Things to do in New Orleans
We are guessing you don't need much guidance when it comes to having fun in the Big Easy, but just for kicks we wanted to share with you a couple of ideas that you will definitely want to put on your sight seeing list.
500 Chartres Street
Located right in the French Quarter, the Napoleon House is a 200 year old landmark that's as casual and unique as its French Quarter surroundings. The building's first occupant, Nicholas Girod, was mayor of New Orleans from 1812 to 1815. He offered his residence to Napoleon in 1821 as a refuge during his exile. Napoleon never made it, but the name stuck, and since then, the Napoleon House has become one of the most famous bars in America, a haunt for artists and writers throughout most of the 20th century. Click here to learn more.
Visit the National World War II Museum945 Magazine Street
Previously known as the D-Day Museum, the National World War 2 Museum is a well presented and educational look at the lives of those who fought in, and were part of, World War 2. The building is located just a short walk from the Ernst N. Morial Convention Center. The exhibits cover the history of the war in general as well as changing, more focused, exhibits. Currently, exhibits focus on the path of the American troops to Tokyo during the battle with the Japanese. The exhibits are housed in three buildings and consists of more than 100,000 artifacts and objects. Click here to learn more.
Take the streetcar uptown to Audubon Park and you will be thrilled with this gem that features something for the whole family and is a great place to relax away from the lively atmosphere of downtown. Among the things to do within Audubon Park are stables, playgrounds, tennis courts and various historic information about the area. Pro tip - lots of famous people claim NOLA as home and this is a great place to spot them out for a jog!
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1Sixth and Prytania St.
This famous cemetery is featured in movies and popular culture. The Cemetery was built in 1883 and its most notable sights include the crypts of the Jefferson Fire Company. You may also notice that there are a lot of German and Irish names in the cemetery and this bears testimony to the lethal affect of the Yellow Fever epidemic in the 19th Century. Self guided tours are the best way to explore the cemetery allowing for time to explore the many graves. Its also just a couple of blocks from Magazine Street, Uptown that features unique shops and AMAZING food. Check out Joey K's or Cafe Atchafalya for fried green tomatoes. And of course the Balcony Bar.
The French Market on Decatur starts with Cafe Du Monde. While this landmark is worth checking out, venture a little further to the Gazebo Cafe. Its an outdoor spot that has THE BEST MANGO DAIQUIRI you will ever have in your life, then go buy lots of stuff in the shops.