Today is all about my favorite things to do in the French Quarter and surrounding areas. I am going to try and keep this strictly attractions that are not based on food! Be sure to check out my food and drink post from yesterday and I can promise you that there will be more southern food talk to come! For now, let's play tourists :)
Do I really need to explain?? ;) The Famous Bourbon Street is definitely for those who like to party! Bar after bar, and a few...eh... "clubs", there is plenty of entertainment for (most) all. My personal favorite is Pat O'Briens! And what's even better is when you're ready to go, just take your drink and walk out! It's also very fun to hang out on balconies and be entertained by everyone walking in the streets!
The French Quarter’s heart and soul is a must-see! A statue of Andrew Jackson at its center, surrounded by beautiful landscaping and a collection of artists and fortune-tellers fringing its perimeter. Plus it provides perfect photo ops and views of the river.
ST. LOUIS CATHEDRAL
At the center-back of Jackson Square sits the overwhelming and stunning St. Louis Cathedral. This is a definite must see when in the city. Fun fact, it is the oldest active cathedral in the United States!
Whether you want to hop on for convenience or just want to relax and watch the beautiful homes on St. Charles pass by, riding the streetcars of New Orleans is an ultimate must-do. It's one of my favorite things to do on a nice, sunny day and a perfect way to tour New Orleans. Definitely the best public transportation around!
The French Market
An "open-air" shoppers paradise, the French Market is filled with fun, local and international items. From clothes to jewelry, home decor and even local produce, you are bound to find exactly what your little heart desires. A must visit place for tourists, especially!
Rolling on the river with the Natchez.... day or night cruises available. Such a fun experience! And such a great way to take in the overall beauty of the city and the surrounding areas. Fun fact, the Natchez is the last authentic Steamboat on the Mighty Mississippi River!
Want a fun way to take in the French Quarter? You won't have a problem finding the perfect horse-drawn carriage to brisk you away!
St. Charles Avenue
One of my ultimate favorite things to do is take the streetcar up and down the famous St. Charles Avenue lined with oak trees. I never get tired of admiring the oldest and most majestic homes of Uptown New Orleans.
Take yourself back to the "old south"... stunning grounds and amazing plantation homes. Many famous plantations surround the outskirts of New Orleans, creating the perfect day trip on a nice day!
Cemetery and Ghost Tours
I know these sounds kinda morbid but NOLA cemeteries are truly beautiful. Most tombs in the older cemeteries are above ground to protect them from rising water levels. (Remember the city is below sea level!) So you can imagine how they make great ghost tours at night!
National World War II Museum
If you are a history lover, then this museum is a must-see. But even if your not, I promise you that you will not be disappointed! Plus it has the cutest "soda shop" to grab a bite at, featuring the oh-so-amazing Chef John Besh :)