Suburban Extended Stay Hotel
3051 Hwy 90
Avondale, LA 70094
Phone: (504) 324-4900
Fax: (504) 324-4911
In 1859, when construction of Nottoway Plantation was completed, the sprawling mansion was one of the most regal of its time. Today, visitors have the opportunity to step into the grand lifestyle of the old South with guided tours of the property. One of the few plantations that survived the Civil War, this antebellum mansion has been fully restored to capture the opulent lifestyle of the original owners. In addition to guided tours, Nottoway Plantation features the Nottoway Museum and bed and breakfast accommodations. - Bethany Culp
From the critter-filled swamps of Louisiana to the grasslands of Africa, you can explore some of the Earth's most intriguing habitats and the creatures that dwell within them at this world-class zoo. Rated one of the top zoos in the United States, it features two rare white tigers as well as Komodo dragons.
Having started out as the nation's first sugar plantation, then an urban park, and finally renamed in 1886 as Audubon Park in tribute to John James Audubon who painted many of his famed "Birds of America" in Louisiana, the 340-acre Audubon Park and Audubon Zoo is a place one can truly and peacefully enjoy New Orleans's old-world charm: fountains, statues, gazebos, lagoons, giant oak trees, and the occasional horse-back riders and carriages. There are also a golf course, tennis courts, and a extremely popular 1.8-mile-long paved jogging track. Do walk along the outskirts of the park and be wowed by the historic buildings of Loyola and Tulane universities, as well as many elegant mansions.
Stroll through a replicated village of days gone by.
Premium family entertainment is provided at the Children's Castle. Enjoy music, magic, puppetry, storytelling, dance and opera. The Castle presents shows every Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
The New Orleans street car system, the oldest continuously operating street railway system in the world, includes three different lines, the St. Charles Avenue line, the Riverfront line, and the Canal Street line, and covers a total of about 13 miles. These lines run through some of the most beautiful areas of the city and facilitate access to popular neighborhoods and attractions such as the French Quarter, the Central Business District, Audubon Park, and the Aquarium of the Americas, etc. A one-way fare is $1.25 and transfers to other lines are available for an additional $0.25. Sadly, all three of these lines were non-operational following Hurricane Katrina, but as recently as June 2008, they are all up and running again at full speed. These beautiful old streetcars are not only an integral part of New Orleans's history, but they are a convenient means of getting around the city, and their charm makes them an absolute must-do for visitors.
Adventure Quest offers a 6,000 square foot multi-level laser tag arena. Visitors can also enjoy black light Cosmic Golf, bumper cars, live-action sports on a big screen TV, wireless Internet, King Tut's Cafe, and a great arcade area.
A part of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Tulane University of Louisiana is a historic university established in the middle of 19th Century. Spread across 45 acres (18.2 hectares) in uptown New Orleans, the university has more than 13,000 students enrolled in various programs of undergraduate, graduate and professional courses in the fields of architecture, liberal arts, science, law, business, medicine and social work. The university strives hard to provide overall growth opportunities to students, and hence, has various cultural and sports events organized in its campus. The campus is home to various structures housing the colleges and schools of the university that reflect Renaissance, Romanesque and Tudor Revival style of architecture and watching these on a tour to the university is quite an experience in itself. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.
Uptown is a area in New Orleans which spans across a number of historical districts including the fabled French Quarter. Several 19th Century structures stand proudly along the avenues which are dotted with friendly jazz bars and clubs. Known for its mixed races, you are bound to notice subtle Italian, German, Irish and Afro American influences in the architecture and lifestyle. Hollywood chocolate boy Harry Connick Junior as well as the legendary Louis Armstrong both hail from Uptown, making it yet another reason to visit.
The Beaux Arts mansion was built in 1907. It was given to the city in 1948 by the Latter family and is now the most elegant public library in the Crescent City. Milton H. Latter Memorial Library building is one of the few mansions on Saint Charles Avenue that is open to the public. You can ride the Saint Charles streetcar to this historic landmark and take in other sights of interest and beauty as well.
One of six sites that comprise the Jean Lafitte National Park. This preserve offers a look at an eco-system that includes natural levee forests, bayous, swamps, and marshes. The visitor center offers exhibits and a 25-minute film.
Lafreniere Park is a 155-acre park with several amenities including a two-mile jogging trail, glass-enclosed room available for meetings and parties, eight picnic shelters, a 20-acre lagoon, two playgrounds, a carousel, multi-use sports fields, and an 18-hole disc golf course. The park is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.