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Jackson Square

Type: Historic Sites, Sightseeing

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Romantic Things to Do: Often called the heart of New Orleans, Jackson Square is full of energy and activity. Facing the Mississippi River and directly across from the St. Louis Cathedral, the Square stands in the shadows of the Andrew Jackson statue, erected for his heroism during the Battle of New Orleans. Here you will find street artists painting during the day and jazz musicians by night, along with fortune tellers and other kinds of street theater. The gardens are great for a leisurely stroll. This is one of the sites for the French Quarter Festival in April, where local restaurants set up stands and dish out delicious cuisine. Lining the square are mule-drawn carriages ready to pull you under the starlit sky.

Historic Sites: What began as a military parade ground known as Place d'Armes in 1721 is now the colorful heart of the French Quarter, a meeting place for musicians, voodoo queens, fortune tellers, artists, grifters, historians and tourists – you can usually hear it before you see it, as the historic square is always a beehive of activity. The square was renamed Jackson Square in 1851 to honor Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), hero of the notorious battle of New Orleans and seventh US president. Jackson, who served two terms in Washington, led a ragtag group of volunteers to victory against the British in 1815.

Things to Do with Kids: Often called the heart of New Orleans, Jackson Square is full of energy and activity. The Square faces the Mississippi River and is directly across from the St. Louis Cathedral. In the shadows of the Andrew Jackson statue, erected for his illustrious performance during the Battle of New Orleans, you will find street artists painting during the day and jazz musicians by night. The gardens are great for a picnic or a leisurely stroll. This is one of the sites for the French Quarter Festival in April, where local restaurants set up stands and dish out delicious cuisine and New Orleans musicians entertain for free.

Sightseeing: Often called the heart of New Orleans, Jackson Square is full of energy and activity. Facing the Mississippi River and directly across from the St. Louis Cathedral. In the shadows of the Andrew Jackson statue, erected for his heroism during the Battle of New Orleans, you will find street artists painting during the day and jazz musicians by night. The gardens are great for a picnic or a leisurely stroll. This is the site of the French Quarter Festival in April, where local restaurants set up stands and dish out delicious cuisine.


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Decatur St
New Orleans, LA

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Expert Tips by Beth D'Addono

New Orleans Local Expert

Romantic Things to Do: "Walking around the square is one way to connect with local artists."

Historic Sites: "This sidewalk amphitheater is where both artists and street entertainers congregate."

Things to Do with Kids: "Kids will love looking at the mule-drawn carriages that line up on the river-side of the Square."

Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: Jackson Square offers much for the romantic couple during the day, but taking a mule-drawn carriage ride at night is a smooch-worthy option.

Best for Historic Sites Because: Jackson Square is one of the iconic places in the city.

Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: No visit to New Orleans is complete without seeing Jackson Square.

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