Set in the heart of the French Quarter overlooking the Mississippi River, Jackson Square is one of New Orleans' most iconic landmarks.
The 2.5-acre space welcomes over 2 million visitors and locals each year and hosts a number of city events and celebrations, weddings and photography sessions. Jackson Square has even served as a backdrop in a number of popular feature films and television shows. The landmark earns its name for the bronze statue of hero of the Battle of New Orleans and seventh U.S. President, Andrew Jackson, located in the center of the square.
Jackson Square was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960, for its central role in the city's history, and as the site where in 1803 Louisiana was made United States territory pursuant to the Louisiana Purchase. In 2012 it was chosen by the American Planning Association as one of its “Great Places in America” for beauty, accessibility and being a “place where people want to be.”
Jackson Square is open seven days a week. During daylight savings time it's open from 8am to 7pm. During winter, it's open from 8am to 6pm.