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Top 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.

Mardi Gras Tour for One Adult, Child, or Senior at Mardi Gras World (Up to 17% Off)
Mardi Gras Tour for One Adult, Child, or Senior at Mardi Gras World (Up to 17% Off)
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Mardi Gras Tour for One Adult
Admission for Two or Four to Bayou Country Childrens Museum (Up to 37% Off)
Admission for Two or Four to Bayou Country Childrens Museum (Up to 37% Off)
Thibodaux
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Four Museum Admission Passes
New Orleans City Tour for One, Two, or Four from Adventures in New Orleans (Up to 40% Off)
New Orleans City Tour for One, Two, or Four from Adventures in New Orleans (Up to 40% Off)
New Orleans
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$46.00 $37.00
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Bus Tour of New Orleans for One
Two-Hour Bus Tour of New Orleans for One, Two, or Four from Elite City Tours (Up to 46% Off)
Two-Hour Bus Tour of New Orleans for One, Two, or Four from Elite City Tours (Up to 46% Off)
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Two-Hour Bus Tour of New Orleans for One
Mansion and Gardens Tour for One Adult, Teenager, or Child at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
Mansion and Gardens Tour for One Adult, Teenager, or Child at Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
Darrow
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Mansion and Gardens Tour for One Adult
Admissions to Mardi Gras Museum Of Costumes And Culture with Optional Guided Tour (Up to 52% Off)
Admissions to Mardi Gras Museum Of Costumes And Culture with Optional Guided Tour (Up to 52% Off)
New Orleans
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$24.00 $14.50
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General Admission for Two
St. Louis Cemetery Walking Tour for One, Two, or Four from Tableau Tours (Up to 65% Off)
St. Louis Cemetery Walking Tour for One, Two, or Four from Tableau Tours (Up to 65% Off)
New Orleans
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$25.00 $12.00
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St. Louis Cemetery Walking Tour for One
New Orleans City and Katrina Tour for One, Two, or Four from Louisiana Tour Company (Up to 44% Off)
New Orleans City and Katrina Tour for One, Two, or Four from Louisiana Tour Company (Up to 44% Off)
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New Orleans City and Katrina Tour for One
French Quarter Musical History Landmarks Tour for One, Two, or Four from Storyville Tour Company (Up to 52% Off)
French Quarter Musical History Landmarks Tour for One, Two, or Four from Storyville Tour Company (Up to 52% Off)
New Orleans
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French Quarter Musical History Landmarks Tour for One

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

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$40 for Intro Series Package — Fly Circus Space (value $80)
$40 for Intro Series Package — Fly Circus Space (value $80)
New Orleans
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Four Wednesday Night Intro to Aerial Classes
Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
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Through 08/01/20: One General-Admission Ticket to Any Virtual Show with a Digital Download of the album I Found Forever
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Darci Lynne Farmer: Fresh Out of the Box Tour on Saturday, August 8 at 7 p.m.
Darci Lynne Farmer: Fresh Out of the Box Tour on Saturday, August 8 at 7 p.m.
New Orleans
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Darci Lynne Farmer on August 8 2020
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"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
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Through 07/31/20: One Viewing
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Sugar Brown Presents: Burlesque Bad & Bougie Comedy Show on Saturday, August 1
Sugar Brown Presents: Burlesque Bad & Bougie Comedy Show on Saturday, August 1
New Orleans
$43.01 $20.00
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08/01/2020 at 8 p.m.: Early Bird Pricing: One General-Admission Ticket; Limited Availability
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Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
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$10.00 $5.00
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06/25/20 at 9 p.m. ET: One General-Admission Ticket
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Livestream Name that Tune, Dueling Pianos, or Piano Bar Bingo (Through August 29)
Livestream Name that Tune, Dueling Pianos, or Piano Bar Bingo (Through August 29)
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Name that Tune
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Virtual Stand-Up: Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour 2020 featuring Dan Frigolette (May 22–July 31)
Virtual Stand-Up: Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour 2020 featuring Dan Frigolette (May 22–July 31)
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$41.49 $6.00
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7/17/20 at 12 a.m. EST: One General-Admission Ticket
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Jazz Age Jeopardy: Virtual Interactive Murder Mystery Experience
Jazz Age Jeopardy: Virtual Interactive Murder Mystery Experience
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$275.00
Through 07/31/2020: Admission to Virtual Show for Up to 10 People
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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)

With so much hustle and bustle, you need to know where the relaxing spots in New Orleans are located. Take a self-guided tour of a museum — it’ll help you recharge while also exploring the city’s unique culture.  

Things to do indoors near Near Orleans include:

  • Exploring all that New Orleans Museum of Art has to offer
  • New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum, which tells stories of NOLA’s mystic past
  • New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, a retired apothecary dedicated to exhibiting early medicine
  • Burgundy Picture House, an underground cinema on the cutting edge
  • Tour the Cabildo, the seat of the Spanish cultural seat of New Orleans

Some of the most quirky, historic, and delicious U.S. landmarks and attractions can only be found in The Big Easy. Explore its voodoo past, get rowdy on Bourbon Street, and visit the famous New Orleans bayous.  

Outdoor activities in New Orleans include:

  • Seeing all there is to see at Woldenberg Park
  • Learning more about the Old Ursuline Convent
  • Exploring Bayou Segnette State Park
  • Visiting the chapel at the St. Roch Cemetery
  • Stopping to smell the flowers at Longue Vue House and Gardens