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Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Introduction

In a prime spot on the banks of the Mississippi River, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center sprawls over about 1.1 million square feet of exhibition space. It was named after the first African-American mayor of New Orleans, and its original section was built for the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition. It's since expanded to include the Great Hall, which is a huge ballroom with a roof terrace. As the convention center is less than 1 mile from the French Quarter, it's in an excellent location for delegates to enjoy some of New Orleans' best-known sights.

Hotels near Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

The hotels close to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center are mainly upmarket and mid-range hotels, many featuring indoor or outdoor pools. It's a similar situation in the French Quarter, where the hotels are at the higher end of the price scale. The best time to visit New Orleans is from February to May, although the Mardi Gras celebrations hike up hotel prices. December and January are quieter, and you're more likely to find a bargain. The summer heat drives down prices, if you can stand the humidity. Keep in mind that hurricane season is August to September.

Where to stay near Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

The French Quarter is the best-known neighborhood in New Orleans, and with good reason. The ornate architecture, buzzing bars, and famous jazz halls are popular. Night-owls may want to explore the bars along Bourbon Street and Frenchmen Street. If you're on a romantic break, take in the authentic Creole atmosphere of the French Quarter's northern neighbor, Faubourg Marigny, which is about 2 miles from the convention center. Culture-lovers often head for the Warehouse District, only 0.7 miles from the convention center. It's the home of New Orleans' main museums, as well as numerous contemporary galleries.

Things to see near Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Just 0.8 miles from the convention center, the National World War II Museum is a fascinating collection of wartime artifacts. A few yards away is the Louisiana Children's Museum, which is filled with fun, interactive exhibits. You can delve into the marine world of the Gulf of Mexico with a visit to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, which overlooks the Mississippi River 1 mile from the convention center. Or head north 4.6 miles to the New Orleans Museum of Art and its 40,000 artworks. This museum is set in City Park, a 1,300-acre area of botanical gardens and sports facilities.

How to get to Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

New Orleans' famous streetcars–immortalized in the play A Streetcar Named Desire–make it easy to travel around the city. The convention center is directly on a streetcar line. Buses also serve the city, and in general it's more straightforward to get around using public transportation than to use a car. However, there's plenty of parking at the convention center should you choose to drive. Many of the main sights are also within walking distance. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is 14.2 miles west of the convention center, and it operates a direct shuttle bus to the venue.

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