French Quarter Visitor Center

Exhibit wall about New Orleans food
Exhibits in the French Quarter Visitor Center highlight south Louisiana culture, nature, history, and (of course) food.

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 Friday, January 6; Saturday, January 7; or on federal holidays when visitor center is closed. Free.

Crescent City Culinaire Series - Discover the history and culture of New Orleans through one of its most distinctive aspects: food.
  • Folklife Foodways Walk - Take a ranger-led walk through the French Quarter to explore how local food, history, and culture have influenced one another. 1:00-3:00 p.m., Thursday, January 26. Free but space limited so reservations required; call 504-589-3882 ext 227 to sign up. SORRY---THIS PROGRAM IS FULL AND NO RESERVATIONS ARE AVAILABLE.

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
504-589-2636 ext. 1
Open Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed on federal holidays and Mardi Gras (Tuesday, February 28, in 2017). Links to useful information like maps, public transportation, pets, permits for special uses, etc., are available on the basic information page.

Special programs by reservation:

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The French Quarter Visitor Center is full of maps, images, and interactive exhibits that share the Louisiana delta's history.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

419 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130


(504) 589-3882
Phone numbers are for park headquarters. Phones are answered 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Park headquarters is closed on federal holidays and on Mardi Gras.

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