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Top 10 Things To Do On Your First Visit To New Orleans

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New Orleans has become renowned for its energetic, non-stop party atmosphere. With the city currently in its modified phase 3 reopening, many activities in the area are once again becoming a possibility. Here are the top 10 things to do next time you're in New Orleans

Top 10 Things To Do In New Orleans

1. Visit Bourbon Street

No list talking about New Orleans would be complete without at least a mention of the iconic Bourbon Street! Located in the French Quarter, this street has become known for embodying the lively party energy New Orleans has become known for. Under current reopening plans, indoor events can allow up to 250 people, and live music is once again allowed at venues, meaning you can look forward to experiencing the live jazz music the street has become known for. Parades are still not allowed, however, though this may change as the city continues to reopen. 

Visit Bourbon Street

2. Take A Steamboat Cruise

Experience the city in a classic way with a steamboat cruise down the Mississipi river! Groups such as Steamboat Natchez offer brunch and dinner cruises that feature live music, meaning you can look forward to not only a relaxing trip down the river but also delicious food and live entertainment! 

Take A Steamboat Cruise

3. Go On A Ghost Tour

If you’re looking to add a bit of a spooky twist to your next trip to New Orleans, consider going on a ghost tour! The city has a rich – and sometimes spooky – history, and this is a great way to learn more about it. French Quarter Phantoms, for example, offers both morning tours of cemeteries in the area, as well as evening “ghost and vampire tours”. Guests can look forward to not only learning all about the lore and supposed hauntings of various locations but maybe even spotting a ghost themselves! 

Ghost Tour

4. Visit Frenchman Street

Another famous street in New Orleans, Frenchman Street is known for its lively music scene. With lessening restrictions in New Orleans, the live music, as well as clubbing scene, is slowly picking up again. Venues such as 30/-90 and The Spotted Cat Music Club are currently open, with more sure to be soon to follow. 

Visit Frenchman Street

5. Go On An Airboat Tour

Get the authentic New Orleans experience with a tour of the local bayous via airboat. Airboats have historically been a popular means of transportation. they’re not only a fun experience but also a great way to see less inhabited parts of the area (and maybe even see an alligator or two!). Companies such as Air Boat Swamp Tours are currently running tours! 

Go On An Airboat Tour

6. Enjoy Local Food

Here’s one for the foodies out there! In addition to having lively music and party scene, New Orleans is also chock full of delicious food. Try out some gumbo at Lil Dizzy’s. Or, grab some catfish at Barrow’s Catfish (currently offering curbside delivery only). No matter what sort of meal you’re looking for, New Orleans is sure to have something that hits the spot. 

Enjoy Local Food

7. Try The Official New Orleans Cocktail

New Orleans is one of the few places to have an official cocktail, and there’s no better way to really experience the city than trying it out your self! Sazerac was named the city’s official cocktail in 2008, and it’s no wonder as to why. If you’re looking for where to get this cocktail, check out The Sazerac Bar, which currently welcomes dine-in patrons. 


8. Visit The Garden District

If you’re looking for a slightly calmer experience check out the Garden District. This historic area is home to a variety of things to do, including eateries, historic cemeteries, and a variety of boutique shops. 

Visit The Garden District

9. Grab A Drink At The Carousel Bar and Lounge

The Carousel Bar and Lounge offers unique decor and ambiance as well as great drinks! Home to the city’s only revolving bar, this circus-themed venue is sure to make for a memorable experience. The bar also features live entertainment every Friday and Saturday from 7-11 pm, so swing by then if you’re looking to hear some great music with your drinks! 

Carousel Bar and Lounge

10. Visit Audubon Zoo

Here’s an option that’s family-friendly and great for animal lovers! Head on over to the Audubon Zoo to see animals such as giraffes, bears and more. Make sure to buy tickets in advance – timed entry tickets are currently required. 

Audabon Zoo

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