Uptown Walking Tour in New Orleans, New Orleans

Dating back to the 19th century, Uptown represents a big area of New Orleans situated on the East bank of the Mississippi River. Major attractions are located in the Uptown New Orleans Historic District. Take the tour below and discover by yourself the best that Uptown has to offer.
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Uptown Walking Tour in New Orleans Map

Guide Name: Uptown Walking Tour in New Orleans
Guide Location: USA » New Orleans (See other walking tours in New Orleans)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Author: ann
Nuance/Louisiana Artisans Gallery

1) Nuance/Louisiana Artisans Gallery

"Nuance" specializes in exhibiting quality handmade crafts made by Louisiana artists. It will amaze you with original handmade jewelry, ceramics, wild lamps and many other Louisiana works of art.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm;
Fine Arts Gallery of New Orleans

2) Fine Arts Gallery of New Orleans

Located on the Burdette street, Fine Arts Gallery of New Orleans focuses on Impressionism and Post-impressionist art. The gallery has a carefully chosen collection of works dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries, featuring both American and European artists.
Maple Street Book Shop

3) Maple Street Book Shop

This book store is one of the most popular in the city. You can find here not only the latest publications, but also an extensive collection of offprints on Louisiana and New Orleans. The shop organizes lots of meetings with the authors, and they have a very flexible discount policy.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
Audubon Park

4) Audubon Park (must see)

The Audubon Park is a 340-acre oasis named after naturalist John James Audubon. It was designed by John Charles Olmstead and opened in 1898. Formerly a sugar plantation, owned by the first mayor of New Orleans, Etienne de Boré, the site was the location of the World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition. It was also the location of a Union camp and hospital during the Civil War. The park is located between the Mississippi River and Saint Charles Street and is across the street from Tulane University and Loyola University.

There is something for everyone at the Audubon. Visitors will enjoy the walking trails, lagoons, horse stable, tennis courts, and golf course. In addition, there is a stunning view of the nearby river. The clubhouse serves breakfast, lunch and tasty treats throughout the day and is open from 8 am until 5 pm.

Geese, ducks, and other wildlife are in abundance at the recreational area. The nearby Ochsner Island attracts a variety of birds, many of whom use the island as part of their migration route. Although the park lost its famous oak trees during Hurricane Katrina, it is one of the few locations in New Orleans that survived with minimal damage.

Why You Should Visit:
Stunningly beautiful park, home to the Tree of Life oak tree which is almost 500 years old and which visitors are welcome to climb.
Adjacent to the Audubon Zoo, Tulane, Loyola, the glorious mansions of the Garden District, and even surrounds a golf course.
Lovely little pavilions, viewing benches, and meditation areas. Paved path with lanes for pedestrians and cyclists.
Fall and winter are great times for bird watching. People watching good year round.

Great sunset view at the western end!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 5am-10pm
The "Wedding Cake" House

5) The "Wedding Cake" House

One cannot visit New Orleans without seeing the historic and beautiful Wedding Cake House. This Victorian Gregorian mansion is located on Saint Charles Avenue, “the Jewel of America’s Grand Avenues.” Nicholas Burke, a grocer, hired William F. Krone to build it in 1896. The design firm Toleando and Rousch is responsible for the gorgeous look of the structure.

The residence, with its white exteriors and grandly decorated balconies, columns and cornices, resembles a cake covered in fondant and white frosting. Some of the decorations and embellishments resemble the piping that you would see on a cake. The house is particularly brilliant when viewed at night.

One of the most beautiful features is the beveled leaded glass front door. The abode was rebuilt after a fire in 1907 and recent restorative work improved the interiors and exteriors. The house remained the property of the Burke family until 1993 when it was sold to Rosalie and Nicholas Chisesi. Attorney Calvin Fayard, a major fund-raiser for the Democratic Party, is the current resident.

Although the dwelling is a private residence, and not available for tours, one can appreciate its beauty by viewing it as they walk by. This house takes the cake when it comes to exquisiteness and is, by far, one of the most beautiful homes in New Orleans.
Audubon Zoo

6) Audubon Zoo (must see)

Named after the world-famous naturalist, John James Audubon, the Audubon Zoo is a 58-acre zoological garden located in Uptown New Orleans on the Mississippi River side of Magazine Street. It opened in 1914 and is part of the Audubon Nature Institute.

Thousands of animals make the zoo their home. There are 2,000 animals and 350 species that visitors can enjoy. Gorillas, bears, monkeys, orangutans, elk, white tigers, and rare white alligators are just some of the things you will see when you visit. In addition, a swamp exhibit features animals native to Louisiana and an Embraceable Zoo allows children to play and interact with domestic animals. Other exhibits one can enjoy are the Sea Lions, the World of Primates, Jaguar Jungle, the White Tigers, the Rhinos, the Dragon's Lair, and Monkey Hill.

Children and adults alike will enjoy the Zoofari Cafe, the Swamp Train, the rock climbing wall, the Safari Simulator Ride, the animal-themed water park, and the Endangered Species Carousel. In addition, a gift store sells an assortment of zoo-themed items.

Why You Should Visit:
Reasonable-sized zoo in a very nice setting; grounds are beautiful with big trees and winding pathways through different sections.
The theming for several of the areas, most notably the Louisiana Swamp, Asia, and South America, is immersive, and there are multiple stations with special activities for kids to participate in.
There are also plenty of spots along the way that provide the opportunity to purchase refreshments.

You can take public transportation to the zoo very easily. If you take the streetcar, there is a zoo shuttle that will pick you up near the stop and take you to the front gate. Without this shuttle, it is quite a hike from the streetcar to the zoo.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10am-4pm; Sat-Sun: 10am-5pm

Walking Tours in New Orleans, Louisiana

Create Your Own Walk in New Orleans

Create Your Own Walk in New Orleans

Creating your own self-guided walk in New Orleans is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
French Quarter Orientation Walk

French Quarter Orientation Walk

The French Quarter, one of the oldest and most popular neighborhoods of New Orleans, otherwise known as Vieux Carre, was founded in 1718. It perfectly combines the tempting, noisy and nutty nightlife of Bourbon street with important historic landmarks, art galleries, sophisticated cafes and some of the city's oldest churches. Make sure not to miss a chance to explore this area and take this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Cultural Tour in Business District, New Orleans

Cultural Tour in Business District, New Orleans

For most of the people living in New Orleans, the Central Business District is just a crowded area home to skyscrapers, malls and casinos. However the district is also home to a large number of heritage sites, including some well-known museums. The tour below takes in the cultural side of the Business District.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
French Quarter: The museums

French Quarter: The museums

French Quarter is well known as a historic area. Little wonder then that you can find a lot of good museums here that reflect the history and culture of the district. Also brought to your attention are several house museums, often overlooked by most of the tourists. So do not hesitate, take this tour and discover by yourself the museums of the French Quarter.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 km
Cultural Walking Tour in New Orleans

Cultural Walking Tour in New Orleans

New Orleans possesses a rich cultural and historical heritage and has a long and captivating story to tell. Whether you are interested in history and art or are intrigued by the mystical side of the world, the museums and the art galleries of New Orleans will never cease to impress you. Check out the Cultural Walking Tour below and discover the best museums the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Unusual Shopping Tour in New Orleans

Unusual Shopping Tour in New Orleans

Sick and tired of big malls that are pretty much the same everywhere? New Orleans has a few shops to surprise you with. Whether you are looking for some interesting or weird souvenir to bring home to your friends or whether you would like to have a piece of New Orleans for yourself, the following tour will take you to the right places to find it.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Big Shopping Adventure in New Orleans

Big Shopping Adventure in New Orleans

Among all the other activities that New Orleans has to offer, shopping is probably one of the most popular. Antiques, art, one of a kind jewelry, New Orleans has it all. This tour will take you to the biggest and most prominent shopping spots in New Orleans.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km