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Top 7 Things to Do in New Orleans

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor July 3rd, 2019 Posted in Destination, North America Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides No comments

New Orleans has earned a reputation as the best stag party destination for couples in North America. With so many things to do in New Orleans and see in this city, the Big Easy can easily catch the attention of eager travelers. In addition to Oysters, po’ boys, cocktails, and beignets, there is much more to this charming city than general indulgence, eating, and drinking.

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Whether you are a lifelong local or newcomer, take the time to check out these things while in New Orleans.

1. The French Quarter

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Vieux Carré – as this area is officially known – as an old historic district and home to lots of restaurants, bars, art galleries, and museums. Ince, it was home to an enthralling cast of characters, such as William Faulkner and an infamous French pirate Jean Lafitte. You are advised to begin your visit in the splendid Jackson Square and follow our self-guided, free tour.

2. Jackson Square

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The historic hub of the Quarter, Jackson Square is a place you must visit during your stay in New Orleans. Aside from admiring the 18th-century Spanish architecture, you should visit the remarkable Saint Louis Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in North America. In fact, Jackson Square fronts this stunning cathedral. The square hums with fortune tellers and street performers who play everything from hip hop to neo-folk.

3. Swamp Tours

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Located in Mississippi Delta, this place is surrounded by marshland and swamps. The airboat swamp tours represent a distinctive experience for travelers and visitors. They ply the rivers, searching for waterfowl, wild boars, and alligators. These tours mostly operate within or close to the city limits, about 40 minutes from the aforesaid French Quarter.

4. Go to Garden District

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Located just about 2.5 miles from the New Orleans’ French Quarter, Garden District is a must-see spot you should put on your itinerary. It features great shopping, stately mansions, and lovely greenery. Most tourists take the streetcars, infamous city transport, as this is one of the best ways to sneak in city sightseeing. They carry travelers all the way to the Garden District.

5. Listen to the New Orleans’ Music

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In New Orleans, live music is just about everywhere – in restaurants and bars, in parks, on the streets, etc. That’s why it is considered to be one of the greatest music cities in the world. Experience Frenchman Street and attend Sunday jazz brunches. While eating and drinking, music lovers will enjoy the sounds of live Jazz bands.

6. Take a Mississippi River Cruise

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There are quite a lot of riverboat cruises plying the gorgeous Mississippi River. While some serve dinner and lunch along with Dixie live jazz aboard, other historical no-food cruises itinerate near famous historic battlefields. If you are on a budget, you should consider taking the Algiers Ferry (for $2 only) across the Mississippi.

7. Walk around St. Louis Cemetery

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While there are quite a few fascinating cemeteries in New Orleans, St. Louis Cemetery is certainly the most famous one. This is a unique opportunity to wander around the “City of the Dead.” Instead of getting buried, coffins are placed in mausoleums because of the high water table. The cemetery is located on the French Quarter’s edge and is accessible on tours only.

With so many tourist attractions and points of interest in New Orleans, it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of the city. All you need to do is visit this city and discover them on your own.

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