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New Orleans 2013

Get Ready: Your Visit to the Big Easy

French Quarter New OrleansNew Orleans is full of hidden gems. Find where to celebrate the art, culture and music of New Orleans by reading the Nowhere But New Orleans (PDF 4MB) article that appeared in US Airways magazine.

After exploring Degas House (PDF 436KB), the historic family home of Degas's mother where he visited and worked, learn more about the artist at the inaugural Michael F. Marmor, MD Lecture in Ophthalmology and the Arts on Sunday, Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Room 255. Richard Kendall, Curator-at-Large at the Clark Art Institute, will give a talk titled: “Degas, New Orleans and Eyes Greatly in Need of Care.”

New Orleans: Top 10
New Orleans offers a compact geographic footprint providing close proximity of hotels to the convention center, the French Quarter and attractions, creating a true destination experience. Don't miss these opportunities when you visit:

  1. The Big Easy is passionate about food. With 1,300 restaurants boasting the country's most distinctive cuisine, your biggest challenge is deciding where to begin.
  2. Catch star-studded events and performances, from the opera to football.
  3. The birthplace of jazz is still swinging. Day and night, music pours from the clubs lining Bourbon Street.
  4. The Big Easy is a shopper's paradise find everything from European antiques to souvenir voodoo dolls. Visiting from outside the United States? Find out how you can shop tax free.
  5. Did you know that New Orleans is half a century older than the United States? More than 40 museums keep that culture on display.
  6. Take a tour and let the experts lead the way. Join the Academy's Tour Program to discover the history, music and cuisine of this amazing city.
  7. Hop aboard and experience the Big Easy by streetcar, carriage, bike or steamboat.
  8. Venture outside the city limits. If you can tear yourself away from New Orleans for a day, further delights await as you wander into the wondrous South.
  9. Bring your kids and enjoy the unforgettable experiences to be had only in New Orleans: from the zoo and aquarium to the museums and gardens.
  10. Spend a Day in the iconic French Quarter - take in the history, architecture, shopping and dining options.

Where to eat? What to do? How to get around? Get answers to these questions and much more before you travel to New Orleans. View New Orleans pre-travel information and you will be all set for your trip.

On The Town New Orleans is a great resource for recommendations and information about "can't be missed" eateries in New Orleans. Onsite visit the On The Town booth in Lobby E to make reservations. Find additional recommendations from Yelp, or Zagat. You can also make reservations before you leave through Open Table. Or be spontaneous and find your next meal as it rolls through the city with the Roaming Hunger food truck locator.

Tax Free Shopping for International Visitors
Louisiana offers foreign visitors a refund of state and local taxes on goods when purchased from a retailer who is a member of the Louisiana Tax Free Shopping (LTFS) program. Find more information at

Fall in New Orleans is fairly mild. The average high in Nov. is 72° F (22° C) with lows around 52° F (11° C); providing perfectly warm days and comfortable nights to enjoy all of the sizzling culture New Orleans has to offer.

There are many transportation options in New Orleans. Find the Shuttle Schedule as well as discounts for the airport shuttle and car rentals on the Ground Transportation webpage

What's New?

  • More than 500 new restaurants since 2005.
  • $300 million airport renovation and expansion.
  • $1 billion in hotel renovations in the last few years.

View a short video from the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau welcoming AAO to their beautiful city.