What to do in New Orleans, LA

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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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What to do in New Orleans

Free Things to Do in New Orleans

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Germaine Wells Mardi Gras Museum - Bring the whole family and embark on a fascinating adventure through history with one another.

The New Orleans Artworks at the New Orleans GlassWorks & Printmaking Studio - Satiate your hunger for arts and culture here and witness creativity and talent at work.

John P Lyons Memorial Center - Plenty of excitement is in store for you at this great place.

Spanish Plaza - If you're an admirer of modern-style architecture, add this landmark to your schedule.

Spring Fiesta Historic House - If you'd like to explore the history of the area through its landmarks, include this one on your sightseeing schedule.

Lafayette Square - This is a bustling area where you can soak up the vibe and appreciate local life.

McDonogh Monument - If you'd love to explore a few of the more important or interesting places in the community, start here.

Immaculate Conception Church - No matter your religious leanings, this site will inspire a sense of reverence.

New Orleans Musical Legends Park - Grab your picnic blanket, pack some food and find a shady area to relish nature.

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's fun for the whole family wherever you wander in New Orleans. Here are a few family friendly experiences to do together that are certain to make your escape unforgettable:


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in New Orleans on a sunny day?
What to do in New Orleans on a rainy day?
If it’s bucketing down during your visit, put down your umbrella and try a couple of these popular indoor activities:

What is New Orleans famous for?
Mercedes-Benz Superdome is often mentioned in the same breath as New Orleans, so allow enough time to visit.
What should I not miss in New Orleans?
You simply can’t go home without crossing off the following superb attractions:

  • Jackson Square
  • French Market
  • City Park
  • Audubon Park

Are there cheap things to do in New Orleans?
What can you do in New Orleans for free?
Your vacation in New Orleans needn’t blow the budget with free attractions like these to keep you on the go:

  • Jackson Square
  • French Market
  • City Park
  • Audubon Park

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