Top attractions in New Orleans
A slow-brewed Gumbo of cultures with a seemingly immortal music scene, New Orleans still drips with the Southern charm chronicled by Tennessee Williams and other famous sons. Here are the best things to see and do in one of the US' most characteristic cities!
There's no better way to cruise the Mississippi than by steamboat! The original Natchez was destroyed in a fire, but the current S.S. Natchez offers dinner and live Jazz tours of Old Man River.
Mit den elegantesten Gebäuden und Denkmälern der Stadt wie dem "1850 House“ oder dem Jackson Square ist das symbolträchtige French Quarter ist ein Muss für jeden Besucher.
Having once suffered from careless overdevelopment, the Lake Pontchartrain are now a great place to swim and picnic, particularly by the Mardi Gras fountain.
New Orlean's rich and famous still gravitate towards this district's 19th-century mansions. Book a Garden District tour to see the best bits, but it's also a great area just to wander and ponder!
Though it's now known primarily for its bars and clubs, by day, Bourbon Street remains one of the best places to tour New Orleans' colonial past.
The governing-offices-turned-courthouse called Cabildo at Jackson Square is where the Louisiana Purchase was signed. Its blend of Spanish and French colonial architecture is now a museum.
The Audubon Institute runs a zoo and aquarium too, but as family attractions go, this is one of the best in the US. There's even a creepy-crawly snack bar – Bug Appétit!
Discover what goes into making Mardi Gras' most breathtaking carnival floats at the giant Mardi Gras World warehouse. It's open 7 days a week, closing only for major holidays. Oh, and Mardi Gras!
Louisiana may have a short history but it's one that warrants 9 state museum buildings! The Cabildo is one, but their flagship is just across Jackson Square at The Presbytère.
Here's another branch of the Louisiana State Museum worth visiting. No longer used to mint coins, the Old US Mint is now a huge Jazz museum, exhibiting old recordings, photos, and live music!
The height of summer (June-August) can get intolerably hot, but it's worth checking what events are happening the rest of the year before settling on dates. The famous Mardi Gras carnival takes place the day before Ash Wednesday (in February or March). If you want to sample some traditional street food though, arrive for November's Oak Street Po-Boy Festival to try the best Po-Boy sandwiches in town!
For sightseeing, four days should be enough time to cover the French Quarter and Garden District, however, New Orleans is a city full of life and culture that penetrates deep beneath its surface. Book a few extra days if you can, keep your itinerary loose, and be prepared to get drawn into a few pleasant surprises!
Walking is by far the best way to see New Orleans, but when it's raining you can easily hail one of the city's many reasonably priced taxis. (Bear in mind though, that most cabs are more expensive and harder to come by on special event days.) There is also a well-connected bus network, but why not opt for the streetcars for which the city is famous? The St. Charles Avenue route, between downtown and Uptown, is a National Historic Landmark!
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- Spring, fall and winter tend to be more pleasant times to visit the city, not only to avoid the heat, but also to experience Mardi Gras, or one of the city's famous festivals. Check event calendars while planning your trip!
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What people are saying about New Orleans
5 Stars for sure!! Mike and Keisha were an amazing pair! Keisha was very knowledgeable and experienced in driving us around while Mike provided all the history and tour information. Their natural work/friendship shines through and if you’re lucky enough to go on the tour with them, you’re in for a treat! They were funny yet informative and we wish it could have been longer. We traveled all over the city and even got to meet Mr. David, a hero and survivor of Hurricane Katrina (if you’re ready and on time to be picked up for your tour, you might just stop at his home museum - not always apart of the tour!). Thank you both for a truly wonderful experience and tour! Highly recommended!
This is an excellent tour at a very affordable price. While the vehicle operator navigated us safely through the city, guide Andrew, provided us a most informative tour of New Orleans to include historic facts as well as current context. Andrews passion for the city's rich history coupled with his in-depth knowledge of the area, rapier wit, and ability to connect with those in the tour are a testament to his commitment, professionalism, and pride in a job well done. We were most impressed and look forward to future opportunities to engage in additional tours of this nature on subsequent visits to New Orleans.
Our tour was led by Andrew. Very knowledgeable, entertaining, and engaging. He share a lot of information/history...answered questions. His counterpart, driver Cory, was cool and collective driver, even the height of evening traffic no stress was felt by us the passengers. Highly recommend.
Tour is well worth the ticket price. Our guide Mike and driver Cory were excellent. Mike is very knowledgeable and really added to the experience. With a limited amount of time in New Orleans, this tour introduces you to places that would take weeks to find on your own.
From sweet potatoes beignet, tasting pepper sauce, gumbo and so much more, this was a fun and certainly delicious tour. Haad a great time, met some fun people and learned so much about Nawlins. Incredible tour guide. Ask for Lindsey.