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Dillard University is located in the historic Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans. Surrounding the Dillard campus are many notable points of interest, perfect for filling an afternoon or an entire week. We encourage those interested in Dillard University to learn about New Orleans and explore its rich culture and history.

French Quarter
The world-famous French Quarter is New Orleans’s oldest neighborhood. Renowned for the unique architecture, exceptional restaurants and late-night jazz clubs that line its narrow streets, the Quarter, in its entirety, is listed as a National Historical Landmark. Jackson Square, an open park anchored by the magnificent St. Louis Cathedral, has served as an artist gathering place for over a century. From the nightclubs on Bourbon, to the antique shops and art galleries on Royal Street, there is something for everyone in the French Quarter.

City Park
Beautiful City Park is located in the heart of New Orleans and a short distance from Dillard’s campus. With over 1,300 acres of green space, City Park offers a wide menu of natural attractions and recreational activities including the New Orleans Botanical Gardens and the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. The park’s winding trails provide picturesque routes for walkers, joggers and cyclists.

Lake Pontchartrain
The great Lake Pontchartrain, the second largest salt-water lake in the United States, is a short drive to the north of Dillard University. The shores of Lake Ponchartrain offer scenic parks and trails for visitors to enjoy the water. Located on the north shore of the lake in Madisonville is the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, which offers an interesting look at the lake’s history. The lake has been a popular destination for fisherman and boat enthusiasts for generations.

Gentilly Community
From historic arts and crafts bungalows and traditional New Orleans shotguns, to cozy Swiss chalet-style cottages and modern brick ranch homes, there is something for everyone in Gentilly. Live oak, palm, magnolia and crepe myrtle trees canopy its wide streets and boulevards. One can’t walk far in Gentilly without seeing wild parrots or squirrels.

Two centuries ago Indians and French settlers populated what is now the Gentilly community. An Indian trail followed the path of US Highway 90, or the Chef Menteur Highway. In 1830, the Pontchartrain Railroad was built and the Smokey Mary train chugged back and forth along Elysian Fields, bringing New Orleans residents to Milneburg, a recreational village on Lake Pontchartrain.

Families fall in love with Gentilly and stay there. The Gentilly community relishes diversity. Gentilly’s myriad neighborhoods provide a style of living for everyone. Elysian Fields road links the Gentilly neighborhood to Lake Pontchartrain, the French Quarter, and the central business district.

African American Museum of Art
1418 Gov. Nicholls St., New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 566-1136 Hours: Wednesday - Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors; $2 for children (ages 6-12).
Neighborhood: Treme

Amistad Research Center
6823 St. Charles Ave., Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 865-5535 Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: free
Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District

Armstrong Park/Congo Square
835 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 286-2100
Cost: FREE
Neighborhood: Treme

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
1 Canal St., P.O. BOX 4327, New Orleans, LA 70178, New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 581-4629, (800) 774-7394
Hours: Open Tuesday-Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Closing times vary.
Cost: $17.50 for adults: $13.50, seniors (65 & older); $10.50 for children 2-12 Special packages are available for Aquarium, Zoo and IMAX ® visitors
Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown

Audubon Park
6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 861-2537
Cost: FREE
Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District

Audubon Park Golf Course
6500 Magazine St., Across from Audubon Zoo, New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 212-5290, (866) 248-4652
Hours: 7am-dusk
Cost: Tuesday – Friday: $25 walking, $30 riding; Saturday & Sunday $35 walking, $40 riding. Closed Monday.
Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District

Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine St., P.O. BOX 4327, New Orleans, LA 70178, New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 581-4629, (800) 774-7394
Hours: Open Tuesday-Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Closing times vary. Closed Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mardi Gras and the first Friday in May.
Cost: Adult admission is $12.50, children ages 2-12 are $7.50, seniors 65+ are $9.50. Audubon Zoo members admitted free.
Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District

Besthoff Sculpture Garden
1 Collins Diboll Cir., City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 488-2631
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10a.m-4:30p.m.
Cost: Free-Donations appreciated
Neighborhood: Mid-City

Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World

233 Newton St., New Orleans, LA 70114
(504) 361-7821, (800) 362-8213
Hours: 9:30a-4:30p daily
Cost: Adults $17.50/ Seniors $13.50/Children $10.50/ Groups of 10+: Adults $9.50/ Kids $5/Under 3 free/Seniors $9
Neighborhood: Algiers/Westbank

Botanical Gardens
1 Palm Dr., City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 483-9386
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sundays Noon-5 p.m. Guided tours of the Botanical Garden and garden lectures are available Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kindergarten through 8th grade field trips are offered Wednesday throug
Cost: Adults and children over 12 are admitted for $5, children 5-12 are $2, and children under 5 years visit free. The Botanical Garden is also free for Friends of City Park members.Group rates and tours are available
Neighborhood: Mid-City

City Park
1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 482·4888
Cost: FREE
Neighborhood: Mid-City

French Market
1008 N Peters St., # 2, New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 522-2621
Cost: FREE
Neighborhood: French Quarter

Gallier House
1132 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-5661
Hours: Guided tours are available 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Cost: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors, students, and AAA members. A discount is available for tickets to both houses: $10 adu $9 others.
Neighborhood: French Quarter

Harrah’s New Orleans Casino
8 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 533-6000, (800) 427-7247
View Website
Hours: 24/7
Cost: Free
Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown

Hermann Grima House
820 St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70310
(504) 525-5661
Hours: Guided tours are available 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Cost: $6 Adults, $5 Seniors, students, and AAA members. A discount is available for tickets to both houses: $10 adu $9 others.
Neighborhood: French Quarter

Historic New Orleans Collection
533 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 598-7100
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except holidays). Tours of the history galleries and the Williams Residence are at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m., Groups of eight or more require a reservation.
Cost: $5 per person
Neighborhood: French Quarter

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
40136 Highway 942 (River Rd.), Darrow, LA 70725
(225) 473-9380
Hours: Monday and Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thursday through Sunday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Cost: Garden $10 Adults/ House & gardens $20 Adults
Description: Houmas House Plantation and Gardens offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a Grand Southern Mansion surrounded by the South’s most beautiful gardens. Our recent restoration of the Mansion and Gardens offers our guests a view of the way life was in the early 1800’s when sugar was king and Houmas House was the largest sugar plantation in the world. Guests will view a museum quality collection of antiques and artwork and will enter each of the rooms. There are no ropes to restrict the experience of touring the Mansion. We offer two restaurants to enhance the experience. Our Latil’s Landing Restaurant is in the French House built in 1775, and is a part of the Grand Mansion. Latil’s was named one of the Top 20 Restaurants in America by Esquire Magazine.

Jackson Square
751 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [
Cost: FREE
Neighborhood: French Quarter

McKenna Museum of African American Art
2003 Carondelet Street
New Orleans, LA 70130,
Tel: (504) 586-7432

 

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