CRUISE OUT OF THE PORT OF NEW ORLEANS
The vibrant nightlife, buoyant music and authentic cuisine, experience it all when staying at SpringHill Suites New Orleans Downtown/Convention Center. Located in the Arts/Warehouse District and within walking distance of the Port of New Orleans terminals, our hotel makes it easy to cross everything off of your sightseeing list before setting sail.
Port of New Orleans
Situated along the Mississippi River, the Port of New Orleans has become one of the most popular destinations for the cruise industry by bringing over a million passengers yearly. The port offers trips along the Western Caribbean and Bahamas, as well as the nation's inland river system. Enjoy being only 0.4 miles away when choosing our hotel.
NOLA Area Attractions
From Audubon to the iconic French Quarter, there's never a shortage of places to see and things to do in The Big Easy. We are minutes from all of the premier restaurants, bars, shopping, parks and historic sites. Here's some recommended attractions you don't want to miss.
- Ogden Museum of Southern Art (0.4 miles) - Stop by the world's largest and most comprehensive museum dedicated to works of artists from the Southern states. Come by Thursday evenings for an eclectic array of live music.
- Harrah's New Orleans (0.6 miles) - Put on your best poker face and hit the jackpot at this world-class casino offering over 113 table games, 20 poker tables and 1,873 slot machines.
- The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk (0.6 miles) - Located along the Mississippi River, the country's first downtown outlet center features over 75 retailers and restaurants.
- Mardi Gras World (0.9 miles) - Get a behind-the-scenes look at the preparation and execution of the city's most renowned event.
- The Shops at Canal Place (0.9 miles) - Enjoy an upscale shopping experience with several exclusive stores.
- Jackson Square (1.1 miles) - Take a picture in front of St. Louis Cathedral and the prominent Andrew Jackson equestrian statue. Also, grab beignets at the nearby Café du Monde and see pieces from local street artists.
- Smoothie King Center (1.2 miles) - Professional basketball games, concerts and other events are held at this arena.
- Mercedes-Benz Superdome (1.3 miles) - A mega complex that's home to New Orleans' favorite professional football team, Tulane University football, Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic, Sugar Bowl Prep Classic and myriad concerts.
- Bourbon Street (1.4 miles) - This notorious street is laden with premier restaurants, bars and live music. Be sure to try a hurricane cocktail, which is made with rum, fruit juice and grenadine.
- Louis Armstrong Park (1.6 miles) - Swing by this public park boasting duck ponds, lush flora and a statue of the eponymous jazz musician.
Family & Children's Activities
New Orleans isn't just for rambunctious revelry, the city is also brimming with fun and educational attractions for all ages. Just two blocks away, Louisiana Children's Museum boasts several interactive exhibits for your little ones to enjoy. From there, take a brief stroll down to The National WWII Museum and spend time learning about the prolonged fight between the Axis and Allies.
The Audubon Nature Institute offers three facilities for you and your family to take a walk on the wild side. Dive deep and marvel at hundreds of underwater creatures at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, which is only 0.9 miles away from our hotel. Walk a block to the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, the largest museum in North America devoted to insects and their relatives. Audubon Zoo is located 6 miles away, but it is worth the drive to experience the award-winning Louisiana Swamp and Jaguar Jungle exhibits.
Celebration in the Crescent City
While Mardi Gras is undoubtedly New Orleans' flagship event, numerous festivities are held throughout the year to celebrate NOLA's unparalleled music, food and culture. Luckily, our hotel provides convenient access to all of the excitement. Be sure to schedule your trip around one of these incredible occasions.
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- Mardi Gras (February) - Everything you need to know about Mardi Gras including parade routes, traditions and the best places to get Mardi Gras beads, masks, king cakes etc.
- French Quarter Festival (April) - A free music festival showcasing the finest in jazz, Latin, R&B and more. The festival is also known for hosting "the world's largest jazz brunch."
- New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Late April and early May) - Established in 1970, this annual event is a celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Maroon 5 have all graced the stage.
- New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (May) - Treat your taste buds to a bounty of first-rate varietals and culinary dishes. Since its inception over 25 years ago, the event has donated over $1.2 million of its proceeds to local nonprofit organizations.
- Essence Festival (Late June and early July) - Not only does this event highlight the best in African American music, it also features several seminars from acclaimed speakers within the black community.
- Running of the Bulls (July) - A unique twist on Spain's world-renowned event, this recreation replaces the stampede of cattle with the fierce ladies of New Orleans' roller derby team, the Big Easy Rollergirls.
- Tales of the Cocktail (July) - From the absinthe frappe to the hand grenade, Crescent City's most popular drinks are concocted and served by some of the city's most praised mixologists at this annual event.
- Satchmo Summerfest (August) - This food, art and musical festival pays homage to influential jazz musician Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong.
- Southern Decadence (Labor Day Weekend) - Dubbed as "Gay Mardi Gras," Southern Decadence is a free event honoring the LGBT community and attracts over 125,000 attendees worldwide.
- Voodoo Music Arts Experience (October) - Enjoy a weekend of soaring live music from small to big-name acts. Local vendors also set up shop to sell everything from jewelry to art.
- Bayou Classic (November) - Held at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, this annual college football game shines a spotlight on the long-standing rivalry between Southern University and Grambling State.
Get a Taste of the City
From seafood gumbo to jambalaya, no one can deny the distinct, zesty flavors of Cajun cuisine. Foodies have to only walk a few steps to satisfy their cravings at these authentic restaurants.
- Emeril's - Reserve a table at celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse's famed restaurant in the Warehouse District. You'll say "bam!" when you try signature dishes such as andouille crusted gulf drum.
- Mulate's, The Original Cajun Restaurant - This casual eatery with nightly live music is known for its zydeco gumbo and homemade bread pudding.
- Mother's Restaurant - Since 1938, this no-nonsense restaurant on Poydras Street has been delighting customers with its famous baked ham.
- Tommy's Cuisine - With décor resembling the romantic ambiance of Paris, this elegant restaurant provides extensive wine collection and sophisticated dishes including duck tchoupitoulas and crabmeat Sardou.