New Orleans January 02, 2019
8 Awesome Outings Everyone In New Orleans Should Take Before They Die
New Orleans is filled with awesome outings just waiting for you to explore. If you live here, it can be easy to overlook all the wonderful attractions this city has to offer, but sometimes it can be fun to play tourist in your own city. So here are 8 awesome outings everyone in New Orleans should take before they die.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. The French Quarter
There’s a reason it’s one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city, and it’s not just Bourbon Street. New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood can make for delightful afternoon, just walking around during the day time. From the many antique shops and restaurants to the unique boutiques and incredible architecture, you’ll have plenty to do in this National Historic Landmark.
2. Mardi Gras World
You’ve probably been going to parades your entire life, but how much do you actually know about the history of Mardi Gras? At Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World, you’ll learn about the history of Mardi Gras and the floats and meet some of the talented artists, who work year round to build the spectacular floats. 1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130.
3. City Park
One of the largest urban parks the country, City Park has something for everyone. The 1300-acre park includes a botanical garden, an amusement park, a putt-putt golf course, fishing opportunities, and so much more. The Children’s Museum and Storyland are great attractions for the little ones, and the wide open green spaces are perfect for some quiet reflection underneath the canopies of ancient oak trees. 1 Palm Dr., New Orleans, LA 70124.
4. WWII Museum
For history lovers, a trip to the WWII Museum is an absolute must. This fascinating museum features immersive exhibits, endless artifacts and several first-person oral histories that will take you through the history of the war. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of why it was fought, how it was won, and what it meant for future generations. 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130.
5. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 was established in 1789, making it the oldest cemetery in New Orleans. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a trip to this fascinating cemetery is a must for any New Orleanian. You’ll need a licensed tour guide to visit the cemetery, but once you’re inside you’ll be taken back by how hauntingly beautiful this historic cemetery truly is. 425 Basin St., New Orleans, LA 70112.
6. French Market
French Market has stood at the same site since 1791, making it the oldest public market in the country. Originally established at a Native American trading post, today the six-block market features tons of shopping opportunities and restaurants to dine at. From farmers markets to flea markets, there’s something for everyone here. 1008 N. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70116.
7. Take a swamp tour
Explore some of the most beautiful natural scenery Louisiana has to offer with a guided swamp tour for a picture perfect day. Not only will you have the opportunity to see scores of wildlife, but you’ll learn about the history and the importance of the landscape from native guides who have spent their entire lives around the water. There are several companies around the city who would love to take you out on the water, and you can read more about them in our previous article
8. Barataria Preserve
If getting on a boat isn’t your thing, then take a short drive down to Marrero to visit Barataria Preserve. The preserve’s 23,000 acres feature bayous, swamps, marshes, forests, and tons of wildlife. The boardwalk trails will lead you through these picturesque landscapes, through areas that you simply wouldn’t be able to get to any other way. 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, LA 70072.
How many of these attractions have you been to? Let us know in the comments below!