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Things To Do In New Orleans

New Orleans is an iconic U.S. destination, and for good reason — its unique attractions and things to do are hard to find anywhere else in the country. Cajun food, a haunted past, and beignets galore are just a few reasons to visit New Orleans. But more than that, the legendary French Quarter houses live music and stunning architecture all times of year. Plus, if you travel to NOLA during Mardi Gras, you can join the never-ending party and cross the celebration off your bucket list. Continue reading for some of the best things to do in New Orleans.

When people talk about New Orleans, images of French Quarter landmarks appear in their heads. The downtown area hosts the some of the best places to visit in the city. Plan to spend a portion of your time in New Orleans exploring the French Quarter attractions.

The best attractions in New Orleans include:

  • Cafe du Monde, a renowned open-air coffee shop in the French Quarter
  • Watching live music at the Preservation Hall
  • Watching a New Orleans Saints’ game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome
  • Planning a trip to Mardi Gras World
  • Taking a walk through the French Quarter

With careful planning and an open mind, it’s easy to find budget-friendly activities in New Orleans. The key is to explore — after all, walking around iconic NOLA neighborhoods is free of charge.

Cheap attractions near New Orleans include:

  • Seeing all there is to see on Frenchmen Street
  • Exploring the famous New Orleans Garden District
  • Taking transportation history lessons at Regional Transit Authority historic Streetcar
  • Venturing into the city’s grass at New Orleans City Park
  • Visiting the Treme neighborhood’s Louis Armstrong Park

Feeling spontaneous? New Orleans has plenty of attractions to discover. Start at the French Quarter and move to the surrounding streets — there are plenty of fun things to try.

Exciting activities near New Orleans include:

  • Looking into the past at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
  • Exploring the foodie history of Southern Food and Beverage Museum
  • Seeing a show at Saenger Theatre
  • Scaring yourself at Abita Mystery House
  • Buying shaved ice at Hansen’s Sno-Bliz

If anything, the best of New Orleans should be experienced at night. With well-lit streets, sounds crowding every corner, and spooky ghost tours, there’s plenty of nighttime attractions offered in New Orleans.

Nighttime activities near New Orleans include:

  • Taking a peek at Harrah’s New Orleans
  • Sneaking into Hotel Monteleone Carousel Bar
  • Booking a night at the theatres at Canal Place
  • Listening to live music at the Spotted Cat Music Club
  • Starting up French Quarter Ghost and Legends Tour (New Orleans Ghost Tour)

Though New Orleans may be a playground for adults, there’s plenty to of NOLA kid-friendly activities too. Take them to the aquarium, zoo, or amusement park to keep them entertained.

Family-friendly things to do near New Orleans include:

  • Seeing the marine life at Aquarium of the Americas
  • Exploring wildlife in a natural habitat-style exhibits at Audubon Zoo
  • Planning a day trip to Carousel Gardens Amusement Park
  • Learn something new at Louisiana Children’s Museum
  • Taking the storybook sculpture playground for a whirl at Storyland

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