When visiting the French Quarters in New Orleans I’d say there is one place that should be the first on your list. Can you guess what it is? It’s not Bourbon Street. That’s right! It’s Jackson Square, a historic, amazing place to visit. There’s so much happening in this place, there’s no way you get bored here.
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Jackson Square History
- It was known in the 18th century as “Place d’Armes,” and later renamed in honor of the Battle of New Orleans hero Andrew Jackson.
- It is located in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans, facing the Mississippi River and surrounded by historic buildings, including the St. Louis Cathedral, the Presbytere and Cabildo Louisiana State Museums and Upper Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment buildings in the United State.
- This is a place for art. It is known as a place where local artists paint, draw, create portraits and caricatures, and display their work on the square’s iron fence.
Why Jackson Square Is a Must
If you ask me, this is where the real action exists. Sure, you can still party here, but Jackson Square has the best street performers in New Orleans. The main reason for this is because there is a lot more room for them to do their thing. And get a much larger crowd than on any of the other fun streets.
Plus, if you’re into horse carriage rides, this is the place. There are so many carriages that I truly wonder how many people take them.
Also, do you want original New Orleans artworks? You will have a plethora of artists to choose from. And if you want it done for you right then and there, it can be done.
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Oh, you want your fortune told? Don’t go any further, there are tons and tons of clairvoyance going on to the umpteenth degree here as well.
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So, as you can see Jackson Square, has it all. Including the famous Cafe Du Monde and beignets. Plenty of musicians on every corner, and history.
NOTE: The majority of the entertainment happens during the weekends. During the busy season you will find stuff going on all the time. However, New Orleans, just like every other city, has it’s off season too. This is when you really need to leave all the touring for mid week while enjoying Jackson Square on the weekends.