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Canal Street

Start your exploration of New Orleans with the many attractions on this buzzing pedestrianized street, which is located right in the heart of the downtown area.

Come to Canal Street on the first day of your visit to New Orleans to get a great sense of what the city has to offer. Rich with history and full of interesting stores, theaters, museums and other attractions, this street offers enough to keep you busy for hours. And when you are ready to see another part of the city, Canal Street’s central location means you will be able to walk to many of the other highlights of the French Quarter and beyond.

Canal Street is named after a planned canal that was never built. Visit it today and try to imagine what it was like in the 19th century, when it was one of the most fashionable destinations in New Orleans. Wealthy residents flocked to the street to dine and shop. At that time, the street was slightly unusual in being popular with French and Creole residents as well as Americans with other heritages. Streetcars brought people here from all over the city.

Browse the shops along Canal Street nowadays and see how this remains a very stylish part of the city. Those with a taste for upscale brands will be spoilt for choice here. Head to The Shops at Canal Place to visit high-end favorites such as Saks Fifth Avenue. Look for luxury hotels, such as the Ritz Carlton and the Astor Crowne Plaza, that are sprinkled along the street, further enhancing the area’s upmarket credentials.

The Audubon Insectarium, which bills itself as the world’s largest museum of insects, is a must-see sight whether or not you have kids with you. Be sure to take photos of the grand white marble building that houses the museum, which is a marvel in itself. Walk for about 10 minutes up the street, away from the river, and see what is on at the Saenger Theatre and the Joy Theater, two beautiful historic theaters that today host big-name shows and performers.

Come to Canal Street during Mardi Gras, held in February, to see the place come alive with music, color and celebration. This lively street is the hub of New Orleans’ most famous festival.

No matter how plush your hotel is, don't spend your getaway holed up in your room or snoozing next to the pool. There are plenty of new experiences to be had!

If you'd like to know what we recommend for your trip to Canal Street, just check out this list:

To view a comprehensive list of activities, head to the Canal Street things to do page.

Give yourself plenty of time at Canal Street. Below are some of the most popular activities:

Peruse our New Orleans things to do page to learn about even more activities while you're here.


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Wyndham Garden Hotel Baronne Plaza $74
Wyndham Garden Hotel Baronne Plaza

Wyndham Garden Hotel Baronne Plaza

201 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Central Business District, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Street, Bourbon Street, and Royal Street. Saenger Theatre and Decatur Street are also within 10 minutes. New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal is 15 minutes by foot.

    Maison Dupuy Hotel $129
    Maison Dupuy Hotel

    Maison Dupuy Hotel

    1001 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in French Quarter, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bourbon Street, Royal Street, and Louis Armstrong Park. Canal Street and Jackson Square are also within 10 minutes. New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal is 24 minutes by foot.

      Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans $99
      Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans

      Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans

      739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in French Quarter, this hotel is steps from Canal Street, Bourbon Street, and Royal Street. Decatur Street and Audubon Insectarium are also within 5 minutes. New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal is 19 minutes by foot.

        Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter $118
        Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter

        Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter

        124 Royal St, New Orleans, LA
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in French Quarter, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Canal Street, Bourbon Street, and Royal Street. Decatur Street and Audubon Insectarium are also within 5 minutes. New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal is 20 minutes by foot.

          B on Canal $110
          B on Canal

          B on Canal

          1300 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Central Business District, this hotel is steps from Joy Theater, Canal Street, and Saenger Theatre. Bourbon Street and Royal Street are also within 10 minutes. New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal is 19 minutes by foot.

            Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans $199
            Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

            Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

            214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in French Quarter, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bourbon Street and Jackson Square. French Market and National World War II Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal is 22 minutes by foot.

              Royal Sonesta New Orleans $199
              Royal Sonesta New Orleans

              Royal Sonesta New Orleans

              300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in French Quarter, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bourbon Street and Jackson Square. French Market and National World War II Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal is 21 minutes by foot.

                Omni Royal Orleans Hotel $170
                Omni Royal Orleans Hotel

                Omni Royal Orleans Hotel

                621 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly New Orleans hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Bourbon Street, Preservation Hall, and Jackson Square. Cafe Du Monde and The Shops at Canal Place are also within 10 minutes. New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal is 26 minutes by foot.