As a city full of rich history and culture, New Orleans holds something for everyone, including busy facilities managers participating in conferences. While there are countless things to do and numerous places to explore, we have comprised a list of top places for our facility manager friends to visit while in New Orleans for the IFMA World Workplace 2014 conference.
1. The French Quarter
As the heart and soul of the city, the French Quarter is the original New Orleans colony that was established by the French in 1718. Attractions here include the French Market, the Faulkner House, and the Cabildo.
2. St. Louis Cathedral
As the centerpiece of the French Quarter, the Cathedral is the oldest active cathedral in the United States. The St. Louis Cathedral is open to the public every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and until 2 p.m. on Sunday.
3. Garden District
Like its name suggest, this historic residential neighborhood is laden with trees, ivy, and gardens. You can take a guided stroll, or pop into one of the many historic homes in the area.
4. Cemetery Tours
Some of New Orleans' must-see attractions are its cemeteries. Many of the tombs are above ground to protect them from rising water levels, and they're embellished with ornate designs inspired by French and Spanish architecture.
The Cabildo was originally constructed in 1799 as the seat of the Spanish government. Today, the Cabildo is home to a three-floor branch of the Louisiana State Museum, which recounts Louisiana history with the help of Native American objects, Colonial-era paintings, and even Napoleon Bonaparte's death mask.
6. New Orleans Museum of Art
Since opening in 1911, the NOMA has assembled more than 40,000 works of art. The vast collection ranges from early Asian works to European masterpieces from the 16th to 20th centuries.
7. Preservation Hall
The Preservation Hall is a musical venue in the French Quarter founded in 1961 to protect, preserve, and perpetuate Traditional New Orleans Jazz. To keep tradition alive, for 350 nights per year the venue hosts local and national acoustic jazz performers! This year, iOffice is hosting a Happy Hour here for IFMA participants. For more information, including the date and time, contact Tiffany Rivers at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Whether you have a couple of hours or a couple of days free while in New Orleans, these places are must see attractions, and you won't be disappointed!
Do you know of a must see attraction we missed (there are many)? Suggest one in the comments so your facility manager peers can plan their trip!