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Known for coming alive during Mardi Gras the Big Easy actually has far more to offer than colourful beads and lots of partying. Things to do in New Orleans include enjoying live jazz music going on paddlewheel river steamboat tours walking through sculpture gardens

and eating lots of local Creole and Cajun cuisine. There is a great deal of history in this southern city a fact that will appease both history buffs and patriotic travellers alike. And you will never have a shortage of haunted attractions in New Orleans where both the historical significance and strong spiritual vibe of the city and Louisiana lend themselves to lots of ghostly stories.

Areas & Neighbourhoods

A trip to NOLA has made its way onto more than one bucket list appealing to night owls families and foodies alike. Whether you want to take a walk though streets and attractions steeped in rich tales or sit down at a new trendy restaurant New Orleans is ready to welcome you with open arms on your next vacation.

French Quarter — This well-known district stands out for its colourful history and raucous bar scene making it a popular stop on any vacation to New Orleans. Things to do here include touring historical homes and the famed Bourbon Street.

Art District — If you’re artistic a walkabout in the art district is in order. In this unique stretch of New Orleans industrial buildings have been transformed into vibrant open spaces.

Lakeview — Just a short distance from downtown Lakeview gained its moniker from its location near Lake Pontchartrain. This neighbourhood is a must-stop destination for anyone visiting New Orleans who has an interest in throwing a line in the water or taking a lazy thoughtful stroll along the shore.

New Orleans tours and day trips are always available to take you through the most popular areas.

What to See in New Orleans

Once upon a time the cabaret shows in The Big Easy were frowned upon but these days they are definitely something to see while you’re in New Orleans. Other sites that attract people from around the country include the New Orleans Opera and the Chickie Wah Wah jazz and dance club.

Things to Do & Attractions in New Orleans

People-watch on Bourbon Street eat lots of Creole food and pay a visit to the Voodoo Museum. There is lots for tourists to do in the heart of Louisiana. Home to St. Louis Cathedral and its fair share of above-ground cemeteries New Orleans is worth its weight in history and you’ll never find a better bowl of gumbo anywhere else. Don’t leave without a visit to French Market which is the oldest public market in the nation and eat a delicious beignet at Café Du Monde. Tour Jackson Square and catch some of the best jazz performances in the world on Frenchmen Street. Thankfully tours in New Orleans make it easy to see this memorable city so you don’t have figure out how to cram it all on in your own.

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Where to stay in New Orleans

French Quarter

One of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods is popular for an ecclectic blend of romantic history, stunning architecture, jazz and black arts.

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Central Business District

Great live music great entertainment and top sights from Canal Street to Harrah's New Orleans Casino – discover Central Business District, a destination also famous for its sports teams.

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Kenner - Louis Armstrong International Airport

Kenner - Louis Armstrong International Airport is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Lafreniere Park or Pontchartrain Center.


Uptown Historic District

The abundant dining options and colourful gardens are top of the list for many visitors to Uptown Historic District. A stop by Magazine Street or Prytania Theatre might round out your trip.

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Garden District

This historic area was named to remember the plantation lands upon which the city was built.

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Arts/Warehouse District

Get to the heart of modern New Orleans and explore renovated warehouses and modern galleries in this chic district.

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Visiting New Orleans: Where to Stay for Mardi Gras

Find the best neighbourhoods and places to stay in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, ranging from high-end to budget-friendly accommodation.

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