Local Attractions

About New Orleans

By Zack Smith Photography

New Orleans is world-renowned for its distinctive music, Creole cuisine, unique dialects, and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras. Stay at Hilton New Orleans Riverside and be in the center of it all. This downtown New Orleans hotel location offers stunning views of the Mississippi River and the city. Enjoy easy access to historic New Orleans streetcar lines, top attractions and restaurants. Hilton New Orleans Riverside is next door to the Riverwalk, New Orleans Cruise Port and Harrah’s Casino. The hotel is also conveniently located to the following attractions:

Exploring New Orleans

Streetcars – Streetcars are a charming and convenient way to experience the many areas of New Orleans. Four distinct lines, each originating Downtown, will take you through the French Quarter and beyond to places you might not otherwise get to see. Streetcar fare is $1.25 and must be paid with exact change when you board. One, three, and 31-day unlimited ride “Jazzy Passes” are also available for $3, $9 and $55 respectively.

Aquarium of the Americas Located on the Mississippi River adjacent to the French Quarter, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is consistently top ranked, voted as one of the top five in the country in the USA Today “10Best” reader poll and ranked as one of the top things to do in New Orleans. With more than 3,600 animals from more than 250 species, including endangered species, such as African penguins, and rare animals, such as white alligators, the Aquarium offers you an experience you’ll never forget. 3 blocks from the hotel.

Arts & Warehouse District – This urbane neighborhood is where New Orleans’ past and present meet up for drinks while the future texts “I’m on my way.” Famed for institutions like the National WWII Museum and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and events like the First Saturday Julia Street art walk. Delight in the art on its walls and celebrate the life in its streets. 3 blocks from the hotel.

Canal Street shops – World-class retailers. Locally celebrated designers. Canal Place is Downtown New Orleans’ premier shopping destination for luxury fashion and beauty brands, boutique clothing stores, home goods and much more. Style your French Quarter excursion with the latest trends from Canal Place’s exclusive retailers. 4 blocks from the hotel.

French Quarter – Often called the Crown Jewel of New Orleans, the French Quarter is one of NOLA’s most historic neighborhoods. But you’ll find plenty of new mixed in with the old. There’s a reimagined French Market, modern boutiques and artisan cocktails mix with beloved antique stores and old restaurants.  (Antoine’s. Arnaud’s. Galatoire’s. Brennan’s – the world would be far less flavorful without you!)

Jackson Square – Jackson Square is a favorite site for visitors and locals. The artists, restaurants, museums, merchants and the square itself make Jackson Square one of the French Quarter’s most popular destinations. Jackson Square is open seven days a week. During daylight savings time it’s open from 8am to 7pm. 6 blocks from the hotel.

National WWII Museum – The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. 8 blocks from the hotel.