5 Things to Do Near the Convention Center in NOLA

April 12, 2019 by Vanessa Claude

While CHEST 2019 will have your days busy, don’t forget to find time to explore entertaining, cultural, and historic places around New Orleans. Grab your friends and colleagues for some fun, and try out a few of these places!

1. House of Blues New Orleans

If you’re already heading to the city known for jazz and blues, there’s no better place to experience that than the House of Blues New Orleans. Enjoy live music and great food under one roof. Be sure to check the House of Blues website as the annual meeting draws nearer to see which concerts and events will be happening in October.

2. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Located just north of the convention center, head over to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. During the fall and winter months, the aquarium has less traffic, which allows you to take in all the animals and exhibits at your own pace. See exhibits like the Great Maya Reef, a walk-through tunnel into a submerged Maya city of the Yucatan peninsula; the penguins, sea otters, or the sharks and rays in the 400,000-gallon Gulf of Mexico Exhibit.

Photo: cc Mills Baker

Hours: Monday – Sunday | 10 am – 5 pm

3. Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Less than 5 minutes from the convention center, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of southern art, including visual art, music, literature, and culinary heritage. If you’re in the city before or after the annual meeting, catch a guided tour on a Thursday afternoon. Tours are free with admission into the museum. Check their website for museum hours.

4. Escape My Room

Who doesn’t love a good escape room? At Escape My Room, look for clues and hints to help the DeLaporte family as you’re transported through history into the DeLaporte Family Museum. Bring your family or team in a group of up to eight, depending on the room, and see if you can solve the mystery.

5. A walking tour of the Garden District

Take a cable car a few stops to the Garden District, a historic neighborhood in New Orleans. This picturesque neighborhood showcases plantation-style mansions, streets separated by stretches of green parks, and the historic Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 and cable car line that runs along St. Charles Avenue. There are guided tours available, but you can also choose to take a self-tour of the area.

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