Fun & Interesting Things to Do in New Orleans
New Orleans, also known as the Big Easy has a lot to offer in terms of fun and enjoyment. Whether you are visiting with family or have planned a trip with friends; you’re bound to find endless amounts of fun for all ages.
If you’re looking for for live events, such as concerts, art, comedy, music, theater, etc.. check out our local events calendar. But if you’re looking for other date ideas, or fun things to do near you, check out some of these awesome area attractions.
If you want an authentic New Orleans experience but not from typical touristy areas of Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, head to the lively Frenchmen Street. A popular spot for locals, Frenchmen Street is a four-block stretch of live music, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and art galleries. It is not just a party spot though; on the contrary it is a shopping haven where locals sell homemade art and jewelry. It is located in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans and is easy to reach as it is within walking distance of the French Quarter and also accessible via car or taxi.
Take a walking tour of the Garden District, situated a little less than 3 miles southwest of the French Quarter for a peek at some of the city’s most beautiful homes. This historic residential neighborhood is laden with trees, ivy, and yes, gardens.
Flanking Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, the Cabildo was originally constructed in 1799as the seat of the Spanish government. Today, the Cabildo is home to a three-floor branch of the Louisiana State Museum, which recounts Louisiana history with the help of Native American objects, Colonial-era paintings, and even Napoleon Bonaparte’s death mask. Visitors can also see the room where the Louisiana Purchase was finalized. An entire floor is devoted to Hurricane Katrina — the 2005 storm that left New Orleans and surrounding regions devastated. You will find multimedia displays and artifacts collected during the cleanup of both Katrina and Hurricane Rita.
Strange and morbid as it may sound, some of New Orleans’ must-see attractions are its cemeteries. Many of the tombs found in these “cities of the dead” are above ground to protect them from rising water levels, and embellished with ornate designs inspired by French and Spanish architecture.
The Big Easy has some fantastic restaurants too, so while stopping for a bite between sightseeing, you have a lot of options to take your pick from, including a variety of mouth-watering cuisine. Hurry and plan a trip to New Orleans – the beautiful place awaits with open arms!