What to See and Do near the New Orleans Smoothie King Center

One of New Orleans' many charms is its central location and walkability. Whether you're in town for a convention, a pre or post cruise visit or a Pelican's game, you're never far from the action. The newly renamed Smoothie King Center, formerly the New Orleans Arena, draws a loyal crowd of fans for NBA games as well as concerts spotlighting the likes of Paul McCartney and Katy Perry.  Choose to stay at one of the full service hotels nearby, or overnight closer to Canal Street, the Riverwalk and the French Quarter, and you're still only 10 minutes from most attractions. From touring the Saints' home at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to exploring museums and galleries in the Warehouse District to heading into the Quarter, the SKC is central to all. Before or after your game or concert, take a stroll over the nearby Champions Square, a 113,000 square foot outdoor festival venue that plays host to thousands of exuberant Saints fans prior to each home game. THe space includes public restrooms (always good to know), large video screens and a killer sound system - all features that keep fans whipped into an appropriate frenzy. Best to leave the car parked and plan to walk (don't forget comfortable shoes!), cab, streetcar or pedi-cab to where you need to go.

Harrah's New Orleans Hotel and Casino


Roll the dice and let the good times roll at Harrah's New Orleans. Located near the French Quarter, this heralded landmark and its incredible selection of more than 3,800 slots and 100 table games make Harrah's the perfect place to play the odds...  Read More



The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is located inside the U.S. Custom House on Canal Street. It is the largest North American museum dedicated to insects. Adults and children alike will enjoy learning about the insect's contributions...  Read More

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
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Named for businessman and philanthropist Roger H. Ogden, whose 1,200 donated pieces form its core collection, the Ogden is more than just a museum. Instead, the Ogden celebrates the vivid Southern spirit and patchwork of culture, using film,...  Read More



An impressive Italian Palazzo design, complete with arched windows and entryways, makes the Louisiana Children's Museum a unique learning environment. More than 100 exhibits are interactive and hands-on, allowing both kids and adults to...  Read More



A 16-acre haven of green located between the French Quarter and the Mississippi, Woldenberg Riverfront Park is a perfect place to unwind after a jaunt in the Quarter. Its arresting artwork, riverside promenade and frequent strolling bands and...  Read More

Bourbon Street


Avoided by most locals like the plague, Bourbon Street's tawdry patina of glitter will start to look a lot better after you have a few cocktails. Think of it as the ultimate reality TV show, and jump right in. Highlights of Bourbon's 14-block...  Read More



Located in the Central Business District, the National World War II Museum places an emphasis on the American experience of World War II with moving tributes to the everyday heroes of World War II. Housing large wartime aircraft and permanent...  Read More



The New Orleans Streetcar is the preeminent mode of transportation in the Crescent City. Traveling through the middle of major streets such as St. Charles, Canal and Carrollton, the streetcar is an affordable mode of transportation that allows...  Read More



The French Quarter is the beating heart of New Orleans. From its Old World spirit to its infinitely varied architecture and faded elegance, the Quarter is truly a place like no other. In a world of Disney-esque attractions, the French Quarter is...  Read More



The Mercedez-Benz Superdome is the highlight of the New Orleans skyline, with its intriguing design suggesting that an alien spaceship just landed downtown. Although public tours aren't offered, it's fun to just walk around this venue,home to...  Read More


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Beth D'Addono is a food and travel writer obsessed with flavor, exploring cultures, street music and the city of New Orleans.

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