10Best things to see and do in New Orleans

When planning a trip to New Orleans, everybody has a different bucket list. A stroll along Bourbon Street and a signature Hurricane from Pat O'Brien's will please some, while a walk through the sprawling live oaks of Audubon Park and a neighborhood walking tour can do the trick for others.  The city offers such a range of activities that New Orleans really can please everybody and there is so much to do that even a full week's trip isn't enough time.

Music is at the heart of New Orleans' beating soul and you'll soon see that it's everywhere, from street buskers on Royal Street to the full array of entertainment that happens every night of the week along Frenchmen Street.

The most under-recognized aspect of the city is its nature. The city has two amazing parks in Audubon Park and City Park, with golf courses, kayaking, paddle boats, miniature golf and other activities for the whole family to enjoy. There really is nothing more soothing than a picnic lunch at Audubon Park, sharing your grassy area with a flock of exotic birds from Bird Island. Crescent Park in Bywater is another place to stroll along the river and catch city skyline views.

Shopping, eating, exploring the outdoors and down right enjoying yourself is what The Big Easy is all about. Leave your stress at the airport, and check out the list below for a start on what to see during your visit. 



The New Orleans Streetcar is the preeminent mode of transportation in the Crescent City. Traveling through the middle of major streets such as St. Charles, N. Rampart, Canal and Carrollton, the streetcar is an affordable method of transportation...  Read More

Magazine Street


Magazine Street, which runs from Canal Street to Audubon Park, is a six mile long shopper's paradise. With dozens of funky boutiques, galleries, and restaurants to choose from, Magazine Street is a terrific place to connect with local...  Read More

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas


Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in the French Quarter, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas offers visitors a chance to pet sting rays, feed exotic birds, and ogle sharks in their 40,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico exhibit, which...  Read More



Unless you are specifically coming to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, there is no place other than Mardi Gras World to give you a first hand experience of the famous Big Easy holiday. Blain Kern's attraction affords you a behind the scenes look at...  Read More



Audubon Zoo, located in Uptown New Orleans is a great place for a family visit. Home to more than 2,000 animals, the zoo is open year round, from Tuesday through Sunday (seven days a week during the summer). Learning the eating habits of a...  Read More



The Mercedez-Benz Superdome is the highlight of the New Orleans skyline, with its intriguing design leaving you wondering if an alien spaceship landed downtown. The venue is the home of the Tulane Green Wave and the city's pride and joy,...  Read More

City Park


Are your batteries in need of a recharge after an action packed New Orleans night? Head over to City Park, accessible by street car, a green space that is 50 percentla rger than New York's Central Park. Walk, run or bike through the endless...  Read More



The French Quarter is the beating heart of New Orleans. From its Old World spirit to its infinitely varied architecture and faded elegance, the Quarter is truly a place like no other. In a world of Disney-esque attractions, the French Quarter is...  Read More

Frenchmen Street
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Frenchmen Street in the Marigny is hands down one of the best places to hear live music in town. On any night of the week, within a three-block stretch, you can second line down the street with a brass band, catch a reggae groove at Cafe Negril...  Read More

French Quarter


While offering similar types of shops, the Royal Street experience differs significantly from Magazine Street. First, located a block away from Bourbon street, the area is more reminiscent of a European 19th century city, with horse drawn...  Read More


Meet Beth D'Addono

Beth D'Addono is a food and travel writer obsessed with flavor, exploring cultures, street music and the city of New Orleans.

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