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New Orleans Attractions

Known for coming alive during Mardi Gras, the Big Easy actually has far more to offer than colorful beads and lots of partying. Things to do in New Orleans include enjoying live jazz music, going on paddlewheel river steamboat tours, walking through sculpture gardens, and eating lots of local Creole and Cajun cuisine. There is a great deal of history in this southern city, a fact that will appease both history buffs and patriotic travelers alike. And you will never have a shortage of haunted attractions in New Orleans, where both the historical significance and strong spiritual vibe of the city and Louisiana lend themselves to lots of ghostly stories.

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Germaine Wells Mardi Gras Museum

- Young or old, this place will inspire your imagination and capture your mind.

The New Orleans Artworks at the New Orleans GlassWorks & Printmaking Studio

- This is a wonderful place to get your culture fix and learn more about the vibrant local arts scene.

John P Lyons Memorial Center

- Make this your first port of call if you're looking for fun during your stay.

Spanish Plaza

- This popular local landmark is a terrific backdrop for some selfies.

Spring Fiesta Historic House

- If you're interested in history and heritage, this is one stop you can't miss.

Lafayette Square

- This buzzing location is popular with both locals and tourists.

McDonogh Monument

- Arrange a visit and discover the significance of this place to the locals.

Immaculate Conception Church

- Whatever your religious leanings, this site will inspire a sense of reverence in you.

New Orleans Musical Legends Park

- Work on your green thumb and enjoy admiring the wide variety of plants on display.

Areas & Neighborhoods in New Orleans

A trip to NOLA has made its way onto more than one bucket list, appealing to night owls, families, and foodies alike. Whether you want to take a walk though streets and attractions steeped in rich tales or sit down at a new trendy restaurant, New Orleans is ready to welcome you with open arms on your next vacation.

French Quarter

— This well-known district stands out for its colorful history and raucous bar scene, making it a popular stop on any vacation to New Orleans. Things to do here include touring historical homes and the famed Bourbon Street.

Art District

— If you’re artistic, a walkabout in the art district is in order. In this unique stretch of New Orleans, industrial buildings have been transformed into vibrant open spaces.

Lakeview

— Just a short distance from downtown, Lakeview gained its moniker from its location near Lake Pontchartrain. This neighborhood is a must-stop destination for anyone visiting New Orleans who has an interest in throwing a line in the water or taking a lazy, thoughtful stroll along the shore.

New Orleans tours and day trips are always available to take you through the most popular areas.

What to See in New Orleans

Once upon a time, the cabaret shows in The Big Easy were frowned upon, but these days they are definitely something to see while you’re in New Orleans. Other sites that attract people from around the country include the New Orleans Opera and the Chickie Wah Wah jazz and dance club.

Sightseeing in New Orleans

People-watch on Bourbon Street, eat lots of Creole food, and pay a visit to the Voodoo Museum. There is lots for tourists to do in the heart of Louisiana. Home to St. Louis Cathedral and its fair share of above-ground cemeteries, New Orleans is worth its weight in history and you’ll never find a better bowl of gumbo anywhere else. Don’t leave without a visit to French Market, which is the oldest public market in the nation, and eat a delicious beignet at Café Du Monde. Tour Jackson Square and catch some of the best jazz performances in the world on Frenchmen Street. Thankfully, tours in New Orleans make it easy to see this memorable city, so you don’t have figure out how to cram it all on in your own.

Things to Do in New Orleans with Kids

There are lots of memorable experiences in New Orleans that the entire gang will enjoy. Here are a few of the top family friendly experiences around.


 

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