnuts) at Cafe Du Monde, sitting outside to enjoy local musicians and street performers in the park. If members of your group want to split up, you can meet back at the statue of Andrew Jackson in the center of the park. Add Jackson Square and other attractions to your New Orleans trip itinerary using our New Orleans tour planner .
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  • Great for photography in all types of light. Superb pictures of the cathedral and surrounding buildings. Nice foliage as well. No bathroom on site. A must do.  more »
  • Always fun to walk around here. Grab a beignet and sit in the park looking at the St Louis Cathedral. Maybe a band will be playing.  more »
  • The music makes the trip, genuine live bands were playing for long sessions. Very hot at this time but can find shade in nearby collonade. Loved the atmosphere.  more »
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  • Who would have guessed that a city square would be such a hot spot!!! Located right in front of the Basilica of St. Louis King of France, this used to be the heart of the French Quarter... and it arguably could be said that it still is! All around Jackson Square is surrounded with art vendors, magicians, jesters, musicians and street performers! Its a beautiful park that houses a statue of Confederate Andrew Jackson. In 2012 the American Planning Association designated Jackson Square as one of America’s Great Public Spaces. It truly is worth a stop from all the shows that happen all day long around this hot spot! Across the street resides another landmark, the Cafe Du Mont. Just down the street resides the famous French Market; all around the square resides many famous restaurants and even a historical theater! Stop on by and enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that makes the French Quarter one of the countries richest cultural heritage site!
  • The people, the culture, the overall atmosphere! It was amazing. I do suggest not accepting a shoe shine unless you plan on paying at least 10 dollars or at least learning to not make eye contact with the panhandlers if you don't want to be badgered or hustled. I was only going to give them four stars due to the overwhelming amount of panhandlers in the form of bead sellers, voodoo priestesses, tarot readers, CD sellers, modern day tap dancers, artists of every variety, etc... But they are an integral part of the culture of New Orleans itself. Jackson Square and New Orleans itself wouldn't be what it is without them.
  • Great place to sight see loved it. My girlfriend got a henna did while there she loved it plus she got a 40 dollar henna for 20 so that was good. New Orleans is just great all around. Great antique store there too.
  • Beautiful, historic place. Great place to just walk around, take in the sights, and listen to live music. Be prepared to be approached by the needy asking for money. Some of them are legit and some are not. But don't let that stop you from going.
  • This place is awesome destination action for pictures. A must go if you come to new Orleans. You will find local art and Vendors around!

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Though you can walk to most tourist attractions in New Orleans from a hotel in the central business district, remember that many other parts of town feature less expensive and equally comfortable accommodations. Smaller hotels and private guesthouses in quiet residential neighborhoods offer not only good local food and spacious rooms, but can also allow you to explore the city's culture away from overwhelming tourist crowds. To reduce your carbon footprint during your stay, consider one of French Quarter's many green or eco-friendly hotels.
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