Activities & Things to Do in New Orleans: Tours, Attractions, Dining, Cruises & More

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Steamboat Natchez

Journey back in time to the classic days of steam and paddle boats along the Mississippi River with the Steamboat Natchez cruise. With this fun and exciting cruise, you can enjoy a variety of different options to make this activity perfect for you and your family including a jazz music cruise, lunch cruise, and an evening dinner cruise. Take in the beautiful sights along the river as you enjoy a delicious meal, listen to great live music, and spend time on this historic steamboat cruise.

New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

Whether you are a foodie or just want to explore some of NOLA's rich culture, this New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter is certain to be a memorable time. This three-hour endeavor includes tastings of some of the finest Cajun fare, allowing guests to experience the flavorful and vibrant food culture of the city. Visit places like Cafe du Monde and try delicious oysters, red beans and rice, gumbo, beignets, and more.

VooDoo and Cemetery Walking Tour

Enjoy the haunted history of the city of New Orleans with this walking tour of the historic VooDoo and Cemetery Walking Tour. On this venture, guests will explore the French Quarter while learning all about the history that plagues New Orleans. This interesting tour combines the history of the cemeteries, VooDoo queens, and many more interesting legends and lore from NOLA's rich past. 

City of New Orleans and Katrina Recovery Tour

With this tour of the city, you will be taken to learn about the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and see multiple sites along the way on the path of the hurricane. Head to multiple districts, a lighthouse, and the levee that broke during Hurricane Katrina. Not only will your guide teach you about the bad destruction of Hurricane Katrina, but also the rebuilding efforts to the homes and businesses of the area to show how everyone came together as a community to help one another after this devastating loss to the city. This tour will touch your heart and give you a better understanding of the powerful events that took place during the storm.

Historical Attractions / Landmarks

French Quarter

The most notable and historic area of downtown New Orleans, the French Quarter is known as the oldest section of the city. The city was founded in 1718 and developed a central square which is now commonly called the French Quarter. The district as a whole has been designated a National Historic Landmark with individual buildings and areas themselves Historic Landmarks as well. The area is filled with historic buildings from the 18th and 19th century and includes something to see and explore around every corner.

Bourbon Street

Located in the heart of the French Quarter in downtown New Orleans, Bourbon Street is famous for its bars, live music, and vibrant nightlife that has been a part of this historic street since the 1880s. 

Garden District

Originally developed in the mid to late 1800s, the Garden District holds a beautiful collection of preserved historic mansions. The street was originally developed with only a few homes per block and large landscaped gardens surrounding each home, giving the historic district its name. During the 19th-century, the lots were subdivided and became more urban with it losing a large portion of the gardens and adding late Victorian period style homes.

Jackson Square

This historic park is located in the French Quarter and played a central in the history of the city of New Orleans. The square is known for where Louisiana was made United States territory in 1803 during the Louisiana Purchase. The park includes a statue of Andrew Jackson, walkways for a lovely stroll, iron fences, and is located right in front of the gorgeous St. Louis Cathedral.

The Arts in New Orleans

  • New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Contemporary Arts Center
  • Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Experience Nature

  • Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
  • Audubon Zoo
  • Audubon Butterfly and Insectarium
  • Couturie Forest
  • Crescent Park

Restaurants in New Orleans

  • Court of Two Sisters Restaurant
  • Brennan’s
  • GW Fins
  • Commander’s Palace
  • Emeril’s New Orleans
  • Cochon Restaurant
  • B.B. King’s Blues Club
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New Orleans Vampire Tour    
The New Orleans Vampire tour offers all the excitement, suspense and exhilaration that can be had in a city known for its history and magical ambiance, which makes this a tour worth taking.
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Small-Group Bayou Airboat Ride with Transport from New Orleans    
Get out and experience all of the fun and wonder of the New Orleans area and its stunning ecosystems on this exciting airboat tour.
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Experience the beauty of New Orleans when you book a ticket to take the New Orleans Small-Group City and Cemetery Tour. Do not miss out on all of the fun!
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The National WWII Museum in New Orleans    
Learn all about World War II and its impact on US culture with tickets to visit the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, LA.
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Slide into the seat of your private horse-drawn carriage and enjoy a peaceful one-hour tour of the French Quarter in New Orleans, possibly one of the most exciting and historic neighborhoods in all of Louisiana. See places like the French Market, Bourbon Street, and the St. Louis Cathedral.
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The Bad Broads Tour of New Orleans    
Imagine walking along the French Quarter and uncovering the haunting stories that lurk in the dark on The Bad Broads Tour of New Orleans! This getaway event is a must-see that will guide you into the past of NOLA's enigmatic women such as voodoo priestesses, murderers, and the naughtiest, most infamous females around. You will be led into eerie locations along the way experiencing with your own eyes this wild, paranormal history. Nothing can quite compare to this powerful group of women who left their mark in brothels, voodoo, criminal activity and the streets of New Orleans. Come and explore this decadent chapter in NOLA's days of yore.
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The National WWII Museum in New Orleans is an extraordinary institution that serves to preserve and share the history of one of the most significant events of the 20th century. The museum offers a unique opportunity for visitors to learn about the people, events, and technology that shaped the course of the war and the world that followed.
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A stately historic mansion stands surrounded by sprawling live oak trees with lush greenery in a serene park-like setting.
On the Oak Alley Plantation Tour, you'll leave the French Quarter of New Orleans to visit Oak Alley, an 1839 mansion on a 25-acre plantation, and learn its history.
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The Swamp and Bayou Tour takes its guests on a tour through the great Mississippi River and into the infamous bayou of Louisiana to see some of the many sites and wildlife that are there.
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Swamp / Plantation Combo Tour allows you to experience the Bayou and the splendor of the Oak Alley Plantation. Oak Alley Plantation is set on 25 acres of land and features a gift shop and Oak Alley Restaurant.
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