Fathom Favorites : New Orleans Sites

1. National WWII Museum

Why this, why here? NOLA resident Andrew Higgins invented the Higgins Boat, which turned the tide of the war in the Allies' favor. It's a fantastic museum, so take a few hours (skip the IMAX experience). Stop by The American Sector for a post-museum repast.

945 Magazine St.
New Orleans, 70130

2. Warehouse Art District

A fresh-faced neighborhood for the arts: Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Contemporary Arts Center, the excellent World War II Museum, and contemporary art galleries.

Camp St. and Julia St.
New Orleans, LA, 70130

3. New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

America's first licensed apothecary has two floors crammed with cool old pharmacy tools, tincture bottles, and remedies — great for a few hours of poking around. Don’t miss the wheelchair used in Benjamin Button, the old soda fountain, or the antique eyewear collection.

514 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA, 70130

4. St. Charles Streetcar Ride

A great way to get your architectural bearings: Hitch a ride on a mahogany trolley car (from 1835) to glimpse grand old homes, the zoological gardens, Tulane and Loyola universities.

Canal St., at Carondelet St.
New Orleans, LA, 70130

5. Voodoo Museum

Filled with folklore and Southern mystic charm. Curious curios to boot. Take 20 minutes, and you'll have an introduction into the magical history of NOLA.

724 Dumaine St.
New Orleans, LA, 70116

6. Pitot House

A meticulously restored version of 18th-century Creole architecture. And the former home of NOLA’s first American mayor post-Louisiana Purchase.

1440 Moss St.
New Orleans, LA, 70119

7. Longue Vue House

A really great example of American Neoclassical architecture and design. On a nice day, tour the eight acres of nine gardens.

7 Bamboo Rd.
New Orleans, LA, 70124

8. Besthof Sculpture Garden

Pick up an audio guide and stroll the footpaths of the NOMA’s backyard.

1 Collins Diboll Circle
New Orleans, LA, 70124

9. Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

A butterfly sanctuary with a koi pond and terrific staff. A great place to take the kids, especially if they like to eat bugs after they learn about them. (Crickets and seasoned waxworms are served in the cafeteria.)

423 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA, 70118

10. Museum of the American Cocktail

Could there be a more perfect home for this new institution? Try and time your visit with one of their seminars (like “The Mindful Bartender,” or “The Math of Mixology”).

1504 Oretha C. Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA, 70118