What’s “New” in New Orleans

L3 There are so many places, events and “things to do” that have to be explored. Visiting New Orleans one month is a totally different experience than visiting during another month. Here are some new experiences to check out on our next visit:

• Local museums in New Orleans have partnered to offer a New Orleans Museum Month for the month of August. Visitors with a membership to one museum will have free entry to all participating museums. Museums include the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, L7 The National WWII Museum and more. www.touristathome.com/new-orleans-museum-month

• The Audubon Aquarium recently opened the Maya Reef exhibit where visitors can snorkel and dive in a recreated Mayan Reef. The plaza in front of the Aquarium is being renovated and will be complete with a water feature by 2015. In 2015 the Audubon Zoo is getting a new lazy river, which will expand the Cool Zoo and wrap around an expanded elephant exhibit. A ropes course will be added near the giraffe exhibit, and a new petting zoo will be added as well. www.auduboninstitute.org

• The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB) will reopen in its new location at L6 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard on September 29, 2014. The former Dryades Market will be converted into the home of the SoFAB, the award-winning, unique museum of culinary culture and history. Plans for the building include the Museum of the American Cocktail, the Leah Chase Louisiana Gallery and the Gallery of the States, which will feature culinary exhibits about the South and District of Columbia. www.southernfood.org

• Irvin Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Orchestra has broken ground on its New Orleans Jazz Market. The new facility, located in the former Gators Department Store, will serve as a performance space and feature music
L1 education experiences, a New Orleans Jazz archive, and tributes to current and past Jazz Masters. The New Orleans Jazz Market is expected to open in March of 2015. www.thenojo.com

• The French Market Corporation and Crescent City Farmers Market debuted a weekly farmers market at the historic French Market property on October 8. The farmers market will take place every Wednesday from 2-6 p.m. and includes live cooking demos, music and local food. www.frenchmarket.org

For more information go to: www.louisianatravel.com/canada

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