French Quarter Visitor Center
Closures and construction: The French Quarter Visitor Center's public restrooms will be closed for remodeling Monday, October 31, through Friday, December 9. Information about the nearest public restrooms will be posted while the visitor center restrooms are closed.
Riverfront history stroll - 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Join a ranger for a walk along the Mississippi River, just over the levee from the visitor center, to share the story of how New Orleans grew. 25 free tickets for that day's tour are given out beginning at 9:00 a.m. First-come, first-served; each person wanting a ticket must pick up their own ticket. No reservations. No walk on federal holidays when visitor center is closed. Free.
Crescent City Culinaire - Explore the history of New Orleans through food in this special series..
Shortly after the French founded New Orleans in 1718, engineers drew up a formal city plan for Nouvelle Orleans---the area that we now call the French Quarter. The city quickly expanded beyond those original boundaries to become an important American port. People arrived from all over the world, joining the early inhabitants of the area to create a distinct culture rich in food, music, and tradition.
Jean Lafitte's French Quarter Visitor Center shares the history and traditions of the city and the lower Mississippi River delta through visitor center exhibits and a film. Kids can earn a badge with the Junior Ranger program. The center's museum store has CDs, videos, collectibles, and books from history to cookbooks to children's stories. Admission is free. Follow these links for the park's calendar of events, exhibits, and programs; for directions and transportation options; and for accessibility information. Note that there is no parking available at the French Quarter Visitor Center but that there are several pay-to-park lots available within easy walking distance.
419 Decatur Street, New Orleans
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