7 Must-see attractions in New Orleans
When you go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras make the most of your trip by doing some exploring and see what else New Orleans has to offer. Bring your camera, comfy walking shoes, and your adventurous attitude.
Here are some of the must-see attractions in New Orleans. This is a little bit for everyone to enjoy, so here we go.
Jackson Square - French quarter is the place to be
Without a doubt, the most famous spot in the city of New Orleans is the French Quarter. The French Quarter is home to many things that give this area some life such as bars, shops, restaurants, and colorful and vibrant street performers. And of course, since you are coming to Mardi Gras, then you will most likely be spending a lot of time in this area. Explore the French Quarter before all the Mardi Gras festivities begin so you can totally take in the beauty of this area.
If you love jazz then go to Tipitina's
Not much has changed at the famous Tipitina’s music venue from the 1970s. This music venue continues to draw in iconic acts who play well into the late hours of the night. Tipitina’s is a place that draws in a unique crowd who love live New Orleans music.
If you are into the arts go to Ogden Museum of Southern Art
New Orleans has one of the biggest art collections in the South at the Ogden Museum of Art. This is a must-see art museum for art aficionados and even for anyone with a small interest in art. It’s located within walking distance of many restaurants, shops, and the French Quarter so it is something that you can’t miss out on. Keep warm and look at some beautiful art.
If you are the active type go to New Orleans City Park
One of the biggest city parks in the country is New Orleans City Park. It is so diverse that you need to save a couple of hours to visit all the breathtaking gardens, old oak trees draped with Spanish moss that are 100’s of years old, waterways, tennis courts, the New Orleans Museum of Art can be found there too, and other outdoor attractions. If you are an active type of person then you will appreciate the bike and running paths. Don’t forget the camera for this spot so you can take pictures of the views!
If you love local culture go to Magazine Street
Magazine Street goes from Uptown to the Lower Garden District. It is a six mile street that has many flea markets, shops, galleries, restaurants, and bars that you definitely want to miss out. It is recommended by locals for you to explore Magazine Street on foot as it can be difficult to find parking here. You can easily get there by taking the streetcar from the St. Charles Avenue station.
If you love to explore take a streetcar
If you’ve got the time and aren’t a hurry to get anywhere or make it to dinner plans on time, then you definitely want to enjoy take a streetcar ride. It’s an inexpensive way for you to see the city. For just $1.25, you can enjoy and soak in the city in a relaxed atmosphere. There are a number of routes. Find a station near where you are staying for a map and schedule.
If you are more laid back go to the New Orleans Lakefront
A not so common touristy place is the New Orleans Lakefront. The Lakefront offers beautiful views of Lake Pontchartrain. It also has a number of laid-back restaurants that serves delicious and fresh seafood. Get there in the late afternoon time to enjoy some liquid libations during a happy hour and stay a bit later for a sunset stroll.
As you can see there is plenty for you to do in New Orleans besides enjoy Mardi Gras. Hope you found this list to be helpful and you enjoy some of these fun places.
Don’t forget to take a picture or two to share online!