Top Things To Do And See In New Orleans

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9 February 2017
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New Orleans, is the birthplace of jazz and with its distinct New Orleans cuisine, this Louisiana city is a rare and unique gem in the South. Here are the best places to visit in the city.

New Orleans Panorama | © Jeff Turner/Flickr

House of Dance and Feathers

Located in the Lower Ninth Ward, House of Dance and Feathers is a museum dedicated to emulating and preserving New Orleans street culture. It has a specific focus on the Mardi Gras Indians, but it also includes other forms of essential New Orleans street culture. Ronald L. Lewis – curator and homeowner – is the leader behind this project along with being a zealous supporter of New Orleans pride. Free of charge.

House of Dance and Feathers, 1317 Tupelo St, New Orleans, LA, USA, +1 504-957-2678

New Orleans Museum of Art

Museum
The city’s largest – and oldest – collection of art is the NOMA. The NOMA was originally established in 1911, emphasizing and preserving a vast collection of fine art. The collection ranges from French and American works to African and Japanese works, with a strong collection of photography. And a big plus, NOMA offers free admission on Wednesdays.

Parkway Bakery & Tavern

Bakery, American, Pastries, Vegetarian, Dessert
Around since 1911, Parkway Bakery has served the acclaimed best po’ boys in New Orleans. Do try the city’s staple piece, and rest assured Parkway’s po’ boys have never failed, since 1911.

Jackson Square – French Quarter

Park
Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, LA
© Susanne Pommer / Alamy Stock Photo
Arguably the most famous area in New Orleans, the French Quarter is home to a number of street performers, bars, shops and restaurants. All in one historic location. However, the Jackson Square is the Quarter’s park that has been a national historic landmark since 1960. It has beautiful free views.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Cemetery
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
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St. Louis is a historical cemetery, with burial sites in the shape of 18th century above-ground tombs. Several famous persons have been buried here, but the most important – to the town – is the voodoo queen Marie Laveau. With over two centuries of history, St Louis Cemetery is one way to spend a lively afternoon or evening.

Lafitte National Park and Preserve

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Lafitte National Park and Preserve
Lafitte National Park and Preserve | © melanie innis/Flickr
Located twenty-miles or so outside of New Orleans downtown, Lafitte National Park is a swampy park filled with old trees and stunning views. Named after the explorer Jean Lafitte, this national park is historical and beautiful – the full package. Fitting the ‘bayou’ theme of New Orleans, this historic park is ideal for an active afternoon.

Willie Mae's Scotch House

Restaurant, Cajun, $$$
It has been argued that Willie Mae’s Scotch House serves the best fried chicken in New Orleans. But it’s lunch-only, so there’s a timeline. Willie Mae’s has been around for half a century, serving fried chicken and soul food family-style. The red beans and rice are essential, too.

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