New Orleans January 02, 2018
7 Places In New Orleans That Are Better Than Anywhere Else In The Country
New Orleans is filled with hidden gems everyone should visit at least once. From beautiful bayous to historic neighborhoods, here are 7 places in Louisiana that are better than anywhere else in the country.
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. Longue Vue House and Gardens
You’ll have an amazing time strolling through the gardens at this historic house. You can also tour the house, which was built in the early 1940s. The home and the gardens belonged to Edgar and Edith Stern, who worked with amazing architects and landscape architects who made their dream home a reality. Located at 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124.
2. City Park
You’ll never run out of things to do in this 1300 acre outdoor oasis. Established in 1854, it’s one of the oldest urban parks in the country, and millions of visitors come to the park every year. There are countless attractions in the park including the Botanical Gardens, Besthoff Sculpture Garden, an amusement park including a one-of-a-kind antique wooden carousel, dozens of biking and walking paths, and so much more. Come take a stroll under the canopies of ancient oaks for a memorable experience. Located at 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124.
While you're in City Park, be sure to head over to Storyland, where children will have the time of their lives exploring all the attractions here. Fairytales and fantasy come to life in this enchanting park, from Captain Hook’s pirate ship to Cinderella’s pumpkin chariot, your kid’s eyes will light up as they wander through the park. You can find Storyland within City Park at 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans 70124.
4. French Market
What began as a Native American trading post has evolved into 6 blocks of shopping and dining and has become a cornerstone of New Orleans. The market has existed on the same site since 1791, making it the oldest public market in the country. Open seven days a week from 10am-6pm, you’ll find everything from fresh produce to local arts and crafts at this historic market. Find it at 700 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116.
5. Audubon Park
This 350 park is the perfect spot to spend the afternoon with your family. Visitors can enjoy some of the many attractions this park offers including birdwatching over at the bird rookery at bird island, jogging down the 1.8 mile paved jogging path, playing a few matches of tennis on one of their courts, or just relaxing on a grassy patch underneath the cool shade of a nearby tree. There are also there playgrounds the kids will love, and a public pool that’s open during the summer. Located at 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118.
6. Barataria Preserve
Even though its just on the outskirts of New Orleans in Marrero, we’re still including it in this list because it’s just so beautiful. The preserve’s 23,000 acres include bayous, swamps, and marshes as well as the opportunity to see tons of wildlife. The boardwalk trails offer visitors the chance to see parts of Louisiana’s natural landscape that you can’t get to by car or even by boat. On a clear day, a stroll down one of Barataria Preserve’s trails is simply the best. Located at 6588 Barataria Boulevard, Marrero, LA.
7. Mardi Gras World
Come learn how Mardi Gras floats are made over at Mardi Gras World. Talented artists work year round so we can enjoy these beautiful works of art. Now is the perfect time to take a tour, since Mardi Gras season is about to kick off! Find them at 1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.
How many of these attractions have you been to? Let us know in the comments below!