What are the best attractions in New Orleans?

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Karen Dalton Beninato
Photo Courtesy of Audubon Nature Institute

New Orleans has a flourishing tourism economy based on its stellar attractions. Its top attendance draw is the National World War II Museum, a labor of love by conceived by historian Stephen Abrose, Steven Spielberg who produced its historic 4-D movie, and Tom Hanks who narrates the film. New Orleans was chosen in part because that's where the Andrew Higgins landing craft rolled off assembly lines. Phase 1 has been completed, and adjoining pavilions will unfold in the coming years.

City Park houses the New Orleans Museum of Art and its Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Friends of City Park have seen to it that post-Katrina expansions are still unfolding. These include City Bark dog park, a soon to be unveiled miniature golf course, walking paths through a well manicured gardens, tennis courts, equestrian farms and more. The family-pleasing Carousel Gardens and miniature trains are still rolling.

Audubon Zoo is better than ever with its new Jaguar Jungle Exhibit, animatronic Dinosaur Adventure, splash park Cool Zoo and Louisiana Swamp exhibits. Don't miss the sea lion and elephant entertainment, and watch for appearances by white alligators and endangered whooping cranes.

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