The St. Charles Ave. Streetcar is the oldest continuously operating wooden streetcar in the country. Admire six and a half miles of historic homes and sprawling oaks. The streetcar runs from Canal Street through the Central Business District, along St. Charles Ave., and down Carrollton Ave. When the streetcar turns onto Carrollton, stop at the Camellia Grill and ride on the opposite side on the way back. Just before you reach Carrollton Ave., you will pass Loyola University, Tulane University, and Audubon Park.
Garden District Walking Tour - In 1832, a residential quarter was established uptown on the former Livaudais Plantation. The land was subdivided and developed to create the City of Lafayette, which was incorporated into New Orleans in 1852. Here, between Jackson and Louisiana Avenues, wealthy American merchants, planters, and bankers built mansions in a variety of styles, ranging from Greek Revival to Italianate and Queen Anne. The area became known as the Garden District because of the lush gardens laid out around the mansions. Take a guided tour from Historic New Orleans Tours (800) 979-3370 approx. $20 http://www.tourneworleans.com
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas - Canal St. at the Mississippi River - 10-5 daily (504) 581-4629 http://www.audubonnatureinstitute.org/aquarium
Audubon Zoo - 6500 Magazine St. (504) 581-4629 About 1,800 animals, including rare and endangered species, live in natural habitats in a setting of subtropical plants, waterfalls, lagoons, and a Louisiana swamp replica complete with rare white alligators. http://www.auduboninstitute.org
New Orleans Museum of Art - 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park (504) 658-4100 https://noma.org
Shopping on Magazine Street - (antiques, art, and clothing) Magazine Street is 6 miles long, so do some research before you head over. Pick up a New Orleans Magazine or go to http://www.magazinestreet.com to identify the shops you want to visit. If you don't have a car, catch the #11 Magazine St. bus from the corner of Canal St. and Magazine St. Ask the driver for a 1-day Jazzy Pass for $3 or download the GoMobile app. This pass allows you to get on/off the bus as often as you like.