Things to Do in New Orleans
New Orleans is a lively city with rich culture and a many things to do and see. There’s so much to do that’s it’s practically impossible to experience everything in one trip. Read on to discover the best of the best, so you can plan your itinerary to ensure you get a broad taste of what New Orleans has to offer.
French Quarter and Bourbon Street Tips
Almost everyone that visits New Orleans makes at least one stop at the French Quarter and Bourbon Street. These are two of the most famous locations in the city with excellent restaurants, bars, and amazing sights to see. Here are some tips you should follow to ensure your visit to these historical places is problem-free.
- There are some beggars, scam artists, and panhandlers. One of the more common scams is known as the shoe shining scam. This is where someone approaches you and offers you a free shoe shining, then after a few minutes of cleaning your shoe, the scam artist demands payment from you. Just turn away people who approach you with an offer of a free shoe shining to avoid this scam.
- Have fun, but keep your wits about you. There are some people in these areas who prey on drunk tourists and attempt to pickpocket or scam them. You can avoid the majority of these problems by remaining vigilant.
There are too many amazing sights in the city to cover in a short list, but three very popular ones are Garden District, the National World War 2 Museum, and Jackson Square.
The Garden District is an approximately five-by-ten block area that gives you a taste of the Old South. This district is famous for Victorian, Antebellum, and Greek Revival architecture, and stunning greenery. This place is best experienced on foot. You can either walk around the district at your own pace, or take a guided walking tour. The visitor’s center on St. Charles Avenue contains brochures with helpful information if you decide to see the sights without joining a tour.
Founded by Stephen Ambrose, the World World II Museum is an excellent place to bring the entire family. There’s parking available in the museum lots, and it’s recommended you find a spot there rather than parking under the interstate, as there’s occasionally vandals and car thieves that prowl around the interstate.
Located at the heart of the French Quarter, Jackson Square is a great place to relax. There are musicians and street performers all around, so you can relax and enjoy the entertainment. On Decatur Street, you can grab a carriage and get chauffeured around the area, while the other side of the square, Chartres Street, is a pedestrian area where you can move around on foot. Don’t forget to bring a camera, as you’ll want to take many pictures of the unique and stunning sights.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do in New Orleans.