New Orleans, or the “Big Easy”, has so many things to do and see. Although you can’t see everything in a weekend, you can always get an overview of the city’s top attractions. With great music, food and entertainment, you’ll never be bored here! Here are ten things you need to do on your trip to New Orleans.
Put These 10 Things To Do On Your New Orleans Itinerary
1. Experience the nightlife of Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street is New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood, and also where the annual Mardi Gras celebration is held. Be sure to check out Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo and The World Famous Cats Meow bar. Have dinner at the upscale Galatoire’s for authentic French Cuisine. If you’re looking for something a little more laid back, try Bayou Burger & Sports Company.
2. Celebrate Mardi Gras year-round
Even if you don’t happen to be in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun! Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World features the exotic floats and costumes seen during the celebration. At this ‘float workshop’ you can witness new floats being created while on a guided tour. Tickets cost $19.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids.
3. See the famous St. Louis Cathedral
Did you know the St. Louis Cathedral is the oldest in the country? First build in 1718, the cathedral is full of history and beauty. Surrounded by other historic sites, including Jackson Square and the famous Cabildo, this is a must-see. Free guided tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday. Or, if you’re brave take a ghost tour of the area!
4. Go to an NFL game
Home to the New Orleans Saints, a trip to The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is worth the visit. The venue is also home to many other sporting events and concerts. The energy of this crowd is something that you will take home with you!
5. Visit the National WWII Museum
Still need your history fix? The National WWII Museum has artifacts from veterans and a unique perspective of history from those who lived through it. It is also one of the top ten museums in the United States. Admission is $26 for adults and $16.50 for students and military.
6. Check out the Metairie Cemetery
Many tombs in Louisiana are built above-ground, with some of the most famous cemeteries in the world. At Metairie you will find a tomb of Confederate Soldiers and even a copy of an Egyptian pyramid.
7. Go on a swamp ride
New Orleans is surrounded by swamps, which you can take airboats to explore on. Look out for wildlife, including alligators and giant catfish! Many boats reach speeds over 40 mph and typically cost around $80 a person depending on the company you go through.
8. Sightsee in the Garden District
This famous street is lined with tall trees, classic homes and many restaurants and shops. Take the St. Charles Avenue trolley to see all of the area, and get off and on as you wish. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the stunning mansions and colorful flowers in the area.
9. Go wild at Audubon Zoo
This zoo is great for families, or anyone looking to see unique animals and enjoy New Orleans scenery. Be sure to check out the reptile house and the South American Pampas. Tickets are $19.95 for adults and $12.95 for children.
10. Jazz up your night at the New Orleans Musical Legends Park
You can’t visit New Orleans without experiencing its rich jazz scene. This park has statues of legends of jazz and live music every day. Admission to the park is free and offers many places to eat and hang out.
This article was written by Taylor Bishop.