The Best Things to Do in New Orleans
Collected by Wayne Curtis , AFAR Local Expert
New Orleans is a little different than everywhere else. Culture here comes in the form of sequined and feathered Mardi Gras capes and brass bands in a second line parade, as well as stately historic houses, and live music nearly everywhere you turn. Y’all come.
533 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Anyone interested in the city’s complex and vivid past—and if you’re still breathing, that should include you—would do well to make a stop at the Historic New Orleans Collection. This is a private entity with a public...
Julia St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Contemporary art sometimes seems to take a back seat in a city enamored of its ornate and storied past. Scratch the surface, though, and you’ll find a strong and growing creative scene in New Orleans, teeming with makers as well as...
3819, 923 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
The architecture of New Orleans attracts visitors who marvel at the pleasing cacophony of the local streetscape. The 18th- and 19th-century homes, storehouses, and shops—which, thankfully, still exist in considerable abundance—are as...
3016 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
While a good time is guaranteed for any and all music fans visiting New Orleans, those partial to blues and roots music should check out the lineup at Rock N Bowl in Mid City. Offering live music Wednesday through Sunday, this historic venue is...
622 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
New Orleans doesn’t have the national renown of Minneapolis or Portland when it comes to bike culture. But its reputation is growing. Structurally, it's already a great city to explore on two wheels: It’s dead flat (highway overpasses...
City Park, New Orleans, LA, USA
A genuine gondola is hard to find in America. According to our gondalier there are less than twenty in the US. My boyfriend and I enjoyed a romantic gondola ride around City Park at sunset. We saw a real black swan, enjoyed strawberries, and wrote...
945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Tucked into the artsy, yet commercial Magazine Street neighborhood of NOLA, lies humbling WWII exhibits. Historical artifacts of the Allied and Axis powers abound in every inch of this three-building museum, ensuring all of its multi-generational...
1113 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
The Beauregard-Keyes House stands out in a neighborhood—the French Quarter—already filled with standout buildings. Built in 1826, it’s a superb example of the then-newly-popular Greek Revival style, with its bossy pediment and...
1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
A visit to the Besthoff Sculpture Garden on a pleasant spring or fall day can result in hours spent casually taking in pure artistic beauty surrounded by Mother Nature. As a matter of fact, if you're lucky, you'll find yourself doing yoga, seeing...
6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
After you've had enough of the French Quarter and eaten too many oysters and beignets, jump on the cable car and head over to Audubon Park. It is beautiful any time of year, it great for people watching, and a great place to get away from the...
Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA, USA
1116 Henriette Delille St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
I went to this local museum after seeing it in the background of a documentary about New Orleans. It's located in the Treme neighbourhood, and details the culture and traditions of African Americans in New Orleans including the Mardis Gras...
726 St Peter, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Preservation Hall is the best spot in the French Quarter for live jazz. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will take you back to the early 20th century with some of the hottest jazz you ever did hear. A must-see when you're in N'awlins.
Crescent Park Trail, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
New Orleans’s newest public park lies along about a mile and a half of the Mississippi River—a lovely retreat reclaimed from industrial squalor. The main entrance is near the foot of Esplanade Avenue, marked by a boxy footbridge (with...
2438 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
There’s much to explore in the French Quarter, and Royal Street is host to a number of galleries, antique stores, and restaurants that embody New Orleans culture and style. It's worth wandering to admire the picturesque architecture with...
514 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
1400 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Cemeteries can tell us such fascinating stories about the past – where people came from, how they lived and how they died. Nowhere is this more evident than in the above-ground cemeteries throughout New Orleans. Many local tour companies...
700 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
One of the most famous areas in the French Quarter besides Bourbon Street is Jackson Square. It's grounds are bustling around the clock with tourists, photographers, artists, street performers, and locals. Anytime of the year is the perfect time...
925 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
The three floors of art on display at the Ogden, one of a handful of museums in the city's off-the-radar museum district near Lee Circle, run the gamut from Clementine Hunter's paintings of plantation life to Shelby Lee Adam's photographs of...
900 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Art enthusiasts visiting New Orleans should consider a stop at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in the Warehouse Arts District, just a short walk from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and "Gallery Row" on Julia Street. Started in 1976 as an...
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