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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.
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.
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.
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.
New Orleans is a terrific place for a family break. Bring the youngsters along and try these popular family friendly experiences together:
Escaping to New Orleans on a budget? The following can be experienced for nix.
Germaine Wells Mardi Gras Museum - Wander the halls and appreciate the intriguing exhibits and unique collections at this museum.
The New Orleans Artworks at the New Orleans GlassWorks & Printmaking Studio - If you're eager to get cultured, stop by and enjoy the talent on show.
John P Lyons Memorial Center - If you're eager to turn up the dial on fun during your getaway, this is a good place to start.
Spanish Plaza - This modern local landmark is a terrific backdrop for some selfies.
Spring Fiesta Historic House - Stop by this historic attraction and experience a part of the cultural heritage of the region.
Lafayette Square - Stop for a while in this bustling spot and imagine what life would be like as a local.
McDonogh Monument - If you'd love to explore a few of the more important or interesting places in the community, this place is worth a visit.
Immaculate Conception Church - No matter your religious leanings, this place will inspire a sense of reverence in you.
New Orleans Musical Legends Park - Find your green thumb and marvel at the wide variety of plants on display.
Take advantage of the good weather (and get some fresh air while you're at it) with one or two of these popular outdoor activities:
Mercedes-Benz Superdome is usually mentioned in the same breath as New Orleans, so make sure you allow time to visit.
You just can't go home without checking off the following list of unmissable sights:
Your time away in New Orleans needn't cost a bundle with free things like these to keep you entertained: