Top 10 Things To Do In New Orleans
New Orleans is a bustling city that has an overwhelming amount of activities for any tourist. When in town for only a short visit, it can be hard to narrow down what to do. Do you stay in the French Quarter? Do you visit the aquarium? Take a New Orleans Swamp Tour? Visit a cemetery? What foods and beverages should you be sure to try while in town?
National Geographic has a helpful list of their top 10 things to do in New Orleans that can be helpful to consult while making your plans to visit the Big Easy.
1. Jackson Square
The “heart” of the French Quarter and home to street artists and fortune-tellers, the Cabildo, St. Louis Cathedral, the Presbytere, and the Louisiana State Museum. A definite must-see to experience the flavor of the French Quarter.
2. Odgen Museum of Southern Art
Located in the Warehouse district, this museum features pieces of art only from Southern artists. On Thursday nights, you have the option of staying for Ogden After Hours and hearing some local musicians play the sounds of New Orleans.
3. New Orleans City Park
A shining example of New Orleans’ drive to rebuild after Katrina, City Park has brand new walking and biking paths, a beautiful lawn for concerts, and revitalized attractions like Story Land and the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park.The 1300-acre green space is a beautiful place to take a stroll during your visit.
The famous NOLA sandwich that should not be missed while in town. It’s hard to resist the call of French bread topped with mayonnaise and fried Gulf oysters or shrimp. Johnnys Po-boys is my personal Favorite and its central in the french quarter, there is always a line, the trick is to phone in your order from the back of the line and it will be ready for you when you get to the front.
New Orleans is famous for its cocktails. National Geographic recommends sampling some at Cure, French 75, Carousel and the Sazerac Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel to get a taste of what New Orleans has to offer. All of these of course can be found on the world famous Bourbon Street, just a stones through from City House Hostel New Orleans
Known worldwide for it’s local music scene, New Orleans has plenty of live music to offer. To find the heart of the music district, visit Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny. Check out venues like DBA, Snug Harbor and Three Muses.
An add-on to your visit to the Aquarium, the Insectarium and butterfly garden is “North America’s largest museum devoted to insets and their relatives.” Even those who don’t love bugs that much will be fascinated at what they learn about these critters.
8. The Garden District
Arguably one of the most beautiful districts in New Orleans, the Garden District is the perfect place for a casual walk while admiring the stunning architecture. You can also tour the Lafayette Cemetery #1 while you’re in the neighborhood. A New Orleans City Tour allows you to see much of the garden district.
9. Magazine Street
The place for window shopping while in town. Visitors will get a sense of local flavor and find some unique items to take home as souvenirs.
A trip to New Orleans isn’t complete without a ride on a streetcar. This is a great way to get from district to district while seeing the city. The fare is only $1.25, so streetcars are also an economically way to shuffle about town.
In addition to the history and culture you can experience in the Square, there is great shopping and local cuisine for every budget. The world famous Café du Monde originally opened in 1862 in the French Market and still stands at 800 Decatur Street.