The Six Best Activities in New Orleans

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New Orleans’ Crescent City is well-known for its exciting nightlife, especially on Bourbon Street, where a wide range of jazz, blues, and Zydeco performers perform live. Bars in the French Quarter stay open late and serve beverages to go. Traditional jazz concerts are often held at Preservation Hall. During the day, tourists can visit the Chalmette Battlefield at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, stroll through the French Quarter or Garden District, or learn about history at the National WWII Museum. Book DTW flights to New Orleans and visit City Park, which has sports facilities, botanical gardens, and amusement park attractions, for family-friendly entertainment options. Alternatively, head to the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Another family-friendly alternative is to take a boat ride aboard the Steamboat Natchez along the Mississippi River.

Discover boutiques and stroll through ancient neighborhoods near Jackson Square, which is the location of St. Louis Cathedral. For antiques and boutiques, head to Magazine Street or the French Market. Enjoy a delectable beignet from Café Du Monde that has been deep-fried after your visit.

The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum is a fun place to visit for anyone, regardless of historical background, according to recent visitors. The museum, which was founded by Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller and Stephen Ambrose, includes oral histories of the experiences of troops and civilians in the early 1940s. Some exhibits, meanwhile, can be too upsetting for young children. The Liberation Pavilion, the museum’s fourth wing, is scheduled to open in November 2023. It will highlight the effects of World War II with a chapel, a theatre showcasing firsthand accounts from American soldiers and Holocaust survivors, and a recreation of Anne Frank’s home.

Adult admission is around $32.50; students, minors, and military personnel, as well as visitors with handicaps, pay almost $20. Veterans of World War II are admitted free of charge. Certain exhibits and the Solomon Victory Theatre are not included. It takes at least three hours to thoroughly appreciate the exhibits, but for an extra $7, visitors can come back the next day. Magazine Street and the surrounding area offer paid parking options, and buses No. 11, 100, and 114 make stops at Magazine and Poeyfarre Streets.

New Orleans City Park

With a range of attractions and a nice escape from the city, New Orleans City Park is a terrific place to spend an afternoon. Explore the New Orleans Museum of Art or take in the 2,000 plant kinds in the 10-acre New Orleans Botanical Garden. In addition, the park has kid-friendly attractions including Train Garden, which has tiny replicas of trains and streetcars from the late 1800s and early 1900s, Storyland, and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park.

New Orleans Cemetery Tours

The “cities of the dead,” or New Orleans’ cemeteries, are a must-see sight, with elaborate tombs influenced by Spanish and French architecture. The deteriorating grounds, however in disrepair, add to the eerie atmosphere. Notable people including Marie Laveau and Bernard de Marigny are laid to rest in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, while local musicians and infamous pirate Dominique You are interred in St. Louis Cemetery No. 2. The haunting walls of 1 are well-known; they may be seen in films like “Interview with a Vampire” and “Double Jeopardy.”

New Orleans Swamp Tours

The United States’ advancements in communication and transportation were greatly impacted by the Bayou Country, which stretches from Houston to Mobile, Alabama. Although most trips are enjoyable, some animals hibernate in the winter, so there may be fewer animal sightings.

Jackson Square

The St. Louis Cathedral and the Cabildo are located in Jackson Square, a National Historical Landmark in the French Quarter. The Cabildo and the outdoor market with vendors and artists are among the attractions of this park which gets its name from the bronze statue of Andrew Jackson. Less than a five-minute walk east of the square, Café du Monde serves café au lait and beignets to visitors who have finished their shopping.

Preservation Hall

Created to draw people to the art gallery Associated Artists, Preservation Hall is a jazz venue in New Orleans that hosts musicians from a variety of backgrounds. Over 350 evenings a year, the venue hosted intimate jazz concerts, evolving into a full-fledged jazz establishment by the 1960s. 45 minutes of live, authentic New Orleans jazz performances are available at Preservation Hall, which is located on Saint Peter Street in the French Quarter. Book cheap DTW to New Orleans flights and see a performance at Preservation Hall, even with the superb musicians—though the warm summertime rooms could be uncomfortable.

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