by Allen J. Sheinman | October 01, 2017

PLEASURES OF THE PORT
One of the Big Easy's best places to hang loose is at the Port of New Orleans, on the pier just outside Mardi Gras World, where parade floats are made. And look: There's the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen sitting dockside, which plies the Mississippi on cruises themed to jazz, history and the bayou.


DON'T FEED THE CROCS!
Historic New Orleans Tours offers themed excursions to the city's fabled mausoleums, literary landmarks, the Garden District and other attractions. To get really down and funky, take one of the company's three swamp cruises.


NAPOLEON ALMOST SLEPT HERE
The 200-year-old Napoleon House started out as a residence (in 1821, the owner offered it as a home-in-exile for the ex-French emperor himself, who demurred), but for more than a century it's been a bar/restaurant with all the tasty po' boys, Pimms (British gin) and ambience you could want (that's the lovely courtyard, pictured).


THE "BIG ONE"
The National WWII Museum on Magazine Street has been designated by Congress as America's official museum about World War II. Interactive experiences, remarkable artifacts, vivid videos and more await those who seek the inside story of this fateful conflict.