New to the city or just visiting, the one thing you should know about New Orleans is that there is ALWAYS something to do. From festivals to parades to just hanging out around town, if you can’t find something to do, you aren’t looking hard enough. Here are 25 things to do in New Orleans that we think should be on everyone’s must do/see lists.
City Park – So much to do here and a lot of it’s free. You can just visit the park and walk along the beautiful oaks. There is also Storyland, the Botanical Gardens, City Putt, and the Carousel Gardens. Each Halloween, there is Ghosts in the Oaks and during the holiday season the popular Celebration in the Oaks.
NOMA – Located inside City Park, this is the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Sculpture Garden – Also located inside City Park and a part of NOMA, it has free admission.
French Quarter – This is where everyone goes when they visit New Orleans–just remember there is more here than Bourbon Street.
Lafreniere Park – In the heart of Metairie, this is perfect for a picnic. If you visit at Christmas time, there is a holiday light display that is worth visiting and only $3 a car.
Kenner’s Rivertown – There used to be more to this area but it’s still a great place to visit. There is a science center, a space station prototype, Heritage Park, Rivertown Theater, the planetarium and more. During Christmas there is a light display on the weekends
Plantation Tour – Outside of New Orleans you can find many plantations like Destrehan, San Francisco, and Ormond Plantations.
Riverboat Cruise – Take a cruise down the mighty Mississippi on the Natchez or Creole Queen
Swamp Tour – Take a tour through the swamps and bayous of Southern Louisiana to see the wildlife that lives there.
Cemetery Tour – New Orleans is famous its cemeteries, and you can tour one or tour them all.
Street Car Ride – Take a ride on the streetcar down St. Charles Avenue and see the beautiful homes of the Garden District. You can also take the streetcar down Canal Street to the cemeteries, to City Park, or along the Mississippi River.
Audubon Zoo – See the animals, roll down Monkey Hill, and take time to cool off in Cool Zoo, the zoo’s splash/water park.
Aquarium of the Americas – Located along the Mississippi, the aquarium is home to our favorite penguins and some other fishy inhabitants!
Butterfly Garden and Insectarium – Located just blocks from the Aquarium, you can see butterflies and insects. You can also taste some insect treats.
Mardi Gras World – Here you can learn about the history of Mardi Gras and sample some King Cake!
Ogden Museum of Southern Art – A great museum that showcases southern artists.
National WW2 Museum – Take a trip back and time and learn about World War II and what is often called “the greatest generation”.
Algiers Ferry – For $2 per person you can take a ride across the Mississippi to the West Bank and see some of the best views of the city.
Jazz at Preservation Hall – New Orleans is famous for its music, jazz being the most famous of them all. Nothing beats a live jazz performance.
Frenchman Street – With art, live music, restaurants and more, Frenchman Street is a great place to visit any time of day but we hear the nightlife here can’t be beat!
Magazine Street – Take a stroll down Magazine Street and visit the locally owned shops and restaurants that line the street.
See a Parade – If you are here during Mardi Gras, chances are you will catch a parade. Did you know there are also parades for St. Patrick’s Day, St. Joseph’s Day, Halloween, Christmas and other times during the year? What can we say? We love a parade. Don’t forget to ask the locals where to go for family-friendly parading and contrary to popular belief, there are some rules!