The City of Gretna is situated on the Westbank of the Mississippi River, directly across from the City of New Orleans. We boast a quaint, small town environment within our four square miles.
Experience Gretna’s charm and rich history as you stroll through one of Louisiana’s largest national historic districts. From its landmarks to the good food, friendly faces and exciting seasonal activities, you will find Gretna a delight for all ages.
Saturdays from 8:30 AM until 12:30 PM under the covered market at Huey P. Long Avenue near Fourth Street, one can find residents and visitors enjoying local grown offerings at the Gretna Farmers Market. The second Saturday of each month includes the Gretna Artwalk where local artists and artisans sell their works.
The City’s best-known festival is the Gretna Heritage Festival which takes place the first full weekend of October annually. The festival encompasses twenty-five city blocks and hosts seven stages on which both local and national musicians perform. Carnival rides, arts and crafts, as well as offerings of local food favorites please attendees of all ages. Riverfront Fall Concert Series is hosted the four Friday evenings following Gretna Heritage Festival weekend.
Some of the many attractions in the City include:
German-American Cultural Center – Interprets the German regional influence
Louisiana State Fire Museum – Incorporated in 1844 as a bucket brigade Gretna Fire Engine Company No. 1, it is the oldest continuously active volunteer fire department in the country
City of Gretna | Louisiana State Fire Museum
Kittie Strehle House – Depicts daily life in a Creole Cottage
Gretna Green Blacksmith Shoppe – Fully furnished working blacksmith shop
City of Gretna | Green Blacksmith Shoppe
St. Joseph Church & Garden – Magnificent architecture – serene splendor
Hook & Ladder Cemetery – above ground tombs dating from 1850 to present
Gretna City Hall – Historic photo exhibit throughout the building
Jefferson Memorial Arch – Honors veterans from Spanish American War – WWII
Gretna Observatory – Stargazing in the City
BMX Track – kids of all ages ride a regional quality track
Riverfront Amphitheater – relax on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River
National Historic Register District – see original architecture dating back to 1839
Mel Ott Bronze Statue – a tribute to our own Hall-of-Famer player
Gretna Visitor’s Center – a 1906 freight depot is home to our tourism office.