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Want to roam about in the streets of most fascinating cities in the world? Just explore New Orleans- a truly unique hub of culture, food and music. No doubt, America’s most cultured and historically enriched city, New Orleans is the best place to visit for fun, parties, events and exploring the culture.
New Orleans is famous for its happening nightlife with Bourbon Street's plentiful live-music clubs. Those who love to stroll can enjoy the tours of the French Quarter or the Garden District. History freaks can have a visit to The National WWII Museum. Tourists are advised to explore one of the famous cemeteries or pay a visit to theBackstreet Cultural Museum for a unique glimpse of the city's culture. For souvenir shopping, check out the antique stores along Magazine Street in the Garden District. Below, we are giving you an idea of top tourist attractions in New Orleans based on popularity.
Let's explore New Orleans points of interest and 15 best things to do in New Orleans:
1. Frenchmen Street
Frenchmen Street, a popular spot for locals, is a center of live music, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and art galleries. Tourists can always head to the lively Frenchmen Street for experiencing an authentic New Orleans. Here, you will encounter cheaper eats, drinks with better music and lesser crowd. The Palace Market which is open daily from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., is a heaven of shopping where locals sell homemade art and jewelry.
2. French Quarter
To experience New Orleans properly, the French Quarter is the best place to begin your tour. Many visitors said the neighborhood of this place is very lively. The neighborhood which is known as Vieux Carré is a National Historic Landmark and also the heart and soul of this city. The original New Orleans colony was established by the French in the year1718 and the French Quarter is a symbol of heritage. The street names are still listed in French. You can wander the narrow cobblestone and experience the charming beauty of neighborhood’s architecture.It is little bit expensive if you hope to stay at any of the French Quarter's hotels.
3. Garden District
The Garden District is located a little less than 3 miles distance in the southwest of the French Quarter and is laden with trees, ivy, and yes, gardens. Visitors can always have a look at some of the most beautiful homes and architectures of New Orleans. You will always appreciate the peaceful atmosphere and well-preserved properties of The Garden district.
4. The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum was opened on` June 6, 2000, on the 56th anniversary of D-Day. The museum has a wide impressive collection of an of artifacts and educational films depicting all aspects of the war. The museum will give you a unique educational experience about the oral recantations of civilians' and soldiers' experiences throughout the early years of the 1940s. You can't leave the museum without watching the4-D movie "Beyond All Boundaries" which is narrated by the world-famous actor Tom Hanks, film's executive producer.
5. New Orleans Swamp Tours
The swamp tours are a truly unique aspect of New Orleans. There are a number of companies which conduct swamp tours on either airboats or flatboats and you will love to learn all about the ecology, the wildlife and lifestyle of people live out there. The bayous, a mix of saltwater and freshwater, are home to crawfish, shrimp, snakes, alligators and crocodiles.
6. Cemetery Tours
Cemeteries are the New Orleans' must-see attractions. In these "cities of the dead", many tombs are found to be placed above ground to protect them from the rising water levels. They are also embellished with valuable ornate designs inspired by French and Spanish architecture.If you want to enjoy the ghostly atmosphere, you have to pay a visit to these age-old cemeteries with crumbled tombs and patchy grass.Despite being located in somewhat edgier parts of town, The St. Louis Cemeteries are some of the most popular ones.
7. St. Louis Cathedral
St. Louis Cathedral is one of the most recognizable landmarks in New Orleans. It is the centerpiece of the French Quarter and the oldest cathedral in North America. It was originally built in the early 1700s. Since the first two were destroyed, today’s structure of St. Louis Cathedral is actually the third cathedral built on this spot. Religious services along with numerous cultural events and free concerts are still held here.
8. The Cabildo
When New Orleans was under Spanish rule, The Cabildo, the seat of the Spanish government, was originally built in the year 1799. After Louisiana Purchase took place, this Spanish-style building served as city hall and the Supreme Court. Today, the three-floor branch of the Louisiana State Museum is located in The Cabildo, which helps to recount Louisiana history with the help of Native American objects, paintings of Colonial-era and even death mask of Napoleon Bonaparte.
9. New Orleans Museum of Art
The New Orleans Museum of Art, popularly known as "NOMA", was inaugurated in the year 1911.It has an impressive collection of more than 40,000 works of art¬. NOMA's vast collection includes a vast range of early Asian works and European masterpieces from the 16th to 20th centuries. Many visitors recommended this museum as a must-see for all art lovers and a great indoor attraction of New Orleans.
10. City Park
The wonderful City Park is spread over 12-acre in New Orleans Botanical Garden has a collection over 2,000 different varieties of plants.City Park offers a lovely escape from the hustles and bustles of city life. You will definitely enjoy an afternoon amid the serenity of this great place.
11. Audubon Nature Institute
The Audubon Nature Institute offers a well-maintained zoo, an aquarium, butterfly garden and Insectarium. Moreover, it has the Entergy Giant Screen Theatre and a golf course. Families on vacation should pay some time to visit this amazing kid-friendly place. Visitors can avail ticket with combo packages.
12. Chalmette Battlefield & Jean Lafitte National Park
Chalmette Battlefield is the place of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans. It is located just 6 miles east of New Orleans along the Mississippi River. Today, the tourists trace the history of the Battle of New Orleans in Chalmette Battlefield.
13. Backstreet Cultural Museum
Backstreet Cultural Museum is one of the best places to get a feel for the city's unique identity. The local photographer and history buff, Sylvester Francis, established this off-the-beaten-path attraction.Visitors will experience an eclectic collection of costumes, memorabilia, photographs, films and other artifacts related to African American culture.
14. Louisiana Children's Museum
The Louisiana Children's Museum is the best place to bring kids in New Orleans. The museum is open for its visitors from Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays from afternoon to 4:30 p.m.
15. Mardi Gras World
Mardi Gras World offers its visitors a close-up look at some of the flamboyant floats and costumes which are used during New Orleans' famous party. Mardi Gras World is warehouse workshop of current floats.
So what are you waiting for? If you have plans for making an international trip backed with a flexible budget, then just pack your knapsack! Take a vow to visit one of the most beautiful destinations. Of course, share your experience after you come back! Bon Voyage!