What Not to Miss in New Orleans

What Not to Miss in New Orleans

I always feel weird whenever I do a guide to a new city, especially when I’ve only been to the place once or a few times. Please know that I do not claim to be an authority over New Orleans — or any city I cover by any means. This list is just to give you some ideas for a good time, as it did for me. So please take this list as a guide and have some fun with it!

 

Here’s what not to miss in New Orleans:

Bourbon Street

Known for it’s yearly Mardi Gras celebration. Bourbon Street almost reminds of me the Las Vegas Strip at an older time. It’s where you go to get wasted, basically. You’ll hit a ton of bars and strip clubs; a typical red light district.

What Not to Miss in New Orleans | Bourbon Street | Here and Air
What Not to Miss in New Orleans | Bourbon Street | Here and Air

 


 

French Quarter

A place where you’ll absorb the city’s history with the beautifully designed architecture. From Jackson Square to the irresistable beignets at Cafe du Monde — you’d feel like you’re in a different country. If you love live music, Frenchmen Street is the one place you cannot miss (Preservation Hall for some legit jazz). Even if you aren’t a fan of jazz, they’ve got a ton of music selections to choose from. Rex and I decided to do a Tarot reading at Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo. Even though we don’t really believe in all of that stuff, we thought it would be a cool experience — and it was! Oh and get a daiquiri at their famous Fat Tuesdays or a hurricane drink at Pat O’ Briens.

 

See & Do

  • Frenchmen Street

  • Spotted Cat

  • Three Muses

  • Frenchmen Art Market

  • Magazine Street

  • Jackson Square (St. Louis Cathedral)

  • Preservation Hall

  • Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo

 

Eats

  • Cafe Du Monde

  • Royal House

  • Gumbo Shop

  • Acme Oyster House

  • Deanies Seafood

  • Mothers

  • Merchant

  • Pat O’ Briens

 

What Not to Miss in New Orleans | French Quarter | Here and Air
What Not to Miss in New Orleans | French Quarter | Here and Air
What Not to Miss in New Orleans | French Quarter | Here and Air
What Not to Miss in New Orleans | French Quarter | Here and Air
What Not to Miss in New Orleans | French Quarter | Here and Air
What Not to Miss in New Orleans | Cafe Du Monde | Here and Air
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What Not to Miss in New Orleans | French Quarter | Here and Air

 


 

 

Garden District

If you want to get away from the tourist crowd of French Quarter, the Garden District is the place to go. The neighborhoods are filled with mansions with beautiful historic architecture. There are a few celebrity homes in the area as well.

 

See & Do

  • Celebrity homes like:

    • Jay-z & Beyonce’s Home

    • Sandra Bullock Home

    • The Manning House (Where Peyton Manning grew up) etc.

  • Audubon Park

  • Lafayette Cemetery

  • There’s a free walking tour that starts at the Garden District Book Shop

 

Eats

  • Creole Creamery

  • Commander’s Palace

 

What Not to Miss in New Orleans | Garden District | Here and Air

What Not to Miss in New Orleans | Garden District | Here and Air
What Not to Miss in New Orleans | Garden District | Here and Air
What Not to Miss in New Orleans | Garden District | Here and Air
What Not to Miss in New Orleans | Garden District | Here and Air
What Not to Miss in New Orleans | Garden District | Here and Air

 


 

 

Honey Island Swamps

For an entirely different atmosphere, I highly suggest booking a tour out in the Honey Island Swamps — you won’t regret it. We did the one with Cajun Encounters. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen alligators in my life. They’re actually pretty cute creatures, if you ask me. There was a point during the tour where we went far out into the swamps (where freaking adorable hogs live). I’m such a huge animal lover, so I was amused by all the wild life, especially when they were eating marshmallows that our tour guide fed them. Aw!

What Not to Miss in New Orleans | Honey Island Swamps | Here and Air
What Not to Miss in New Orleans | Honey Island Swamps | Here and Air
What Not to Miss in New Orleans | Honey Island Swamps | Here and AirWhat Not to Miss in New Orleans | Honey Island Swamps | Here and Air

 


 

 

City Park

This park is massive. Rex and I walked from one end of it to another. Right before we got on a streetcar to get back home, we realized he had lost his wallet. We panicked. I mean, we didn’t even know where to start. Luckily, an older couple found it and turned it in at a nearby golf store. But aside from that incident, City Park has gardens, restaurants, and plenty other things to explore.

 

See & Do

  • Sculpture Garden

  • Train Gardens

  • Bayou St. John

 

What Not to Miss in New Orleans | City Park | Here and Air

What Not to Miss in New Orleans | City Park | Here and Air
What Not to Miss in New Orleans | City Park | Here and Air
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Audubon Park

We visited the park during golden hour and I think that’s really the best time to go. You’ll find beautiful light rays shining through trees. There’s greenery everywhere, just pure gorgeous.

What Not to Miss in New Orleans | Garden District | Here and Air
What Not to Miss in New Orleans | Garden District | Here and Air
What Not to Miss in New Orleans | Garden District | Here and Air
What Not to Miss in New Orleans | Garden District | Here and Air

 


 

 

Parkway Bakery & Tavern

I’m usually not a fan of sandwiches, but the po’boys at Parkway Bakery & Tavern’s is to die for! I am not kidding, if you want to have the best po’boy in New Orleans, look no further and go straight to this spot. No questions asked.

What Not to Miss in New Orleans | Parkway Bakery & Tavern | Here and Air

 


 

 

St. Louis Cemetery

NOLA cemeteries are unique in a way that they bury above ground. They have to do this because when you dig a hole in New Orleans, you will eventually run into some water (not good for burying people). There are two cemeteries: St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and St. Louis Cemetery No. 2. St. Louis Cemetery is where a lot of famous people are buried like Marie Lavea, but you need to book a tour. Nicholas Cage has also reserved a spot in this cemetery. Locals joke that it’s where he buried his career, lol. St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 looks pretty much the same, but you don’t need to book a tour. Make sure to check their hours because they close pretty early.

What Not to Miss in New Orleans | St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 | Here and Air
What Not to Miss in New Orleans | St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 | Here and Air
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2 Comments
  • Paul M
    Posted at 19:01h, 21 February Reply

    Great post! Thank you for the much needed information I can use on an upcoming road trip.

    • Carmelisse
      Posted at 23:17h, 22 February Reply

      Awesome! Thanks Paul 🙂

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