Visiting New Orleans - What to See and Do
(Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport MSY, Louisiana - LA, USA)
Known throughout the country and the world as the 'Big Easy', New Orleans is one of the most storied cities in the United States, is home to some of the country's best music and nightlife, and boasts a rich cultural history.
Party seekers have been known to descend on New Orleans' French Quarter, one of the most popular areas of the city, known for its impressive French buildings as well as its superior jazz venues.
Ten things you must do in New Orleans
- See more than 7,000 marine species from habitats around the world including the Mississippi Delta and the Amazon at the fascinating Aquarium of the Americas.
- Revel in the thrills of the Entergy IMAX Theater, with five-story high screens and 3D capabilities that are among the best in the world.
- Experience an authentic colonial French shopping experience at the French Market on the banks of the Mississippi River, which has been in operation since the early 18th century.
- Visit one of the best zoos in the country, the Audubon Zoo, which features animals from around the world including many endangered species.
- Get your fortune told or take in the many strange and wonderful street shows at Jackson Square, which forms the center of the French Quarter.
- Live the vida loca on Bourbon street, a legendary stretch of road packed with bars and entertainment options catering to most every taste imaginable.
- Have a café au lait at the Café du Monde, which has become a New Orleans staple since it opened in 1862.
- Take a tour of the historic Garden district. Home to New Orleans original aristocracy, its popular mansions include the Joseph Morris House and the house of the author Anne Rice.
- Explore the city's voodoo roots at the New Orleans Voodoo Museum, one of the only voodoo museums in the world, dedicated strictly to voodooism.
- Tour the oldest building in Louisiana, the Old Ursuline Convent. Built in 1734, the building is home to the Ursuline nuns, doers of great charitable works in New Orleans.