In the historic French Quarter
Whether you're following the smell of Café du Monde's famous beignets or snapping a photo of the stunning St. Louis Cathedral, a visit to Jackson Square simply can't be missed during your trip to New Orleans. When France first arrived in New Orleans, this area was the heart of the city, originally named Place d'Armes which translates to "weapons square". Surrounding the square are iron-wrought fences, Parisian-style balconies, and landscaping reminiscent of Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square in Paris.
Take a stroll around the square and explore the open-air artist colony along the fencing and stumble across the locations of incredible United States history. The Cabildo building, on the western side of the square, is where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803, resulting in the United State's acquisition of over 800,000 square miles of land stretching from modern-day New Orleans, across 15 states, and into Canada.
In the middle of the square lies an equestrian statue with Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States and General during the Battle of New Orleans. Home to some of the most historic buildings in the United States, incredible European architecture, delicious food and inspring artwork, be sure not to miss Jackson Square!