New Orleans has a rich, long, and at times, dark, history. With such a complex past, it should come as no surprise that there are countless memorable, fun, and sometimes quirky off-the-beaten-path things to do in the city. Here are eight suggestions for your next visit to New Orleans.
1. Check Out JAMNOLA
JAMNOLA is New Orlean’s very own interactive art show. It showcases art in music in a fun, memorable, interactive way. The permanent pop-up art installation is located in the Marigny neighborhood, a 15-minute walk from the french quarter. For those worried about the New Orleans heat visiting a pop-up art event, especially if visiting in the summer, you can rest easy. JAMNOLA is fully air-conditioned, making this fun stop cool both figuratively and literally. Tickets to JAMNOLA can be purchased online, and the exhibit currently has pretty limited hours, so you’ll likely want to try to plan as far in advance as possible.
2. Visit The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
If you’re looking to learn more about the spooky side of the city, consider visiting the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum. While this museum is pretty small, consisting of only two rooms, it is full of information and exhibits about the history of voodoo in New Orleans.
3. Grab A Drink At Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop
This small bar may not look all that impressive on the outside, but it has a long and rich history. If it’s blacksmith shop is the second oldest continuously operating bar in the state, and has been in business since the 1700s. Nowadays, the bar continues to welcome customers inside for a tasty drink.
4. Tour Honey Island Swamp
If you’re willing to head about 30 minutes outside of the city itself into the Louisiana swamps, consider booking a tour with Dr. Wagner’s Honey Island Swamp Tours. Swamp Tours themselves may be pretty popular in New Orleans, but the honey island cypress swamp itself has a unique history. It’s supposedly the home of a Bigfoot-like swamp monster. Regardless of whether or not you believe that, it is certainly the home of a wide variety of wildlife including alligators, snacks, and countless birds.
5. Tour The House of Broel
Touring this mansion is a great way to get a taste of New Orlean’s history firsthand. The mansion features unique architecture as a result of having been built in two periods, the antebellum and high Victorian. The second and third floors were built in the mid-1800s, with the house later being elevated to include a grinder for sure. Mansion tours are available by appointment, and cost $20 for adults and $10 for kids. The mansion is also a popular choice for an event venue.
6. Explore Dark Matter Oddities and Artisan Collective
Dark Matter Oddities and Artisan Collective is NOLA’s very own curiosity shop. The shop features a wide variety of eccentric offerings, from taxidermy to occult objects. Even if you’re not planning to bring anything home with you, it can still be fun to look around at the odd, one-of-a-kind items offered.
7. Stop By Marie Laveau’s House Of Voodoo
Here’s another option for those looking to experience the spookier side of the city. Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo is located on Bourbon Street. This small shop offers various supposedly voodoo-related items, as well as psychic and tarot readings. Even if you are not a believer, The shop can still be fun to stop by and possibly learn a bit more about Marie Laveau and the history of voodoo in New Orleans.
8. Visit The Southern Food and Beverage Museum
Here’s one for the foodies! Learn more about the history of food in New Orleans at this museum. The Southern Food and Beverage Museum offers visitors information about vintage foods, as well as some interactive components including cooking classes and demonstrations. Tickets can be bought online as well as at the door.
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