Things to do in New Orleans

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    Bourbon Street

    Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    144 reviews

    If you're like me, not big into crowds, nightlife, or parties, and are only in the French Quarter for the architecture and the history, visit Bourbon Street in the morning/early afternoon. You'll skip the rowdiness that way.

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  • 2

    The French Quarter

    French Quarter, New Orleans, LA 70116
    117 reviews

    I'm not big into crowds, nightlife, or parties, so while I didn't really like that part of being in the French Quarter, I DID enjoy the architecture, the culture, and the history. We were there during French Quarter Festival, which was amazing to see live music everywhere for free. My husband's a musician, so we loved the jazz joints all ...

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  • 3

    Jackson Square

    Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA
    83 reviews

    Has a great view of the cathedral as well as the Mississippi River and surrounding buildings of the French Quarter. Picturesque.

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  • 4

    St. Louis Cathedral

    615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116-3234
    59 reviews

    St. Louis Cathedral is one of the few things I really loved in NOLA. Coming upon it, I felt like a little kid at Disney World seeing the Cinderella's Castle for the first time. ;) It's gorgeous, and has a great history.

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  • 5

    Audubon Zoo

    6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70118-4848
    53 reviews

    Audubon Zoo is a New Orleans landmark and a living museum filled with some of the rarest and most beautiful creatures of nature. There have been animals at this site since the 1884 World Exposition in Audubon Park. Today, Audubon Zoo is 58 acres of animals in their natural habitats. The Zoo consistently ranks among this country’s best. Visitors are ...

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    French Market

    400 Elysian Fields
    52 reviews

    The French Market is a market and series of commercial buildings spanning 6 blocks in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Founded in 1791 as a Native American trading post, the market is the oldest of its kind in the United States.

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  • 7

    Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

    941 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA
    48 reviews

    My favorite New Orleans watering hole, bar none. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is the oldest continuously operating bar in the United States (ie. they didn't bother to close for prohibition) and is a favorite haunt amongst locals and ghosts alike. Named for and possibly linked to the famed pirate Jean Lafitte, the bar still maintains the feeling of an older era ...

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  • 8

    Pat O'Brien's Bar

    718 St. Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70116
    51 reviews

    Awesome Irish pub vibe with an outrageous history and birthplace of the "hurricane". A New Orleans classic.

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  • 9

    Aquarium Of The Americas

    1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-1152
    45 reviews

    Best place to go on a hot day! Watch out for the parrot exhibit, there's nothing to stop them from achieving a direct hit. Be certain to check out the penguins and otters though. The IMAX next door is the only real one in all of New Orleans, so if there's any movies playing that you like, you should grab ...

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  • 10

    New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

    The Race Track/ Fair Grounds
    38 reviews Over the years Jazz Fest has received many honors, including being named the Festival of the Year four times by Pollstar magazine. The 2004 event marks the 35th anniversary of Jazz Fest, which the Wall Street Journal says “showcases a wider, deeper lineup of essential American musical styles than any festival in the nation…” and which Life magazine has ...

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  • 11

    New Orleans City Park

    1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124-4608
    36 reviews

    The park was built during the Great Depression by the Works Progress Administration and is one of the largest and best urban parks in the US. The sculpture garden is free and a must see if you need a restful escape or peaceful stroll. The massive, Spanish moss draped Live Oaks, some over 800 years, now shade walkers and joggers ...

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  • 12

    House of Blues

    225 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA
    35 reviews

    Always worth checkimg the HOB music schedule when in NOLA. Many great acts frequent this venue. Small and loud!

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  • 13

    Magazine Street

    Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
    38 reviews

    I'm not a shopper, but this is a great place to get away from the tourist traps in the French Quarter and still feel like you're getting a taste of NOLA. You'll still have the crowds, but not the drunken, wandering the street, loud crowds like on Bourbon Street. Stop by Sucre, you'll love it.

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  • 14

    Louisiana Superdome

    1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans, LA 70112-1255
    32 reviews

    NFL Football is wonderful.... New Orleans Football in the Dome is amazing! If it's football season, go get "Domed"

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  • 15

    Saint Louis Cemetery #1

    3421 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119-2902
    30 reviews

    This city’s dead – and the odd practice of their flood-wary, above-ground burials – have attracted onlookers for centuries. And of all the cemeteries that dot the city, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 has to be the best known for being the oldest one still standing in the city (dating back to 1789) and holding a number of famous folks ...

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  • 16

    Mardi Gras World

    1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70130-1805
    31 reviews

    Funky museum full of props used on the floats. Walk around a take pictures of Mardi Gras characters from past parades. You also get to watch the technicians and artists in action as they build new projects. Cool but weird.

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  • 17

    Preservation Hall

    726 St Peter St, New Orleans, Louisiana
    26 reviews

    Went down here to see the Preservation Hall brass and thy did not disappoint. One of my favorite stops on the whole trip. I felt immediately transported to a different time!

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  • 18

    National World War II Museum

    945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130-3813
    31 reviews

    I had to round out my trip to NOLA with a little history. This was the last stop, and one of my favorites of the entire time I spent. My friend and I came in to specifically see the Beyond all Boundaries documentary and it didn't disappoint. I just wish it had been longer! I also wish I had the ...

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  • 19

    Natchez Steamboat

    400 Saint Peter Street #203, New Orleans, LA, United States
    36 reviews

    This is perhaps the best way to see both the skyline of the city, and to appreciate the enormous Port of New Orleans. When combined with the Port of South Louisiana in LaPlace, it is one of the top ten ports in the world. Hundreds of cruise ships depart and dock here - the rail transportation connections are myriad. The ...

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  • 20

    Spotted Cat Music Club

    623 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA
    27 reviews

    A cute, cozy jazz bar on Frenchmen's street right next door to a well-lit outdoor Artist exhibition space. Cash only bar with a small cover charge and a one drink minimum. Great sounds and quirky space but can quickly became too crowded and too smokey. Depends who is playing, but having the music right next to the door can make ...

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