As you might guess, there are a lot of enjoyable things to see and do in a city as culturally rich and diverse as New Orleans. The Crescent City has certainly earned its reputation as a party town, but there are other aspects of the thriving port city that aren’t quite as well known. For those whose visit is a short one, we’ve come up with a short list of things to see and do that covers a wide spectrum of the famous town’s personality.
Bourbon Street – Though best known as a late night party spot that goes into hyper mode during Mardis Gras, Bourbon Street also has a kinder gentler personality during the day. If partying isn’t part of a given trip, an afternoon drink in a quiet atmosphere can be enjoyed in the afternoon. It’s always a great place to people watch no matter the time of day.
The French Quarter – The French Quarter is really the heart and soul of New Orleans. The architecture, great restaurants and friendly people all add up to a fabulous experience for the visitor. Royal Street is something like Bourbon Street’s quieter but prettier sister. St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square are places where you can feel the spirit and humanity of New Orleans. Cafe Du Monde is a great place to enjoy a robust breakfast.
The Garden District – This quiet part of town is a great place to check out the city’s architectural past. The area is packed with handsome homes, unique homes and cemeteries that tell a lot about the history and culture of New Orleans. The cemeteries themselves are a great way for those interested in history to learn more about part of the American story.
City Park – This beautiful green space is home to the New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden. A great outdoor place to chill out even if you don’t go inside the museum. There’s also a nice little amusement park complete with an old fashioned carousel that’s great entertainment for children of all ages.
Streetcars – Most visitors to New Orleans don’t have the luxury of riding streetcars in their hometowns. This is a great way to take in the city’s unique character while making friends with fellow passengers. Canal Street is a very popular route but St. Charles Street is a great way to take in all the delights of the Garden District. The St. Charles Street route ends at the bucolic Audubon Park that’s another quiet corner of the bustling city.
There are also some things that are just part of the fabric of the city. You can hear a wide array of jazz styles all around the town where the truly American form of music was born. Food is another ubiquitous aspect of New Orleans. Restaurants all over town serve some of the best seafood with that distinctive Cajun flair. If you’re not in the mood for bounty from the ocean, you can find just about any kind of food you can imagine, and the restaurants will stay in your memory for a long time.