National Parks of New Orleans

When asked about national parks, most people picture expansive landscapes in the American West, like Yellowstone, or Yosemite. But some national parks in the U.S. don’t fit this representation.  As our National Parks Service Director Jonathan Jarvis reminds us, a few of our nation’s most fascinating national parks and monuments are located outside of the American west. “You won’t find bears and waterfalls in them,” Jarvis told a reporter while visiting New Orleans’ Jazz National Historical Park earlier this year.

To mark its 100th anniversary in 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) offers park visitors the chance to participate in a variety of NPS centennial events in New Orleans. Summer is a great time to visit New Orleans’ national parks. Read on to learn more about them!

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is comprised of six individual sites across south Louisiana, and three of them (The French Quarter Visitor Center, the Barataria Preserve, and Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery) are located in or in close proximity to New Orleans:

419 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 (map)

The French Quarter Visitor Center offers a fascinating peek inside Louisiana’s rich history, culture, and geography. Take a ranger-led tour to learn about the area’s culinary traditions. The Visitor Center is also headquarters to the Jean Lafitte Junior Ranger program. Kids who participate in the Junior Ranger program can explore Jean Lafitte sites via scavenger hunts, interactive puzzles, and other engaging and fun learning experiences.

6588 Barataria Boulevard, Marrero, LA 70072 (map)

Barataria Preserve (Marrero, LA)

Jean Lafitte’s Barataria Preserve is home to 23,000 acres of wetlands and marshes. Although considered mysterious by many, the swamps should be appreciated for their natural beauty and amazing plant and animal life.Outdoorsy types will enjoy hiking trails that meander through the preserve’s forests, bayous, and swamps. Visitors can catch a glimpse of the preserve’s many bird species and wildlife. Bataria is famous for its iconic blue irises, which should be in full bloom.

8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, LA 70042 (map)

History buffs will enjoy touring Chalmette Battlefield, an enduring symbol of the War of 1812. Chalmette, the site of the Battle of New Orleans, is where Andrew Jackson led a rag-tag militia of frontiersmen, former slaves, and local Indians to victory over the British. Adjacent to the battlefield, Chalmette National Cemetery honors thousands of veterans who fought in American conflicts spanning the 19th and 20th centuries.

Chalmette National Cemetery
Chalmette National Cemetery + Battlefield (Chalmette, LA)


New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park 

New Orleans’ Jazz NHP celebrates the heritage and cultural importance of jazz music and offers immersive experiences where visitors can learn about jazz through biographies, oral histories, and self-guided tours. The Park has also played an integral role in the restoration of the Old U.S. Mint building, one of many French Quarter landmarks that was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Thanks to a $2 million Park Service grant that funded its revitalization, the New Orleans’ Jazz NHP now hosts concerts and world-class performances inside the reopened landmark.


Information + Resources for Visitors:

Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours

Bataria Paddle / Kayak Trails

Music At The Mint

National Park Service Centennial Band

The Urban Agenda is a NPS effort to connect its urban parks and make them more relevant to all Americans.

Find Your Park, the centerpiece of the NPS’ 2016 Centennial, provides a digital space for Americans to share their National Park experiences.

National Parks of New Orleans

Planning a move to New Orleans? Lighten your load with these resources.

New Orleans moving resources
New Orleans neighborhood map

Among U.S. cities, New Orleans is a top destination for millennials on the move. It’s not hard to see why this demographic wants to head to the gulf coast. The growth of New Orleans’ economy, fueled by real estate development and an expanding technology industry, has made the region an attractive place for those seeking new opportunities.

As far as American cities go, New Orleans is as culturally rich as it gets. Acquainting yourself with the city is a fun process, but an ongoing one–and it can be difficult to know where to start.  For people looking to relocate, New Orleans has so much to offer. Take advantage of these resources to prepare for your New Orleans move!


Moving: all too often, it’s more stressful and more expensive than it has to be. Bellhops–a moving company which serves those relocating to metro areas in the southern U.S.–is an affordable and worthwhile investment. Dubbed the “Uber for moving,” the Chattanooga-based startup has earned accolades for its reliability among people in their 20s and 30s who are newcomers to the region.


New Orleans is comprised of seventy-two different neighborhoods, each with its own distinct look and flavor. Because cost of living and access to transportation varies among neighborhoods, educating yourself about NOLA’s real estate market is especially helpful if you want to find housing options that suit your budget and lifestyle. The following websites offer useful statistics and information to help you find your home sweet home.

And if you’re curious how different neighborhoods compare in terms of their green infrastructure or bike-friendliness, a  new mapping tool, developed for New Orleans by the national Trust for Public Land’s Climate-Smart Cities initiative, collects and visualizes environmental data down to the neighborhood-, street- and property-level. For cycling-enthusiasts, a local advocacy group called Bike Easy also hosts fun events aimed at making biking in New Orleans easier and safer.

Planning a move to New Orleans? Lighten your load with these resources.

The National World War 2 Museum is a Must-See in New Orleans

New Orleans is home to the LCVP, or Higgins boat. The LCVP is the landing craft used during World War II to bring US troops onto the shore. During the war, 20,000 LCVPs were tested in Louisiana. Their contribution was so important that in 1964 Dwight D. Eisenhower once said that Andrew Jackson Higgins and Higgins Industries, the LCVP’s designers, “…won the war for us.”

New Orleans’ contributions to the war effort didn’t go unnoticed by the likes of Dr. Stephen Ambrose. Dr. Ambrose founded and established The National WWII Museum in 2000 after collecting more than 2,000 oral histories from D-Day veterans and discovering that the U.S. had no museum to commemorate their efforts and experiences.

Today, guests are welcome to hear the stories of American soldiers’ experiences during the war. Not only is the museum important for its cultural significance, it is also New Orleans’ top-rated tourist destination according to TripAdvisor–reaching #3 on its top museums in the country list.

The museum features an array of narratives, immersive experiences and an incredible collection of artifacts, amongst other insightful and intriguing features. Featuring an amazing restaurant – The American Sector, the museum also serves as an exquisite event space for special gatherings. With an expansive list of options, it serves as an ideal destination for large and small gatherings alike.

Whether you are looking for an immersive learning, or to host an event at an original venue, be sure to check out The National WWII Museum.

The National World War 2 Museum is a Must-See in New Orleans

French Quarter Festival 2016

Source: French Quarter Fests, Inc.
Source: French Quarter Fests, Inc.

The French Quarter Festival (a/k/a the biggest free music festival in the South) is back this April 7-10. With over 200 hours of music across 23 stages, the French Quarter will be alive with music even more than it usually is.

The four-day festival packs in over 400 acts in its 33rd year. The traditional spread of NOLA sounds, from traditional jazz to funk to the undefinable, will take the stage this time around. Of course, it wouldn’t be New Orleans without over 60 food and beverage booths to satisfy your hunger and thirst pangs.

This year’s lineup includes:

Thursday, April 7

  • Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band
  • Cha Wa
  • Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra
  • Ellis Marsalis
  • Fredy Omar con su Banda
  • The Joe Krown Trio
  • John Boutte
  • Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers
  • The Revelers
  • The Tin Men

Friday, April 8, 2016

  • Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
  • The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
  • Hot 8 Brass Band
  • Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans
  • James Andrews
  • Leroy Jones’ Original Hurricane Brass Band
  • Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners
  • Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington and the Roadmasters
  • Waylon Thibodeaux Band

Saturday, April 9, 2016

  • Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. & the Wild Magnolias
  • Big Sam’s Funky Nation
  • Casa Samba Extravaganza
  • Charmaine Neville
  • Flow Tribe
  • Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue
  • Little Freddie King
  • Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns
  • New Breed Brass Band
  • New Orleans Classic Jazz Orchestra
  • The New Orleans Jazz Vipers
  • Tank and The Bangas

Sunday, April 10, 2016

  • Brass-A-Holics
  • Chegadão
  • Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
  • Goat in the Road (Comedy Troupe)
  • Guitar Slim, Jr.
  • Guitarist John Rankin
  • Los Po-Boy-Citos
  • The Original Pinettes Brass Band
  • Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters
  • Shannon Powell Traditional All-Star Band
  • Treme Brass Band

So come on out and see the diverse spirit and sounds of this great city! For more on the festival, take a look at this video from Go NOLA.

French Quarter Festival 2016

The Metairie Central Business District (CBD)


If your business is looking for a thriving commercial location that boasts a New Orleans experience with a slight change of pace, you have to consider Metairie’s Central Business District (CBD).

Metairie is one of the strongest communities in the area for arts, entertainment and business. As one of New Orleans’ largest suburbs, Metairie offers an array of business, dining and nightlife experiences that both residents and tourists enjoy. Metairie’s CBD is the hub for business and commerce in the community. With a selection of industries, the port, the Northshore and the Smoothie King Center just a short distance away, the Metairie CBD is a bustling area at almost every time of the day.

Located on Causeway Blvd near Lake Pontchartrain, the Metairie CBD offers several major malls and a thriving restaurant scene. The area is indicative of Metairie’s commercial evolution and viability. In the 70s and 80s, the nearby Fat City neighborhood was home to the area’s active nightlife scene. Over time, Fat City began to evolve to meet the changing times its citizens. Today, it serves as a home to Metairie’s, and the area’s, incredible food and dining culture–providing incredible options for your off-site business meetings. The area additionally serves as the most racially diverse area in the metro area, allowing for diverse dining options each night.

Once you step into the Metairie CBD, you’ll immediately feel the vibrancy and potential of the area. A mix of modern business buildings gives off a culture of commerce while the exquisite greenery reminds us of the natural beauty of Metairie. If you’re looking for an economically stimulating community with a splash of nature, the Metairie Central Business District is a must-see for you.

If you want to schedule a viewing at our available properties along the Metairie CBD, call (504) 828-9700 today.

The Metairie Central Business District (CBD)

Kenner Plaza Shopping Center


Kenner is a gem of Louisiana known for its rich history and cultural events. The city of over 66,000 residents represents the state’s sixth-largest city, and is home to the Louis Armstrong International Airport. An equal balance of commerce and community, Kenner is a bustling city with a strong tie to its history. This is one of Kenner’s key components that supports the city’s optimistic outlook for its economic profile in the years ahead.

Kenner takes great pride in its pro-business administration City Council–readily welcoming new and relocating businesses to the area. Kenner boasts a diverse marketplace that includes the Esplanade Mall, Treasure Chest Casino and the historic Rivertown district that’s only minutes from downtown New Orleans. Another staple of the business community is Kenner’s multi-purpose shopping center, the redeveloped Kenner Plaza Shopping Center.

Kenner Plaza is a 210,00 square-foot shopping center with three outparcels, spanning two city blocks along Williams BLVD, the busiest interstate exit in the city. The Plaza serves as a place for consumerism and convenience, but also community. The outdoor space brings shopping to a singular location where individuals enjoy the beauty of the city while congregating with locals and tourists alike. You probably won’t find Kenner Plaza in tour guides like you would the nearby famous French Quarter destinations. However, Kenner Plaza is indicative Kenner’s community and its commitment to business.

Tenants include Burlington Coat Factory, Office Depot, Party City, AutoZone,Taco Bell, IHOP and Raising Canes. Kailas Companies is proud to have managed the property since 1997. For more information about Kenner Plaza Shopping Center, please contact Kailas Companies at (504) 828-9700.

Kenner Plaza Shopping Center