Top 25 Things To Do in New Orleans

From jazz-filled streets to centuries-old cemeteries, the Big Easy serves up an intoxicating gumbo of music, history, cuisine and joie de vivre.

West Parker
West Parker
July 18, 2024

It's 2 AM on a Tuesday, and the streets of the French Quarter are alive with the sounds of jazz pouring from dimly-lit clubs. A trumpet solo soars above the bustling crowd, carrying with it the very soul of New Orleans. This is a city that moves to its own rhythm - where every moment feels like a celebration and every corner holds a new discovery.

Like the layers of flavor in a perfectly-spiced jambalaya, New Orleans is a city of depth and complexity. From its French and Spanish colonial roots to its African and Caribbean influences, the Big Easy offers visitors a cultural gumbo unlike anywhere else in America. Here, centuries-old traditions blend seamlessly with modern innovations, creating a place where history is not just remembered, but lived every day.

Whether you're drawn by the promise of mouthwatering Creole cuisine, the allure of live jazz on every corner, or the mystique of voodoo and above-ground cemeteries, New Orleans is ready to cast its spell on you. So grab a go-cup, put on your dancing shoes, and let's explore the 25 best things to do in this enchanting city. As they say in NOLA, "Laissez les bon temps rouler!" - Let the good times roll!

Wander the Charming Streets of the French Quarter

Historic colorful buildings with wrought-iron balconies lining a street in New Orleans' French Quarter
Wandering through the French Quarter feels like stepping back in time. Can't get enough of these beautiful balconies!

Step into the heart of New Orleans' oldest neighborhood, where history whispers from every wrought-iron balcony and gas lamp. The French Quarter, or Vieux Carré, is a living museum of Spanish and French colonial architecture, its narrow streets lined with colorful Creole townhouses and lush courtyards hidden behind ornate gates. As you stroll, you'll be serenaded by street musicians, tempted by the aromas wafting from century-old restaurants, and drawn into quirky shops selling everything from voodoo dolls to fine antiques. Don't miss Jackson Square, where local artists display their works around the statue of Andrew Jackson, or the bustling French Market, America's oldest public market.

  • Location: Bounded by Canal Street, Esplanade Avenue, Rampart Street, and the Mississippi River
  • Hours: 24/7, individual attraction hours vary

Why Visit: Experience the soul of New Orleans in its most iconic and historic neighborhood

Insider Tip: For a quieter, more local experience, explore the lower Quarter (downriver from Jackson Square) in the early morning

Savor Beignets and Café au Lait at Café du Monde

Fresh, powdered sugar-covered beignets served at the iconic Café du Monde in New Orleans
Pro tip: Don't wear black when eating beignets at Café du Monde. The powdered sugar gets everywhere, but it's so worth it!

No trip to New Orleans is complete without a stop at the world-famous Café du Monde. This 24-hour coffee stand has been serving up its signature beignets - square French-style doughnuts lavishly dusted with powdered sugar - and rich café au lait since 1862. The coffee gets its distinctive flavor from chicory, a tradition dating back to the Civil War when New Orleanians added the root to stretch their limited coffee supplies. As you bite into a warm, pillowy beignet and sip your coffee, you'll be participating in a ritual that's as quintessentially New Orleans as jazz itself.

  • Location: 800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
  • Hours: Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • Price: $3 for an order of three beignets

Why Visit: Indulge in a classic New Orleans treat at an iconic institution

Insider Tip: Avoid the lines by visiting late at night or early in the morning

Explore the Haunting Beauty of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Historic above-ground tombs and mausoleums in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans' oldest cemetery
Exploring the "Cities of the Dead" is a haunting experience. Did you know these above-ground tombs are necessary due to the high water table?

Step into the eerie world of New Orleans' famous "Cities of the Dead." St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, established in 1789, is the oldest and most famous of the city's above-ground cemeteries. Its maze of ornate tombs and mausoleums, stark white against the blue Louisiana sky, tells the story of New Orleans' rich history and diverse cultural heritage. Here, you'll find the alleged tomb of voodoo queen Marie Laveau, often adorned with offerings from those seeking her otherworldly assistance. The cemetery is also the future resting place of actor Nicolas Cage, who has already installed his controversial pyramid-shaped tomb.

  • Location: 425 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-3:30pm, Sunday 9am-12:30pm
  • Admission: $20 for guided tour (required)

Why Visit: Experience a uniquely New Orleans tradition and explore a hauntingly beautiful historical site

Insider Tip: Book your tour in advance and bring water - the white stone can make the cemetery surprisingly hot

Listen to World-Class Jazz at Preservation Hall

Traditional jazz band performing in the intimate, historic Preservation Hall in New Orleans
No frills, just pure New Orleans jazz at its finest. The atmosphere in Preservation Hall is electric!

Preservation Hall stands as a bastion of traditional New Orleans jazz, hosting nightly concerts in a wonderfully intimate, no-frills setting. Founded in 1961 to protect and honor New Orleans jazz, this rustic music venue has become a pilgrimage site for jazz lovers from around the world. The small, un-air-conditioned space fits only about 100 people, with most sitting on benches or cushions on the floor. As the band strikes up, you'll be transported back in time, experiencing the raw, joyful energy of jazz in its purest form.

  • Location: 726 St Peter, New Orleans, LA 70116
  • Hours: Shows nightly at 5pm, 6pm, 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm
  • Admission: $25-$50

Why Visit: Experience authentic, world-class New Orleans jazz in a historic and intimate setting

Insider Tip: Line up at least 30 minutes before showtime for the best chance at good seats

Ride the St. Charles Streetcar Through the Garden District

Iconic green St. Charles streetcar running along its historic route in New Orleans
Riding the oldest continuously operating streetcar in the world. It's not just transportation, it's a time machine on rails!

Hop aboard the oldest continuously operating streetcar line in the world for a scenic ride through New Orleans history. The St. Charles Streetcar, with its vintage 1920s cars, clatters along grand St. Charles Avenue, passing under a canopy of live oaks and by stately mansions of the Garden District. This is more than just transportation - it's a time machine on rails, offering a glimpse into the city's elegant past. As you trundle along, you'll see Loyola and Tulane universities, Audubon Park, and countless examples of antebellum architecture.

  • Location: Starts at Carondelet at Canal
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Price: $1.25 one-way, exact change required

Why Visit: Experience a piece of living history while seeing some of New Orleans' most beautiful neighborhoods

Insider Tip: Sit on the right side of the streetcar when heading uptown for the best views of the mansions

Discover Culinary Magic at Commander's Palace

Elegantly plated dessert served at the renowned Commander's Palace restaurant in New Orleans
Indulging in some culinary magic at Commander's Palace. Their Bread Pudding Soufflé is a game-changer!

Nestled in the heart of the Garden District, the iconic blue Victorian mansion housing Commander's Palace has been a beacon of New Orleans haute Creole cuisine since 1893. This is where culinary legends like Emeril Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme honed their craft, and where current Executive Chef Meg Bickford continues to push the boundaries of Creole cooking. From classic turtle soup to innovative seafood dishes, every bite here is a celebration of New Orleans' rich culinary heritage. The impeccable service, jazzy weekend brunches, and 25-cent martini lunches have made Commander's a must-visit for food lovers.

  • Location: 1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Hours: Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am-2pm, Dinner: Daily 6:30pm-10pm, Jazz Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11am-2pm
  • Price: $$$$ (Fine dining prices)

Why Visit: Experience the epitome of New Orleans fine dining in a historic setting

Insider Tip: Don't miss the Bread Pudding Soufflé for dessert, and remember there's a dress code - jackets preferred for men at dinner

Get Wild at Mardi Gras World

Vibrant, partially completed Mardi Gras float being crafted at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans
Behind the scenes at Mardi Gras World. The creativity and craftsmanship that goes into these floats is mind-blowing!

Can't make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? Mardi Gras World offers the next best thing. This working warehouse gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the artistry and effort that goes into creating the spectacular floats and costumes for New Orleans' biggest party. Watch artists at work, try on elaborate costumes, and learn about the history and traditions of Carnival. The sheer scale and creativity of the floats are awe-inspiring, and you'll gain a new appreciation for the craftsmanship behind the revelry.

  • Location: 1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Hours: Daily 9am-5:30pm
  • Admission: Adults $22, Children (2-11) $14

Why Visit: Experience the magic of Mardi Gras year-round and get a unique behind-the-scenes look at float-making

Insider Tip: The tour includes a slice of King Cake - a Mardi Gras tradition!

Dive into History at The National WWII Museum

Restored World War II aircraft exhibited at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans
Feeling humbled at The National WWII Museum. The "Beyond All Boundaries" 4D experience is a must-see.

The National WWII Museum offers an immersive, sobering look at the war that changed the world. Consistently ranked as one of the top museums in the country, it tells the story of the American experience in the war through immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and a vast collection of artifacts. The museum's centerpiece is the "Road to Berlin" and "Road to Tokyo" pavilions, which guide visitors through the European and Pacific theaters of the war. Don't miss the "Beyond All Boundaries" 4D film, narrated by Tom Hanks, which provides a powerful overview of the war's impact.

  • Location: 945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Hours: Daily 9am-5pm
  • Admission: Adults $29.50, Seniors $26, Students $18

Why Visit: Gain a deeper understanding of WWII through state-of-the-art exhibits and powerful personal stories

Insider Tip: Allow at least 3-4 hours for your visit - there's a lot to see and experience

Stroll Through the Lush New Orleans City Park

Majestic oak trees covered in Spanish moss in New Orleans' City Park, showcasing the park's natural beauty
Found a moment of tranquility under these century-old oaks in City Park. It's hard to believe you're still in the city!

At 1,300 acres, City Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country, offering a green oasis in the heart of New Orleans. This sprawling park is home to centuries-old oak trees, lagoons, walking and biking trails, and numerous attractions. Visit the New Orleans Museum of Art and its adjacent Sculpture Garden, rent a paddleboat on Big Lake, or enjoy a beignet at Morning Call. Kids will love Storyland, with its larger-than-life storybook sculptures, and the antique wooden carousel at the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park.

  • Location: 1 Palm Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124
  • Hours: Park open daily 5am-10pm, individual attraction hours vary
  • Admission: Free to enter the park, some attractions have separate fees

Why Visit: Experience the natural beauty of New Orleans and enjoy a variety of family-friendly attractions

Insider Tip: Don't miss the Singing Oak, where wind chimes hanging from a massive oak tree create ethereal melodies

Discover the Birthplace of Jazz on Frenchmen Street

Energetic live music performance in a packed venue on Frenchmen Street, New Orleans' popular music hub
The real heart of New Orleans' music scene! Frenchmen Street never disappoints - world-class musicians in intimate venues.

While Bourbon Street gets all the tourist attention, locals know that Frenchmen Street is the real heart of New Orleans' music scene. This three-block stretch in the Marigny neighborhood is lined with live music venues, each pulsing with the sounds of jazz, blues, reggae, and more. From the iconic Spotted Cat Music Club to the intimate d.b.a., you'll find world-class musicians playing every night of the week. Between sets, browse the nighttime art market or grab a bite at one of the street's excellent restaurants.

  • Location: Frenchmen Street, between Esplanade Avenue and Royal Street
  • Hours: Most venues open around 4pm and play until the wee hours
  • Price: Many venues have no cover charge, but it's customary to buy drinks and tip the musicians

Why Visit: Experience the best of New Orleans' legendary live music scene

Insider Tip: Start your night early at The Spotted Cat - it fills up quickly!

Sample Creole Cuisine on a Food Tour

Food tour participants sampling traditional New Orleans gumbo, exploring the city's rich culinary heritage
Discovering the flavors of New Orleans one spoonful at a time. This gumbo is a warm, spicy hug in a bowl!

New Orleans is a food lover's paradise, and there's no better way to experience its culinary diversity than on a guided food tour. Join knowledgeable local guides as they lead you through the city's historic neighborhoods, stopping at iconic restaurants and hidden gems alike. You'll sample classic dishes like gumbo, jambalaya, and po'boys, learning about their history and cultural significance along the way. It's not just a meal - it's a journey through New Orleans' rich culinary heritage.

  • Location: Various, often starting in the French Quarter
  • Hours: Tours typically run daily, often in the morning or early afternoon
  • Price: Around $70-$100 per person, depending on the tour

Why Visit: Taste the best of New Orleans cuisine while learning about the city's culinary history

Insider Tip: Book your tour for early in your trip - you'll discover restaurants you'll want to revisit!

Experience the Magic of a Second Line Parade

Joyful participants dancing in a traditional second line parade through the streets of New Orleans
Joined my first second line parade today! It's impossible not to dance when that brass band starts playing.

Second line parades are a uniquely New Orleans tradition, blending music, dance, and community spirit into a joyous street party. Originally part of jazz funeral traditions, second lines now happen nearly every Sunday, led by brass bands and social aid and pleasure clubs. As the parade winds through the streets, it gathers followers who dance along, waving handkerchiefs and twirling parasols. Joining a second line is to experience the unbridled joy and community spirit that defines New Orleans.

  • Location: Various, often in Tremé or Central City
  • Hours: Most Sundays, typically starting around 1pm
  • Admission: Free to join

Why Visit: Participate in a unique New Orleans tradition and experience the city's infectious joy

Insider Tip: Check local listings for parade routes, and remember to bring water and comfortable shoes

Explore the Quirky Bywater Neighborhood

Vibrant, pastel-colored Creole cottages lining a street in New Orleans' trendy Bywater neighborhood
Exploring the artsy Bywater neighborhood. Every house is like a different flavor of sorbet!

Just downriver from the French Quarter, the Bywater is New Orleans' hipster haven, full of colorful Creole cottages, street art, and trendy spots. This formerly working-class neighborhood has become a hotbed of creativity, attracting artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs. Stroll down Burgundy Street to admire the vibrant house colors and eclectic gardens. Stop for a craft cocktail at Bacchanal, a wine shop that turns into a magical outdoor music venue at night. Don't miss the whimsical Music Box Village, where musical architecture creates a playground for the senses.

  • Location: Bywater neighborhood, bordered by Press Street, St. Claude Avenue, the Industrial Canal, and the Mississippi River
  • Hours: 24/7, individual business hours vary

Why Visit: Experience New Orleans' creative, bohemian side in a colorful, off-the-beaten-path neighborhood

Insider Tip: Rent a bike to explore - the flat terrain and interesting architecture make for a perfect cycling adventure

Take a Swamp Tour in the Bayou

Alligator spotted during a swamp tour in the bayous near New Orleans, showcasing local wildlife
Face to face with a real-life dinosaur! Our guide says this big guy is a regular on the swamp tours.

Venture beyond the city limits to explore the mysterious beauty of Louisiana's swamps and bayous. Glide through cypress-tupelo swamps on a flat-bottomed boat, where alligators sun themselves on logs and herons stalk through the shallows. Knowledgeable guides share the ecology and folklore of these unique ecosystems, pointing out wildlife and explaining the delicate balance of this watery world. Whether you choose a serene kayak tour or a high-speed airboat ride, you'll gain a new appreciation for Louisiana's wild side.

  • Location: Various operators, typically 30-45 minutes outside New Orleans
  • Hours: Tours typically run daily, often in the morning and afternoon
  • Price: $20-$50 per person, depending on tour type and duration

Why Visit: Experience Louisiana's unique ecosystem and wildlife up close

Insider Tip: Bring bug spray and sunscreen, and opt for an early morning tour for the best wildlife viewing

Magazine Street

Visitors browsing eclectic boutiques and shops along the vibrant Magazine Street in New Orleans
Shopping heaven on Magazine Street! From antiques to local designer fashions, you can find it all here.

Shop for Unique Treasures on Magazine Street is a six-mile-long shopper's paradise, stretching from the Lower Garden District to Uptown. This charming thoroughfare is lined with an eclectic mix of boutiques, antique shops, art galleries, and restaurants housed in historic buildings. You'll find everything from high-end antiques and local designer fashions to quirky vintage stores and funky gift shops. Between shopping sprees, refuel at one of the street's many excellent cafes and restaurants.

  • Location: Magazine Street, from Canal Street to Audubon Park
  • Hours: Most shops open 10am-6pm, restaurants often open later

Why Visit: Discover unique local shops and experience New Orleans' laid-back charm

Insider Tip: Start in the Lower Garden District and work your way upriver, taking breaks to admire the beautiful homes along the way

Orpheum Theater

Stunning Beaux Arts architecture inside the restored Orpheum Theater in New Orleans
The Orpheum Theater is a feast for the eyes and ears. Can't believe this gem was closed for a decade after Katrina!

Catch a Show at the Historic Orpheum Theater, a Beaux Arts masterpiece dating back to 1918, is a jewel in New Orleans' entertainment crown. After being shuttered for a decade following Hurricane Katrina, the theater reopened in 2015, meticulously restored to its former glory. Today, it hosts a diverse array of performances, from concerts and comedy shows to ballet and theatrical productions. The theater's exceptional acoustics and ornate interior make any performance here a special event.

  • Location: 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
  • Hours: Varies based on performance schedule
  • Price: Varies by event

Why Visit: Experience world-class performances in a stunning historic venue

Insider Tip: Arrive early to admire the theater's beautiful architecture and grab a pre-show drink at the bar

Steamboat Natchez

Historic Steamboat Natchez cruising on the Mississippi River with New Orleans skyline in the background
Cruising down the mighty Mississippi on a real steamboat. The live jazz band on board makes it extra special!

Take a Steamboat Cruise on the Mississippi RiverStep back in time aboard the Steamboat Natchez, one of the last authentic steamboats on the Mississippi River. These two-hour cruises offer a unique perspective on New Orleans, with sweeping views of the city skyline and port. As you chug along the mighty Mississippi, you'll be serenaded by a live jazz band and can enjoy a narration on the river's history and significance. Opt for a dinner cruise to savor traditional New Orleans cuisine as you watch the sun set over the river.

  • Location: Toulouse Street Wharf (behind Jax Brewery), 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Hours: Daily jazz cruises at 11:30am, 2:30pm, and 7pm
  • Price: Adults from $38, Children from $19 (harbor cruise)

Why Visit: Experience New Orleans from a different perspective and enjoy live jazz on the Mississippi

Insider Tip: Head to the top deck for the best views and cool river breezes

Backstreet Cultural Museum

Intricate, colorful Mardi Gras Indian costume on display at the Backstreet Cultural Museum in New Orleans
Amazed by the craftsmanship of these Mardi Gras Indian suits. Each one takes a whole year to make by hand!

Experience Local Culture at the Backstreet Cultural MuseumTucked away in the historic Tremé neighborhood, the Backstreet Cultural Museum offers a deep dive into some of New Orleans' most vibrant traditions. The museum houses an impressive collection of Mardi Gras Indian costumes, jazz funeral memorabilia, and social aid and pleasure club artifacts. It's a treasure trove of local culture, showcasing the intricate beadwork and featherwork of Mardi Gras Indian suits and telling the stories of the city's unique cultural practices.

  • Location: 1531 St Philip St, New Orleans, LA 70116
  • Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Admission: Adults $20, Students/Seniors $15

Why Visit: Gain insight into New Orleans' African American cultural traditions

Insider Tip: If possible, visit during Mardi Gras season when the museum often hosts special events

Bacchanal Wine

Relaxed crowd enjoying wine and live jazz in the leafy courtyard of Bacchanal Wine in New Orleans
Found the perfect spot to unwind at Bacchanal Wine. Great wine, live jazz, and a magical courtyard - what more could you want?

Enjoy Live Music and Art at Bacchanal Wine is the epitome of New Orleans' laid-back, bohemian spirit. What started as a small wine shop in the Bywater has evolved into a beloved local hangout, often called "NOLA's backyard party." Choose a bottle from their extensive wine selection, order some cheese and charcuterie, and head to the leafy courtyard where local jazz musicians provide the soundtrack to your evening. The casual, convivial atmosphere makes it easy to while away hours here, chatting with friends or making new ones.

  • Location: 600 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
  • Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-12am

Why Visit: Experience a locals' favorite spot and enjoy great wine, food, and music in a relaxed setting

Insider Tip: Arrive early on weekends to snag a good spot in the courtyard

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Visitor admiring artworks in a gallery at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans
Discovering the rich artistic heritage of the South at the Ogden Museum. The diversity of styles and stories is incredible!

Marvel at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art in the world. From traditional crafts to contemporary works, the museum showcases the rich diversity of the American South's artistic heritage. The museum's five floors offer a journey through Southern history and culture, with rotating exhibitions that keep the experience fresh for repeat visitors. Don't miss the museum's music program, which features live performances by local musicians.

  • Location: 925 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Hours: Wednesday-Monday 10am-5pm, closed Tuesday
  • Admission: Adults $13.50, Seniors/Students $11

Why Visit: Gain a deeper understanding of Southern culture through its diverse artistic expressions

Insider Tip: Visit on Thursday evenings for "Ogden After Hours," featuring live music and extended hours

Ghost Tour in the French Quarter

Atmospheric night ghost tour led by costumed guide through the dimly lit streets of New Orleans' French Quarter
Taking a spooky stroll through the French Quarter. Our guide's tales are giving me goosebumps!

Explore the Vibrant Arts Scene in the Warehouse DistrictOnce a gritty industrial area, the Warehouse District (also known as the Arts District) has transformed into New Orleans' contemporary cultural hub. Stroll down Julia Street, nicknamed "Gallery Row," to explore a concentration of art galleries showcasing local and international artists. Visit the Contemporary Arts Center, a non-collecting arts center that hosts cutting-edge exhibitions and performances. The area is also home to several excellent museums, including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the National WWII Museum.

  • Location: Bounded by Poydras Street, the Mississippi River, the Pontchartrain Expressway, and Loyola Avenue
  • Hours: Gallery hours vary, but many are open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Why Visit: Experience New Orleans' thriving contemporary art scene
  • Insider Tip: Visit on the first Saturday of the month for Art Walk, when galleries stay open late and often host receptions

Structuring Your New Orleans Adventure: A 7-Day Itinerary

Now that we've explored the best things to do in New Orleans, let's put it all together into a week-long adventure. This itinerary is designed to give you a taste of everything the Big Easy has to offer, from its iconic attractions to its hidden gems. Feel free to adjust based on your interests and energy levels - after all, part of the magic of New Orleans is leaving room for spontaneous discoveries!

Days 1-2: French Quarter and Nearby Neighborhoods

  • Start with a walking tour of the French Quarter to orient yourself
  • Visit Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral
  • Enjoy beignets and café au lait at Café du Monde
  • Explore the French Market and shop for souvenirs
  • Take a ghost tour in the evening

Spend day 2 diving deeper into the Quarter's attractions:

  • Tour the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
  • Visit the Historic Voodoo Museum
  • Enjoy dinner at a classic Creole restaurant like Arnaud's or Galatoire's
  • End the night with jazz at Preservation Hall

Day 3: Garden District and Uptown

  • Take the St. Charles Streetcar to the Garden District
  • Join a walking tour to admire the grand mansions and learn about the area's history
  • Explore Magazine Street, stopping for lunch at a local café
  • Visit Audubon Park and the Audubon Zoo if time allows
  • Have dinner at Commander's Palace
  • Return to Frenchmen Street for live music in the evening

Day 4: Arts and Culture

  • Start at the National WWII Museum (allow at least 3-4 hours)
  • Explore the Warehouse District, visiting art galleries on Julia Street
  • Check out the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
  • Enjoy dinner in the Warehouse District at Cochon or Peche
  • Take in a show at the Orpheum Theater

Day 5: Off the Beaten Path

  • Explore the colorful Bywater neighborhood
  • Visit the Music Box Village for a unique musical experience
  • Have lunch at Bacchanal Wine
  • Tour Mardi Gras World
  • End the day with dinner and music on Frenchmen Street

Day 6: Outdoor Adventures

  • Take a morning swamp tour
  • Spend the afternoon exploring City Park:
    • Visit the New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden
    • Rent a paddleboat on the lake
    • Enjoy beignets at Morning Call
  • Take a sunset cruise on the Steamboat Natchez
  • Have a late dinner at a casual local favorite like Coop's Place

Day 7: Final Flavors and Sounds

  • Join a morning culinary tour to sample New Orleans' best dishes
  • Visit the Backstreet Cultural Museum to learn about local traditions
  • Spend your last afternoon soaking up the atmosphere in the French Quarter
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner at a renowned restaurant like Dooky Chase's or Brennan's
  • End your trip with one last night of jazz on Frenchmen Street

Remember, this itinerary is just a suggestion. New Orleans is a city that rewards spontaneity, so don't be afraid to wander down an intriguing side street or follow the sound of music to an unexpected adventure. The city's compact size and walkable neighborhoods make it easy to explore at your own pace.

Why Visit New Orleans?

As you leave New Orleans, you'll carry with you more than just memories of delicious meals and toe-tapping tunes. You'll have experienced the warmth of Southern hospitality, the richness of a unique cultural gumbo, and the infectious joy that permeates every corner of this remarkable city. From the historic streets of the French Quarter to the leafy avenues of the Garden District, from the innovative kitchens of world-class restaurants to the humble po'boy shops, New Orleans offers a sensory feast unlike anywhere else.

So as you board your plane or hit the road, don't say goodbye - say "À la prochaine," or "Until next time." Because once New Orleans has cast its spell on you, you'll find yourself drawn back time and time again, always discovering something new in this timeless, magical city.

West Parker
West Parker
Article updated:
July 18, 2024 8:28 AM

West Parker, a Cornell University School of Hotel Administration graduate, has spent two decades as the secret weapon of the jet-set elite, crafting bespoke adventures that redefine luxury travel. Now a resident writer for Town & Tourist, this 45-year-old "Architect of Extraordinary Journeys" combines razor-sharp insights with unparalleled industry connections to deliver experiences that even the most discerning globetrotters can't help but rave about. West's expertise spans from exclusive real estate to fine dining, making him the go-to strategist for those who demand nothing but the extraordinary in their travels.

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