Playing tourist in your own city can be a fun and unique way to spend your afternoon. Sure, you’ve probably heard of all these places before, but how many have you actually been to? They’re not just for tourists! Here are some of the most bizarre activities you can find in New Orleans.
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. Voodoo Authentica
Located in the French Quarter, Voodoo Authentic has been around since 1996. They offer a complete line of locally made Voodoo dolls, Gris Gris bags, potion oils, and many other unique spiritual arts and crafts. They also offer reading and spiritual consultations by an experiences team of practitioners. Located at 612 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116.
2. Mardi Gras World
See where our famous floats are made over at Mardi Gras World. Learn about the history of Mardi Gras, try on costumes, meet the talented artists who work year round on these floats, and even enjoy a slice of King Cake. Located at 1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.
3. Museum of Death
Body bags, coffins, and skulls are just some of the items on display at this unique museum. You’ll also be able to read letters from infamous serial killers, and view some of the Manson family photos. Warning, this museum isn’t for the squeamish. 227 Dauphine Street, New Orleans, LA 70112.
4. Attempt an escape room
Think you have the smarts to solve the puzzle and escape the room before time runs out? Get a group of friends together and test your wits over at Escape My Room. There are multiple rooms to choose from, each varying in intensity and difficulty. Located at 633 Constance St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.
5. Pharmacy Museum
You’ll have a memorable experience over at the Pharmacy Museum. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building was once an apothecary owned by the first licensed pharmacist in the country, Louis J Dufilho, Jr. You’ll learn about past medical procedures, medicinal herbs, and even some gris-gris potions used by Voodoo practitioners. Located at 514 Chartres St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.
6. Go on a ghost tour
Discover the dark side of New Orleans and perhaps have a paranormal encounter on a ghost tour. There are several to choose from, ranging from tours of the French Quarter to haunted cemeteries. There’s even a haunted bar crawl!
7. Chauvin Sculpture Garden
In 1988, artist Kenny Hill purchased a plot of land, and began building sculptures. In less than 10 years, there were more than 100 amazing sculptures. Primarily religious, the figures are a mixture of Biblical reference and good vs. evil. In 2000, he was evicted for not keeping the grass and weeds under control. The site was gifted to Nicholls State University and opened to the public in 2002. A walk through these colorful gardens is certainly a memorable experience. Located at 5337 Bayouside Dr, Chauvin, Louisiana 70344.
8. Take a night time bike tour
Enjoy the night life of New Orleans while cruising down a colorful bike lit up with LED lights. Grab 10 to 20 of your friends and have the time of your life as you ride around the city, stopping off at different locations to grab a drink or catch your breath. Located at 1419 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70116.
9. Music Box Village
If you've never been to the Music Box Village, you're in for a treat. Visit during the day to explore and play with different, unconventional items to create rhythms on your own or visit during the evenings when they have a live performance for a truly memorable experience. Find it at 4557 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117.