Top 10 Must Do Things in New Orleans (Food, Alligators, Voodoo + more!)
If you are planning a trip to New Orleans and just don’t know where to start, or you are short on time for you visit and want to know the top things to see this post is for you! This vibrant and unique city has something for everyone, from history buffs to foodies and party-goers. Here are some of the top activities and attractions that you won’t want to miss during your visit. Be sure to put these on your list!
1. Visit the French Quarter
When most people think of visiting New Orleans, the French Quarter is the first thing that comes to mind. This historic district is bursting with culture and charm, making it a must-see for any traveler. If you’re looking for a lively and exotic destination to visit, look no further than New Orleans’ French Quarter. This lively neighborhood is famous for its centuries-old architecture, vibrant culture, and delicious food. Whether you’re interested in soaking up the history or partying until the sun comes up, the French Quarter has something for everyone.
2. Tour the Garden District
If you’re looking for a fun and interesting walking tour of New Orleans, the Garden District is a great place to start. This affluent neighborhood is home to some of the city’s most beautiful architecture, and it’s definitely worth taking the time to explore away from the popular French Quarter. You’ll see everything from grand mansions to modest cottages on this tour, so be prepared for some serious eye candy! You’ll also find plenty of charming cafes and boutiques along the way on Magazine Street, so make sure to leave plenty of time for shopping!
3. Check out Jackson Square
This iconic square is located in the heart of the French Quarter and is home to some of the most popular tourist destinations in New Orleans. Here you can find historical buildings like St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square Park, as well as local artisans selling their crafts. It’s a great place to people watch and take pictures. This area is full of history, culture, and amazing food. You’ll be able to explore the best that New Orleans has to offer while enjoying the company of friendly locals. Be sure to spend some time in this vibrant square during your visit to New Orleans—you won’t regret it!
4. Eat a beignet
The most delicious way to start your day in New Orleans is with a fresh beignet! Be sure to try beignets from one of the city’s many famous cafes. These deep-fried pastries are coated in powdered sugar and always hit the spot.
You must try New Orleans signature beignets from Cafe Du Monde at the original French Market stand but be prepared for long lines! (Try later in the day/evening when it’s less busy).
An alternative (and my favorite cafe) was Cafe Beignet- delicious and little wait!
5. Go on a swamp tour
Looking for something different to do in New Orleans? Consider a swamp tour! The city is home to some beautiful swamps, and on a tour you’ll get to see all sorts of wildlife up close. Alligators, turtles, and snakes are some of the wildlife you will see- even possibly get to interact with some! (I got to feed an alligator a marshmallow!) The best part is that these tours are a lot of fun, so you’ll be able to explore the swamps and learn about them while having a great time.
6. Take a food tour
You can’t visit New Orleans without trying it’s amazing food! The city is known for its delicious Cajun and Creole cuisine, and there’s no better way to experience it all than on a food tour. You’ll get to try some of the best dishes New Orleans has to offer, and you’ll learn about the history and culture of the city’s culinary scene. So if you’re looking for a fun and tasty way to explore New Orleans, be sure to check out one of its food tours.
(Be sure to check out my list of must try foods in New Orleans)
7. Voodoo tour
Ready to have a spooky good time in New Orleans? Take a voodoo tour! This unique experience will take you through the history and legends of voodoo in Louisiana. You’ll learn about the religion’s rituals and symbols, and explore some of the city’s most haunted spots. If you’re looking for a fun (and slightly scary) way to learn more about New Orleans, a voodoo tour is definitely the way to go.
8. Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street is known as the party street in New Orleans. This famous street is known for its wild nightlife and eclectic mix of bars and clubs. Whether you’re looking to listen to jazz, get down on the dance floor, or just drink some beers, Bourbon Street has something for everyone. Keep in mind that while Bourbon Street is definitely a fun place to visit, it’s also one of the most touristy areas in the city. So be prepared to deal with crowds and high prices. And if you like to party just be sure to be safe!
9. Visit a cemetery
If you’re looking for a unique New Orleans experience, be sure to visit one of the city’s many cemeteries. These beautiful and historic sites are a must-see for anyone interested in learning more about the culture and history of New Orleans. Plus, they offer some amazing photo opportunities! So if you’re looking for something different to do during your visit, be sure to check out one of New Orleans’ cemeteries. This is something I regret not adding to my last visit itinerary but definitely plan to on my next visit!
10. Ride a streetcar
Streetcars in New Orleans are not just a way to get around, they are an attraction in themselves. Riding one is a must-do activity for first-timers in the city. The cars are colorful and historic and offer a unique view of the city. Plus, they provide an easy way to get to some of New Orleans’ most popular tourist destinations. The one was fare to ride the streetcar is only $1.25- exact change is needed, or you can buy a “Jazzy Pass”- $3 for one day!
I hope you enjoyed this list of must-do things when visiting New Orleans for the first time! If you have any questions or need more suggestions, feel free to contact me by comment or on Instagram @hellobrittainy! I love to hear from my readers!