Incredible Things to do in New Orleans
When you are planning a New Orleans vacation, remember the old expression, ‘any excuse for a party’. In Louisiana, we live up to this expression. Many of the festivals listed here are perfect for a day-trip from the Grand Victorian. Also, consider our bed and breakfast in New Orleans as an alternative to a hotel. We offer incredible lodging near Tulane University. Use this handy guide to see how close we are to your favorite New Orleans venue: the universities, the French Quarter, the Convention Center and more!
Within Walking Distance
Many popular New Orleans attractions are just a walk away. You will find many popular New Orleans attractions all within walking distance of the Grand Victorian.
Established in 1833, Lafayette Cemetery No.1 in the Garden District of New Orleans is a unique monument to a city which has known a tremendous amount of cultural diversity. It is the perfect place to visit during the day.
Visit Lafayette Cemetery
Nestled in the middle of the Garden District, stands this turquoise and white Victorian fantasy of a building-- complete with turrets, columns, and gingerbread. Since 1880, Commander's Palace has been a New Orleans landmark known for the award winning quality of its food and many commodious dining rooms.
Visit Commander’s Palace
Magazine Street — one of New Orleans’ premier shopping and entertainment districts — is an unparalleled collection of neighborhoods with a diverse array of businesses, shops, restaurants and hot spots. It’s where people live, work, play and enjoy the good life that New Orleans has to offer.
Visit Magazine Street
Within The New Orleans Area
Many of these well known New Orleans attractions are an easy streetcar ride from the Grand Victorian and offer visitors a way to explore the local culture, history and arts in the area. Consider our B&B as an alternative to New Orleans hotel lodging near Tulane University.
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome, previously known as the Louisiana Superdome and colloquially known as the Superdome, is a sports and exhibition arena located in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Plans were drawn up in 1967 by the New Orleans modernist architectural firm of Curtis and Davis.
Morial Convention Center
Located Along the mighty Mississippi River, within walking distance of the French Quarter, fine dining, attractions and 20,000 first-class hotel rooms, The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO), the nation’s sixth largest convention center, is the engine that drives the Crescent City's hospitality industry.
New Orleans Arena now Smoothie King Center
New Orleans Arena is an indoor arena in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is located in the city's Central Business District, adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It has been home to the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA since 2002, and is also home to some Tulane University basketball games as well as some high school basketball games and other special events. Visit New Orleans Arena
New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau
The New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau is a nationally accredited, 1,000-member destination marketing organization and the largest and most successful private economic development corporation in Louisiana. We create $5 billion in new capital each year- more than any other business sector- by attracting millions of visitors, special events and conventions.
Sites & Attractions Within a 1 Hour Drive
There are many sites and attractions that are only within a one hour drive from Grand Victorian. They are well worth the time it takes to drive there. A few are partners of ours as well, feel free to pay them a visit.
Explore Louisiana's back country along its meandering bayous abundant with wildlife and exotic plant life.
Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour visit Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour
Located only twenty-five minutes from New Orleans, Jean Lafitte Swamp and Airboat Tours explore Louisiana's back country
South Louisiana is known for its beautiful antebellum architecture and there are plenty of plantation homes that are within an hours drive from New Orleans. Get a feel for the Antebellum South as you look out over rows of oak trees to the Mississippi river from the porch of a plantation home.
Tours By Isabelle
Tour through the city for an in-depth narrated guided tour of New Orleans' famous neighborhoods. Or enjoy in a plantation tour where your guide’s stories of the Antebellum South prepare you for a pilgrimage back in time.
Destrehan in Destrehan, LA
Wandering among the authentic buildings on the plantation after the tour of the lovingly restored main house, you can find yourself immersed in the rich history of Louisiana and better understand what it is like to live in another time, when French was the language and the white gold of sugar drove the economy.
Evergreen in Edgard, LA
Evergreen Plantation is the most intact plantation complex in the South with 37 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including 22 slave cabins. Evergreen has its country's highest historic designation and joins Mount Vernon and Gettysburg in being granted landmark status for its agricultural acreage.
Laura in Vacherie, LA
Enjoy a guided tour of the 200-year-old sugar plantation homestead with a visit into the 3 gardens: Jardin Français, the kitchen potager & BananaLand grove. The Laura plantation also features newly restored Big House, its raised basement and galleries, men's and women's parlors, service rooms and common rooms.
Nottoway in White Castle, LA
Nottoway, the South's largest remaining antebellum mansion, is a stunning historic plantation that lies between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana. A dramatic, renovation has restored this historic plantation to her days of glory as well as adding luxury resort amenities and corporate and social event venues. Visit nottoway.com
Oak Alley Plantation
Located on the Mississippi River between the historic Louisiana cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Oak Alley Plantation has been called the "Grande Dame of the Great River Road".
San Francisco In Garyville, LA
San Francisco Plantation House, the most opulent plantation house in North America, is located on the east bank of the Mississippi River less than 40 minutes from New Orleans, Louisiana. It is a galleried house of the Creole open suite style, nestled under centuries old Live Oaks and contains one of the finest antique collections in the country.
Tourism Partners & Resources
Louisiana Office of Tourism
LOUISIANATRAVEL.COM is the official travel authority for the state of Louisiana. Travel tips, videos, interactive maps, articles by experts and personalized recommendations help you plan your ultimate Louisiana vacation.
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The Stockade B&B in Baton Rouge - A GVBB Partner
The Stockate Bed & Breakfast are partners with us. The Stockade, located on historic Highland Road near LSU and downtown Baton Rouge, is a large Spanish-style hacienda with six comfortable guestrooms. Visit thestockade.com
Louisiana State Museum
Founded in 1906 with a mission to collect, preserve, interpret and present the state's rich history and diverse cultures, the Museum's collection now totals more than 450,000 artifacts and works of art. These provide an authentic experience of Louisiana to visitors from around the world while enhancing the quality of life for residents.
Visit Louisiana State Museum
History Culture & Arts
Many of these well known New Orleans attractions are an easy street car ride from the Grand Victorian and offer visitors a way to explore the local culture, history and arts in the area. Consider our B&B as an alternative to New Orleans hotel lodging near Tulane University.
Aquarium, IMAX Theatre, Insectarium, Zoo
Audubon Nature Institute is a family of ten museums and parks dedicated to nature. We serve our visitors, our community and our world as an educational resource, an environmental guardian, a leader in economic development and a venue for family entertainment.
Make sure to visit us the next time you are in town. Located in historic Mid-City, the Fair Grounds has been a New Orleans staple since 1842.
For over 200 years, the historic French Market has been among the people of New Orleans. While the Market has existed on the same site since 1791, each new decade and governing flag has brought dramatic changes to the Market and helped to secure its special place in the hearts of the people of New Orleans.
French Quarter History consists of over 200 years history. The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans. When New Orleans was founded in 1718, the city was originally centered on the French Quarter.
Friends of the Cabildo Walking Tour
Friends of the Cabildo is a private non-profit volunteer group that provides financial and volunteer support for the Louisiana State Museum, its projects and its properties.
The Garden District is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Central City/Garden District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: St. Charles Avenue to the north, 1st Street to the east, Magazine Street to the south and Toledano Street to the west.
Harrah's New Orleans Casino is one of the most exciting casinos in the country. Inside, you'll find life-sized Mardi Gras floats, French Quarter balconies and a pirate's ship.
Historic Homes in New Orleans
Step into the city’s rich past at one of these historic New Orleans homes. Visit some of the nation’s oldest, still-standing examples of original French, Spanish and American architecture. Visit more information on New Orleans historic homes...
Hermann-Grima Gallier HIstoric Houses
A leading authority on historic preservation in the French Quarter, the museums of Hermann-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses, offer entertaining and interactive programming designed to stimulate the curiosity in the history of this great city of New Orleans.
Longue Vue House & Gardens
Longue Vue’s mission is to preserve and use the historical and artistic legacy of Longue Vue and its creators to educate and inspire people to pursue beauty and civic responsibility in their lives.
Spring Fiesta Historic Home
Spring Fiesta has continued to be committed to promoting the beauty and heritage of the Crescent City. The Spring Fiesta Festival, our largest annual event, has grown into a major cultural event focusing on the historical and architectural delights of the city.
New Orleans Museums
Awaken your love of history and patriotic pride at a New Orleans museum that features exhibits, priceless documents and more. From contemporary, to southern, to classical art and sculpture, there is a New Orleans museum to awaken your senses.
Contemporary Arts Center
The Contemporary Arts Center is a multi-disciplinary arts center, financially stable and professionally managed, that is dedicated to the presentation, production and promotion of the art of our time. Visit cacno.org
New Orleans Historic Collection
The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South region.
National World War II Museum
The National WWII Museum in New Orleans opened on June 6, 2000, as The National D-Day Museum. The Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.
New Orleans City Park
Once the site of Allard Plantation facing Bayou St. John, City Park's 1,300 acres offer visitors a sample of the city's riches both in fine art and natural splendor. City Park is home of the New Orleans Museum of Art and the largest collection of mature live oaks in the world. Trees in the oldest grove are over 600 years old.
New Orleans Street Car
We provide mobility to residents of the city as well as to large numbers of tourists, taking them to and from their hotels to historical neighborhoods and countless attractions. In fact, many ride the RTA’s iconic streetcars simply for the fun of it.
For over 30 years, Snug Harbor has provided the best in live jazz & great regional cooking at reasonable prices. Snug is located in three rooms of a renovated 1800’s storefront located in the Faubourg Mariginy, just outside the French Quarter.
Visit Snug Harbor
Preservation Hall is located in the French Quarter, just three blocks from the Mississippi River. The Hall has served many functions over the years. Originally built as a private residence in 1750, the hall has evolved into a tavern, inn, photo studio and an art gallery.