12 Things To Do In New Orleans Part Deux

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

7. Go to a Museum

Aside from DC, New Orleans is home to some of the country’s funnest museums like the Voodoo Museum, The Cabildo, and the Mardi Gras Museum.  I chose the World War 2 Museum and The NOMA (New Orleans Museum of Art).  Rated as TripAdvisor’s #2 museum in the world, the World War 2 Museum focuses on the contributions made by the US to the Allied victory in the war.  Tickets for adults start at 28$; but there are activities, like Beyond All Boundaries and Final Mission, that could cause you an extra 14$; I highly recommend paying an extra 7$ for the Final Mission: USS Tang Submarine Experience.  Even if you don’t pay more for the extra immersive experience, the museum is so big that you can easily spend an entire day exploring.   

The most interesting part of the museum for me was the Philippines section.  It made me really proud to learn just how involved the Philippines was during the war.  I didn’t even know that there were Jewish refugees in Manila!

8. Wonder through the Garden District 

This is a big one.  The Garden District is a beautiful neighborhood most notable for its Victorian style homes and oak shaded streets.  This part of town is best explored on foot; you can pay for tours or just get lost on your own, which is what I did.  You can spend hours walking around this district and snapping pictures at every street corner.  It’s definitely one of the most instagramable parts of NOLA.  An easy way  to get there is via the St. Charles Street Car.  

This is historic neighborhood has been used as the setting for many big Hollywood films and shows.  My favorite was The Buckner Mansion served as  the exterior of Miss Robichaux’s Academy For Exceptional Young Ladies, a school of witchcraft in The Coven season of American Horror Stories. 

 To be honest, I am such a huge AHS fan that this house is pretty much the main reason I wanted to go to NOLA in the first place.  

Another house I loved is The Nolan House At 2707 Coliseum St.  which is the Benjamin Button house.  Looking at photos of this home a few years ago, it looks like they recently added the hedges to create more privacy for its residents. 

If there’s one thing I wish I would’ve done while in NOLA, it’d be to dine in The Commanders Palace.  This restaurant is just a few blocks away from the Benjamin Button house.  They serve Creole-style dishes, and it’s a tourist landmark in New Orleans.

9. Visit At Least One Cemetery 

It might seem like an odd excursion to visit a cemetery, but Louisiana cemeteries are truly fascinating.  The water table in Louisiana is very high, and burial plots are shallow making it very difficult to bury the dead under ground.  Dig a few feet down and the grave fills with water; the casket will literally float!  Graves are kept above ground in vaults following the Spanish custom.  Cemeteries are seen everywhere in NOLA, so you have to visit at least one to fully experience the history of the the most haunted city in the country.  There are several tours you can partake in like a ghost tour.  

Located right across The Commader’s Palace is Lafayette Cemetery NO 1.  It was established in 1833 making it the oldest cemetery in New Orleans.  Aside from Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, it is also the home of the witches in the show The Originals.  

10. Ride a Streetcar

Aside from San Francisco, New Orleans is one of the only places in the the world where you can ride a streetcar.  They are as much of a tourist destination as they are a way for locals to get around the city.  It’s also a fun way to see the city without having to empty out your pocket.  A ride will cost you $1.50, and $3.00 will get you an all day pass!  You pay when you get on, and get your change as well, so you don’t have to have exact change.

11. Walk Through a Park

New Orleans has some of the most beautiful parks in the country.  Visiting a park is not only a great way to unwind and get away from the craziness in the French Quarter, but it’s also a good activity for those traveling with the little ones.  

I really wanted to walk around the City Park, which is only a 10 minute walk from NOMA, but the weather just didn’t cooperate.  The City Park has the World’s largest grove of mature oak trees and moss canopies.  There are themed gardens, walking and biking trails, and if you’re lucky, live concerts.  Instead, we opted to go to the Louis Armstrong Park which is just a few minutes walk away from the French Quarter.  It’s not as big as the City Park, but it’s historic significance and serene atmosphere makes it a great stop for first time visitors.

12.  Cruise the Mississippi River 

Steamships were once the only mode of transportation on the Mississippi River.  The Steamboat Natchez is New Orleans’ remaining steam powered wheeler.   I highly recommend adding the Jazz cruise on your NOLA itinerary.  You can also add an optional dinner buffet where they serve unlimited Creole and Cajun dishes.  

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

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