Kenner, LA

Get to know Rivertown District in Kenner

Jean-Baptiste Dickens

KENNER, LA - Both Sieur de La Salle and Rene-Robert Cavelier were two first Europeans who set foot on Kenner. Minor Kenner founded the city which later was named after him in 1855. The land grew rapidly with the help of three plantations owned by the founder’s family. Kenner is an ideal place for trade due to its location which is close to the Mississippi River.

La Salle’s Landing is a monument that captures the history of Kenner. Located at the end of Williams Boulevard, you can take a look at many flags that were existed since La Salle landed for the first time. Throughout the 1800s to 1900s the landing served a purpose as a port of trade.

Statues of two boxers are also available to be checked out at the same place. The statues are “Gypsy” Jem Mace and Tom Allen, who fought for the first time in the World Heavyweight Championship in 1870.

Rivertown is a historic district in Kenner, stretches for 16 blocks along the shores of the Mississippi River that provides both cultural and family attractions. You can see replicas of what Kenner looked like in the early days at Heritage Park. The Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts is just close by

Visit the Planetarium and MegaDome Cinema with your children and enjoy the direct look at what people do when they are in space and be an astronaut for a day. Visitors can touch Gibeon Meteorite which is four billion years old, stroll through the 20th-century timeline, or explore future technology with Space Robot.

Annually, the Italian Heritage Festival also takes place at Rivertown every spring. Unfortunately, this year the festival is postponed and will be held on this fall.

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