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Cu­rated Cres­cent City itin­er­ar­ies for his­tory buffs, sports fans and mu­sic lovers.

His­tory Buff

The crum­bling walls at the (1) Napoleon House re­flect its old age. Built in the early 19th cen­tury, it was of­fered as safe haven for the em­peror once he came out of ex­ile, though it never hap­pened. In­stead it be­came a fa­bled restau­rant and bar, known for its warm muf­fulet­tas and icy Pimm’s Cups. With its nu­mer­ous French Quar­ter prop­er­ties, free ex­hibits and hun­dreds of rare hold­ings, the (2) His­toric New Or­leans Col­lec­tion is the per­fect place to im­merse your­self in the Cres­cent City’s 300-year back­story. (3) An­toine’s has been the standard bearer of lo­cal culi­nary tra­di­tions for 176 years. The na­tion’s long­est-op­er­at­ing, fam­ily-run restau­rant has fed ev­ery­one from Calvin Coolidge to Whoopi Gold­berg with such sig­na­ture dishes as oys­ters Rock­e­feller, which was in­vented there.

Sports Fan

The (1) Mercedes Benz-Su­per­dome, the world’s largest steel-con­structed sta­dium un­ob­structed by posts, clocks in at 13 acres and 27 stories. The Na­tional His­toric Land­mark has hosted seven Su­per Bowls, five Men’s Fi­nal Fours, four BCS Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, the Pro Bowl and 41 Sugar Bowls, along with the le­gendary Ali-Spinks “Septem­ber to Re­mem­ber” bout. On the op­po­site side of the Dome is the (2) Smoothie King Cen­ter, the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans’ roost, where two NBA All-Star games have played out and an­other takes place Feb. 19. Where to cel­e­brate af­ter the game? Even if you’re not a sports buff, you’ll still stum­ble upon a good time along (3) Bour­bon Street. Just re­mem­ber, it’s not whether you win or lose … but how you han­dle your Hur­ri­canes.

Mu­sic Lover

The aptly named, oft-over­looked (1) New Or­leans Mu­si­cal Leg­ends Park fea­tures life-size de­pic­tions of Al Hirt, Pete Foun­tain, Fats Domino, Allen Tous­saint and other lo­cal greats, with free live jazz per­formed through­out the day. Want to hear more? Toss a few coins in the foun­tain to ben­e­fit the mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion of French Quar­ter el­e­men­tary stu­dents. Or swing by (2) Louisiana Mu­sic Fac­tory, which claims the world’s largest se­lec­tion of New Or­leans record­ings, and rum­mage the racks while catch­ing a live, in-store per­for­mance. In a city of mem­o­rable mo­ments, a night at the (3) Maple Leaf Bar is one you won’t soon for­get. Tues­days are the big to-do, with the Grammy-win­ning Re­birth Brass Band tak­ing the stage at 11 pm and play­ing way into the wee hours.

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