10 Things You Must Do in New Orleans
Experience the French Quarter
The historic French Quarter is comprised of over 100 square-blocks of art, dining, shopping, entertainment and architectural treasures. Start your day off in the French Quarter experiencing some New Orleans traditions by stopping at Café Du Monde, Central Grocery, Gumbo Shop or Mother's Restaurant. Take a leisurely stroll and enjoy antiquing on Royal Street or take a carriage ride and see the architecture that make New Orleans look like no other American city. No night is complete without dining at a legendary restaurant like Antoine's, Arnaud's, Broussard's or enjoy traditional jazz while dining at Palm Court Jazz Café. You can also visit Preservation Hall after dinner and soak up the sweet sounds of jazz in this legendary venue.
Take A Musical Journey
No city loves music more than New Orleans. The rhythms fill the streets, clubs, churches and concert halls. Enjoy a culinary creation while listening to legendary trumpeter, Jeremy Davenport or try free Cajun dance instruction and authentic, delicious Cajun food at Michaul's Live Cajun Music Restaurant. Between House of Blues, Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro and Club 300 Jazz Bistro you are sure not to miss a beat!
Culturally & Artistically Speaking
The New Orleans Arts District and Magazine Street are vibrant, diverse neighborhoods alive with galleries, shopping, dining and special events. Named for the French work - magasin - Magazine Street is one of the oldest and most diverse shopping districts in New Orleans. The New Orleans Arts District, called SoHo of the South, is a bustling and vibrant community stretching from Julia Street across to Magazine Street.
Let Us Entertain You
Entertainment, culture and performing arts options are as unique as the city itself. Be a part of the interactive improv audience at Yo Mama's Bar and Grill or roll over to Mid City Lanes Rock ‘n Bowl, a local landmark where Zydeco, blues, Cajun and dancing are combined with bowling and games. Between Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré and The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, you'll enjoy it all!
Don't Let the Parade Pass You By!
Come and see where Mardi Gras is made at Blain Kern's Mardi Gras World. See artists and sculptors working on the world's largest fleet of floats. Learn about the history, traditions and pageantry of Mardi Gras at The Presbytere, a Louisiana State Museum, that explores five major themes of Mardi Gras.
Take a Culinary Journey
Experience America's most delicious city at Brigtsen's, Café Amelie, or Commander's Palace. Taste a charbroiled oyster from Drago's or a steak from Dickie Brennan's. Whether it's Red Fish Grill, Mr. B's Bistro or NOLA you'll wonder why everyone else doesn't celebrate life this way!
Museums: A Feast for the Eyes
New Orleans is a city rich in living history, traditions and customs that are woven into the fabric of our everyday life. With a variety of museums like The Southern Food and Beverage Museum, Children's Museum, African American Museum and The National World War II Museum, there is something for everyone.
Explore the Outdoors and More
Take a ride through a bayou and experience the beauty of the swamp or enjoy a riverboat excursion along the Mississippi River. From the Zoo, Aquarium and Insectarium to year-round golfing, fishing and more, New Orleans is a true urban resort.
A Trip with History
Start your journey downtown and ride the famous St. Charles Avenue Streetcar Line. Proceed uptown where an amazing architectural tour unfolds before your eyes. On your way back, pass through the Garden District, the second-largest historic district in the country. After enjoy the convenience of the Canal Street and Riverfront lines, which provides access from the foot of Canal Street to City Park Avenue and along the mighty Mississippi.
Take New Orleans Home
All styles have their place here, from exquisite antiques to funky fashions. Find the perfect take-home memory from your visit to the Crescent City!