New Orleans Fun: 5 Places You Can Visit By Streetcar!

Posted on: January 2, 2012 | Posted in: Specials

New Orleans Fun: 5 Places You Can Visit By Streetcar! There are very few historic landmarks that visitors are encouraged to ride, but when it comes to New Orleans' streetcars, feel free to hop on! For more than 150 years, the city's streetcars have been providing an inexpensive means of transportation while keeping old traditions alive-- not to mention, it's a great way to see the city's iconic landmarks without the hassle of driving. Here are some of our favorite places to visit, all easily accessed from the streetcar routes:

1. National WWII Museum (St. Charles Streetcar Line)
There's nothing like riding a streetcar to transport you to a bygone era, whether it's the clanging bells, authentic brass fittings or mahogany wooden seats. Keep with the theme and ride the St. Charles Streetcar all the way to the National WWII Museum, where you can spend the day among authentic war artifacts like photographs, original film footage, personal documents and heavy artillery. While you're there, catch a show at the museum's Stage Door Canteen, a live theater with vintage musical and comedic performances.

2. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas (Riverfront Streetcar Line)
If a day near the water sounds appealing, there just happens to be a streetcar for that, too. Venture to theAudubon Aquarium of the Americas by hopping on the Riverfront Streetcar, which follows the shoreline of the mighty Mississippi River. While you're riding, catch a glimpse of massive cruise ships, small boats and old-fashioned steamboats like the Steamboat Natchez and the Creole Queen. After a ride along the waterfront, you can explore the aquarium's extensive underwater habitats, featuring sea turtles, Southern sea otters, sharks, stingrays and more.

3. New Orleans Museum of Art (Canal Streetcar Line)
Who would have known that a streetcar could transport you to a world of culture, art and history? Well, when you take the Canal Streetcar to the New Orleans Museum of Art, that's exactly what you'll find. With more than 40,000 objects in its permanent collection, frequently changing exhibitions and a lush, five-acre sculpture garden, this cultural institution has plenty to see and explore.

4. Audubon Park Golf Course (St. Charles Streetcar Line)
It's no secret that New Orleans is a great golfing destination, but you might find it surprising that many of the city's best courses are so easily accessible. For a game at the Audubon Park Golf Course, pack up your golf clubs and catch the St. Charles Streetcar from the French Quarter. On the way, you'll see Lafayette Square, the historic Garden District and Loyola University before getting off at stop 292, directly across the street from Audubon Park. Here you'll find a par-62, 18-hole course designed by Dennis Griffiths, which includes noteworthy features such as contoured Bermuda fairways, Tif-Eagle greens, lush landscaping and lagoons.

5. Old U.S. Mint and Louisiana State Museum (Riverfront Streetcar Line)
You might not find a pot of gold coins at the end of a rainbow, but at the end of the Riverfront Streetcar line, you'll find where they were made. The Old U.S. Mint was built in the 1830's and has produced both Confederate and U.S. coins throughout its history. Currently, the mint is part of the Louisiana State Museum, which is comprised of a number of historic landmarks, including Madame John's Legacy, The Cabildo, The Arsenal and The Presbytere.

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