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The best things to do in New Orleans right now

Go beyond Bourbon Street and discover music, culture and more local-approved things to do in New Orleans

New Orleans is a top destination for big annual events like Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest , for its renowned restaurants and bar scene and — for better or worse — Bourbon Street. Beyond the Quarter and its non-stop party scene, however, you can still find plenty of fun things to do in New Orleans, from world-class museums and amazing architecture to eye-opening history and outdoor attractions. Shop local businesses and unique art, dine at trendy new spots and beloved dives, take in the majesty of the mighty Mississippi, catch some incredible live music and so much more. The best things to do in New Orleans will give you a taste of all the city has to offer, setting the stage for many return visits.

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Best things to do in New Orleans

French Quarter

1.  French Quarter

While Bourbon Street can be avoided (unless it’s your first visit to New Orleans - you have to experience it), the French Quarter is always a must-do, any time of year. As the city’s oldest neighborhood, the Vieux Carre is packed with gorgeous architecture, loads of history, a wealth of food and music, and a cast of characters including long-time residents, chatty tour guides, and talented street performers. Don’t skip out on historic attractions like the Historic New Orleans Collection , and be sure to take in the views of the Mississippi from the edge of the Quarter.

Frenchmen Street

2.  Frenchmen Street

Marigny, the neighborhood adjacent to the French Quarter, is one of the city’s top spots for music. Here you’ll find a string of live music venues like Spotted Cat and dba offering jazz, blues, reggae and rock. There’s often a brass band performing on a corner. Restaurants offering pub grub, pizza and more will fuel you up for an energetic, music-filled stroll around the neighborhood.

National WWII Museum

3.  National WWII Museum

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The National WWII Museum is a world-class complex with award-winning exhibits showcasing the stories of those who served in WWII and on the homefront. Highlights include actual planes, jeeps, and Higgins Boats, a theater with WWII-era musical performances, a restaurant, and a fantastic gift shop with 1940s-inspired gifts and clothing.

Magazine Street

4.  Magazine Street

This six-mile stretch has it all: shopping, dining, art galleries, unique architecture, an award-winning zoo and friendly local business owners. Get your steps in as you shop local boutiques, then reward yourself with a meal at one of the many restaurants along Magazine Street that offer sidewalk dining or patios overlooking the hustle and bustle of the street.

City Park

5.  City Park

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City Park is a beautifully-landscaped, 1,300-acre green space filled with moss-drenched oaks, peaceful walking paths, and native birds. Head to the Big Lake and rent a swan boat, visit the Botanical Gardens, have a picnic or embrace your inner child at Storyland and the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. Don’t miss the Couturie Forest, a diverse nature trail that features New Orleans’ highest point: Laborde Mountain, at a whopping 27 feet above sea level.

New Orleans Museum of Art

6.  New Orleans Museum of Art

Within City Park, at the edge of the Big Lake, sits the city’s preeminent art museum. NOMA houses more than 40,000 pieces featuring pieces from the Italian Renaissance to modern works. Browse works from Monet, Degas, Rodin and O’Keefe as well as glass, ceramics, pre-Columbian art, and an extensive photography collection. Save time for the adjacent Sydney and Walda Bestoff Sculpture Garden, a beautifully-landscaped showcase of the Museum’s sculpture collection.

Café du Monde

7.  Café du Monde

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This French Quarter fixture since 1862 serves the the best cafe au lait alongside hot, fresh beignets at all hours. Take a peek in the window to see the magic happen, then dive in to your order of three. If you make it out without powdered sugar on your shirt, you're doing it wrong.

Lafitte Greenway

8.  Lafitte Greenway

Stretching from City Park to the edge of the French Quarter, this 2.6-mile linear park is a green oasis in the middle of the city. The bike and pedestrian path takes you past playgrounds, native landscaping, art, and sports fields, and is in close proximity to breweries, coffee shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions. Stop by the Crescent City Farmers market on the Greenway on Thursday afternoons, or check out one of the many outdoor fitness classes offered throughout the week.

Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience

9.  Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience

Explore a different side of the South at New Orleans' newest museum. The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience (MSJE) tells the unique story of Jews in thirteen Southern states from Colonial times to the present. Learn how Jews in the South were influenced by the culture of their new communities, and how they shared their own culture with these communities (which were primarily Christian) through heritage and traditions.

Algiers Ferry

10.  Algiers Ferry

At the foot of Canal Street, hop aboard the Algiers Ferry to feel the power of the Mississippi firsthand. The short ride on this commuter ferry will give you an amazing view of the city and a few minutes to be one with the river. On the other side, spend some time wandering the petite neighborhood of Algiers Point: cute homes, oak-lined streets, and a few cafes and bars.

Studio Be

11.  Studio Be

This huge warehouse in Bywater welcomes visitors with a massive, colorful mural on its front. Studio Be houses the work of BMike — local artist Brandon Odums. He is known for his large-scale murals depicting Black culture in the city, and his studio showcases his floor-to-ceiling portraits of Black leaders and icons.

Crescent Park

12.  Crescent Park

While in Bywater, stroll the mile-and-a-half Crescent Park along the river. Climb the “rusty rainbow” (a huge steel arch that takes you over railroad tracks) and catch a breeze, have a picnic, watch roller skaters at the Mandeville Wharf, or just chill and watch as huge ships pass by.

Bacchanal

13.  Bacchanal

At the far end of Crescent Park sits Bacchanal . While it’s no longer a locals’ secret, this wine shop/hangout retains its unique local charm and funky hideaway feel. The lush back patio is the perfect spot to enjoy a bottle of wine and a cheese plate. Live music makes a visit here even more special.

Tipitina's

14.  Tipitina's

In a city full of iconic music venues, Tipitina’s stands out. The Uptown joint on Napoleon Avenue was founded in 1977 and is still going strong. For a good dose of New Orleans funk (the venue is now owned by the band Galactic, who continue the tradition of hosting local funk and rock bands as well as mid-sized national acts), check out the lineup at this local institution.

New Orleans Jazz Museum

15.  New Orleans Jazz Museum

It's only logical for New Orleans to be home to a jazz museum , for this is the city where the musical genre was born. This comprehensive repository of artifacts from the very beginning of the 20th century lets you see and hear the history of jazz. The museum also presents concerts throughout the year and hosts educational programs for kids (and adults, too) aspiring to play jazz like the city's legends, from Louis Armstrong to Al Hirt, Louis Prima and more.

JAMNOLA

16.  JAMNOLA

Experience joy, art, and music at this interactive installation in the Marigny. The 5,500 square-foot warehouse space has been converted into a selfie-haven with bright, colorful rooms designed by local artists, celebrating local art, music, and culture. Jump into a pot with a giant crawfish, snap a pic with an oversized bust of local musicians, and become part of the art in virtual reality booths. It’s sensory-overload, New Orleans style.

Sazerac House

17.  Sazerac House

In this city with a lengthy history and culture surrounding cocktails, the Sazerac cocktail might be the most famous drink to come out of New Orleans. It sits on nearly every bar menu, has been designated the city’s official cocktail, and even has its own museum. Visit the Sazerac House — located at the site where the first cocktail was served — to learn the history of the drink through immersive exhibits and chats with virtual bartenders in an impressive setting.

Arts Market New Orleans

18.  Arts Market New Orleans

Looking for a unique gift or souvenir? The twice-monthly Arts Market New Orleans features dozens of local artists selling everything from painting and ceramics to jewelry, home decor, photography and more, including plenty of NOLA-themed items. The market, which also features live music and food vendors, is held in City Park on the second Saturday of every month and Uptown in Harmony Park on the last Saturday of each month.

Audubon Zoo

19.  Audubon Zoo

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Spend an afternoon at one of the top zoos in the country. The Audubon Zoo has world-class exhibits featuring animals from Asia, Africa, and South America. You’ll also see seals, reptiles, and a glimpse of the Louisiana swamp. Located behind Audubon Park, the zoo is dotted with majestic oak trees (keep an eye out for resident peacocks). In the summer, the Cool Zoo water park offers a respite from the heat.

Local breweries

20.  Local breweries

In addition to longtime favorites like NOLA Brewing and Faubourg Brewing (formerly Dixie Brewing), New Orleans has welcomed a slew of new breweries and beer gardens over the past few years. Enjoy a pint or two outside at breweries like Second Line and Zony Mash , or head to Wrong Iron or Tchoup Yard and find a spot in their sprawling outdoor patios. All offer live music on occasion, so be sure to check out their event calendars.

Garden District

21.  Garden District

Upriver from the French Quarter lies the Garden District. Take a tour of this neighborhood’s grand mansions and historic cemeteries or just stroll around on your own. The houses and history are a draw, but the neighborhood also offers a wealth of shops and cafes, as well as Commander’s Palace , one of New Orleans’ best restaurants.

Streetcars

22.  Streetcars

New Orleans’ streetcar system has been rolling since 1835. While you can no longer ride the Desire line made famous by Tennessee Williams, the existing lines offer a great way to see the city. The newer red streetcars run out to Mid-City, while the older, original green cars take you down historic St. Charles Avenue, past beautiful houses in the famed Garden District and Audubon Park.

Mardi Gras World

23.  Mardi Gras World

Blaine Kern has been building Mardi Gras floats for the various krewes that roll in Carnival parades in the weeks leading up to and on Mardi Gras Day (Fat Tuesday). He's known as "Mr. Mardi Gras" for a good reason, as his designs have delighted the city for over 50 years. Mardi Gras World  is near the Convention Center and offers tours that give you a firsthand look at the heart of Mardi Gras parade experience, regardless of the time of year.

Audubon Park

24.  Audubon Park

The 350-acre Audubon Park Uptown stretches between St. Charles Avenue and Magazine Street. The 2-plus-mile paved loop is a favorite of bikers and joggers. Walk under the shade of massive oak trees, watch ducks and swans paddle around, or pick a spot to have a picnic or play some frisbee. The park is adjacent to the fabulous Audubon Zoo and The Fly - a stretch of park along the riverfront behind the zoo (take a walk back here and you may hear the monkeys or see a giraffe peeking out from its enclosure).

Vue Orleans

25.  Vue Orleans

For a fabulous, interactive overview of what makes New Orleans so unique, head to the top of the Four Seasons Hotel. Vue Orleans features spectacular 360° indoor and outdoor observation decks overlooking the Mississippi, plus an interactive experience that celebrates the culture, history and music of the Crescent City. State-of-the-art technology brings the stories of the city to life in a whole new way.

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The 23 Best Things to Do in New Orleans

By Paul Oswell

23 Best Things to Do in New Orleans

The Big Easy, of course, has its must-see sights—the New Orleans Museum of Art is as impressive a slice of culture as you’ll find in the South, and the National World War II Museum is a world-class facility that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. Another of the absolute best things to do in New Orleans, of course, is experience the live music that is the heartbeat of the city—but NOLA offers so much more than those well-known headlines. Find time to discover the less obvious spaces; City Park , local-led cooking classes, and the region’s natural treasures with a local swamp tour . We've gathered our picks for what to do in New Orleans, covering the classics, the off-beat, and everything in between, so you're covered when you get there. Laissez les bons temps rouler , indeed.

Read our complete New Orleans travel guide here .

This story has been updated with new information since its original publish date.

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Previously a rotating nightclub known as Top of the Mart, the upper levels of what is the new Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans have been transformed into a major new city attraction–Vue Orleans Observatory, “a 360-degree observation deck and interactive experience" on floors 33 and 34. Having been built on a swamp, New Orleans is mostly low-rise, and so this observation deck, though not that high in relative terms, still delivers memorable views of the surrounding city. Upon entry, follow a bevy of interactive maps to the elevator, where further video traces the history of New Orleans. Narrated by local singing legend Irma Thomas and rendered in beautiful rotoscope animation, you’re surrounded on three sides by ever-shifting scenery while climbing  to the first observation deck. There’s one more level to explore, where you can stroll outside around the perimeter of the tower, and take in the views—the vista looking straight up Poydras Street is particularly dramatic.

Studio Be Gallery art Performance New Orleans

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This studio—in a huge warehouse space in the Bywater neighborhood— showcases the work of local artist Brandon Odums (aka BMike). He specializes in large-scale murals and paintings illustrating scenes from black culture in the city, black leaders and icons; the exhibits show off the whole range of Odum’s talent, with mixed media pieces including sculpture and video. The real stars of the show—and the works for which he is most famous—are the floor-to-ceiling portraits.

Crescent Park New Orleans

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Until 2014, the banks of the Mississippi River bordering the city's downtown Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods were essentially unwalkable. The city invested in a large renovation program that's transformed unsightly, post-industrial wasteland into a lovely riverside park. Crescent Park is a mile-and-a-half long and feels very much like a local spot; you're unlikely to find Mardi Gras-beaded tourists here. Grab a bottle of wine and a cheese plate from nearby Bacchanal Wines , and find yourself a grassy riverside spot for an afternoon picnic.

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The gastronomic scene is important in most cities. In New Orleans, it’s a way of life, a celebration of history and a cultural symbol of huge importance. It regulates dietary calendars—red beans on Mondays, King Cake during Carnival, Crawfish Monica at Jazz Fest. Through teaching the basics of arguably the only indigenous cuisine in the whole of the United States, the instructors here peel back layers of the city’s history and people. The classes are engaging and entertaining, of course, but you come away with an understanding of what food means to the culture here, an education that will help you appreciate the city on a whole new level. There are two styles of class to choose from—open demonstrations and hands-on cookery lessons. The hands-on class (which I took) will typically feature dishes such as seafood gumbo, crawfish pie and bananas foster crêpes, and lasts around three hours in the morning or afternoon. Preparing food all morning definitely whets your appetite for lunch. The instruction couldn’t be friendlier, with patience for beginners as well as expert tips for the more advanced. If you simply watch, rest assured that you can still sample the goods.

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City Park New Orleans

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Almost all of New Orleans life is contained within this park—museums, golf courses, cafes and high-end restaurants, a stadium, waterways, and all that green space. The New Orleans Museum of Art and the accompanying sculpture garden are definite highlights, as is the Couterie Forest with its eight distinct ecosystems (and the city’s highest point, Laborde Mountain). Children will love the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park with its retro fairground rides—as well as the Louisiana Children's Museum —while adults can work up an appetite walking the great lawns before for dinner at the highly respected Ralph’s on the Park .

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A must-see on most visitors’ New Orleans itineraries, and deservedly so. The building itself, set back in City Park , is imposing and grand with its alabaster walls and Greco-Roman columns. There's also a beautiful five-acre sculpture garden, with artwork beneath magnolias and Spanish moss-laden live oaks. Inside, the collection is equally impressive, with French and American art and traveling exhibits that feature everything from fashion to digital media. It remains one the South’s most impressive fine art collections.

Steamboat Natchez New Orleans

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The Steamboat Natchez is a well-loved and well-established tour with two daily harbor cruises, as well as dinner and Sunday brunch cruises. Though they may differ slightly, all of the cruises take in the sights and history of New Orleans and the Mississippi River. With the calliope organ playing as the boat docks, this is a rare chance to learn a lot in a short period of time. Buy tickets at the walk-up booth along the river (reservations are recommended during high season).

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There aren’t a ton of green spaces in downtown New Orleans, so Louis Armstrong Park, just outside the French Quarter, is a welcome option. Given its proximity to the city’s culture, the park has also become a hub for festivals and seasonal events. It’s a well-designed, landscaped spot that packs a lot into 32 acres. Don't miss Congo Square, which began as an open space for slaves and free people of color to celebrate their African heritage with music and drumming circles—the precursor to the development of jazz.

Mardi Gras Indians

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The Treme neighborhood is one of the oldest African American neighborhoods in the country, and inside what looks like an otherwise residential home is the new location for the Backstreet Cultural Museum, which houses one of the most comprehensive archives of the traditions and community movements that sprung from these streets. The most colorful aspect of the museum is its collection of elaborately sequined and beaded Mardi Gras masks and costumes, which have African and Native American influences. The collection also has information and artifacts relating to jazz funerals, second lines, and social aid and pleasure clubs. The exhibits are mainly permanent, although it’s a constantly growing archive of costumes, artifacts, memorabilia, photographs, and films. The museum also hosts special events (including live music performances by local musicians and parties) throughout the year.

French Quarter Phantom Tour New Orleans

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Some people just love cemetery tours , but this is also great for visitors who want to feel spooked while learning local history. To kick things off, everyone meets at the "office"—which is actually the back of a bar on Rampart Street, which is the most New Orleans start to a guided tour imaginable. Everyone seemed pumped to see the cemetery. (Guided tours are now compulsory—it’s the only way to really explore them.) Keep an eye out for the tombs of local legends like Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, as well as the decoration on the stonework, which will really stick with you.

Spotted Cat New Orleans club music bar venue

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If Frenchman Street is home to the city’s best jazz , the Spotted Cat is its epicenter—a small, kind of rundown bar that comes alive each night as old-school jazz plays on. Expect to hear brassy quartets and quintets; clarinet solos and big voices; and swing when the Cotton Mouth Kings come by. (A dance floor will open up for the local swing crew to show off its moves.) Cram in and stay for more than one set.

The National WWII Museum New Orleans

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The National WWII Museum is a world-class history museum—a sprawling complex of modern buildings in the Warehouse District that receives thousands of visitors every day who want to hear "the story of the war that changed the world." Doing so is no easy task, but through large narrative exhibits that include detailed, personal accounts from eyewitnesses, the museum manages to do just that. Every conceivable medium is used: film, immersive exhibits, large-scale reconstructions, and first-person oral histories among them. Expect to walk—a lot—given how spread out exhibits are, but the museum is sensitive to the relatively mature age of its visitors and rest stops and benches are plentiful. A short visit isn't ideal given the scale of the topic at hand, but if you’re really pushed, you could tailor your visit to just see a specific interest, or go straight for the movie presentation.

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You can still feel the glamour that must have accompanied the opening of Saenger Theatre in 1927. Although the capacity has been cut from 4,000 to 2,600, the grand venue is still one of the biggest theaters in town, with a performance hall modeled on an Italian baroque courtyard and overhead lighting that resembles a starry constellation. The space hosts big events that still need a more intimate setting than a sports arena: touring Broadway shows , big-name comedians, and the occasional concert.

Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden New Orleans

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This five-acre sculpture garden is a park within City Park , and acts as an open-air annex to the wonderful New Orleans Museum of Art ( NOMA ). 90 sculptures—mostly modern and abstract—are set among magnolias and live oaks, framed by bridges and reflecting pools, with world-renowned artists Henry Moore, Antoine Bourdelle, and Ossip Zadkine represented. The lake-set Virlane Tower by Kenneth Snelson is a favorite, as is the familiar Love, Red Blue sign by Robert Indiana, but it’s best to come without a map. Surprise and delight are over every bridge.

Tipitina's New Orleans Jazz Venue

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The unassuming Uptown building with no seats may be over 100 years old, but Tips, as it’s affectionately known, only became a music venue in the 1970s. It quickly cemented its place as a New Orleans music institution: Local brass bands are a particular thing to see here. There are no seats, but you'll likely want to be up on your feet for whatever local talent is about to take the stage by storm. If there are any big music festivals in town, such as Jazz Fest or Voodoo , it’s likely that some of the bands booked will also add a show at Tip’s to their visit to NOLA, or maybe they'll just drop in unexpectedly, you never know.

Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans

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The Contemporary Arts Center, housed in a large redbrick building that stands out in the relatively muted Central Business District, is one of the city’s most prestigious spaces for the full gamut of contemporary arts, including painting, film, theater, and music. Exhibits, which rotate every four to eight weeks, can include any visual art form, from photography to sculpture and painting. The featured works are well-curated—sometimes around themes, sometimes around individual contemporary artists. Pieces are often installed in a creative way that makes use of the interior architecture.

Mardi Gras World New Orleans

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You might walk right by this anonymous warehouse by the Port of New Orleans, but inside is a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the country's biggest free party—Mardi Gras. The huge floats take months to build and decorate, and this is where a large part of that happens. Painters and sculptors are actually working on pieces as you take this 90-minute walking tour, so it feels like you’re being let in on a secret.

Swamp Tour New Orleans

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Cajun Encounters takes you 45 minutes from French Quarter beignets and Bourbon Street, but the bayou feels a world away. Your tour “captain”—a total pro who knows caimans from alligators—takes you out on a flat-bottomed boat for two hours in search of gators in the wild. You might even get to feed them. (Don’t worry, everyone from the tour makes it back.) Conservation plays a part of the conversation, as the guide offers a funny-serious take on the swamp, including how the environment was affected by Hurricane Katrina and how it continues to evolve.

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The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is Smithsonian -affiliated and, as its name suggests, celebrates the culture and aesthetic of Southern artists. The permanent collection showcases more than 4,000 pieces from 15 states; in fact, with works dating back to 1733, the institution boasts the most comprehensive collection of Southern art in the world. Exhibits feature paintings, photography, sculpture, and handicrafts, and place historical works alongside contemporary artists working in the South.

Sazerac House

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You may think that a museum dedicated to just one cocktail is excessive and couldn’t be done with enough depth to keep things interesting. To that, New Orleans says: hold my Sazerac. Opened in October 2019, The Sazerac House is a multi-floor, multi-media, interactive dive into the intoxicating world of a whiskey brand. In a beautifully renovated building on the corner of Magazine and Canal, it manages to house a museum, a bar, and a distillery, all in one. Visitors are guided to the third floor to begin their tour. The floor traces the cultural influence of booze in New Orleans. Spoiler alert: it figures heavily in the city’s past. Exhibits are sleek, technologically impressive, and in some cases, interactive, detailing the start of cocktail culture in the Crescent City and the evolution of the Sazerac. The second floor delves into the brand, looking at the production of the spirit, including a hands-on look at ingredients, and a chance to sample the wares if you’re old enough. The ground floor exposes the inner workings of the on-site distillery, and the parts blend to form a cohesive whole, like a well-made cocktail.

Southern Food and Beverage Museum New Orleans

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Sometimes it feels like most, if not all, of the festivities in and around New Orleans are simply vehicles for making and consuming local dishes and cocktails . It makes sense, then, that this museum opened in 2014 to celebrate the food and drinks that are so beloved in this region. This large, open-plan warehouse has a bohemian ambience. It’s filled with antique memorabilia and packs in an impressive number of ingredients, with exhibits representing all of the southern states, not just Louisiana. The museum is very active socially, and in any given week there’s likely to be a few live events, from demonstrations and lectures to nights where you can sample specific foods or cocktails. Local and regional chefs and bartenders are invited to interpret their skills, and there’s a cute outdoor space, the Gumbo Garden. There’s also a demonstration kitchen that hosts regular cookery demos and classes.

Music Box Village New Orleans

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This venue, in the far reaches of the residential Bywater neighborhood, is an aesthetic delight. It looks something like a post-apocalyptic wooden fortress, impenetrable except to those in the know (the public entrance is set in the back). Inside is part acoustic playground, part rural music venue, part museum. There are several small "houses"—built with wood and metal and plastic, in different styles—and each has its own musical "instruments," be it percussion or wind or some more elaborate electronic devices hooked into windows and floors. It’s built for you to run around, explore, and make lots of noise. The shows here are one-of-a-kind—nything from rock to opera, the common thread being that artists are encouraged to make use of the unique sounds and setup available to them. Performances are true one-offs, with even the most polished songs being deconstructed and put together again using the wooden blocks or bells available. The venue encourages a particular kind of collaboration and invention, and most artists rise to the challenge.

Preservation Hall Music New Orleans

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Come the early evening, or Sunday afternoon, people start to line up outside the crumbling exterior of a building on St. Peters Street in the historic French Quarter. Through the iron gate lies one of the world’s most respected music venues and the spiritual home of New Orleans jazz, Preservation Hall. It’s not much to look at—just a small, square room with some seating and a small stage area—but a little local magic happens four or five times a day. The house band is, unsurprisingly, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. They're dedicated to preserving the traditions of New Orleans jazz as it was in its heyday a hundred years ago, and they play four or five white-hot, hour-long sets each night to the 100 or so people who pack the benches. You're guaranteed an amazing show no matter what time you come, and there’s always that chance that famous musicians will drop by unannounced, especially when large music festivals (such as Jazz Fest in the spring) are in town.

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Why Go To New Orleans

New Orleans is known for its European-style architecture, mouthwatering Creole cuisine and all-around good-time vibes. Considered the birthplace of jazz, the city oozes music from every crevice, whether it's blues, rock 'n' roll or zydeco. Music plays a key role in the backbone and spirit of New Orleans. While most people travel to the Southern city for Mardi Gras, a Carnival-type event that features masks, music, floats and merriment, that's not the only party New Orleans hosts. Travelers will find plenty of events and festivals to attend year-round. 

Post-Hurricane Katrina, the city has had its share of environmental disasters, such as the BP oil spill and Hurricane Isaac, which made the rebuilding of New Orleans challenging, but the city has persevered. Over the past several years, major efforts have been made to restore the distinct districts. Today, Crescent City looks almost as good as new. Start your visit with a  walking tour through the  French Quarter , where colonial heritage and ghost lore still survive. From here, you can explore the major architectural sites before enjoying a hearty plate of jambalaya and a rowdy evening out.

The city is also home to a bustling port. In fact, New Orleans is the sixth-largest cruise port in the U.S. Cruisers can travel to Mexico, the Caribbean or along the Mississppi River to Memphis, Tennessee , on a river cruise. ( Carnival , Norweigan , Disney and Viking all offer sailings from New Orleans.)

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New Orleans Travel Tips

Best months to visit.

The best time to visit New Orleans is from February to May when the weather is comfortably cool and the celebrations are in full swing. If you're not interested in Mardi Gras mania, plan to visit in December or January, when the city is calm and you don't have to worry about making hotel reservations a year in advance. To save on room rates, travel in the summer or fall. Just note that these seasons are known for their stifling heat and humidity, not to mention the threat of hurricanes – making travel insurance  a worthy investment for those traveling to New Orleans during this time.

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What You Need to Know

Avoid Bourbon Street hotels Because this is the epicenter of New Orleans nightlife, there's really no escaping the late-night noise. Unless you're planning to join the party, find a different location to hang your hat.

Be careful at night Residents are known for their Southern hospitality, but the city itself has a high crime rate. Like in any city, avoid walking alone at night, especially if you're unfamiliar with your surroundings.

Watch what you eat New Orleans is famous for its rich cuisine, but that combined with hot, humid weather can cause you to feel nauseated. When it comes to dining and snacking, pace yourself.

Consider a tour For a local's perspective of the city, book a tour . Whether you're looking for a food tour, a swamp tour , a cemetery tour , a ghost tour  or a plantation tour , you'll find a variety of experiences to choose from. New Orleans is also a good jumping off point for some the best Louisiana swamp tours .

How to Save Money in New Orleans

Don't stay in the French Quarter  As charming as they may be, these  hotels  are expensive. If you don't want to sacrifice location for price, stay in one of the many bed-and-breakfast accommodations in Faubourg Marigny.

Check the calendar  Hotel rates tend to skyrocket during major events. If you want to save money, reserve a room several months early to ensure the best price, or visit during a break in the festivities.

Get ready to sweat  You will find excellent deals on rooms and airfare if you plan a summer trip. Just be prepared for soaring temperatures.

Culture & Customs

Like those who live in other Southern cities, New Orleanians are very friendly. You most likely won't leave this city without having been called "baby" at least once in the slow, melodic accent only found here. Likewise, don't be afraid to ask for directions.

However, many people from New Orleans do not associate themselves with the South, but rather with an identity unlike any other found in the United States. Influenced by numerous cultures – including French, African and Cuban – New Orleans displays a wide variety of tastes and habits. From spicy jambalaya to feisty beats, Voodoo traditions to one of the most renowned Carnivals in the world, New Orleans has a very strong and unique sense of self.

This city especially exudes the essence of both Cajun and Creole customs. And although they are often referred to interchangeably, the two cultures shouldn't be confused with one another. Today's Cajuns are descendants of the people from the French settlement of Acadia, which was established in the 17th century in Nova Scotia, Canada. Almost 100 years after Acadia was established, it became a British territory and many of its citizens were forced to either renounce Catholicism or swear loyalty to the British Crown or leave. Some inhabitants returned to France, but others headed south to the Caribbean before settling in the French colony of New Orleans. They brought with them traditions from Acadia and the Caribbean, as well as spices, music and their own language known as Cajun French. Cajun French is not a dialect of the French language, but rather a verbal organism of its own.

The term "Creole," however, refers to people who were born within a Caribbean New World colony, not in Spain or France. Like Cajuns, many Creoles were not originally from New Orleans, but rather from French territories, the West Indies, Central and South America, and the Gulf States region. Creole culture is also heavily influenced by Caribbean traditions, often making it difficult for outsiders to distinguish between Cajun and Creole customs. Creoles also speak their own version of French, which is a combination of French and African dialects, known as Creole French.

Music is a major part of life in New Orleans, just as it is in the Caribbean. Jazz – which originated in New Orleans around the turn of the 20th century – was the first Creole music style to become nationally renowned. Its far-reaching history is celebrated every year during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Satchmo Summerfest. Zydeco music also originated in the area within the Cajun communities and is now performed widely today in English, Cajun and Creole French (catch a wide range of performances during the annual Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival). Music has infiltrated many different parts of life in this city, including funerals. A New Orleans jazz funeral represents the fact that music is as much a part of death as it is of life.

Live music can be heard all over the city, but if you're looking to escape the tourist crowds and enjoy a more authentic experience, stray from Bourbon Street and head to one of the many cafes or bars in the Faubourg Marigny district. Speaking of bars, many in New Orleans have no set closing time, and open container laws are lax at best – staying true to the city motto "Laissez les bon temps rouler" or "Let the good times roll." But just because this is a city that promotes celebration does not mean that you should be disrespectful.

What to Eat

New Orleans is the place to forget about your diet and enjoy the rich trifecta of butter, cream and oil. While traditional Southern flavors abound here, New Orleans is most famous for its unique Creole and Cajun cuisines, which feature a combination of French, Spanish, Italian and African cooking elements. Restaurants featuring traditional New Orleans dishes, such as red beans and rice and po'boys – a sub usually filled with meat or fried seafood – can be found throughout the city. Both Cajun and Creole jambalaya (a rice dish made with meat, vegetables and Creole spices) and gumbo (a hearty stew consisting of meat or seafood and vegetables) are also staple entrees on many New Orleans menus. When you're craving something sweet, you'll find that the Big Easy has you covered there, too. Beignets – square pieces of fried dough smothered in powdered sugar – can be found at the one of the city's most famous coffee shops (and a tourist attraction in its own right), Cafe du Monde .

Many famous chefs – including Emeril Lagasse, Leah Chase and Susan Spicer – own and operate restaurants in the city. The French Quarter is home to numerous Creole restaurants (Li'l Dizzy's Cafe is a perennial favorite), as well as several authentic (but somewhat pricey) French restaurants. According to recent travelers,   Commander's Palace ,  Bayona , Galatoire's  and  August  are all eateries worth splurging on. Other popular eateries are clustered in the Central Business and Warehouse districts. If you want to mingle with New Orleans residents, dine at the budget-friendly restaurants in Mid-city or Uptown. For a comprehensive sampling of all of the city's mouth-watering cuisine, consider booking a food tour or visiting during one of the Big Easy's food festivals, such as the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, the Louisiana Crawfish Festival or COOLinary New Orleans.

Although New Orleans has come a long way since Hurricane Katrina, several of the city's less central neighborhoods have not yet received the attention they need. Streets farther away from the more tourist-friendly areas suffer from poor lighting and may be unsuitable to visit on foot after dark. When returning to your hotel later in the evening, rely on cabs to avoid getting lost in a strange area. As in any big city, use common sense.

If you're joining in on the Mardi Gras festivities, make sure to keep a close eye on your valuables, since the streets are generally very crowded. Or better yet, leave your wallets and purses at your accommodation. Instead, just grab some cash and a form of ID and carry them in your front pocket.

Getting Around New Orleans

The best ways to get around New Orleans are on foot and by public transportation. The city's neighborhoods are very compact, making them perfect for strolling sightseers. If you don't feel like walking, hop on one of the famous streetcars. Another option is cycling. Since New Orleans is flat, it's easy to get around by bike. You can rent a bike from several companies. Taxis are also available, but you can expect to pay $36 to get from the airport into the Central Business District and the French Quarter. Uber and Lyft are also widely available.

To get into the city from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) – located about 15 miles west of downtown New Orleans – you can take the Airport Shuttle for $24 per person one way or $44 per person round trip. The shuttle services the downtown and uptown districts as well as the French Quarter . Taxis are also available, but you can expect to pay at least $36 to get from the airport into the Central Business District and the French Quarter. Uber and Lyft are also widely available.

Don't be surprised if you come across an impromptu performance while strolling through the French Quarter .

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New Orleans is one of America's most unique cities, with a vibe you simply can't find anywhere else. Known the world over for jazz music, Cajun cuisine, and outrageous Mardi Gras celebrations, the city is a melting pot of cultures with a diversity that is reflected in everything from the music and food to the language and architecture.

Most of the attraction for tourists is centered around the French Quarter , with the infamous Bourbon Street at the heart of the district. Along the Mississippi River, which borders the French Quarter to the south, are horse-drawn carriages waiting to take visitors on a tour, the Steamboat Natchez docked along the shore, and tourists lined up to buy beignets.

Beyond the French Quarter, the city has many quaint areas worth exploring, from the trendy Warehouse District to the posh Garden District.

New Orleans is a great walking city, with many of the main things to see and do located in or near the French Quarter, but to explore the Garden District, you may want to hop on a historic street car. Buses are also a great way to get around, particularly for visiting attractions like the zoo that are further afield.

Discover the best places to visit with our list of the top attractions in New Orleans.

1. French Quarter

2. mardi gras, 3. national wwii museum, 4. jackson square, 5. preservation hall, 6. st. louis cathedral, 7. city park, 8. louisiana state museum at the cabildo, 9. garden district, 10. audubon park & audubon zoo, 11. steamboat natchez, 12. mardi gras world, 13. new orleans museum of art, 14. audubon aquarium of the americas, 15. ride the historic streetcars, 16. jean lafitte national historical park and preserve, 17. crescent park, where to stay in new orleans for sightseeing, tips and tours: how to make the most of your visit to new orleans, map of tourist attractions in new orleans, la, new orleans, la - climate chart.

French Quarter

The French Quarter of New Orleans is what most tourists come to see when they visit the city. Set along a bend on the Mississippi River, the main attraction here is the architecture, but it is also a great area for dining and entertainment.

The old buildings, some of which date back 300 years, show French influences, with arcades, wrought iron balconies, red-tiled roofs, and picturesque courtyards. Many of these buildings now contain hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, galleries, and a profusion of jazz spots with entertainment of varying quality.

The most famous street in the French Quarter is Bourbon Street , but it is not necessarily the highlight of the area. This street is relatively benign by day but at night transforms into a loud and boisterous pedestrian area that may not always feel safe.

Royal Street offers a great mix of history, fine cuisine, and unique shopping opportunities, with some higher end stores, galleries, and hotels. One of the notable buildings on Royal Street is the Court of Two Sisters (1832), now a restaurant known for its jazz brunch.

To hear some quality musicians playing traditional jazz music, Frenchmen Street is the place to go. Good restaurants can also be found along here, and artists frequent the area.

Also not to be missed in the French Quarter are Jackson Square and St Louis Cathedral , located just off the waterfront. Buskers, musicians, and artists set up around the square.

New Orleans Old Quarter - Floor plan map

Mardi Gras is New Orleans' signature event, with celebrations that span a two-week period, ending with the finale on shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday.

Celebrations include almost daily parades and all kinds of entertainment and festivities that increase in intensity as the event draws closer to the end. Onlookers crowd the balconies and sidewalks to watch the parades and catch strings of beaded necklaces tossed from the outrageously decorated floats.

Bourbon Street is one of the main areas where people congregate, but the whole French Quarter is generally packed. The tradition was introduced to the city by French settlers and became particularly popular by the end of the 19th century.

Official site: http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/

National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum is an outstanding museum with engaging exhibits and documentary snippets that tell the history of WWII as it was fought in Europe and in the Pacific.

The museum is divided into three sections, with one section devoted to the war in the Pacific, another devoted to the war in Europe, and a third building that houses WWII aircraft.

A film entitled Beyond All Boundaries , produced and narrated by Tom Hanks, is shown in the 4D Theater, with chairs that rumble as tanks go by on the screen, and stage props that turn the film into a full on sensory experience.

As you move from room to room through the exhibits, short black-and-white documentary-style film segments give a real-life look at how the items on display were involved in the war. Oral histories add to the impact.

You are assigned a profile of someone who was in the war, and oral updates are available at stations throughout the complex to follow the soldier's progression through war time.

New, starting in November 2022, is the Expressions of America outdoor show. This show is billed as an "outdoor immersive show," and takes place in the evenings at the museum on the Col. Battle Barksdale Parade Ground. You'll be amazed as the latest technology takes you back to the 1940s and wartime through light and sound special effects.

Although the main show takes place outdoors, the beginning of the show starts indoors at BB's Stage Door Canteen, with live performances, and then flows outdoors. The outdoor portion of the show is designed to be observed while standing; however, seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Address: 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

Official site: http://www.nationalww2museum.org/

Jackson Square

Jackson Square is the main square in the heart of the French Quarter, originally known as Place d'Armes . In the center of the square, surrounded by trees and greenery, is an equestrian statue (1856) of General Andrew Jackson.

Standing prominently at one end of the square is the landmark St. Louis Cathedral , with its white façade and cone shaped spires. Also in the vicinity of the cathedral are the Presbytere and Cabildo, both Louisiana State Museums.

The area in front of the cathedral, along the iron fence that surrounds the square, has long been an artist's hang out, and nearby are shops and restaurants, making it a popular spot for tourists.

The whole area is very attractively laid out along the banks of the Mississippi, with the Riverboat Docks, the promenade known as the Moon Walk, and the Millhouse, as well as a variety of stores.

Preservation Hall

Preservation Hall is an unassuming old building that has long been an institution in New Orleans known for jazz music. The historic hall still features traditional jazz by local artists .

The building is small, creating an intimate setting, and seating is limited. Patrons are all seated upon arrival on bench seats with no back support. Unless you've reserved the front bench, you'll be seated where space is available. Standing room tickets are also available. Preservation Hall sells out most nights, and performances are generally 45 minutes in length.

Opening times and events are listed on the website two weeks in advance of the following month. If you are really lucky, you might get same-day tickets, but chances are slim. It's best to keep your expectations in check; some bands are definitely better than others.

Address: 726 St. Peter Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

Official site: www.preservationhall.com/

St Louis Cathedral

On the north side of Jackson Square is the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral, a landmark structure in New Orleans. It was built in 1794 on the site of two earlier churches and is known for being the United States' oldest cathedral in continuous use. Pope John Paul II visited the cathedral in 1987.

The church was built through contributions from Don Andres Almonester de Roxas, a Frenchman who spent money from his fortune to rebuild New Orleans after the second great fire.

Address: Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana

Official site: http://www.stlouiscathedral.org/

City Park

New Orleans City Park covers more than 1,300 acres and contains numerous attractions and things to do, including the New Orleans Botanical Garden and the New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden. Generations of families have spent warm, summer weekends here since the mid 19th century.

Kids and families will love the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park with its 18 rides, including the Tilt-a-Whirl, Red Baron Mini Plane, a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, just to name a few. In addition to the rides, the amusement park has a classic carousel, dating from 1906, complete with intricately carved and painted wooden horses. If you and your crew tire of walking, hop on the miniature train. It circles the park on narrow gauge tracks and has long been a favorite of all ages.

Also on-site are tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course , as well as beautiful areas for walking. The park claims to have one of the world's largest stands of mature live oak trees, including several that are almost 800 years old.

Louisiana State Museum at the Cabildo

The Cabildo, to the left of St. Louis Cathedral, was built in 1795 as the residence of the Spanish governor. It is noteworthy both as a historic building and for the museum and its outstanding collection.

The first town council met here in 1799, and the Louisiana Purchase was agreed to here in 1803. It was at one time the Louisiana Supreme Court, but today the Cabildo houses the Louisiana State Museum and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The museum's collections focus largely on the history of New Orleans and Louisiana, particularly the people of Louisiana and the many ethnic groups that make up the population today.

Address: 701 Charles Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

Official site: https://louisianastatemuseum.org/

Garden District

The Garden District is a prosperous residential area with lovely mansions, mature trees, and lush gardens, and is probably, in some respects, the stereotypical image many foreigners have of the Deep South.

The area can be easily explored on foot, and some companies offer guided tours, which can be a good way to learn the history and see the sights. First Street, Camp Street, and Prytania Street are some good places to see large, elegant 19th-century houses with extensive grounds. The historic and famous Lafayette Cemetery #1 is also located here.

Some famous celebrities have homes in this area. Most visitors come to enjoy the tranquil environment and see the houses, but there are also boutiques and coffee shops in the area, although they are spread out, and finding a lunch spot may be more difficult than expected.

A delightful way to visit the Garden District is to take the St. Charles streetcar. Get off at 1st Street, and walk south to enter the heart of the area as indicated on the map below.

New Orleans Garden District - Floor plan map

Southwest of the Garden District in Uptown New Orleans is Audubon Park, established on the grounds of what had been the site of the World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition of 1884. This is a fair distance from the French Quarter but provides a good excuse to see this part of the city.

One of the highlights in the park is the Audubon Zoo . This is a fun escape from the busy city, with lush grounds and a good selection of domestic and exotic animals. Some of the most popular residents of the zoo are the giraffes, jaguars, leopards, orangutans, elephants, rhinos, lemurs, and alligators (including the rare white alligator) just to name a few.

A small tram called the Swamp Train, runs throughout the zoo and passes by the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit, sea lions, and Reptile Encounter areas. The complete ride takes about 30 minutes, tickets are available at the train station and are valid all day.

During the summer months, the zoo offers a chance to cool off in the splash park, known as the Cool Zoo.

Also within Audubon Park are fine stands of oaks, a butterfly garden and insectarium, hothouses, the Audubon Golf Club, a number of small lakes, and plenty of open green space.

Address: 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

Official site: http://audubonnatureinstitute.org/zoo

Steamboat Natchez

A cruise on the paddle steamer Steamboat Natchez is a wonderful way to experience the Mississippi River and a unique way to see and learn about the city.

The harbor cruises take about two hours and provide narration on the sites, with an optional lunch of creole cuisine. The dinner cruise features a live jazz band, buffet-style dinner, and of course, wonderful views of New Orleans.

Special events cruises are also available seasonally, with special cruises offered for such occasions as Easter, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Christmas, and other holidays.

It's a good idea, particularly during high season, to book a Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise in advance. This tour guarantees your spot on the boat and also the lowest prices.

Official site: http://www.steamboatnatchez.com/

Mardi Gras World

New Orleans is world famous for its elaborate Mardi Gras celebrations, drawing people from all over the world who come to enjoy the festivities that consume the city during this time period.

For a glimpse of what's involved behind the scenes in this huge event, visitors can take a Mardi Gras World tour to see working studios. The Blaine Kern Studios is one of the leading producers of floats in the world and is highly involved in the Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans each year.

You can see sculptured props, huge floats, outrageous costumes, and all kinds of figures. This is a great way to gain a good sense of the size, color, and imagination that goes into the floats and the parade. Guided tours are offered regularly each day through the workshops where artists and sculptors work.

Address: 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, Louisiana

Official site: http://www.mardigrasworld.com/

New Orleans Museum of Art

In the south part of City Park is the New Orleans Museum of Art, one of the finest of its kind in the South. The museum features an excellent collection of French and American art, as well as African and Japanese pieces.

On site and another of the institutions highlights is the outdoor Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, with more than 60 sculptures, as well as walking paths, lagoons, and mature live oak trees.

Be sure to check the museum's calendar for temporary exhibitions and a variety of themes.

Address: One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans, Louisiana

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Along the waterfront in downtown New Orleans, within walking distance of the French Quarter, the aquarium focuses on species found in North, Central, and South America. The museum has an impressive collection of over 3,600 animals spread across over 250 species.

Beginning in the north, visitors can learn about creatures that lurk below the surface of the nearby surrounding waters, with exhibits that highlight freshwater fish of the Mississippi River and marine life from the Gulf of Mexico. This includes everything from sharks and stingrays to sea turtles.

The Great Maya Reef can be viewed from a 30-foot-long walk-through tunnel and is designed to look like a sunken Maya city, with fish swimming among the ruins.

The Amazon Rainforest offers a look at the colorful birds, exotic fish, and even the snakes of this region of South America.

Always popular are the sea otters and penguins, as well as the wildlife encounter programs. Available as optional extras are hands-on experiences with the African penguins and a chance to SCUBA dive or snorkel the Great Maya Reef.

Address: 1 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

Official site: http://audubonnatureinstitute.org/aquarium/

Streetcar in New Orleans

As you wander throughout New Orleans, it's hard to miss the old streetcars rumbling along the rails. One of the best deals around at $3 a day, this wonderfully preserved public transit service is a real bonus for visitors. Not only are the streetcars fun to ride, they actually go where you want to visit.

It's easy to hop on and hop off — stops are everywhere, and service is frequent, meaning you'll rarely need to wait long for a ride. Red-colored streetcars have air-conditioning; the green ones do not but have windows that open. The green ones are the oldest; most date from the early 1920s.

One of the most popular routes is the historic St. Charles Line; streetcars first rolled along here in 1835. It's one of the best ways to get to and from the Garden District.

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve consists of six physically separate sites in southeastern Louisiana.

Two of these sites are in the New Orleans area and are well worth a visit. The Barataria Preserve offers a chance to see some of Louisiana's natural treasures.

The preserve consists of natural levee forests, bayous, swamps, and marshes. Archeological sites here have been found to contain remnants of the ancient Troyville, Marksville, and Tchefuncte cultures.

For a more historical experience, the Chalmette Battlefield preserves the site of the January 8, 1815 Battle of New Orleans, which was a decisive American victory over the British at the end of the War of 1812.

Official site: http://www.nps.gov/jela/index.htm

Piety Street Bridge, Crescent Park

This park was created in 2014, when a formerly derelict area of the city near the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods was targeted for redevelopment.

The park runs along the river; it is 1.4 miles long and is spread out over 20 acres. The main attraction in the park, apart from the pleasant green spaces, is the Piety Street Bridge . This arch spans the railroad tracks and allows access to the waterfront.

Come here if you are in the nearby areas and want to enjoy a bit of a local secret. Looking for the ultimate photo of downtown New Orleans? Snap it from the top of the bridge and catch the curve of the river in the foreground of your shot.

To experience the real charm of New Orleans, the best place to stay is in the famous French Quarter. Many of the hotels here are housed in historic buildings and exude their own unique character. Below are some highly-rated hotels in or near the French Quarter .

Luxury Hotels :

  • In a great location at the foot of Royal Street is the historic Hotel Monteleone , a landmark building in the French Quarter, built in 1886. This high-end luxury hotel offers a variety of rooms and suites and a rooftop heated pool.
  • The recently renovated Omni Royal Orleans is another elegant top-end hotel with a fabulous location in the French Quarter.
  • With a more contemporary feel, the Hyatt Centric French Quarter New Orleans is located in the heart of the action, just off Bourbon Street, and within easy walking distance of the city's major attractions.

Mid-Range Hotels :

  • In the heart of the French Quarter but offering a peaceful and quiet experience is the Hotel Mazarin . With a quaint courtyard; an outstanding complimentary breakfast; and large, luxurious rooms; this hotel is perfect if you don't need a pool.
  • Also well positioned in the French Quarter and offering a free breakfast is the Hotel Le Marais , with a beautiful courtyard; small pool; and secure, quiet rooms.
  • One block north of Bourbon Street Grenoble House has only 17 suites but offers a charming atmosphere, with exposed brick walls, tasteful décor, and an outdoor pool.

Budget Hotels :

  • At the high end of the budget range but well positioned in the French Quarter is the Inn on St. Ann , with classic New Orleans style architecture featuring wrought iron balconies, exposed brick walls, and antique décor.
  • In a similar style and with a convenient location on the edge of the French Quarter is the Inn on St. Peter .
  • Outside the French Quarter but only a five-minute drive away is The Treme Hotel , with basic but comfortable rooms.

Sightseeing:

  • To see the sites at your own pace and learn a little of the city's fascinating history, the best option is to take a Hop-on Hop-off Tour on an open-top, double-decker sightseeing bus. This tour stops at 18 locations around the city and gives you the option to get off wherever you like, or you can choose to stay on the bus for the full two-hour loop. Also part of this tour is a guided walking tour of the Garden District.

Bayou Tours:

  • Getting out into bayou country is one of the most popular things to do around New Orleans. The Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride from New Orleans is the easiest way to experience the beauty of the bayou, with transportation right from the French Quarter to the wetlands. Visitors are then taken on a two-hour wildlife-viewing boat ride through the swamps, with opportunities to see alligators, snakes, birds, and other animals. Total tour time is about four hours.
  • Another option, if you are looking for more of a thrill ride, is a New Orleans Airboat Ride. This two-hour fast-paced ride takes guests through the cypress swampland, not far from Jean Lafitte National Historical Park. Tours are offered in the morning or afternoon, and visitors can choose a small or large-boat tour (eight person or 25 person tours).

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Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) is the city’s main airport, where you can keep the good times rolling by catching some live entertainment while you wait for your flight.

New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal is a major Amtrak hub, with three train lines offering service to Memphis and Chicago; Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York; and Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, Tucson, and Los Angeles.

Greyhound, FlixBus, and MegaBus all offer service to the New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal.

For more info on getting to New Orleans, see here .

Do I need a visa?

If you are a non-U.S. citizen, you may need a visa to visit New Orleans, unless your country is part of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The program allows citizens of certain countries to visit the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa.

For more info on visas and the VWP, see here .

When is the best time to visit?

New Orleans’ best weather makes its debut in February and lasts until May, coinciding with carnival season and the world-famous Mardi Gras celebrations. The average daily temperatures this time of year typically hit highs of 71 Fahrenheit (22 Celsius) with lows dipping to 45 Fahrenheit (7 Celsius).

If you’re looking to skip the madness, and the inflated prices, opt to visit in winter when hotels are cheaper, and you won’t melt from summer’s heat or worry about fall’s possible hurricanes.

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The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) operates nearly 40 bus routes and four streetcar lines, as well as paratransit and ferry crossings on the Mississippi River. Some buses and streetcars run 24 hours.

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New Orleans has more than 1,200 taxis you can grab on the street and at major hotels.

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Ridesharing

Ridesharing: Both Uber and Lyft operate in New Orleans, and you can book via their smartphone apps.

Since it’s a flat city, biking is a great way to navigate New Orleans, and there are several companies that offer bike rentals.

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Heading to New Orleans? Here are some of the best things to do in the famous French Quarter.

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It's Mardi Gras season in New Orleans , and the place to enjoy the true flavor of Carnival is the city's historic French Quarter, where festivities begin annually on January 6 and continue through Fat Tuesday, which falls on March 1 this year. Yes, Mardi Gras is more than just one day. Parades and celebrations are already under way, so if you want to get a taste of the season, it's time to plan your trip to the French Quarter of New Orleans. Of course, this neighborhood has plenty to offer all year round, so whether you're visiting for the festivities or planning a future trip, we've got you covered.

First, a quick French lesson: Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, the last day of feasting before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, traditionally a time of fasting and sacrifice. The French Quarter is also called Vieux Carré, meaning Old Square, recognizing the area as the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans.

Here are 21 of the best things to do in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

See a parade.

Experience a parade or two put on by one of the local Krewes, organizations that host balls or parades during the Mardi Gras season. Get into the spirit with a costume, wear the Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and gold, and get ready to catch some beads.

Try king cake.

If you visit during the Mardi Gras season, buy a king cake at one of the local bakeries, and if you get the piece with the baby, tradition says you host the next party.

Visit The Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes & Culture.

Visit the Mardi Gras Museum to see costumes, exhibits, and a themed show. The museum is open all year, so you can get a taste of the festivities whenever you visit.

Cruise the Mississippi.

Board the Steamboat Natchez or The City of New Orleans river boat and cruise on the Mississippi for sightseeing, dining, and traditional jazz entertainment.

Learn about local history.

Learn more about New Orleans at the Louisiana State Museum that includes the Cabildo , The Presbytère , the New Orleans Jazz Museum , and the 1850 House .

Try a classic New Orleans cocktail.

Sip a Sazerac, the official cocktail of New Orleans, at the circus-style Carousel Bar in Hotel Monteleone, the city's only revolving bar. You can learn everything there is to know about the cocktail and more at Sazerac House , a museum, bar, and distillery.

Stroll through Jackson Square.

Spend some time at Jackson Square , a National Historic Landmark with a statue of Andrew Jackson, an open-air artist colony, and historic St. Louis Cathedral .

Spot sea life at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

Visit the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas , located on the Mississippi River, featuring exhibits on the underwater world of the Caribbean, Amazon, Gulf of Mexico, and the Mississippi.

Shop around the French Market.

Shop, dine, or enjoy an event at the historic French Market . You'll find art galleries, restaurants, cafés, candy shops, souvenirs, and more.

Window shop on Royal Street.

If you love antiques or just browsing, don't miss Royal Street , one of the oldest streets in New Orleans and home to a number of antique shops and art galleries. You'll also find interesting shops on Decatur, Magazine, and Chartres Streets.

Find local goods at Palace Market.

For more shopping, visit Palace Market on Frenchmen Street, where more than 80 painters, illustrators, jewelers, and sculptors offer their unique creations in an open-air setting.

Eat beignets at the famous Café du Monde.

Stop — at least once or twice — at Café du Monde , dating to 1862, where you'll find coffee, hot chocolate, and their famous beignets, square French-style donuts. The café is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Try a favorite local sandwich.

Another New Orleans specialty is the "muffuletta" (or "muffaletta"), a sandwich on a sesame roll with Italian salami, ham, cheese, and olive salad that includes celery, cauliflower, carrots, peppers, pepperoncini, onions, capers, garlic, and spices. Its Sicilian background combines with Cajun tastes to create the popular sandwich, said to have been invented in the French Quarter in 1906 by Salvatore Lupo of Central Grocery , now called "Home of the Original Muffuletta."

Walk down iconic Bourbon Street.

Stroll down Bourbon Street , named for the French royal family, not the cocktail spirit. You'll hear music from street performers and clubs, see historic buildings with ornate wrought iron balconies, and encounter happy revelers carrying their drinks in plastic to-go cups — legal in New Orleans.

Enjoy the nightlife on Frenchmen Street.

Spend an evening in Frenchmen Street , home of restaurants, jazz clubs, and lively nightlife.

Take a ghost tour.

For an eerie nighttime activity, take one of the many ghost tours offered in New Orleans, focusing on haunted locations and the city's vampire, witch, and voodoo legends.

Learn about Louisiana Voodoo.

If you're intrigued after your tour, you'll want to visit Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo for talismans, charms, a spiritual reading, or to learn more about New Orleans Voodoo.

Stop for a drink at a quirky cafe.

Want to continue the theme? Stop in for a bite at the New Orleans Vampire Café for luxurious all-day dining and cocktails.

Visit the nearby National World War II Museum.

Just outside of the French Quarter in the Warehouse District, the National World War II Museum takes visitors through fascinating stories with exhibits, artifacts, multimedia experiences, and first-person oral histories.

Wander through Louis Armstrong Park.

Also bordering the French Quarter, Louis Armstrong Park commemorates the New Orleans trumpeter and singer nicknamed "Satchmo," one of the most influential figures in jazz. The 31-acre park includes the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts .

Hang out by the river.

Traveling with your furry friend? They'll be welcome at Crescent Park , a 20-acre urban park along the riverfront with bike paths and a dog run. Also along the Mississippi, Woldenberg Riverfront Park offers 16 acres of green space from the river to the French Quarter with a jogging path, sculptures, and 90-foot linear water feature.

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Best Time To Visit New Orleans: When To Go And When To Avoid

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While there are probably a thousand reasons to go when exactly is the best time to visit New Orlean s ? One of the most eccentric, vibrant, colorful cities in the South, the answer depends on you! With so much to experience, you’re going to want to plan your trip around your own interests!

Planning your trip to New Orleans last minute?

Make sure to book your hotels and tours in New Orleans in advance to ensure availability! Here are our top picks for your trip!

Top Experiences And Tours In New Orleans:

  • Evening Jazz Cruise On Steamboat (Likely to sell out!)
  • Ghosts, Vampires + Voodoo Tour (Unique French Quarter tour!)
  • High-Speed Airboat Ride (Super fun for the whole group)
  • Cemetery Bus Tour At Dark (Very popular tour with 4.5/5 stars)

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  • Sonesta New Orleans ES Suites (Downtown with views)
  • Four Points By Sheraton French Quarter (Chic Bourbon Street location)
  • The Brandywine Sextant (Rooftop pool!)
  • NOPSI Hotel New Orleans (5-star luxury hotel!)

New Orleans is filled with friendly citizens, incredible live music, some of the best food in the South , and attractions that will create lifelong memories.

You can always find something to enjoy here! So when is the best time to visit New Orleans?

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When Is The Best Time To Visit New Orleans?

The answer to this question will depend mostly on whether or not you’re interested in attending Mardi Gras! If you want to get the most of the festivities, you’re going to want to visit in early spring from February to May when the celebrations are in full swing. This will make a perfect weekend getaway !

If you want to attend actual Mardi Gras Day, that day usually falls either around the very end of February or the very beginning of March. Keep in mind that hotel rates during this time of year are very expensive. Expect to book your hotel and flight reservations at least a year in advance.

If you don’t mind the heat and want to stick to a budget, keep in mind that the best time to visit New Orleans for your wallet will be during the summer months. To get the best deep discounts, plan to visit during July, August, and September.

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High And Low Season For New Orleans

Spring will always be the High Season for the Big Easy. The entire Mardi Gras season, or Carnival, runs for several weeks before actual Mardi Gras Day. Spring in general has the best weather, and is considered by most to be the best time to visit New Orleans. The summers can be hot and oppressive!

Because summers in New Orleans are long, swampy, and balmy, this is generally the low season for the city. While the summer months are difficult, you can definitely still survive. Just take it slow and drink plenty of water, especially if you’re day-drinking too. The sun can and will dehydrate you quickly!

While July and August are hot, this is when you’ll find the best hotel deals . The low season means fewer tourists, so airlines and hotels want to lure in travelers on a budget. You’ll be super hot, but you’ll love the deals!

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Visiting New Orleans In Summer

Summer in New Orleans is not for the faint of heart. Trust us, you need to be prepared for brutally hot days. But if you’re hoping to avoid large crowds while saving a few bucks, this may be the best time to visit New Orleans for you!

July and August will be the hottest months. Average temperatures are 91 degrees Fahrenheit, but June and September aren’t much cooler. The trade off will be less crowds because summer is the low season. Hotels and airfare will be cheaper as well to draw you in!

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Visiting New Orleans In Winter

Winter is one of our favorite times to visit New Orleans! We’re not big fans of that summer heat, and even spring can be oppressive. From late November to January, the city has had time to cool off to the 60s before the springtime festivals have started.

A New Orleans winter vacation will also be easy on your wallet. Fewer tourists will be in town, which translates to big savings for your wallet. Expect to find bargain hotel rates and airfare prices. If you don’t have anywhere to be during the holidays, then you should try to visit in December during Christmastime when the city is decorated !

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Visiting New Orleans In Fall

Not quite the high season and not quite the low season, autumn in New Orleans is a strange beast. While temperature have receded back into the 80s and mid 70s, you still need to pay attention to the weather.

Late August and September are the height of the hurricane season, which lasts from June to November. While hurricanes can be predicted in advance, a sudden formation can still throw a wrench into vacation plans. However, the reduced temperatures and many cultural events still make fall one of the best times to visit New Orleans!

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Visiting New Orleans In Spring

Ahh, springtime in the Big Easy. There’s nothing like it. Comfortably warm weather in the low 70s to mid 80s brings the most major of festivals: Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Many tourists and locals will tell you that spring is the best time to visit New Orleans.

Keep in mind that heavy tourist traffic due to these festivals means dramatically raised hotel rates and airfare. If you want to guarantee your attendance and go easy on your wallet, you’ll need to book early. Just to secure a room at all? You’ll want to book several months to a year in advance!

Remember too that if you visit in spring, many of the city’s most popular attractions will be closed during Mardi Gras. If sightseeing is a priority, then you should try to plan a trip that doesn’t coincide with the biggest events of the year.

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New Orleans By Month

If you still can’t decide when to go, don’t worry. We’ve broken down all the events in the Big Easy month by month so you can pick exactly when you want to vacation there! Although, with this many events and festivals happening, every month is the best time to visit New Orleans.

New Orleans In January

On New Year’s Day, check out the Sugar Bowl, the annual college football playoff game. Even if you can’t be in the Dome for the game, you can head to a local watch party at one of the sports bars downtown! You’ll see fans flooding downtown from inside.

On Joan of Arc’s birthday, January 6, you can catch the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc parades which run annually downtown. The walking parade stars a medieval-themed procession through the French Quarter, ending with the first king cake of the Mardi Gras season!

Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, also on January 6 marks the official beginning of the Mardi Gras season! The first king cake of the season will make its way into local offices and parties until Fat Tuesday. Look out for the Phunny Phorty Phellows on the St. Charles Streetcar who herald the beginning of the Carnival Countdown during the best time to visit New Orleans.

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A King cake is topped with green, yellow, and purple sprinkles, the signature colors of Mardi Gras

New Orleans In February

February is Black History Month, and there’s no better way to start your celebration by attending mass or visiting the St. Augustine Church. Historically this was a place of worship for the black community of Treme. Then visit one of the many Black-owned restaurants in the area!

 Look out for Mary Queen of Vietnam Church’s three-day celebration which celebrates the Lunar New Year, Tet, and Vietnamese heritage. All are welcome to enjoy live music, amazing Vietnamese food, games, dragon dances, and fireworks!

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New Orleans In March

Every spring, starting in March, seasonal snowball shops reopen their storefronts and stands! Locals are incredibly loyal to their favorite stands who are neighborhood institutions. Bring cash and check out dozens of flavors at places like Hansen’s and Plum Street Snowballs!

You can also check out the New Orleans Bourbon Festival, an annual tradition reminiscent of 1920s speakeasies. You can attend sessions on topics like Bourbon History, go to grand tastings, bourbon pairing dinners, and burlesque shows!

Of course, you can’t forget BUKU, or the BUKU Music + Art Project. A music festival of EDM, hip-hop, and indie rock musicians unite in an underground/house party atmosphere. During this festival at Mardi Gras World, the best time to visit New Orleans, past performers have included Tyler the Creator, Glass Animals, and Megan Thee Stallion.

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New Orleans In April

April is thought to be the best time to visit New Orleans, mainly because of the sheer number of festivals! First, on the first Saturday of April, check out the Freret Street Festival. Celebrating the local businesses, live music, and iconic food of the Uptown part of the city, this is the perfect way to start spring in New Orleans!

In one of New Orleans’ most beloved neighborhoods, you can catch the French Quarter Festival. From Woldenberg Park to Jackson Square, you can take in live music, incredible food, and the culture of the area! This is truly one of the Best Places To Stay In New Orleans!

Then catch the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, or Jazz Fest. Drawing massive crowds from all over the world, only Mardi Gras can top this festival. Over two weekends, hear live music on 14 stages and taste signature Jazz Fest foods!

The Mississippi River at sunset

New Orleans In May

Simply because of the weather, many consider May to be the best time to visit New Orleans. You can also check out the Bayou Boogaloo, whose proceeds are reinvested in the Bayou Saint John community! Enjoy fun for the entire family, local food, and craft vendors!

May 10 hails as National Shrimp Day, and the local restaurants in New Orleans do seafood the best. You can also grab a frozen margarita on Cinco de Mayo from a local spot like Casa Borrega! If you’re looking for a family vacation, Mom will certainly love being treated to New Orleans brunch for Mother’s Day weekend!

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New Orleans In June

New Orleans’ cuisine is famous, so you can expect great things from the city’s annual Oyster Festival. Enjoy them chargrilled, fried, and raw while enjoying live music and browsing arts and crafts vendors! June also heralds one of the best Pride parades in the U.S., as New Orleans has been voted one of the most welcoming cities!

Then get your appetite ready at the end of June for Black Restaurant Week! You can patronize and taste the food of some of the best Black-owned restaurants in the city, all who feature special menus and deals!

This is also a great time of year to visit if you want to check out some of the best beaches Near New Orelans because it is so hot!

One of the historic oak trees that lives in New Orleans

New Orleans In July

July means Independence Day, so that means gather your friends and family to watch the fireworks. You can get the best views from Crescent Park, Algiers Point, and Jackson Square! Host your own BBQ, or check out some of New Orlean’s best places!

Then check out the annual ESSENCE Fest, one of the Big Easy’s biggest festivals! Over three days, celebrate Black music, health, food, beauty, and culture with panel discussions and celebrity guests! Past performers have included Prince, Mary J. Blige, and Diana Ross!

Paying homage to the Spanish influence throughout New Orleans, head to the Arts + Warehouse District for the annual Running of the Bulls! Instead of living bulls, you’ll run away from New Orleans Roller Derby Girls!

Fireworks illuminate the New Orleans skyline for July 4th, the best time to visit New Orleans

New Orleans In August

The Big Easy has a lot of famous natives, so the best time to visit New Orleans is during Satchmo Summerfest which honors the life of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong. During the first weekend of August, the three-day celebration hosts many live performances, local food, and seminars about the great trumpeter.

Then catch Southern Decadence, the largest LGBTQ event in New Orleans. The celebration lasts six days through the French Quarter and beyond. A favorite for Labor Day weekend, enjoy parties, parades, and glamorous costumes!

Then don your best red dress for the Red Dress Run. A beloved Big Easy tradition held the second Saturday of the month, runners and walkers participate to support local charities throughout the area!

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New Orleans In September

September is the best time to visit New Orleans if you’re a foodie! Not only does the month bring cooler weather, but it also brings Restaurant Week from September 9-15. You can get 25% off regular prices at restaurants offering Prix-fixe menus!

St. Patrick’s Day may be in March, but in September, New Orleans celebrates Irish Fest. Across two stages and fairgrounds, this celebration of Irish culture includes arts, dance, music, food, and crafts!

The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society also annually celebrates William Faulkner’s birthday with Happy Birthday, Mr. Faulkner, a birthday party and literary festival of sorts from September 24-27. 

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New Orleans In October

Throughout October, head to the Deutsches Haus of New Orleans for Oktoberfest! Paying homage to German presence and culture in the Crescent City, enjoy classics like sauerbraten, cabbage, Bavarian pretzels, and of course, BEER!

Memphis may be known for their blue and BBQ, but it has nothing on the annual Crescent City Blues + BBQ Festival. With over 20 local vendors specializing in BBQ, enjoy a lineup of live brass bands, blues, and gospel musicians. You can enjoy more food and music styles at the Voodoo Arts + Music Experience over the Halloween weekend!

With over 200 films from almost 120 countries, New Orleans earns its claim as the Hollywood of the South at the New Orleans Film Festival. Attend showings during the weeklong event in addition to exclusive events, panels, and parties!

Other events to experience include the Mac n Cheese Fest, Beignet Festival, Gentilly Fest, Treme Fall Fest, Praise Fest NOLA, and many more! Don’t forget to check out some of the most Haunted Hotels in New Orleans!

Spiders decorate New Orleans during Halloween, the best time to visit New Orleans.

New Orleans In November

During the first weekend in November, arguably the best time to visit New Orleans, you can attend the Bayou Bacchanal! Celebrating Caribbean culture in the Crescent City, you can enjoy food and music from a number of Caribbean nations while the parade shuts down Canal Street!

Then get hungry for the Oak Street Po-Boy festival! Each year, Oak Street is transformed into a po-boy haven with 35 different vendors! Only you can decide who makes the best po-boy in the Big Easy! Then enjoy the Treme Creole Gumbo Fest to enjoy the New Orleans trifecta: brass bands, beads, and gumbo!

The Carousel Bar in New Orleans with its circular carousel bar as seen in spring, the best time to visit New Orleans

New Orleans In December

The holiday season is the best time to visit New Orleans with a flurry of Christmas celebrations! The Krewe of Jingle parade kicks off the season! Mr. and Mrs Claus make appearances, as well as Mr. Bingle, Rudolph, and more!

Then enjoy Celebration in the Oaks throughout the entire month. In City Park, you can take a romantic evening stroll with holiday-themed decorations illuminating the historic oak trees. Then head to the levees along the Mississippi River for the Christmas Eve Bonfires , which light the way for Santa and his reindeer!

Lights and decorations adorn a street corner in New Orleans.

There’s always a festival in New Orleans to enjoy, no matter what time of year you arrive! Even if you’re not keen on attending Mardi Gras, the Big Easy will leave your belly full, your spirits lifted, and put a song in your heart! The best time to visit New Orleans? All the time!

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Suggested Itineraries For New Orleans:

While you can buzz through a lot of compact Prague in a day we have found that 4-5 day itineraries are the best to really experience everything.  Outside of the city center sites, there are also a couple of amazing days trips within an hour of New Orleans you really need to fit into your schedule including swamps tour, plantation mansions and a safari with giraffes & zebras.  It is usually more convenient to and cheaper to have a rental car if you plan on doing these day trips.  Especially since most trips to New Orleans involve a lot of time at the bars, the trips are a great day time refresher to contrast your time on Bourbon Street and really feel all the Bayou has to offer.  We hope you find our planning tips and suggested itineraries for New Orleans to by helpful. Suggested Stay :  4-5 full days. Related Article :   Top 10 Things To Do In New Orleans .

One Day In New Orleans:

If you only have one full day in New Orleans you really need to focus your itinerary on the main sights.  In the morning you’ll have time to take the Saint Charles Street Car to visit the mansions and cemetery of the Garden District, moving on to the heart of town in the French Quarter.  While in the French Quarter for the rest of the day, you’ll be able to cover everything from Saint Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square through Bourbon Street as a nice comfortable pace.  You’ll also be able to take in some live music, as well as signature dishes and drinks during your one day visit.  Having just 24 hours to work with isn’t much, but at the French Quarter is compact allowing you to cover a lot of sights in just a day.

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Garden District Walking Tour  with cemetery.

Suggested Itineraries For New Orleans - 1 Day, 24 Hours

French Quarter Walking Tour  & Jackson Square.

Suggested Itineraries For New Orleans - 1 Day, 24 Hours

Cajun dinner & Bourbon Street bars.

Two Days In New Orleans:

Day one remains largely unchanged as you should still focus on the French Quarter with a little Garden District.  Having a second full day also lets you work in a memorable bayou swamp tour after filling up on coffee and doughnuts at the famous Cafe du Monde.  Most swamp tours have pick up times right in the French Quarter but a car really helps your flexibility and saves you money.  If you are going in peak tourist season try to go with a swamp tour that caters to smaller groups so you don’t end up on a pontoon boat crammed with 200 people.   In the off season it is much less crowded.  You can always end any or all of your days on Bourbon Street, just make sure to work in some live music and authentic New Orleans food!

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Morning Cafe du Monde.

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Midday  Swamp Tour .

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Live music on Frenchmen or Bourbon Streets.

Three Days In New Orleans: Having 3 full days in New Orleans really starts to make a visit awesome but you will have a tough choice either slowing down your pace or adding on one of our incredible day trip options on day 3.  We prefer to power travel, so we listed an alternative day 3 option below for people looking for the slower optoin.   Plantation Alley is an amazing day trip choice as the stretch of Mississippi River lying West of New Orleans has the best collection of Antebellum mansions in not just the South, but the entire United States.  The Global Wildlife Safari is another great day trip option and is a the next best thing to doing a real African Safari.  At the huge preserve you get to hand feed giraffes, zebras and much more in an open natural environment. Consider the intimate private tour in a WW2 vehicle instead of the public wagon ride.

If you do decide to slow your pace down instead of the day trip optoin, then take more time for French Quarter sights day one and move the Garden District to day three along with the nearby WW2 museum.

•Day 1 : Morning  Garden District Walking Tour  with cemetery.  Midday full  French Quarter Walking Tour .  Evening Cajun dinner & Bourbon Street bars. •Day 2: Morning Cafe du Monde follow by a half day  Swamp Tour .  Evening Ghost Tour. •Day 3:   Day trip to either Southern Plantation Tours  or  Global Wildlife Safari .  Evening live music on  Frenchmen Street . •Alternative Day 3: Morning slower paced  Garden District Walking Tour  with cemetery.  Midday WW2 Museum.  Evening live music on  Frenchmen Street .

Suggested Itineraries For New Orleans - 3 Day, 72 Hours

Southern Plantation Mansion Tours  day trip.

Suggested Itineraries For New Orleans - 3 Day, 72 Hours

Global Wildlife Safari day trip .

Suggested Itineraries For New Orleans - 3 Day, 72 Hours

Garden District Walking Tour  with cemetery & National WW2 Museum.

Four Days in New Orleans:

Four days really helps make your decision making easier as you are able to fit in either the Safari or Plantations with no worries.  As you do these day trips, consider stopping at New Orleans City Park or a drive through daiquiri shop on the way.  You can have the time of your life on Bourbon Street, but getting out of town for a few hours a day really helps to put your trip over the top.  We also put an alternative 4 day suggested itinerary for power travelers that want to see it all which is easier if you rent a car.  While you wont be able to survive being out until 5am each night on the a compact schedule you can at least make a goal of having each of our top ten New Orleans signature cocktails .

•Day 1:  French Quarter Walking Tour & Bourbon Street. •Day 2:  Morning Cafe du Monde follow by a half day  Swamp Tour .  Evening Ghost Tour. •Day 3:  Garden District Walking Tour  with cemetery, WW2 Museum & Frenchmen Street . •Day 4: Day trip to either  Southern Plantation Tours  or  Global Wildlife Safari & Bourbon Street.

Alternative 4 Days For Power Travelers

Five Days In New Orleans:

We feel that 5 days is the perfect amount of time to spend in New Orleans.  You still can’t quite see everything, but you are leave just before you get sick of partying which will make you want to come back soon.  This extra time opens up a ton of flexibility as you’ll have time to stay overnight in one of the huge Antebellum mansions just outside of town.  We stayed at Nottaway and it was truly a highlight.  If you choose to do this we suggest doing the overnight the last night as it is easy to drive to the airport the next morning from there.  If you you want to fit in more plantation mansions stay over in the middle of your 5 days stopping at different mansion on the way there and back.  We listed and alternative day day itinerary to give you an idea of what we mean.  We loving having the extra nights to mix in either the House of Blues or a Natchez Steam Boat ride instead of only doing Bourbon Street each night.

•Day 1: French Quarter Walking Tour & Jackson Square.  Evening Cajun dinner & Bourbon Street. •Day 2:  Morning time  Global Wildlife Safari .  Afternoon New Orleans City Park or Abita Brewery. Evening music on  Frenchmen Street . •Day 3: Morning Cafe du Monde follow by a half day  Swamp Tour .  .  Evening Ghost Tour -or- Natchez Steam Boat at night. •Day 4:  Morning  Garden District Walking Tour  with cemetery.  Midday WW2 Museum.  Evening Bourbon Street. •Day 5: Southern Plantation Tours with optional overnight stay, has easy airport access.

Alternative 5 Day Intinerary

•Day 1: French Quarter Walking Tour & Jackson Square.  Evening Cajun dinner & Bourbon Street. •Day 2:  Morning time  Global Wildlife Safari .  Afternoon New Orleans City Park or Abita Brewery. Evening music on  Frenchmen Street . •Day 5:  Early morning  Garden District Walking Tour  with cemetery. Midday  Southern Plantation Tours with overnight stay. •Day 4:  Morning  Southern Plantation Tours  on the way back to town.  Afternoon WW2 Museum. Evening Bourbon Street. •Day 4:  Sleep in.   Swamp Tour  during the day.  Evening Ghost Tour -or- Natchez Steam Boat at night.

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ELLE Escapes: New Orleans

There’s no place like NOLA.

Perhaps one of the most romanticized places in the South, New Orleans has a charm that makes it easy to understand why. Sure, some might associate the city solely with Mardi Gras, but it’s so much more than beads and boas (although people here do love a good party). Warm and vibrant, NOLA has been a breeding ground for authors, poets, musicians, artists, and most importantly, lore. Vampires and voodoo aside, it has a spirit unlike any other destination in the country, one built over centuries of mixing cultures, people, ideas, and food.

For an area that’s had its unfair share of ups and downs, New Orleans is experiencing a revival of culture and tourism, thanks in large part to a community of creatives and entrepreneurs, including the hospitality collective LeBlanc + Smith , which invests in local initiatives and community-building activities. Here, find the best spots to visit on your next escape to The Big Easy.

What to See

Baldwin & co..

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D.J. Johnson founded Baldwin & Co. (named after legendary writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin) as a way to enrich and give back to the cultural landscape. Both a bookstore and a coffee shop, the business is so much more than that. Baldwin & Co. largely functions as a community space with author events, a podcast studio, and a non-profit foundation that supports literacy through tutoring, festivals, and book giveaways. Its primary goal is to engage people of all ages, backgrounds, and interests. Baldwin would be proud.

Peaches Records Store

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An independent, family-owned record shop since 1975, Peaches Record Store boasts 14,000 square feet of every kind of music you could possibly think of. From Dolly Parton to Kevin Gates, at Peaches you’ll find old-school and contemporary, mainstream and local, and any genre you might fancy. The music culture in New Orleans is part of its charm—just visit Preservation Hall in the French Quarter to get a taste of its jazz heritage. At Peaches, you can take a piece of it with you.

Sazerac House

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Another must in NOLA: indulge in the spirit and cocktail culture. The famed cognac and rye brand Sazerac, in particular, became popularized here in the 1800s. Cocktail enthusiasts can explore the history of the iconic spirit at Sazerac House , a museum, bar, and distillery downtown. Tours and tastings offer an educational and cultural experience that’s also just plain fun.

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Where to eat.

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A unapologetically southern-style bar and restaurant, Sylvain is the spot to get a quality New Orleans culinary experience. From cast-iron cornbread to slow-cooked short rib, the restaurant serves a variety of elevated comfort food with thoughtful cocktails. Set in a late-1700s carriage house in the French Quarter, it’s perfectly located for an excellent meal and setting.

Turkey and the Wolf

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If you love sandwiches—and let’s be real, who doesn’t?—you have to visit Turkey and the Wolf . If you don’t enjoy deliciousness pressed between loaves of bread, this eatery will undoubtedly change your mind. A silly, non-pretentious sandwich shop set in the lower garden district, it has garnered stellar reviews from top foodies and casual travelers alike, and it’s easy to see why. Just looking at a photo of its sandwiches, made with quality ingredients and flavors that are both classic and innovative, is enough to make you hungry.

The Will & The Way

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Set in the French Quarter, The Will & The Way is a casual, chic spot that’s perfect for daytime or nighttime chilling. With yummy eats like housemade pimento, loaded Korean hot fries, the signature TW&TW burger, and an array of custom or classic cocktails, you can enjoy the space inside at the bar or outside in the back courtyard amongst classic architecture.

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Where to drink, barrel proof.

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Whiskey lovers will enjoy Barrel Proof , a cocktail bar in the Garden District with over 350 different whiskeys to offer. With knowledgable bartenders and a comfortable, casual setting, the watering hole is great for those looking to try different spirits and cocktails, or patrons just looking for a quick beer.

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Anna’s is for those who prefer comfortable dive bars over swanky cocktail bars, although you can still enjoy a house-crafted beverage here. Located in the Marigny neighborhood, the space and the menu are designed to welcome everyone into an establishment filled with character, art, and, of course, a pool table.

Bar Marilou

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Located in a former library in the Warehouse District, Bar Marilou is an Instagram paradise. Fun and bold, yet chic and elevated, the bar offers the best of New Orleans style (think: red bookshelves, green velvet chairs, and greenery). The cocktails and bites feel just as luxurious, making this the perfect spot for a sophisticated night out.

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Where to stay.

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Nestled in the Garden District, The Chloe offers the comfort of an historic home with the luxury of a boutique hotel, with just a little bit of New Orleans mysticism mixed in. Interior designer Sara Ruffin Costello used the unique structure of the residence to create moody alcoves where guests can lounge, work, gather, or just explore. If you’re lucky enough, you may even get a room boasting a wardrobe that’s actually a door leading to the cozy bath and shower room (basically The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe , but for adults). The property also has a restaurant and bar, a pool stocked with its own drinks, a front yard and porch with games and seating, and bike rentals that guests can use to explore the city.

Dew Drop Inn

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Housed in a newly renovated historic music venue, the Dew Drop Inn has been dubbed “the South’s swankiest spot.” Previous guests of the rock-and-roll hub, hotel, restaurant, and nightclub include Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Little Richard, and Irma Thomas. Now, guests can enjoy the legendary location for themselves. With 17 rooms and a 350-person music venue (which two VIP suites overlook), as well as a pool and restaurant, the inn is a modernized version of the once-happening hot spot.

The Celestine

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The Celestine is a new boutique property in the French Quarter, right by Preservation Hall and The Will & The Way. Its indoor-outdoor component is what makes it stand out, with each room boasting a private balcony overlooking either the French Quarter or the hotel’s courtyard, which is where Tennessee Williams is said to have written A Streetcar Named Desire . Also designed by Costello, the brains behind The Chloe, the hotel creates a world of French, Spanish, and Afro-Caribbean influences—with a touch of antique glamour—right above Peychaud’s , where guests can enjoy cocktails while listening to the bustling jazz of the neighborhood.

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Beauty picks.

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With plenty of sights to see—and food to eat—your skin needs as much sun protection as possible. Lion Pose’s mineral sunscreen imparts a subtle sheen and keeps the skin hydrated with help from squalane.

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Matte formulas are taking a backseat to comfier, satin ones that kiss the skin with moisture instead of leaving behind cracks and flakes. Charlotte Tilbury’s latest lipstick feels like a warm embrace on the lips with tree extracts that build a defense against UV damage.

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Just a few pumps of this dry shampoo powder sops up any oil weighing down your vacation hair. With a summery scent, weightless finish, and vegan formula, this is the travel companion that won’t disappoint you.

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The 13 Best Museums in New Orleans, Louisiana [2024]

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The 13 Best Museums in New Orleans, Louisiana [2024]

1. Audubon Insectarium

2. hermann-grima house, 3. the historic new orleans collection, 4. louisiana children’s museum, 5. lower ninth ward living museum, 6. mardi gras world, 7. the george & leah mckenna museum of african-american art, 8. the national wwii museum, 9. new orleans jazz museum, 10. new orleans museum of art, 11. ogden museum of southern art, 12. old ursuline convent museum, 13. southern food and beverage museum, how to get free or reduced admission to new orleans museums, final thoughts.

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New Orleans is a popular tourist destination, but while most people know about the city’s Mardi Gras celebrations and unique culture, not many know that NOLA has some world-class museums.

Whether you’re interested in learning about the local history or would prefer to spend your time admiring art, there’s a New Orleans exhibit or gallery that belongs on your travel bucket list.

The Best Museums in New Orleans

Audubon Insectarium

Opened in 2008 in collaboration with the aquarium, the Audubon Insectarium is an award-winning etymology center.

The museum has over 50 different exhibits housing live insect specimens. In addition to these habitats, the institute has a wide selection of educational displays. These include photos, illustrations, models, and videos. Altogether, these exhibits create one of the largest insect museums in the country.

Some of the most popular wings of the museum are the butterfly garden, the honeybee exhibit, and the on-site ant colony. Each exhibition lets visitors see the complex inner workings of how the insects live.

The museum even has a special department, “Bug Appétit,” that shows how bugs are used in cooking around the world. Brave visitors can try a few of these dishes for themselves. Audubon Insectarium hosts events throughout the year that allow the public to get up close to some of the insects.

Admission is free for members and children under 2 and varies between $25 and $30 for children 2 to 12 and seniors 65+ and between $30 and $35 for adults. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The nearest streetcar stop is St. Charles at Tulane/Loyola.

  • Address: 1 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Hermann Grima House

Built during the 1800s, the Hermann-Grima House is a restored house museum that allows visitors to see what a typical French Quarter home would have looked like in the 19th century.

Not only is the museum historic due to its age and period-accurate furnishings, but it’s also one-of-a-kind in New Orleans itself. Today, it’s the only house in the neighborhood with an open-hearth kitchen and is the only building in the area with its original 19th-century stables.

The home is adorned with 4 different decor styles to represent the personal styles most often found in residences between the 1800s and the 1900s.

American Empire, Pillar and Scroll, Restoration French Empire, and Rococo Revival themes can be seen in the building’s exterior and interior decor. The museum houses personal items that belonged to the Hermann and Grima families, who once used the home as their private residences.

Admission is free for children under 8, $14 for children 8 to 18, students, seniors 65+, and military personnel, and $17 for adults. The museum is open Wednesday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The nearest streetcar stop is Carondelet and Canal.

  • Address: 820 St Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70112

The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC) is entirely dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of New Orleans and the entire Gulf Coast. First opened in the 1960s, the museum initially acted as a research center before later opening to the public.

The site’s collection comprises hundreds of thousands of pieces ranging from books and photos to paintings and historical artifacts. Though only a fraction of these pieces are on display at any given time, the others are available to view for research purposes.

The museum has grown so large that the collection is spread across several buildings in the city, many of which were once residences, like the Merieult House and the Williams Residence. The facility’s size allows it to house rotating exhibits that delve deeper into particular periods of history, like the War of 1812, or local figures, like Tennessee Williams.

Admission is free for all guests, but reservations are required before visiting. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:20 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The nearest streetcar stop is Toulouse.

  • Address: 520 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Louisiana Childrens Museum

Since it first opened, the Louisiana Children’s Museum has helped kids learn about the world and foster their creativity. The facility is aimed primarily at young kids under 8, but visitors of all ages are welcome to explore, and it’s a beloved place for families to spend the day.

The museum is broadly divided into 7 sections, each covering a different topic or type of experience through its immersive sets and exhibits. For example, “Follow that Food” has mock restaurant and supermarket sets to teach kids about cooking and how ingredients are sourced and used.

The site even has several outdoor exhibits, like the “Music Hummock” and “Eye Spy Stations,” to let kids learn and have fun while in the fresh air. However, these sets may close early or not open at all on days when the weather is unfavorable.

Admission is free for children under 12 months, $14 for seniors and active military personnel, and $18 for visitors over a year old. The museum is open Wednesday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The nearest bus stop is Magazine and Julia.

  • Address: 15 Henry Thomas Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124

Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum

Founded in 2011, the Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum is an ever-changing museum that showcases and celebrates the culture and history of this NOLA neighborhood.

Using artifacts from locals, interviews, documents, and more, the museum is able to give visitors a tour through some of the most important periods in the Ninth Ward’s evolution. One of the museum’s missions is to empower the local community who makes the neighborhood the vibrant place it is today.

In addition to the facility’s exhibits, which look at the personal stories of residents and the effects of important events, it hosts a series of events throughout the year. These events range from community outreach programs and fundraisers to educational lectures and panels.

The museum is a historical society of sorts and works to preserve historic buildings in the area. It actively collects items relevant to local stories.

Admission is free for all visitors. The museum is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The nearest bus stop is North Claiborne at Tennessee.

  • Address: 5909 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117

Mardi Gras World

Since it first opened, Mardi Gras World has allowed visitors to experience the city’s most famous festival no matter the time of year. The museum is spread over 300,000 square feet of space to accommodate the large size of its exhibits. These primarily consist of floats and other decorations used in the Mardi Gras festivities.

The museum also serves as the workshop where many parade floats are made. Depending on when you visit, it’s possible to get a sneak peek at what will be featured in the upcoming parades and view favorites from past years.

In addition to the main exhibits, which can be seen alone or with a tour guide, the facility hosts various events throughout the year. The space even hosts team-building activities and can be rented for private conferences, parties, or other occasions.

Admission is free for children under 2, $14 for kids 2 to 12, $17 for students, seniors, and military personnel, and $22 for everyone else. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The nearest bus stop is Magazine at Terpsichore.

  • Address: 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

The McKenna Museum of African American Art

Since its opening, the McKenna Museum of African-American Art has been NOLA’s premier spot for the preservation and celebration of art created by African-American artists and those who are part of the African Diaspora. Though the museum collects and showcases work from artists around the country and even around the world, the facility’s board prioritizes uplifting local Louisiana artists.

The museum centers around fine art, but the specific styles of the pieces housed and displayed on the premises vary from portraits to modern art. The collection’s diversity allows the museum to better capture the cultures and voices of the artists.

Though the museum has a collection of its own, it also hosts temporary exhibits throughout the year using pieces from the archives and collections on loan from other facilities. The museum can be visited alone or with a guide who can answer virtually any question about the pieces.

Admission starts at $13 for children and $16 for adults. The museum is open Thursday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The nearest streetcar stop is St. Charles at St. Andrew.

  • Address: 2003 Carondelet St., New Orleans, LA 70130

The National WWII Museum

Housing over 200,000 artifacts ranging from medals to photos, the National WWII Museum gives visitors a comprehensive look at the Second World War. Notably, the museum covers both before and after the involvement of the U.S. as an Allied force.

The museum officially opened to the public in 2000, on the anniversary of the D-Day landing, and has since become a Smithsonian affiliate. The National WWII Museum is divided into 6 main categories, each covering a broad topic about the war, from the effects and battles in Europe to the weapons used by the Allies.

A few of the highlighted historical items on display are an Enigma machine for decoding messages, a Sherman tank, and a Spitfire fighter plane. In addition to the traditional displays, the museum utilizes multimedia exhibits and interactive elements to create a more immersive and educational experience for all visitors.

Admission is free for members, children under 5, and WWII veterans, $20 for visitors with disabilities, students kindergarten through university, and military personnel, $27.50 for seniors 65+, and $32.50 for adults. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The nearest streetcar stop is St. Charles and St. Joseph.

  • Address: 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130

New Orleans Jazz Museum

Located in what was once the New Orleans Mint, the New Orleans Jazz Museum aims to educate the public and celebrate jazz and its impact on the city’s culture. Housing over 25,000 items, from flyers and photos to instruments, it’s able to paint a thorough picture of NOLA’s jazz scene throughout history.

The facility isn’t purely a museum space, though. It also hosts hundreds of concerts each year. While most of these are jazz, other musical genres are also represented in these performances. The museum additionally acts as an education and research center.

Due to the museum’s location, it’s divided into 2 broad topics. The main exhibits focus on jazz and the music industry. However, the other dives into the building’s roots, centering around money and the mint process. Though these themes may seem quite different, the museum can weave them together seamlessly.

Admission is free for children under 7 and school groups, $6 for students, seniors, and military personnel, and $8 for adults. Discounts are available for groups and AAA members. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The nearest streetcar stop is French Market.

  • Address: 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70116

New Orleans Museum of Art

Home to over 40,000 works of art, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is one of the most important art centers in the city. It opened in 1911, which makes it New Orleans’ oldest art museum.

There are indoor and outdoor exhibits, with the latter including the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, housing over 90 modern sculptures. The New Orleans Museum of Art aims to create a comprehensive timeline of art history by collecting pieces from around the world and various time periods. Today, over 5,000 years of art and culture are represented on the premises.

The museum’s collection can be broadly divided into 11 medium categories ranging from ancient pre-Columbian pieces to contemporary photography. Some of the highlighted works of art in the collection are “Guardian Angels” by Dorothea Tanning, “Stand up Straight and Tall” by George Rodriguez, and “Tree of Necklaces” by Jean-Michel Othoniel.

General admission is free for members and children, $8 for university students, $10 for military personnel and seniors 65+, and $15 for adults. Fees are waived for Louisiana residents on Wednesdays. Special exhibits typically require an additional ticket.

The museum is open Thursday to Sunday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. The nearest streetcar stop is Museum of Art.

  • Address: 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans, LA 70124

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Housing over 4,000 works of art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is a major center for preserving and showcasing Southern U.S. artists. For representation in the museum, an artist has to be from or at least associated with one of the 15 states considered the South.

Originally, the museum consisted of the private collection of its founder, Roger H. Ogden. Over the years, it’s grown to include more artists, mediums, and pieces. In fact, the museum houses so many pieces that only a fraction can be displayed at a time.

Some of the most beloved pieces in the facility are “Bayou Plaquemines” by Joseph Rusling Meeker, “Portrait of Margaret with Two Orphans” by Jacques Amans, and “Palmettos in City Park, New Orleans” by Bror Anders Wikstrom. The museum also hosts temporary exhibits throughout the year featuring contemporary and historic artists.

Admission is free for children under 5, members, and art museum employees, $6.75 for children 5 to 17, $11 for military personnel, seniors 65+, students, teachers, and groups of 10 or more, and $13.50 for adults. Fees are waived for Louisiana residents on Thursdays. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The nearest bus stop is Magazine at Capdeville.

  • Address: 925 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Old Ursuline Convent Museum

In the 18th century, the New Orleans’ Ursuline convents were a series of convents that served as pillars of the local religious community. This was especially true for those who originally came to the country from France. Today, the Old Ursuline Convent Museum remembers these convents’ role in the city’s development.

Historically, the nuns of the convents were nurses, teachers, and even doctors, and they cared for children and sick and injured patients. Today, many artifacts and records from this period have been preserved and are on display to the public.

The museum regularly hosts temporary exhibitions that focus on the lives of some of the area’s important religious figures and historical periods. Some of the most popular previous exhibits have been “The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots” and “One Heart, One Soul: The Life and Legacy of Henriette Delille.” The museum is available as a venue for events such as weddings and receptions.

Admission is free for children, $6 for students, $7 for seniors, and $8 for adults. The museum is open Thursday to Saturday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The nearest streetcar stop is Ursulines.

  • Address: 1100 Chartres St. #2505, New Orleans, LA 70116

Southern Food and Beverage Museum

Since opening in 2004, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum has helped open the door to the region’s culinary history and traditions. The museum doesn’t leave any stone unturned, with exhibits exploring how food has played a part in Southern culture, its use for community building, and some of the most famous recipes.

As a result, the museum has a wide variety of exhibits that showcase history, development, and even some of the South’s most notable chefs. One of the most popular galleries is the “Leah Chase Louisiana Gallery,” which focuses specifically on the state’s Creole cooking traditions.

The facility regularly hosts events throughout the year. These include workshops to get kids interested in cooking, demonstrations, and classes for adults who want to learn new skills, such as beer brewing. The museum is also a research center and has a library of culinary books and publications to peruse. 

Admission is free for members and children under 13, $5.25 for military personnel, students, and seniors 60+, and $10.50 for adults. The museum is open Thursday to Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The nearest bus stop is O C Haley at M L King.

  • Address: 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70113

We’ve indicated with each museum whether or not children, students, or seniors receive free or reduced admission. Several other programs offer similar concessions.

The Museums for All program offers free or reduced admission to museums through the U.S. for those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) . Participating attractions in the greater New Orleans area are Longue Vue House and Gardens, the Louisiana Children’s Museum, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Participation is subject to change; please verify participating museums and entry conditions before your visit.

Clearly, New Orleans has no shortage of museums worth visiting. Whether you’re looking for a taste of Mardi Gras or are more of a history or art lover, there’s an exhibit in NOLA worth visiting. We hope this list has helped you narrow down your options so you can pick the New Orleans museum that deserves a spot on your itinerary.

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New Orleans is home to a wide variety of museums. Art, history, and local culture are all represented in the city’s galleries, which helps ensure that there’s something for everyone in NOLA. Some of the most popular museums center around New Orleans’ development.

How many museums are in New Orleans?

There are over 30 different official museums in New Orleans. However, this doesn’t take into account the numerous smaller exhibits, galleries, and landmarks in the city. It also doesn’t consider the pop-up museum experiences that open on occasion.

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Today, one of New Orleans’ most famous events is Mardi Gras. However, the city is also known for its unique culture, music, and art, which largely comes from the history of the French Quarter.

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There are a few famous neighborhoods in New Orleans. The most popular area for tourists is the historic French Quarter. As the oldest inhabited part of the city, it’s had the longest amount of time to earn a reputation among locals and out-of-towners.

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Ten New Orleans Food Tours That Are Perfect for Foodies

F rench explorer Robert Caveiler first set foot on the banks of the Mississippi River in 1682 and claimed it for the Crown. By 1718, a settlement was started, becoming known as La Nouvelle-Orleans. Thus begins our culinary journey in this remarkable area in the United States. Take the influence of Native American, French, African, and Spanish cuisine, mix it with locally available ingredients, and add a few hundred years, and you have something completely unique in New Orleans food tours.

New Orleans Food Tours That Are Worth the Cost

When you travel to a new city, one of the best ways to learn about its culture and history is through the food. It’s all part of the experience of travel. Luckily, New Orleans does not disappoint when finding elevated food options or homestyle basics. While trying a new restaurant is recommended, another way to sample the local cuisine is through a food tour.

What Makes New Orleans a Foodie Destination?

When diving into New Orleans’ food culture, exploring the iconic dishes that define the city is essential. Gumbo, for instance, is a must-try. This hearty stew, thickened with either okra, filé powder, or a roux, combines cooking elements from various nationalities. Another staple is Jambalaya, a flavorful mix of rice, meat, seafood, and vegetables, showcasing the Spanish influence with a distinctly local twist.

“It’s a melting pot of cultures that is heavily influenced by French cooking, some African, Native American, and even some Italian influences as well. It’s a fusion of many different cultures that created diverse flavors and a unique cooking style,” says Gus Martin, executive chef at Cajun restaurant Tujague and native New Orleanian.

Evolving Cuisine Is the Heart of New Orleans

The culinary landscape of New Orleans is experiencing a subtle yet significant transformation, particularly in how modern trends influence its cooking. “People are definitely eating a lot healthier nowadays. Our challenge as Chefs is to develop the same flavors but elevate things to be less heavy than before,” says Chef Martin. “We have to find creative ways to incorporate ingredients and limit the use of creams, butter, and rich foods. We want the same flavor profile but need to elevate things to be on the healthier side.”

This evolution is evident at Tujague’s. While cooking is primarily influenced by French culinary techniques, the chefs in his culinary experience strive to incorporate diverse inspirations. The abundant Gulf seafood offers ample opportunities to experiment and diversify the menu. “We have our classics like Gumbo, Turtle Soup, and Shrimp & Grits. We also do a few more modern things, like our Pan Seared Maple Leaf Duck dish with fresh Louisiana citrus and cherry demi.”

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Food tours make great samplers before deciding what you’d like to try more of. If you’d prefer to dive straight into the local restaurants instead, look at New Orleans restaurants, you must try or give Tujague’s a try for a special evening.

1 – New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

Destination Kitchen offers a three-hour walking tour in the French Quarter, led by an expert guide, exploring renowned restaurants and food venues. This tour includes insider views of famous kitchens and various food tastings, including classic New Orleans dishes like gumbo, boudin, and beignets. You also have the option to purchase unique local cocktails, such as the Pimms Cup. The tastings generally add up to a full meal, and you get a chance to walk it off between stops. It costs $75 per person.

2 – New Orleans Cocktail and Food History Tour

This highly-rated half-day food and cocktail tour with Doctor Gumbo Tours is priced at $140 per person and welcomes a maximum of 16 guests. Experience Louisiana’s rich culinary heritage as you visit six unique spots, tasting up to ten dishes from classic Creole eateries. Your ticket also includes four full-sized drinks. As you wander through the iconic French Quarter and along the vibrant Bourbon Street, your guide will offer enlightening commentary, blending gastronomic delights with historical insights.

3 – New Orleans French Quarter Food Adventure

Two and half hours and $79 will give you an opportunity to embark on this New Orleans food tour with Intrepid Urban Adventures . With a focus on how food, culture, and history intertwine in this vibrant city, the tour includes tasting New Orleans’ diverse multicultural heritage through its cuisine. Highlights feature a visit to America’s oldest public market, savoring the iconic dish of gumbo, and experiencing the locals’ favorite French doughnut, the beignet. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to sample exclusive traditional delicacies found only in Cajun country. The adventure consists of four food stops with five unique food samples.

4 – New Orleans Signature Tastes of the French Quarter Food Tour

Tastebud Tours allows you to explore up to six handpicked eateries, each renowned for their exceptional Creole, Cajun, and French-inspired dishes. The tour allows a maximum of 16 participants and lasts three hours, ensuring personalized attention and an engaging atmosphere. Not just a tour but an award-winning experience, Tastebud Tours has been lauded as The People Choice, standing out among New Orleans’ food tours. Adults can purchase drinks during the tour, embracing the local custom of ‘To Go Cups’ —yes, walking around New Orleans carrying cocktails is legal. $65.75 per person.

5 – The Premier New Orleans Food Tour

Embark on a gastronomic three-hour journey through the heart of the French Quarter on this unique walking food tour with The Premier New Orleans Food Tour . You’ll have the opportunity to learn the subtle yet distinct differences between Cajun and Creole cuisine. This tour stops at some of the city’s oldest restaurants and quaint sweet shops, each offering a taste of authentic local flavor far removed from typical tourist spots. It has a maximum of 12 participants per group and costs $72.

New Orleans Cooking Classes and Demonstrations

Cooking classes are a great way to learn about the local cuisine, making it one of the best things to do with friends in New Orleans.

6 – New Orleans Demonstration Cooking Class & Meal

The New Orleans School of Cooking is conveniently located a few blocks from Jackson Square in the French Quarter. In this unique cooking demonstration class set in a 19th-century molasses warehouse in New Orleans, you’ll dive into the rich culinary world of Creole and Cajun cuisine. Guided by a local chef, learn the art of preparing classic Louisiana dishes such as gumbo, Jambalaya, and pecan pie. The experience includes a full meal, allowing you to savor generous samples of each dish paired with a local beer, sweet iced tea, or coffee. You’ll also be provided with recipes to take home. Dietary restrictions can be catered for but cost an extra $5 on top of the $42 fee per person.

7 – New Orleans Hands-on Cooking Class & Meal

If just watching someone else cook doesn’t work for you, and you’d rather don an apron, The New Orleans School of Cooking has another class to try. For $162 a person, you can take a three-hour cooking lesson in an intimate group setting with a maximum of 10 guests. Together, you’ll create a multi-course Louisiana meal that you can enjoy with a wine or local beer. You’ll also get to take home the recipes and apron. Advise the school if you have any dietary requirements when booking.

8 – Hands-on Cajun Cooking Class & Lunch

Chef Dee Lavigne of the Deelightful Roux School of Cooking will help you master the art of iconic dishes like Jambalaya and Bananas Foster. You’ll also enjoy a curator-led Southern Food and Beverage Museum tour, adding depth to your understanding of the region’s culinary heritage. Your $115 per person ticket includes French bread from a local bakery and Luzianne Iced Tea.

9 – New Orleans Vegetarian Class

Why should the meat-eaters have all the fun? Indulge in the unique flavors of Louisiana with a New Orleans vegetarian twist, where Cajun cuisine meets plant-based deliciousness. Your cooking adventure will include Gumbo Z’Herbes, a traditional dish bursting with greens. You’ll also learn to prepare Corn Maque Choux, a savory, sweet medley of corn and spices, followed by a delicious Pecan Praline Bread Pudding with a rich Salted Caramel sauce. This class by Mardi Gras School of Cooking is $150 per person and includes wine, beer, or soda with your meal.

10 – Brunch Class

Step away from the Gumbo and Jambalaya and find out what New Orleanians enjoy during the day. Learn to make New Orleans Style Shrimp and Grits,

Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce over a Crab Cake and Praline bacon—aka Pig Candy. This class is also run by the Mardi Gras School of Cooking and costs $150 per person. If that wasn’t enough, you also get a choice of champagne, cocktails, wine, beer, sodas, and water. 

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While New Orleans is always a fun destination for a party weekend, there’s so much more to the Big Easy than the always-bustling Bourbon Street. There’s something for everyone in New Orleans —the city has a rich history, and is filled with fantastic restaurants, buzzy cocktails bars , charming boutiques  and lots of jazz. If you’re planning a trip to the Louisiana city, then you’ll be thrilled to know that NOLA is also home to a noteworthy luxury hotel scene that’s as varied as you’d expect from the cultural locale.

While you can’t go wrong with one of the old school, classic spots in the French Quarter, there are also tons of chic new openings and boutique hotels in the neighboring Central Business District, as well as the boho Marigny area and Lower Garden District. Below, see all the best and most luxurious New Orleans hotels to book for your next trip to the southern city.

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  • 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112

The Roosevelt is an iconic spot in the Big Easy; the 504-room historic hotel first opened its doors in 1893, and the property embraces its past, as the most recent renovation brought back several original architectural details, including coffered ceilings, mosaic tiled floors and handmade plasterwork. The classic spot is located in the Central Business District, mere minutes to Bourbon Street, and is within walking distance of the Warehouse District, as well as the Superdome. The marble lobby is sleek yet traditional, with glittering chandeliers hanging above the check-in desk and concierge. Teddy’s Bar is located just off the lobby, and there’s also a rooftop bar and pool. Even if you’re not staying at the Roosevelt, you should still stop for a drink at the famed Art Deco-style Sazerac Bar.

  • 300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Windsor Court has more of a classic, old world feel than some of the other NOLA hotels. It’s situated right in the midst of the Central Business District (CBD) in downtown New Orleans, with 316 rooms and suites, all of which have either a private balcony or bay windows with views of the Mississippi River or the cityscape. All the accommodations are outfitted with Italian marble baths and Diptyque amenities. There's a luxe spa and one main restaurant, The Grill Room, as well as the more casual Polo Club, which also doubles as a music venue, as there’s often live jazz. For an al fresco moment, head to the saltwater rooftop pool.

  • 921 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

The Ritz Carlton New Orleans is located just outside the bustling nightlife of the French Quarter, in the historic Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building. It’s on the larger size, with 527 hotel rooms and suites, all of which have 400-thread-count linens and marble bathrooms. The property is also home to the city’s largest spa, as well as the Davenport Lounge, where there are live jazz performances from Wednesday through Sunday, and afternoon tea offered on Saturdays. For another dining option, check out M Bistro.

  • 214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

The elegant Hotel Monteleone dates back to 1886; it’s situated right off of Bourbon Street, with 552 accommodations, including a selection of Literary Author Suites that are named in honor of past guests, such as Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and Eudora Welty. The rooms all have a French-inspired aesthetic, with high ceilings and marble baths, as well as the requisite free Wifi. Don’t forget about the classic Carousel Bar, either; it’s been opened in some form or another since 1949, and yes, it does actually (very slow) rotate, just like a carousel. There’s also a Creole-inspired bistro, Criollo Restaurant, in addition to a rooftop bar with cabanas and the Spa Aria.

  • 4125 St Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115

The Chloe is a newer addition to the New Orleans hotel scene. The high-end boutique hotel opened in 2020, with just 14 uniquely decorated guest rooms available. It’s set further away from the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter, in the elegant Uptown neighborhood, mere steps from the Garden District. The hotel occupies a former Victorian mansion, and is all about eclectic maximalism. There’s local art everywhere, with tons of light and unique details in each space. The all-day on-site restaurant, led by Todd Pulsinelli, is another major draw, with a menu focused on local cuisine and Creole-inspired dishes.

  • 2317 Burgundy Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

New Orleans is about so much more than just Mardi Gras and all things Bourbon Street. Hotel Peter and Paul, a boutique hotel in the trendy Marigny neighborhood, is perfect for a fun hipster vibe. The 71-room hotel is the result of a massive four-year renovation that combined a collection of buildings, including a former 19th century Catholic church, convent, rectory and schoolhouse. The unique rooms are spread out among the buildings, each of which has a different design aesthetic. Definitely stop for a drink at the Elysian Bar, for a sophisticated NOLA cocktail experience.

  • 1507 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Hotel Saint Vincent is a chic new spot in the Lower Garden District, from Austin-based  hospitality group McGuire Moorman Lambert. The property’s history goes back to 1861, when it was built as the Saint Vincent’s Infant Asylum—it opened in its current iteration as a buzzy, 75-room boutique hotel in 2021. While the hotel is in a super walkable area, there’s also plenty to do within the confines of the Saint Vincent, as the property is home to two restaurants (San Lorenzo & Paradise Lounge and the adjacent Elizabeth Street Café) as well as a pool bar and the guest-only Chapel Club bar. There’s also an on-site shopping boutique, ByGeorge New Orleans.

  • 2 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Four Seasons New Orleans is another relatively new addition to the city’s luxury hotel scene, and you get all the five-star amenities and service you’d expect of the plush hospitality group. It’s perfect for those that want a more sleek, modern and ultra-luxury experience, with 341 pristine rooms, all adorned in a soft, neutral color palette. It’s right on the edge of the Mississippi River (yes, there are amazing views) in the CBD neighborhood, between the French Quarter and the Warehouse District, within walking distance to the streetcar line and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The restaurant scene within the Four Seasons New Orleans is what really makes this hotel stand out; Louisiana native (and James Beard Award-winner) chef Donald Link helms Chemin à La Mer, serving French and Creole dishes to guests that can take in panoramic vistas of the Mississippi River below. For another dining option, check out Miss River, led by chef Alon Shaya, with a menu inspired by the local NOLA cuisine. There’s also a 75-foot infinity pool on the fifth floor deck—it’s the largest pool deck in the city.

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A two-for-one  bargain  is coming to HGTV, with 10 new episodes of the hit Detroit-based home renovation series, Bargain Block , and greenlighted a five-episode spin-off series set in the Big Easy, Bargain Block New Orleans in 2024.

Both series will star renovation experts and partners Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas as they restore neighborhoods in two iconic American cities one house at a time. In Bargain Block New Orleans , Keith and Evan, will buy multiple rundown and abandoned houses and take them down to the studs to create affordable, stylish and fully furnished homes that are ideal for first-time homebuyers. 

The series are slated to premiere in Fall 2024. The houses will present unique restoration challenges for the couple, including repairing hurricane-damaged properties, bee infestations and strict construction codes that are vastly different from Detroit.

As a few local friends help the duo navigate the city's wild ways, sound advice and support will also be available from their friend—lifetime Detroit resident and real estate expert Shea Hicks-Whitfield, the duo create affordable, stylish and fully furnished homes that are ideal for first-time homebuyers.

“Millions of home renovation enthusiasts have tuned in to see Keith, Evan and Shea’s passion for improving Detroit communities in Bargain Block for three seasons, making it a strong ratings driver for the network,” said Loren Ruch, Head of Content, HGTV. “We know their legions of fans will want to follow them to New Orleans and watch them transform and preserve this one-of-a-kind city.”  

Bargain Block , which attracted more than 14 million viewers and ranked as a top 3 non-news/sports cable series among upscale P25-54 and upscale W25-54 in its previous run, follows the couple as they buy multiple run-down homes on a single block and take them down to the studs.

Until the new and returning series premieres, fans can stream previous seasons of Bargain Block now on Max. Fans can connect with Keith at @keithbynum_, Evan at @emuralit and Shea at @shea.whitfield on Instagram.

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