The CBD & Warehouse District were once just a place for, as the name lends itself, actual warehouses. After the World’s Fair, in 1984, these New Orleans neighborhoods started taking shape – the Convention Center opened up and condos were being developed. Now the area is bustling with restaurants, bars, and museums around every corner. Here is a look into some of our favorite downtown spots!
Fulton Alley has been open for 4 years and is a boutique bowling alley located near Harrah’s casino. If you’re looking for a night out with food, drinks, games, & music – this is your spot! You can reserve your lanes online, which we highly suggest. Upon arriving, grab a drink from their bar and head to the game area for darts or foosball. Fulton Alley also has some awesome weekly specials with Monday catering the service industry crowd, cocktail tastings on Tuesday, & Wednesdays they offer wine specials. Be sure to leave the younger kids at home after 8pm, as they are 21 & up in the evenings.
Open since 1986, this stomping ground is a must see! (It was always one of my favorite places to go as a kid!) The Louisiana Children’s Museum offers interactive exhibits for kids to learn & explore. There is something for all ages to enjoy here, including the smaller of kids. Every morning there is story time for your wee tikes.
This year, they will be hosting a children’s world’s fair in honor of the city’s tricentennial. They will focus on the cultures and people that make New Orleans the unique city it is.
They are committed to community engagement as well. If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities, the Children’s Museum should be on your list.
Enjoy this location now as a huge new facility is being constructed in City Park!
Nestled in the heart of the CBD, and right on the streetcar line, the Ace Hotel is a great jumping off spot to get a feel for all the downtown has to offer. The Ace is known for being hip & modern. It is a place to see and be seen. (Even Ms. Knowles-Carter has been known to frequent it.) This hotel offers everything you can imagine. Josephine Estelle is their Italian bistro, Stumptown is their coffee joint, & their shining star, Seaworthy, is an excellent choice for fresh oysters. Wanna get married there? You can do that too. With several amenities, and great rates during the off season, even a local could take a great stay-cation there.
And, just in case you missed it, the rooftop pool is open to locals. PRO TIP: Get their early because space is gone quickly!