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Top 10 things to do 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!

S.S. Natchez

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.

French Quarter

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.

Lake Pontchartrain

Having once suffered from careless overdevelopment, the Lake Pontchartrain are now a great place to swim and picnic, particularly by the Mardi Gras fountain.

Garden District

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!

Bourbon Street

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 Cabildo

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.

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

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!

Mardi Gras World

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 State Museum

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.

The Old US Mint

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!

Planning Your New Orleans Visit

When to go?

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!

How long to stay?

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!

How to get around?

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

Experience depends on guide. Not all are the same!

We did tour on Friday. Guide was excellent and we enjoyed the tour. Friends joined us in New Orleans on Sunday so we highly recommended the tour. They took it and we joined them for part of the tour again. The guide was terrible. I was embarrassed that I had recommended the tour. The 3 day tour is very reasonably priced especially if you have time for walking tours.
New Orleans Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour Reviewed by Paul, 10/19/2016

Educational and fun, great way to see points of interest !

The tour was very enjoyable and informative. It was a free tour, your only cost was what you felt was fare for a tour well given. The guide, Andrew, was great. We learned a lot and had fun too.
New Orleans Garden District 2-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Michael, 10/19/2016

Professional, entertaining and informative

Ernie gave a great cemetery tour. As guides go, this guy was a pro. His presentation is informative and he engages the group with an infectious laugh and and obvious love of New Orleans history. Lots of fun, would recommend.
New Orleans' St. Louis Cemetery Tour Reviewed by Dane, 10/17/2016

Get job-Enjoyed the Swamp and Oaks tour. Drivers delivered all info .

From pick up in front of hotel to drop out the day was enjoyed by all 3 in our group.

It was not the best, tolerable. I would not recommend it for anyone

There was no courtesy or civility from those that work there. For ticket taking, they simply took the ticket. NO welcome aboard I am here to assist you, just "give me the ticket". Again there is no "put whatever items in your hand down remove your shades if you would like to, to take a picture", just quick snap a picture. NO please pose for the picture, just a snap of the picture. The male taking a picture of me, has the nerve to get an ATTITUDE, after he has snapped a picture of me with a water in my hand a purse in the other hand and shades on, my eyes. After I ask him what just took place, it went so quick I had no idea. He said I took a picture for you. I said "no, not with these items in my hands and shades on, could you please take another picture I can be willing to pay for, he took the picture with an attitude. The so called musicians playing jazz, NO WHERE near PROFESSIONAL music being played. Quite a bit of conversation NOT MUSIC went on, on the mic, the music played poor

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