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New Orleans, the City that Rose from the Muck by CL Hendricks

If you've ever dreamed about visiting New Orleans there's no better time than now. This New Orleans Travel Guide gives you a wealth of unique and lesser known information about this wonderful city. Many wonderful areas have been completely restored since Hurricane Katrina and you won't want to miss these spots when you plan your trip to New Orleans.

Mardi Gras: You can't leave New Orleans without some Mardi Gras beads; so pick some up if you're in the city on Fat Tuesday (which falls one day before Lent).

New Orleans Museum of Art: With over 40,000 works of some of the world's most revered master artists, art lovers may be tempted to spend an entire day strolling through the halls of this historic museum.

Natchez Steamboat: What a fun and relaxing way to see the city as this authentically-restored steamboat takes you back to the days of riverboat gamblers and Mark Twain. Children under the age of 6 are free when they ride with their parents, so bring along the whole family. Choose a two-hour harbor cruise and be sure to try some of the onboard restaurants that feature nightly live music.

Musee Conti Wax Museum: This is an entertaining and educational wax museum that features re-creations of the Battle of New Orleans, the chills of the Haunted Dungeon, Masters of the Macabre exhibit and the realistic figures of Edgar Allen Poe and Victor Hugo. The figures so real looking you'll do a double take on the amazing details, right down to the stubble on their chins!

The Cabildo: The site of the Louisiana Purchase Transfer and the ceremonies that took place in 1803, the Cabildo is one of Louisiana's most important historical sites. Learn about the Battle of New Orleans, Louisiana's role in the Civil War and the struggles of the Reconstruction.

Mardi Gras World: Even if you're unable to schedule a visit to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, you can still experience the excitement of the many floats and costumes of the festival. Children will delight in trying on authentic costumes as they learn about the behind-the-scenes history of Mardi Gras.

Audubon Zoo: Rated as one of the most highly rated zoos in the US, this zoo features rare animals such as white tigers and other exotic animals. With hands-on exhibits and exciting close-up animal encounters, families will be glad they planned a day at this unique and informative attraction.

Louisiana Children's Museum: As the title implies, this museum is designed with children of all ages in mind. Lots of hands-on and stimulating displays give toddlers and older children fun ways to learn about the city's history.

Aquarium of the Americas: Also located a alongside the Audubon Zoo, this world famous exhibit features a wide variety of undersea displays as well as ecosystems of North and South America, such as the rainforest of the Amazon. Colorful fish and other aquatic life will fascinate and delight young and old alike.

Saint Louis Cemetery Number One: Unique and gothic, this ancient cemetery features the elaborate above-ground tombs commonly used in New Orleans, likely due to the ground water seepage problems of a city built below sea level.

About the Author

C.L. Hendricks has been a Jill-of-all-trades and become an expert in some. She has also traveled extensively and now writes about travel destinations around the world for Family Vacation Spots and Best Vacation Getaways

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