Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana

Decatur St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116

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Located along the Mississippi River in front of the St. Louis Cathedral, historic Jackson Square is among the most famous sites to visit in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Originally known as Place d'Armes in the 18th century, the site was renamed in honor of the Battle of New Orleans hero, Andrew Jackson. When visiting this city, families should definitely make it a point to spend an afternoon at kid-friendly Jackson Square as it is one of the best places to visit in New Orleans. A favorite with both locals and tourists for its attractions and festive events, Jackson Square is surrounded by historic buildings, museums and the oldest apartment buildings in the United States. Families with kids from toddlers to teens will find plenty to see and do at the Pontalba Apartments, which house retail shops, museums, galleries and restaurants on the ground level. The apartment’s second and third floors still contain a selection of prestigious apartments. Outdoors in the square, kids will be entertained with live music and watching artists draw, paint and create portraits and caricatures that they display on the iron fence. After a few hours of perusing Jackson Square, kids will be happy to sit on a bench and enjoy ice cream or a cool drink. Seasonal special events include the free French Quarter Festival in spring, featuring the food of New Orleans and live music on several stages. In December, people come from all over for Caroling in Jackson Square, a longtime tradition. The event is free and those who attend will receive candles and a songbook.

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Head to the square in the morning or early afternoon, when it’s the most festive.


Address: Decatur St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116

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URL: http://www.jackson-square.com/
Hours: Open 24 hours
Price: Free

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  • Visited: March 2013
  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2013
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Do not take pictures of the art; it doen't go over well.

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  • Visited: March 2013
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Jackson Square - a quick visit if you're with kids

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Jackson Square is something to see, whether it's for 10 minutes or 60. It's a pretty little park, but the real action is outside the gates - the shops, artists, musicians and horse and buggies. Plus, Cafe du Monde is right across the street, so you can always bribe the kids with beignets (French donuts, fluffy pieces of dough covered in powdered sugar) in exchange for an extra 15 minutes in the shops.

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Music, music everywhere

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It can be loud and a little sketchy, so probably best for older kids and/or before dark.

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Submitted by: deno f.

*If someone says "For a dollar I can tell you where you got your shoes...the city and state."  The correct answer is "On my feet in New Orleans, LA."  Now I just saved you a dollar! Heart of the French Quarter.  Artists, performers, music, food, telescopes to see the rings around Saturn, beautiful gardens and statues, people to watch...this was what I remembered most about New Orleans when I was a kid.  It seemed to capture the spirit of the city.   When I took my daughter there this summer it was her favorite place to be in all of NOLA.  We could have set there for hours.   She paid the performers.  She bought a real piece of art for her room.  She took photos of everything.  She saw the rings around Saturn...

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