Known for Live Music, Dancing and Entertainment
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don't miss Frenchmen Street, it's a great alternative to Bourbon Street if you're looking for a bit of a calmer atmosphere. The street is lined with bars that have live Jazz bands playing and oftentimes there are even musicians playing on sidewalks and in the street.
More laidback and jazz-focused than Bourbon Street and a popular local hangout, Frenchmen Street lets you wander between bars soaking up the atmosphere. Also, be sure to check out the art market.
Once you're done with the likes of El Greco, Monet and Renoir, head outside to the sculpture garden with its floating window and possibly the largest safety pin you'll ever see.
Get to the museum in the morning if you want the chance to make your own mask, as the activity stops at 4pm. After that you can learn some Mardi Gras history and get pictures of some incredible contemporary floats, including a giant King Kong
There are a number of tours around the cemetery and you'll need to be with an official tour guide to gain entry. Look out for Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau's final resting place as well as Nicholas Cage's pyramid plot