New Orleans – Top 8 Places For You To Visit
New Orleans is an ever popular travel destination, but vacationers frequently get overwhelmed deciding what they want to do in this bustling city. Well luckily for them, I’ve searched out the best of the best – and created the Best 8 places for you to pay a visit to during your stay in New Orleans. So get ready, pack your bags, and plan for a great New Orleans vacation. Just be ready to make time to see it all!
Many – tens of thousands actually – visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras every year. This celebration can also be called “Fat Tuesday” which is held traditionally to commemorate the start of Lent. And New Orleans is truly the place to be if you wish to enjoy Mardi Gras to the fullest! There are parades, Mardi Gras balls, as well as King Cake parties. The season of Mardi Gras lasts for two weeks, with the final week sporting the biggest events. Best known of these are the Mardi Gras parades, with their bright, colorful floats and lively costumes. Beads and trinkets are thrown at those watching the parade; you can go home with quite an exciting collection of treasures! Mardi Gras is always held in early March of each year.
Audubon zoo is located in historic Uptown New Orleans and is an excellent place to bring children and the entire family. You will find animals of all kinds in this wonderful zoo. Do not miss their Louisiana Swamp – it has received awards and is the best way to see local animals in their natural habitat. You will also find endangered whooping cranes here. There are educational programs and presentations, such as a sea lion and an elephant presentation. Children will be happy to see the rare white alligators, something you simply won’t see at every zoo.
Memorial Hall Confederate Civil War Museum
New Orleans is a city rich with history. You will find some terrific museums here, including the Memorial Hall Confederate Civil War Museum, and a World War II museum which will interest military enthusiasts. The Confederate museum first opened in 1891 and has shared a history of Southern heritage. This is the most ancient museum in Louisiana and you won’t find a larger collection of Civil War collectibles anywhere in America.
The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in all of New Orleans. It is also known as Vieux Carre. The city was founded in 1718 and it was centered on the lovely French Quarter. This district is a designated National Historic Landmark and you will find many historic structures here. Probably the most popular spots in the French Quarter are Bourbon Street (and its many bars). The French Quarter is a place many visitors to New Orleans enjoy visiting, with great restaurants, historical sites, as well as amazing hotels to stay in.
Old St. Patrick’s Church
This lovely church was first established in 1833 and is a National Historic Landmark. It is regarded as a treasured and revered landmark in this fine city. The church is located in the American sector, close to the French Quarter. Old St. Patrick’s is an attractive, Gothic-style church filled with elegant structures anyone will adore. There is a ceiling that will help remind you of the Exeter Cathedral and the tower system is a remarkable 185 feet tall. There are also murals behind the main altar, made by Leon Pomarede. I will advise you not to miss seeing this beautiful church in New Orleans when going on vacation.
Louisiana Children’s Museum
If you need a great place to bring the whole family, the Louisiana Children’s Museum is a must to put on your list. There is always something fun to do and explore. The museum targets hands-on learning for children of any age. You’ll find that this museum is big: 30,000 feet of space and programs for the kids.
S.S. Natchez (Steamboat)
Do not miss the chance to enjoy a ride on New Orleans’ only steamboat! The S.S. Natchez provides many different kinds of trips – from cruise ships, private charters, weddings and even special events. Try a dinner cruise with tasty Creole food, or even a jazz cruise to enjoy local musicians. Enjoy the fine and classic tradition of a steamboat ride along the Mississippi river.
In the mood for a little bit of shopping? Then you will want to check out the Riverwalk Marketplace. With 140 stores, there is always something good to buy! It’s the ideal place to visit to get all your New Orleans souvenirs and something unique for friends and family. Or to treat yourself to that new device, or perhaps cute set of footwear you have had your eye on.