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New Orleans

Known for Live Music, Dancing and Entertainment

Listen to jazz at its best, eat spicy Creole food and dress in costume for parades and festivities during Mardi Gras in this fascinating southern U.S. city.

How do you get to New Orleans?

Visit New Orleans during spring Carnival season for one of the world’s most exuberant Mardi Gras celebrations. Explore this exciting city in any season to enjoy its music and signature foods.

The “Big Easy” has more than 80 music clubs. Walk along the streets of the French Quarter to listen to jazz and other genres in the birthplace of music greats Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Harry Connick, Jr. and Wynton Marsalis. Preservation Hall offers intimate acoustic concerts more than 350 nights a year. Find a zydeco dance club and shimmy to the sounds of accordions and washboards.

In the restaurants around Jackson Square sample the city’s distinctive dishes, including spicy jambalaya, catfish po’boys, blackened Cajun specialties, sugar-covered beignets and sweet tea. Look up at the three spires of the St. Louis Cathedral, a Roman Catholic Church standing where worshippers have gathered since 1727. Next door, the Cabildo museum provides a look at important pieces of the history of New Orleans and Louisiana. Tour the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and its Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in New Orlean’s City Park.

For a glimpse of the country’s past, visit the National World War II Museum. Listen to oral histories, see life-size photographs and inspect recovered artifacts. View tombs of local families at the gothic Lafayette Cemetery, established in 1833.

Have outdoor fun with boating or fishing on Lake Pontchartrain and indoor fun watching the New Orleans Saints playing football in the Superdome. See the exotic animals at the Audubon Zoo and watch colorful butterflies in its Butterfly Park.

Watch floats being made at Mardi Gras World overlooking the wide Mississippi River. Leading up to Easter every year, individual krewes of New Orleans stage more than 50 parades and concerts over several weeks in celebration of Mardi Gras. Put on a colorful costume and catch some beads thrown from floats to join the Carnival fun in the exciting city of New Orleans.

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Things to do in New Orleans

Start your exploration of New Orleans with the many attractions on this buzzing pedestrianized street, which is located right in the heart of the downtown area.

Personal accounts, films and artifacts provide a thorough and informative look at World War II.

Get an inside view into preparations for one of the world’s most famous annual festivals.

This communal park in the French Quarter has a deep-rooted connection to local artists and musicians.

You can enjoy some retail therapy with a trip to French Market, a popular shopping spot in New Orleans. Discover the lively bars and renowned jazz scene in this walkable area.

Home to some of nature's rarest creatures, this landmark attraction is packed with history, Cajun flavor and Louisiana charm.

Take a campus tour or just explore the area around Tulane University, a top college in New Orleans. Experience the great live music and acclaimed art scene in this walkable area.

The birthplace of jazz is a vibrant city boulevard where the history and music of New Orleans comes to life.

Tickets & Tours

Make the most of your trip to New Orleans with the SightSeeing FlexPass, which lets you take your pick of 3 or 5 attractions and visit them at your own pace over a 30-day period. Choose from more than 20 attractions and tours, including hop-on, hop-off bus tours, Degas House and Mardi Gras World.

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Hop aboard an authentic steam-powered sternwheel paddle boat bound for the Mississippi and waterfront views of The Big Easy. While you cruise, experience the magic of days gone by as the a live jazz band sets the tone with catchy tunes and Dixieland favorites.

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Discover New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, by way of an around-the-city ride on a hop-on hop-off bus. Looping through the city's finest sights and diverse districts, this double-decker bus allows you the freedom to uncover what makes up the soulful character of the Big Easy.

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Step aboard one of last authentic steam-powered sternwheelers for a memorable cruise around New Orleans on the Mississippi River. Hear stories of the Big Easy's rich history as you tap your feet to acclaimed live jazz music from the Dukes of Dixieland.

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Catch sight of spirits and tantalize yourself with tales of witchcraft during a walking tour of New Orleans. Travel to several of the city's venerated neighborhoods, soaking up stories about the witches, ghosts, vampires, and Voodoo practitioners who have contributed to the city's colorful past.

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Just outside New Orleans, you can explore Cajun culture in an exotic bayou filled with thriving flora and wildlife. From the comfort of a 22-passenger boat, you can get up close and personal with alligators, wild boars, and native birds while your expert guide provides informative narration about Honey Island Swamp.

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