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Questions about Jackson Square

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Questions about Jackson Square

My family and I are planning a short trip to New Orleans and I would like to go to Jackson Square. I have heard that it is a good place for adults and kids alike (my kids are ranging from 11 - 13 yrs). Some of the things I would like to see include the St. Louis Cathedral and perhaps a nearby cemetery. My questions are; Is this area safe? Are there any nearby cemeteries to visit? Any restaurant suggestions? Where and how is parking? Any help with these questions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!!

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1. Re: Questions about Jackson Square

Jackson Square is in the heart of The French Quarter. Very safe. The park is surrounded by a big pedestrian mall in front of the church and around the outside, with artists, street vendors, lots of people and usually a brass band playing. You and your children will have a great time. A "must do" is Cafe DuMonde on Decature (you can't miss it if you walk around the outside of the park). Hot, sugary Beniegts and coffee. Delicious. The cemeteries are on the other end of the French Qurarter (away from the river) and it's been recommended to visit them with a tour group. I have walked through the Cemetary in the Garden District by myself. It's a streetcar ride up St. Charles Ave. Kids would probably like that too. Hope this helps

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Stanleys is also right on Jackson square and has great food.

Check out the Jackson Square cam to get a little taste of what is there , you can't see the park but you can get a view of the church.

http://www.nola.com/jacksonsquarecam/

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There is also a wonderful and very informative exhibition about Katrina in the Louisiana State Museum next to the cathedral. Went just after Mardi Gras and came away much better informed. First hand comments and explanations of what went on at that fateful time.

Worth a visit. I recommend it to everyone.

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Yes, the museum, the Presbytere, is wonderful. Make sure you go up to the second floor to see the Mardi Gras exhibit also.

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5. Re: Questions about Jackson Square

You might go to neworleansonline.com to look at a map of the Quarter and see the location of the square. There are parking lots across Decatur and MANY restaurants nearby...Cafe Maspero, Muriel's, Johnny's Po-Boys, Market Cafe, Gazebo Cafe(jazz/blues at those two..outdoor venues that welcome kids), Gumbo Shop, and many more...just depends on what you want. You might order/download a Visitor's Guide from the site to get more ideas for restaurants and things to do while in the Quarter.

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After Jackson Square, spend some time in the French Market area, to include the Farmer's Market. Plenty of interesting stores, good food at the kiosks in the Farmer's Market, and a flea market if you so desire. Give yourself a couple of hours to do so.

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7. Re: Questions about Jackson Square

The closest cemetery to Jackson Square is St Louis Cemetery No 1 (the Easy Rider cemetery). It's about 8 short blocks away, very walkable. You can get to the Cemetery by walking on St Louis St away from the River. Although traditional advise cautioned against exploring this Cemetary outside of a group, a number of factors have combined to make a daylight unescorted visit generally safe, subject to using caution and care applicable to most all US urban areas. However, a guided tour will add interest to the Cemetery visit. The nonprofit group Save Our Cemeteries conducts daily tours; details are available on their easy to find website.

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8. Re: Questions about Jackson Square

As mentioned above, parking is generally available between Decatur St and the River, between Barracks St and Conti St; kind of expensive but worth it for a relatively short visit. Getting a bit familiar with a map of the French Quarter and immediately surrounding areas will enhance your visit. Since the French Quarter is laid (layed?) out on a grid, it's pretty easy to get your bearings.

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The st. Louis cemetery no. 1 is filled with tours during the day so although there's very little danger, I'd also suggest taking a tour since it's your first time. There's alot of interesting stories regarding the place that you'd otherwise miss if you're not familiar with the history. It's a great family activity and I highly reccomend it. Keep in mind, it closes at 3pm

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10. Re: Questions about Jackson Square

Wow!! What a response!! Thank you so much for the replies. A lot of great ideas. I will keep you posted on how the trip turns out. These suggestions have me really excited about our trip. I can't wait!!