Things to do in New Orleans

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  • 1

    Bourbon Street

    144 reviews

    Everything you've read or head about Bourbon Street is true. It's always a party along this strip. Music, drinks, and just about anything or anyone you can imagine flows through here. Just go with it.

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  • 2

    The French Quarter

    119 reviews

    The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré, is the oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans. After New Orleans (La Nouvelle-Orléans in French) was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, the city developed around the Vieux Carré ("Old Square" in English), a central square. The district is more commonly called the French Quarter today, ...

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  • 3

    Jackson Square

    83 reviews

    Visitors to the City of New Orleans must visit the Square and experience the abundance of activities that define New Orleans.

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  • 4

    St. Louis Cathedral

    60 reviews

    Pretty basilica still active today but not extremely interesting inside. Definitely worth a look when you are in Jackson Square and the outside lighting at night is beautiful.

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  • 5

    Audubon Zoo

    54 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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  • 6

    French Market

    56 reviews

    Another NOLA spot to check out and within walking distance from almost anything in the French Quarter. After lunch, we headed here to check out a creamy pralines distributor for the wedding. This is an open air market and open daily. It's a permanent fixture so you can come any day and time you like. It's just endless with lots ...

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  • 7

    Pat O'Brien's Bar

    53 reviews

    Fun atmosphere and The Hurricane. Don't let the sweet rum-based drink fool you, it's pretty strong so drink wisely!

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  • 8

    Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

    50 reviews

    Crazy history here - supposed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the US. It just FEELS historic drinking here. It's definitely worth a visit.

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  • 9

    Aquarium Of The Americas

    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

    38 reviews

    The New Orleans Jazz Festival is the best possible place to see blues and jazz in a historically musical city. Top performers show up every year as well as locals playing cajun music, bluegrass and more on multiple stages. A must see for any music lover as the talent is endless among these musicians!

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  • 11

    Magazine Street

    39 reviews

    There are tons of shops, antique stores, restaurants, and other fun places to visit along Magazine Street. It is one of the main attractions in New Orleans, and should not be missed.

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  • 12

    New Orleans City Park

    36 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

    35 reviews

    This is the place to go for Music People (although there are so many others, Like Tipitinas, Preservation Hall and so forth -- ask any local). They also have a Jazz Brunch on Sundays.

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  • 14

    Louisiana Superdome

    33 reviews

    Where all the football games, Enydemion's Ball , Essence Fest, and more are held

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  • 15

    Mardi Gras World

    31 reviews

    You can't get to the Mardi Gras celebration? No problem...It is Mardi Gras all year at Mardi Gras World. Colorful floats are made (and stored) here. What a great place for a behind the scenes look at this incredible festival!

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  • 16

    National World War II Museum

    31 reviews

    Though it opened in 2000 as the National D-Day Museum, in 2003 Congress officially designated it as The National World War II Museum. Founded by historian, author, and long-time University of New Orleans professor Stephen Ambrose, the exhibits and special events held here help to forever paint the picture of “the war that changed the world” for every forthcoming generation. ...

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  • 17

    Natchez Steamboat

    38 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

    30 reviews

    Saint Louis Cemetery #1 is the oldest cemetery in New Orleans having been founded in 1789 (George Washington was sworn in as POTUS, and the French Revolution began).

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  • 19

    Preservation Hall

    26 reviews

    the real deal. a must-see (must-hear??) experience in the totally unadorned environs. just please don't ask for "saints"

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  • 20


    36 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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