When you think of New Orleans, Louisiana, you likely think of the city’s infamous nightlife and live music scene that have made this French city famous around the world. Although the bars, clubs, and music venues are some of the city’s most fun attractions for tourists, there is plenty more to do in NOLA for travelers of all ages. If you’re planning a trip to New Orleans for your next vacation, here are 5 ideas for fun things to do in the city. Just be sure to bring a comfortable pair of shoes – most tourists get around NOLA on foot, and a long day of walking in the wrong shoes could lead you to seek minimally invasive bunion surgery once you get home!
1. Frenchmen Street
If you want to experience the hustle and bustle of NOLA nightlife but want to get away from the chaos and crowds on Bourbon Street, Frenchmen Street is just the destination for you. This four block stretch of restaurants, bars, and live music venues is a popular spot for locals, and is not as widely known among tourists visiting the city. Food, drinks, and other merchandise will be cheaper here, and crowds will be a little smaller.
2. Garden District
Located just a few miles from the world famous French Quarter, New Orleans’ Garden District is home to some of the most beautiful houses with lucious gardens. This quiet residential area is home to massive trees, ivy, flowers, and other plants found in the countless gardens that line each street. Visitors can find cafes, restaurants, and shops owned by locals along the busier streets of the Garden District, making this the perfect destination for any tourist wanting to spend a quiet, relaxing afternoon in the city.
3. Cemetery Tours
New Orleans is home to more famous cemeteries than any other city in the United States. Many of the cemetery tombs in NOLA are above ground to protect them from rising water levels or in the event of a hurricane or flood, and feature intricate Spanish and/or French designs. Cemetery Tours allow visitors to get up close and personal with these beautiful tombs in cemeteries throughout the city – the perfect way to spend an afternoon for history buffs, architecture fans, and those wanting to enjoy a slightly darker activity in one of the country’s most notoriously spooky cities.