New Orleans is among the most diverse cities in the USA: it’s a fascinating melting pot of African, French, Spanish and First American culture. Here is the icing on the cake: 3 nights is all it takes to truly experience New Orleans. Whether you are a seasoned traveler or a beginner, the best time to visit this culturally rich city is between May and July. The following are some things to do and see in New Orleans:
If you plan to travel with kids, you will have to take them to the first museums they would see in New Orleans – the Mid-town Common, the Garden District, and the Garden City Boat Dock. These three areas have museums that highlight the history of New Orleans. The Garden District Museum features a large collection of modern art and the Museum of Interiors focuses on the culture, architecture and creative history of New Orleans. If you are taking kids, you might want to consider taking them to the Children’s Miracle Garden, which is located in the Metairie area of New Orleans. Kids can spend three days experiencing the magic of a garden with angels, while at the same time enjoying the outdoors along the Mississippi River.
If you have never been to New Orleans, you must try the seafood gumbo called Gumbo. Gumbo is made with Creole spices and potatoes and is very easy to make. There is a great debate as to which version of Creole is the true one. If you are not familiar with the original Creoles, they were originally from New Orleans and made their way into the United States by way of the French Quarter. So, if you are going to New Orleans, try the gumbo; it is guaranteed to be authentic.
For a fun haunted house experience, head over to Club Lime in New Orleans. There are many things to do at this haunted house, but one of the biggest draws is the limbo strip. This is where you will see everything from haunted dolls to skeletons roaming the streets. It is also where people of all ages are afraid of the dark, so do not think that this is a haunted house only.
If you are looking for things to do in New Orleans’ French quarter, then there are so many things to do. First stop would be Mardi Gras. This is a three day festival of music and dancing, held in late February through early March. During the festival people will dress up in fancy costumes and go to the parades, where they display their beads and have fun singing and dancing.
Another popular thing to do in New Orleans is a visit to the Creole Market. This market has a lot of fresh vegetables, fruits, meats and whole grain breads. The food is very good and everyone is happy. You may want to visit the Creole Garden, which has an American Indian style of gardening. Other popular things to do in New Orleans include taking in the sights at the top of Canal street, checking out the huge collection of art work at the Galapagos Islands, getting your picture taken with some famous people (like photographer Mario Winters and singer Leona Lewis) and enjoying the jazz music. Jazz music is a big part of New Orleans culture.
The food tour is another popular activity that you might want to do in New Orleans. There are many different tours available, with many stopping in close by the French quarter. You may baily visit at the Creole Market, the Garden District, the Slidell-La-Rousse restaurant and the Galapagos Islands Museum. These tours can take several hours, so if you are traveling with children be sure to take them on a different tour depending on what attractions you are interested in seeing.
The final tourist activity that you may consider doing in New Orleans includes taking a voodoo tour. Voodoo is a religion that has been made up of many different cultures from all over the world, but the original followers of Voodoo in New Orleans were from Plantation Parish. A voodoo tour is a fascinating way to learn about this ancient religion and perhaps see the original location where the sacred ceremonies were done using the practices of the Voodoo priestess. These ceremonies involved using herbs, foods and even wine to make wreaths of certain objects that would then be used to bind and to curse the next person who would come into contact with the object. A New Orleans voodoo tour is definitely something you do not want to miss if you ever get the opportunity to visit the city.