Brent House Hotel is conveniently located near many of New Orleans’ major attractions, including the Superdome, Smoothie King Center, historic French Quarter and the downtown business district. It also provides easy access to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and public transportation, making it the perfect place to stay while exploring New Orleans.
Food & Drink
From fine dining to street food, New Orleans has one of the most vibrant and diverse food scenes anywhere. Authentic Cajun and Creole dishes, fresh seafood, French cuisine and a lively bar scene are just some of what New Orleans has to offer. Whether you are planning a relaxing jazz brunch, romantic evening, casual family dinner or just need a quick bite to eat, there is something for everyone. Here are a few of our favorite resources to help you discover the local favorites:
Things to Do
Ride from the French Quarter all the way down beautiful St. Charles Avenue on a historic streetcar, passing by celebrated restaurants, shops and hotels.
New Orleans is known for its hauntingly beautiful above-ground cemeteries. Many cemeteries offer guided tours, or you can explore on your own.
From the National WWII Museum and the New Orleans Jazz Museum to the Tulane Museum of Natural History, there are many places where you can explore the art, culture and heritage of New Orleans.
Greater New Orleans is full of beautiful historic architecture. Explore the city on your own, or take a guided tour of some nearby plantations that offer a glimpse into the past.
Explore the bayou with the wind in your hair on a fanboat tour.
See New Orleans from the Mississippi River on Steamboat Natchez while enjoying brunch or dinner and listening to live jazz.
The Audubon Nature Institute includes a zoo, aquarium, insectarium, nature center, golf course and multiple parks where you can enjoy some fresh air and walk along the Mississippi River.
With 30,000 square feet of exhibit space and plenty of interactive activities, kids can learn about machines, make art, watch plays and much more.
Featuring a historic carousel, train rides, a kids roller coaster, Ferris wheel, bumper cars and more than a dozen other rides and attractions, Carousel Gardens is part of New Orleans’ City Park, which also offers boat and bike rentals, gondola rides, mini golf, disc golf and more.
Located just outside of New Orleans proper, Lafreniere Park is a 155-acre green space and bird sanctuary in the heart of Jefferson Parish. The park is host to scores of local weekend festivals and houses several family-friendly amenities including a carousel, spray park, two playgrounds, picnic shelters, and even a dog park for your furriest friend.
There is lots more to see in do outside of New Orleans proper! Check this list of free things to do in Jefferson Parish.
Festivals & Events
New Orleans is world-famous for its Mardi Gras celebrations, parades and other festivities. Festivities start in early January and continue until the day of Mardi Gras, which takes place on a Tuesday between mid-February and early March. Mardi Gras is one of the busiest times of year to visit New Orleans, so book your stay at the Brent House Hotel well in advance!
While traditionally held over the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May, Jazz Fest 2021 will take place in autumn, from October 8-17. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a 50-year-old tradition celebrating the city’s music and culture; catch some of the biggest names in music while shopping handmade crafts and enjoying local delicacies.
A three-day emersion into music, culture and cuisine, Voodoo is held the last weekend of October and celebrates the mystery and adventure of Halloween in New Orleans.
New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood, The French Quarter, plays host to this street festival which boasts 20 stages dedicated to music and dozens of local restaurants serving up signature snacks. Typically held in spring, 2021’s fest will take place Sept 30 – Oct 3.
Hosted by Essence Magazine, Essence Festival combines three days of concerts with exclusive film screenings, conferences, panel discussions, beauty and fashion exhibits, food, wine and more. The 2021 festival will be held virtually.
No matter when you are planning to visit New Orleans, there is always something to see and do! Find out what’s happening while you are here.
A perennial contender in the National Football League, watching the Saints play is always a memorable experience. Located just a short drive from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with easy access to public transportation, the Brent House Hotel is the perfect place to stay whether you are coming in from out of town to cheer on the Saints, or traveling to support your team.
If you are looking for energy and excitement, there’s nothing better than watching a New Orleans Pelicans basketball game at the nearby Smoothie King Center.
One of the oldest college football championship games in the country, the Sugar Bowl started at Tulane Stadium and is now played at the Superdome. Held on or around New Year’s Day, fans travel from all over to see their favorite teams play.
Located less than 3 miles from the Tulane University campus, the Brent House Hotel is a convenient, affordable option for parents of Tulane athletes, alumnae and guests in town for a Tulane football game, as well as graduation, reunions and other events.