When you blend a wealth of cultures, add a good helping of incredible jazz, delicious eats, stunning art and a rich and iconic history, you get New Orleans.
Known as the birthplace of Jazz and is celebrations and festivals that are known the world over, New Orleans is a city that just keeps on giving. You may think you’ve seen it all, but The Big Easy always has something new to give. With a distinct cross cultural and multilingual legacy, New Orleans is the perfect place to explore, to party and to enjoy. But what does New Orleans have to offer travellers like you and me? Here we’ll take a look at some of it’s (many) highlights!
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But for now, let’s get back to New Orleans.
Discover the French Quarter
It’s as beautiful as it is iconic, the French Quarter is the perfect starting point on your New Orleans discovery. While this may be the oldest neighbourhood in the city, it is in fact, one of the liveliest! Here you can find so many of the city’s gems in one area. From restaurants creating the very best in Cajun food to dancing the night (or day) away in one of the area’s popular bars. You could even take a horse drawn carriage ride through the area and sample what the French Quarter has to offer in style!
Pick up a souvenir in Jackson Square
Jackson Square is an iconic park that you’ll find within the French Quarter. If you’re hoping to take something special away with you when you leave The Big Easy, then head to Jackson Square to watch some of it’s many artists at work. Have a caricature or a traditional portrait created of you – you can take it home straight away!
Don’t worry if you miss Mardi Gras
This incredible festival is known throughout the world and many films and tv shows have boasted their characters visiting this iconic celebration. Well, you can too. Mardi Gras only happens once a year but if you do miss it, then don’t worry – you can get a real feel for the magic of Mardi Gras by heading to Mardis Gras World.
Known as the next best thing, Mardis Gras World is in fact home to where the various floats are created for the carnival itself! Not forgetting it’s many exhibitions and displays too – if you’d like a tour then you’re in luck as they’re available 7 days a week!
New Orleans Museum of Art
New Orleans really has something for everyone. When it opened in 1911, the museum only had 9 pieces but now it’s home to over 40,000! Its exhibitions play tribute to French and American art styles. It’s a must-see venue.