New Orleans is one of America’s cities where people come to experience the incredible nightlife. After you have had your fill of New Orleans’ wild side on Bourbon Street, why not experience something special in the city? Read on to discover these unique things to see and do in New Orleans.
10 Unique Things in New Orleans
Visit A Dark Museum
Those with a love of the macabre will enjoy the Museum of Death. This museum has everything from shrunken heads to true crime artifacts to exhibits on cannibalism and terrorism. The Museum of Death is open seven days a week from 10 AM to 7 PM.
See Napoleon’s New World House
This home was once part of a plot to bring Napoleon Bonaparte to the new world in 1821. Although Bonaparte never made it to his new home, the house has become a tribute to him. Today the house maintains its 18thcentury charm and operates as a bar and restaurant. Inside, portraits of Napoleon are displayed on the walls, while classical music plays.
Learn About Mysticism and the Occult
Discover the origins of Louisiana Voodoo at the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum. The Voodoo is a mixture of the cultures of Africa and Europe blended with religious incarnations influenced by West African Vodun and Louisiana’s Francophone and Catholic cultures. The museum is open seven days a week from 10 AM to 6 PM.
Drink at the Only Revolving Bar in the Big Easy
Since 1949, The Carousel Bar & Lounge has been a hotspot for visitors and locals. The 25 bar seats slowly rotate one revolution every 15 minutes and decorated in merry go round fashion. The Carousel has two signature cocktails including The Goody, and the classy Vieux Carre cocktail, made from rye, cognac, and sweet vermouth.
Dine Amongst the Spirits
If you desire delicious Creole cuisine with paranormal entertainment, visit the Séance Room at Muriel’s Jackson Square. In 1814, Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan committed suicide on the 2nd floor of this home due to a forced eviction. The local legend has it that Jourdan’s spirit still resides there. Since 2001, Muriel’s Jackson Square opened and maintained the original design of the building. The second floor has been converted into a séance room, where the ghost of Mr. Jourdan is invited to join the guests for dinner every night.
Enter The Voodoo Underworld
The Gates of Guinee are traditionally an entrance to the Voodoo underworld. These seven gates, scattered throughout the French Quarter, are believed to lead to the souls of the dead in part of the underworld known as Guinee. According to local tradition, these gateways are most active around traditional holidays, as well as Ancestor’s day, Twelfth Night, and St. John’s Eve.
Hear Ghastly Tales at LaLaurie Mansion
This lovely baroque mansion on Royal Street has a dark past. The dwelling’s owner, Marie Delphine MacCarthy Blanque LaLaurie had a reputation of cruelty to her slaves. In 1834, when many mutilated slaves were discovered in the home after a fire, a furious mob descended on the mansion. The home is featured on many city ghost tours due to this macabre history.
Visit The ‘City of the Dead’
Lafayette Cemetery was established in 1833 and is the oldest of the city owned cemeteries in New Orleans. This cemetery has over 7,000 people buried here. These include some famous city residents such as the Mayfair Witches and the first Irish and German settlers to the region.
Explore a Historic Bar
You can learn some early American history in the heart of New Orleans. Jean Lafitte’s Old Absinthe House on Bourbon Street played a significant role in the War of 1812. This house still stands exactly as it did that night in 1812 when outlaw Jean Lafitte and General Andrew Jackson met to plan a battle against British Naval forces.
See A Small Replica of Crescent City
Located in the botanical garden of City Park is the impressive New Orleans Train Garden. The garden honors the Big Easy’s railroad history with 1/22-scale streetcars and freight trains that existed over 100 years ago. These cars run on a ¼ mile long tracks that winds through iconic buildings and sights of New Orleans. The Train Garden runs on a limited schedule, usually weekends from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
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