8 Ways to Discover New Orleans
8 RULES FOR GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR NEW ORLEANS DESTINATION EVENT
New Orleans. They call it the Big Easy because nowhere else is it this simple to find fun, flavor and festivities around every corner. Millions of people visit New Orleans each year for its one-a-kind vibe, which is equal parts Bayou chill and southern chic. Here are eight ways to discover your inner Creole in the Big Easy.
JOIN A SECOND LINE PARADE ON BOURBON STREET
You can find a second line parade on any given day in New Orleans. When you hear the music coming down Bourbon Street, grab your drink and join on in! Don’t worry about being an out-of-towner… this is a party that’s meant to be crashed.
EAT LIKE A CAJUN
Jambalaya. Beignets. Po’boys. New Orleans can go toe-to-toe with any other town in America for heavenly local cuisine that’s worth the trip alone. Choose a fine dining destination for an interesting take on New Orleans’ comfort food or eat it as it was meant to be enjoyed in one of the city’s countless bars and pubs – either way, you can’t go wrong! For authentic New Orleans flavors, try House of Blues. Our roots as a Southern rock n’ roll roadhouse have inspired a food and cocktail menu that’s a true taste of the Big Easy.
CATCH A GAME
This is Saints country, and if you want to catch a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome you better match the energy of the NFL’s craziest fans. Or come to town for the storied Sugar Bowl and watch the titans of college football compete for one of the sport’s most prestigious trophies.
STROLL THE QUARTER
New Orleans is a walking town, and there are plenty of neighborhoods worth getting lost in. Feel the history of the city as you trace your steps through the French Quarter. Marvel at the beauty of the Garden District’s oak-shaded streets. Discover your own path or take a guided tour.
HAVE A GOOD SCARE
Many New Orleans tombs are above ground to protect them from water level. Take a tour of New Orleans’ famous cemeteries. Walk amongst the ornate French and Spanish architecture housing the city’s long-dead, or come back at night for a ghost tour... if you dare. If the cemeteries aren’t morbid enough for you, visit the LaLaurie Mansion, a real-life house of horrors that has terrified the city for centuries.
LEARN A LITTLE
If you’d rather learn about the city’s brighter side, visit the Cabildo in the heart of the French Quarter. Once the site of the Louisiana Purchase, the Cabildo is home to a three-floor branch of the Louisiana State Museum. The New Orleans Museum of Art (or NOMA to locals) is home to 40,000 pieces of art and 64 sculptures that live among the park's Spanish-moss covered live oaks. Visit the National WW2 Museum to gain a new respect for the Greatest Generation and their fight for our freedom.
GO GATOR WATCHING
What trip to the bayou would be complete without a swamp tour? Learn all about the ecology, wildlife and people of the Bayou in a boat tour. See lots of snakes, alligators and crocodiles in these salt and freshwater flats that were pivotal to the birth of New Orleans’ unique culture.
ROCK THE HOUSE OF BLUES
You’ve filled your days with adventure, now fill your nights with fun. House of Blues New Orleans is the city’s top destination for live local bands, DJ’s and world-famous music superstars. Located in the French Quarter, House of Blues is perfect for a fully-staffed private event, concert or full-service dining for parties of all sizes. Feed your soul with the ultimate live music and dining experience!
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