Top 10 Things To Do In New Orleans
Congratulations, you’ve made the wise decision to visit New Orleans. Whether you’re coming to the Crescent City on business or for pleasure, it will be an unforgettable experience. The first step after getting off the plane is to come visit our booth and let us arrange your transportation to the Big Easy. Once we drop you off at your hotel in New Orleans, these are our top 10 recommendations for what you should do.
Best New Orleans Attractions
Take a river cruise – One of the best ways to enjoy expansive views of New Orleans while floating along the Mighty Mississippi is on a riverboat cruise. Our sister company, the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen, offers both a daytime cruise to the historic Chalmette Battlefield and a nighttime dinner jazz cruise. On either cruise, passengers will enjoy New Orleans food, music and history in one of the most unique venues in the city.
Eat – Maybe the top quality associated with New Orleans is its cuisine. New Orleans has some of the best food in the world and its own unique culinary style. Enjoy Creole classics like gumbo, crawfish etouffee, barbecue shrimp, red beans and rice and Oysters Rockefeller to name a few. Some standout restaurants to seek out include Antoine’s, Arnaud’s, Broussard’s, Court of Two Sisters, Gumbo Shop, Palace Café, Tableau, Redfish Grill, Restaurant R’evolution in the French Quarter, as well as Domenica and Borgne in the Warehouse District.
Drink – New Orleans is known as much for its cocktail culture as it is for its dining scene. Many classic cocktails were invented here including the Sazerac – the official drink of New Orleans – and Ramos Gin Fizz. Some of the best places to enjoy both craft and classic libations in the French Quarter
Go on a swamp tour – A New Orleans swamp tour is the perfect way to see wildlife you won’t find anywhere else. The Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour can accommodate any size group on a swamp tour and can take smaller groups out on a more intimate and fast-paced airboat tour, both which will take passengers out into the winding bayous and canals of the Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve to encounter stunning wildlife from alligators to wild pigs, herons, egrets, turtles, nesting eagles and more.include the Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, Kingfish and the Hermes Bar at Antoine’s.
See live music – New Orleans has a rich musical history and heritage. New Orleans is credited with creating jazz music and is the home of many famous jazz musicians like Louis Armstrong and Buddy Bolden. A trip to New Orleans would be incomplete without enjoying some live music. Talented musicians can be found playing on the streets in the French Quarter, and Frenchmen Streets has the best concentration of jazz clubs in the city, like Snug Harbor, d.b.a. and Spotted Cat.
Go to a festival – New Orleans is a festival town. The largest free festival in the South is the French Quarter Fest, held every year in April with an extensive spread of some of the best local New Orleans food and music. Then of course there’s the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, a local and international favorite. There’s a festival going on at nearly any given time throughout the year, so visitors have ample opportunity to see how we throw a party, New Orleans style.
Take a bus tour – A fun way to view the city from above and hop on and off at your leisure, all for a flat rate, is a City Sightseeing Tour. The tour is narrated by a city guide and the bus makes stops at many attractions where passengers can get off and then back on one of the next buses that pass by every 30 minutes! For a more historic, old school alternative, the streetcar is a unique way to see the city.
Watch a Saints game – The New Orleans Saints have some of the best fans in the NFL, and the spirit is contagious in New Orleans. Consider booking a travel package with our sister company Destination Management, Inc. for tickets to a home game with hotel accommodations. If you don’t have tickets to the Superdome, go to one of the best sports bars in New Orleans to watch a Saints game.
Go to a museum – New Orleans is a city full of beauty, history and art, and we have many wonderful museums that showcase these treasures. The National WWII Museum is ranked one of the best in the country, and we have many unique museums like the Pharmacy Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Musee Conti Wax Museum and the New Orleans Museum of Art, among others.
Get lost – One of the best plans to have in New Orleans? No plans! Go where the city takes you and discover your own hidden gems. You can’t go wrong in the French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny or the Garden District, and locals will be happy to tell you their favorite spots.