Things to do in New Orleans

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  • 1

    Bourbon Street

    145 reviews

    Party central, lots of party bars and live music. A rowdy street, so go if you like that kind of setting.

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  • 2

    The French Quarter

    120 reviews

    It's the tourist thing to do. You can't go to NOLA and not go here. The bride whisked away for lunch in the quarter. As we drove up there, I was amazed by the architecture, the sights, sounds, and seeing cops on horseback. I was bummed that it might be raining during our trip but supposedly this is considered a ...

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  • 3

    Jackson Square

    83 reviews

    Jackson Square, is a historic park in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960. In 2012 the American Planning Association designated Jackson Square as a one of America’s Great Public Spaces.

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    St. Louis Cathedral

    62 reviews

    The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France (aka St. Louis Cathedral), is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans. It has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating cathedral in the US (since 1794). I'm not Catholic, but I appreciate an excellent European-style Church, especially the calm opportunity to reflect and consider life's puzzles. The ...

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  • 5

    Audubon Zoo

    56 reviews

    A wonderful zoo with a wide range of animals. Friendly personel who are more than happy to tell you all about theri animals.

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  • 6

    French Market

    57 reviews

    The place to go for hokey junk, hotsauce, alligator jaws, leather goods, fake sunglasses and watches, and a fair amount of nummy food, the French Market is an essential part of the experience of being in the Quarter. It's touristy, to be sure, but some things are popular for a reason.

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    Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

    52 reviews

    Touted as the oldest bar not only on Bourbon but the entire USA. Extra points also awarded for being dark and haunted. I visited this bar more than several times and found it to be my favorite ambiance, favorite vibe, and favorite make-shift dance floor. To find it, just keep walking down Bourbon until the street lights stop working, and ...

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  • 8

    Pat O'Brien's Bar

    54 reviews

    New Orleans is well known for creating and inspiring many a alcoholic drink, and one of the most famous of these is the Pat O’s Original Hurricane. A tall, red, rum-filled drink served frozen or on the rocks, the Hurricane packs quite the punch and is a quick way to jump start a night of partying. Also, there are many ...

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  • 9

    Aquarium Of The Americas

    46 reviews

    The big "wow" moment (tunnel fish tank) came at the very beginning of the tour, which left me searching for another bigger "wow" moment later on in the aquarium.

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  • 10

    New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

    38 reviews

    Ten days of live music and amazing food at the end of April/beginning of May. The music always ranges from huge national acts to small local bands, with rock, jazz, and everything in between. A great way to begin to experience the culture of New Orleans.

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  • 11

    Magazine Street

    40 reviews

    Great place to spend your entire day! Walk the whole street! Little shops and places to eat all the way down. Then finish your day at one of the many bars they have to offer. (its also a little less touristy than downtown NOLA, Bourbon st, and French Quarter)

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  • 12

    New Orleans City Park

    37 reviews

    City park is a summer must. On the end of the Canal Street streetcar line,escape the heat for a few shekels with a visit to NOMA (New Orleans Museum of Art) or a free stroll through the sculpture garden.

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  • 13

    House of Blues

    36 reviews

    Had drinks and listened to music and what an awesome band they had! Love this place

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  • 14

    Louisiana Superdome

    34 reviews

    WHO DAT!!

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  • 15

    National World War II Museum

    32 reviews

    One of the Best. Really ties in the efforts New Orleans played in our greatest generation's war effort.

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  • 16

    Mardi Gras World

    31 reviews

    One of a kind! Blain Kern's Mardi Gras world! This is where many of the floats are made and Mardi Gras comes to life! It is open for tours and special events! Even if you can't make it for Mardi Gras come see the floats!!!

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  • 17

    Natchez Steamboat

    39 reviews

    This is a nice break in your day after sightseeing all over town. They offer a meal too which you can opt for. The buffet was okay. It's kinda nice to eat in their dining room and watch the jazz band play. There is also a narrated tour which you can hear from the outside.

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  • 18

    Saint Louis Cemetery #1

    31 reviews

    very interesting - the water table is too high for underground burials and the crypts get re-used over and over...

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  • 19

    Preservation Hall

    26 reviews

    Sure, it's touristy, but it's one of the most fun things to do in New Orleans. Just try to listen to the Dixieland jazz without tapping your toes. Plus, it's open to all ages and the shows aren't too long, so it's a great place to bring kids in the evening.

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  • 20


    37 reviews

    Nice place to visit but it's currently undergoing a facelift and was not open when we went in October.

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