If you’re planning to visit New Orleans, you have no doubt done some research on what you want to do. Most people plan their trip around Bourbon Street and sipping their way through all the tasty drinks the city is known for, but your liver might want a break (or several), which is the perfect chance for you to see the other side of The Big Easy. With hundreds of epic activities and a thriving culture that is known around the world, you might have a hard time hitting everything you want to do before you leave. These ideas are a jumping off point that is sure to fill your itinerary with the perfect mix of fun, food, and festivities. You can take yourself on tours of the stunning architecture the city is known for, or explore less populated areas like the marshes and bayous. Sample some of the infamous eats that draw people in from all over, or just enjoy walking the French Quarter as the sun sets and jazz music floats out from the open windows. There is so much to see, do, and taste, you might want to keep extending your trip so you can take it all in on your own time.
Hop On a New Orleans Bar Crawl Or Ghost Tour
If you want to sip your way through some of the city’s most popular watering holes, why not hop on a bar crawl and sample a little of everything? You can learn about some famous landmarks and even try legendary cocktails in some of the oldest buildings in the area. If you’re interested in the lurid past that is attached to NOLA, a haunted ghost tour will give you firsthand accounts of some of the city’s most terrifying tales and residents. Spooky spots like Madame LaLaurie’s house and the Sultan’s Palace will send chills down your spine while giving you a glimpse into the past.
Taste Your Way Through The City
There is no doubt that NOLA is home to some of the most fantastic food around, and you might have to try a little bit of everything for yourself to find your favorite dish. Try picking a new eatery for every meal to sample the range of delicious cuisine that includes gumbos, Cajun delights and freshly baked beignets. With so many incredible things to take in, you might have to take one of New Orleans’ Famous Food Tours, giving you a sample of New Orleans Best Food dishes and a history of where they came from. While Bourbon Street and the other obvious spots are a must-do, don’t pass up the opportunity to try all of the other amazing activities and spots that are sure to leave you in awe of New Orleans and all it has to offer.
Visit Some Seriously Spooky Graveyards
The cemeteries around The Big Easy will give you some serious chills and thrills, but the architecture within them is also incredibly impressive and definitely worth checking out. You can hop on a ghost tour and wander through the city’s history one headstone at a time, or opt for a regularly guided tour that still offers all the fascinating information without the chills and thrills.
Grab A Bike And Cruise Around The City
If you prefer self guided exploration, you can rent bicycles from local shops and cruise around to check out the sites. Legendary landmarks like the French Quarter and Jackson Square will fill your day with an in-depth look at the culture and architecture that still make New Orleans a prime destination today.
Check Out The Infamous Bayous
There are a variety of ways to cruise through the infamous swamps of New Orleans, and you can get up close and personal with some gators while you’re at it. You can choose from kayaking tours, pontoons or airboats, or even sunset cruises through the marshes that are as much a part of New Orlean’s history as the Cajun culture. Companies like Beyond the Bayou let you pick from a variety of excursions perfect for a day out in nature.
Take In A Museum Or Two
Continuing with your history lessons, you can visit a number of museums that are a nod to the Big Easy’s past. Spots like the New Orleans Museum Of Art and the Pharmacy Museum will transport you a city ripe with new technologies and artistic prodigies. If you happen to miss the actual Mardi Gras, you can even check out Mardi Gras World to glimpse what makes the carnival so spectacular year after year.
Watch a game at American Sports Saloon
Whether you’re here supporting your team, want to watch the fight or just want a great atmosphere, American Sports Saloon is the perfect French Quarter Sports Bar to watch any sporting event. With over 60 TV Screens, a beautiful balcony and 3 separate bars inside, you’re guaranteed to find the game you’re looking for. Make sure to order one of their famous Frozen Vodka Red Bulls to combat the southern heat. Ps. Ask for Stevie, he’s the Frozen Drink Master!
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