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Mar 23, 2017

New Orleans Tours, Shopping and Attractions Guide

What to See & Do in New Orleans


Although Nola is known for its wild and crazy party savvy, it’s also a pretty culturally sophisticated and layered place full of interesting things to learn about: art, architecture, history, and language, just to name a few. So, whether you’re interested in art and want to stroll down Julia Street’s hot contemporary art scene; take the kids to a world-class zoo in Audubon Park; or whether you prefer to spend a day at the races, there are things to do alone, with friends, family, and paramours. The feel of the city changes, depending on where you’re standing -- sometimes sexy, sometimes smart, sometimes artsy, sometimes jazzy, sometimes cool, sometimes full of the Mississippi’s blues – and sometimes, all of the above.

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Audubon Park Uptown

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the same architect that created New York’s Central Park, Audubon is lush and green through and through. With running, biking, and walking courses...


Bywater Art Market Bywater

Artists from all over New Orleans and the surrounding areas come to sell their art and craft here every third Saturday of the month. From eclectic goodies to real beauties, it’s a ...


FAB (Faubourg Marigny Art & Books) Marigny

New Orleans hippest Gay & Lesbian bookstore, its staff is uber-knowledgable about the gay community in New Orleans and is a good resource if you’re new to town and want to know wha...


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Fair Grounds Race Course Mid City

This isn’t just any old race course – it’s the third oldest track in America, first opened in 1872. It also turns into one of the main gathering grounds for Jazz Fest in the spring...


Faulkner House Bookstore French Quarter

This spot is where Faulkner wrote his first novel, Soldier’s Pay. He is also said to have heartily participated in New Orleans’ age old ritual: drinking. Today, the literary locale...


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Gray Line Katrina/City Tour French Quarter

There is no conscientious way to visit New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina without visiting the 9th ward to see, first hand, the detrimental damage done to this, among other New Orl...


Jackson Square French Quarter

At the center of The French Quarter beats Jackson Square, named after Nola’s hero Andrew Jackson, who defended the city from the Brits. But the square itself goes further back in t...


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Jean Lafitte Swamp & Airboat Tours Central Business District

The Cajun Coast: see it before it disappears. For a variety of reasons, environmental and otherwise, the coast of Louisiana – made up of the cultural fabric of Cajun families that ...


Julia Street Warehouse Arts District

Brimming with art galleries and museums, this is not only an up and coming spot, but it’s also been given the hipster seal. It’s not Manhattan, but it’s still full of young artists...


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La Maison d’Absinthe French Quarter

It was said to have driven Van Gogh mad – perhaps the reason he cut off that much-talked-about ear. Well…maybe that’s a bit of a stretch. But, Absinthe, once considered a heavily i...


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La Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre French Quarter

It is said that in this theatre the ghost of a spurned starlet has often been seen. But, most of the time what you get is good, old-fashioned scripted theatre. One the oldest theat...


Louis Armstrong Memorial Park French Quarter

Home to Congo Square, Louis Armstrong Memorial Park is not only a landmark dedicated to a New Orleans legend, but it’s also a commemoration of African-American slaves and the music...


Mississippi River Ferry French Quarter

First and foremost, it has to be said: this ferry is a lot of fun. Not in a tiki-bar-Florida-or-Caribbean-Ferry kind of way – No, this is fun because it takes you across the Missis...


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Museum of the American Cocktail Warehouse Arts District

New Orleans is said to have produced the very first cocktail in the United States: The Sazerac – a chemist’s concoction originally created to “relieve the ailments” of the clients ...


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National WWII Museum Warehouse Arts District

You might ask yourself: how did such a well-respected, genuinely educational, and really just top-notch WWII museum end up in New Orleans? The answer is all part of what you’ll lea...


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Pitot House Mid City

Standing on the lawn of the Pitot House is being transported to the 18th century. This Creole Colonial Style mansion and surrounding property, now a museum, is the only plantation ...


Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans Warehouse Arts District

New Orleans has a rich history of architecture – layers upon layers of cultures building structure upon or near another. The Preservation Resource Center is where to start if you w...


$48
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Steamboat Natchez French Quarter

You’ll feel a little bit like you’re in Disney World as this steamboat whistles, blows, and stirs the waters of the Mississippi, but it does allow for a completely unique view of t...


Superdome Central Business District

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 4 years, you’ve seen images of the Superdome on TV during Katrina – jam-packed with those who lost their home; thirsty, and desp...


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The McKenna Museum of African American Art Garden District

Representing artists that range between well-established African-American artists to outsider artists with a very particular visual voice, this museum is a small jewel. While it ha...

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