If you are thinking about planning a trip to Louisiana then you have to put in at least a day or three doing some New Orleans activity – as it’s a city that offers so much aside from just their infamous annual Mardi Gras celebration.
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Below are a few activities to do while on vacation in New Orleans:
Go on a Ghost Tour
New Orleans is well known for their ghost tours thanks to their unique cemeteries which are fabulously spooktacular, and in addition to them there are also voodoo and vampire tours, ghost pub crawls, and ghost hunts. Don’t be a ghoul or a fool, take in at least one of these tours, crawl, or hunts.
Visit the French Quarter
The French Quarter, or as it’s officially known, Vieux Carré, is one of the country’s oldest historic districts and has many museums, art galleries, street performers, bars, restaurants, and other notable landmarks.
Do a Swamp Tour
The city is surrounded by marshland and swampland, and that opens up some interesting opportunities for tourists to take advantage of. There are airboat tours that navigate the local waterways to scout out alligators, big birds, wild boars, and other unique animals. There are also free experiences that can be enjoyed including Bayou Savage and City Park – both have alligators, and there are Jean Lafitte Swamp and the Barataria Preserve that attract lots of visitors as well.
Make the Garden District a Priority
The New Orleans’ Garden District is a beautiful area to see lots of stunning plants, luxury mansions, and the shopping here is fabulous as well.
Take-In Live Music
When visiting New Orleans you can’t help but hear live music throughout the city – it’s on the streets, throughout parks, it lives in bars and restaurants, and you will likely hear some tunes from your hotel’s window as well. From March to May, Wednesday at the Square is in season, and from September to November there’s Jazz in the Park. Happening once per month there’s a free opera performance with Bon Operatit.
Ride on the Mississippi River
The Mississippi River is a very well known body of water, and as you might imagine, there are lots of riverboat cruises that tourists can enjoy – and some feature live music, drinks, and meals too. Some historical cruises will educate you on past history from the area, and one visits a historic battlefield.
Enjoy Cold Cocktails
Some argue that New Orleans is where cocktails were first invented, and many timeless bars offer lots of refreshing drinks that are sure to make your trip more entertaining. Keep an open mind when looking at drink menus and try something that you haven’t had before to shake up your visit by getting out of your drinking comfort zone.
As you might have seen, there are lots of characters that are regularly out and about in New Orleans. Some good places to do some people watching are on the streets of Royal, Bourbon, and Frenchman, and Jackson Square is also a popular place for taking in the local culture and the lively people.
Post-Katrina Rebirth Tour
Hop onto a bike or into a car and visit some of the hardest hit locations within New Orleans which were completely devastated by Hurricane Katrina. This is a revitalization happening though with buildings and homes going back up, and there’s the uplifting Musicians Village as well. There’s certainly no shortage of New Orleans activity to make your trip the best that it can be.