The Crescent City Area, affectionately known as "The Big Easy" encompasses New Orleans
and its sprawling suburban communities. The Crescent City has something for everyone: jazz, outdoor
cafes, fine restaurants and museums. There are carriage tours of the French Quarter, streetcar rides
in the Garden District and riverfront areas, and riverboat cruises on the Mighty Mississippi. The
city also offers boating on Lake Pontchartrain, historic homes and courtyards, an internationally
renowned zoo and aquarium, and a variety of night clubs, galleries, wax and art museums, shopping
and the excitement of casino gaming.
Just a short drive from New Orleans is Jefferson Parish, an area of fascinating contrasts to entice the entire family. Enjoy a marshland excursion in the Jean Lafitte National Park, a visit to Rivertown U.S.A., a historical and cultural district in a Victorian setting or a free ferry ride to visit the National Historic Districts of Algiers Point and Gretna which offer a variety of museums, historic sites and homes. Mardi Gras, the area's most famous festival, brings two weeks of parades and balls in the early spring. The Carnival season is followed by the Spring Fiesta, the Jazz & Heritage Festival, the French Quarter Festival, La Fete, Bastille Day, New Orleans Food Festival and many more! The Superdome holds major sporting events and is a frequent host of the Super Bowl.
For more information, contact: Metropolitan New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1520 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans, LA 70112-1255, (504) 566-5011.
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