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5 New Orleans Must Do’s

Looking to get the most out of your visit to New Orleans? Whether you’re there for a conference, a long visit, or just passing through, you don’t want to miss these 5 New Orleans must do’s.

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I was recently in New Orleans for a conference.  It was the first time I had been back since I was in college. I was not only excited to get my professional development and networking on, but to get to see NOLA with different eyes. Don’t let the grown up vibe deceive you. New Orleans is definitely all about the fun and this itinerary includes a mix of its old world charm and fab indulgences.  Just make sure you stay hydrated, and wear comfortable shoes like these super cute and comfy Luana booties from Arcopedico.

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5 New Orleans Must Do’s

Bourbon Street

You can’t say you went to New Orleans without visiting Bourbon Street.  It’s the street that never sleeps. Whether you make it out there for a meal or the nightlife, you’re bound to find a good time filled with live music.

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If the party vibe isn’t your thing, feel free to indulge in eats from Olde Nola Cookery or the Clover Grill.

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Inside Olde Nola Cookery

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If you want less of a party scene, then head over to Frenchmen Street for live jazz.

The French Quarter

The French Quarter is not only a great spot to shop, eat, and take in the hustle and bustle, but it’s beautiful architecture makes it a picturesque neighborhood.

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If you’re an early bird, you can also get a free tour of it’s history and culture courtesy of the National Park.  Tours are offered at 9:30 a.m. – Tuesdays through Saturdays – from the French Quarter Visitors Center.

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If you want to go it at your own, make sure you stroll along Decatur Street and the French Market.  Decatur Street is home to some of New Orleans’ most popular restaurants, while the French Market offers several blocks of souvenir shopping.

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Jackson Square

Jackson Square is a small park that sits in front of St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest Catholic cathedral in the country.

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It’s always filled with great street vendors and performers.

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Across the street you’ll find the world renowned Café du Monde, home to French-style beignets.

Café du Monde -

Café du Monde beignets -

The Garden District

If you want to get a glimpse at how the other half lives, you’ll want to take a stroll along the mansion lined streets in the Garden District. It’s not only home to celebrities like Sandra Bullock, but several of it’s homes have been immortalized in Hollywood films.

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The Garden District is also home to the Lafayette Cemetery, which has it’s own claims to fame, including being used by film crews from a couple of TV series. Regardless it’s still worth a visit for a glimpse at their above-ground tombs that make New Orleans cemeteries unique.

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The best part is that they’re easy enough to explore on your own. Of course booking a tour is also an option, but totally not necessary.

New Orleans Riverwalk

Coming from San Antonio, I was excited to see their riverwalk.

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It’s definitely bigger than ours, and has actual ships traveling on the Mississippi, but it has lots of great stops along the way.

Large ship on the Mississippi -

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From the Outlet Collection, to paddlewheelers, to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and year round events, there’s something for everyone.

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The Fried Chicken Festival was going on while I was there.

It’s definitely a great spot to admire the Mississippi and and take in the New Orleans city views.

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Other New Orleans Can’t-Miss Places

If you have more time and energy, here are a few other options you’ll definitely want to add to your New Orleans must do’s.

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  • The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden – Set in City Park, the sculpture garden near the New Orleans Museum of Art stretches across 5 acres of a green space with dozens of sculptures to enjoy.
  • Magazine Street is a great place to grab funky Mardi Gras costumes, eccentric souvenirs, antiques, and tasty eats. What more could you ask for?
  • Take in a ghost tour.  New Orleans is the perfect backdrop for a good ghost story, so why not take in a late night ghost tour.
  • If you’re attending a conference or staying near the convention center, then you definitely want to try your luck at Harrah’s and enjoy the fab happy hour at the Grand Isle.
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Whether you’re occupied with a conference during the day, and only have evenings free, or you have all the time in the world, you’re bound to find amazing music and food to enjoy.  Just make sure you take a streetcar at least once.  There’s nothing like it and it’s very quintessential New Orleans.

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For more on the sights and sounds of New Orleans Must Do’s, watch this quick video recap!


What are your New Orleans Must Do’s?


Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but I was provided with the Arcopédico Luana booties. Don’t worry though, all opinions of their fabulousness are my own! However this post contains affiliate links, which means if you purchase something via those links Your Sassy Self receives a small percentage of the profits. Thanks for your support!

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  1. Jackson Square looks really beautiful! I think my kids would really enjoy the street performers. And they would love to go sailing down the NO river walk too!

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