Whether this is your first time to New Orleans or you’re a seasoned visitor, the city’s infectious spirit will surely invigorate, captivate and motivate you to jump in and see and do as much as possible. With so many options, narrowing the playing field can be a challenge. Depending what your priorities are – whether it be history, art, music, culture, and so on, New Orleans offers something for everyone. Always remember to leave room on your trip itinerary for spontaneous New Orleans’ activities. You never know what may peak your interest along the way. Keeping this all in mind, while getting enough rest and enjoying delicious meals, will ensure that you have an amazing New Orleans experience.
Jackson Square is one of many places to soak in the culture of New Orleans. As you explore the picture-perfect square in the heart of the French Quarter, you may find yourself enjoying an impromptu concert, eyeballing colorful paintings by the local artist community, or snapping photos of the surrounding historic buildings, including the towering triple steeples of St. Louis Cathedral.
There are countless ways to enjoy the blues, jazz, zydeco, R&B, and other genres that have earned New Orleans a reputation as a music mecca. Take in a free fall or spring concert in Lafayette Square, visit one of the clubs on Frenchmen Street, or listen to the street musicians on every corner in the French Quarter. Pralines — sugar-rich, pecan-laden confections — are one of our signature snacks. Stop by a sweet shop, like Loretta’s Authentic Pralines to watch them being made, and then indulge in a sample.
Whether or not you visit during our parade-filled Carnival season, you can always enjoy a part of the spectacle by visiting the Mardi Gras Museum at Arnaud's Restaurant. Its collection consists of elaborate king and queen costumes, Mardi Gras masks, and vintage photos. You can also see where Mardi Gras is made by taking a tour of our Mardi Gras World. This warehouse provides a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the floats that are used throughout the Carnival season. Take a break from the ordinary and experience the extraordinary culture and traditions you can only find in New Orleans.