150 Fun Things To Do In New Orleans

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Down in southeastern Louisiana lies the city known as the “Big Easy. There are hundreds of fun things to do in New Orleans with its well known live music scene and nightlife. Don’t forget to stop in and try a Po Boy, join the party during Mardi Gras, and so much more with this list of 150 awesome attractions to try out this weekend.

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National WWII Museum

Take a trip through history at the National WWII Museum

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Music Everywhere

Walk along Frenchmen Street and hear music everywhere

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Jackson Square

Go people watching at Jackson Square

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St. Louis Cathedral

Take a memorable tour of St. Louis Cathedral

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Old Ursuline Convent

Visit the Museum at the Old Ursuline Convent

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Garden District

Look at the beautiful homes in Garden District

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French Quarter

See the local shops in French Quarter

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New Orleans City Park

Enjoy a lovely stroll in New Orleans City Park

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Boutique du Vampyre

Check out Boutique du Vampyre, the only vampire shop in the country

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Cajun Encounters Tour

Take the Cajun Encounters Tour and learn more about the city

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Royal Carriage

Go sightseeing while riding the Royal Carriage

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Pedicab Ride

Get to your next destination on a pedicab

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Preservation Hall

Listen to New Orleans jazz at Preservation Hall

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RTA Streetcar

Hop on the RTA Streetcar and get great views of the city

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NOMA

View the artwork at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA

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New Orleans Bicycle Tour

Take a fun bicycle tour of New Orleans

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The City

Rent a bike from Bike Nola and pedal in the city

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Audubon Park

Go jogging in Audubon Park

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Cascade Stables

Take horse riding lessons at Cascade Stables

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Audubon Park Golf Course

Reserve your tee time at Audubon Park Golf Course

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Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World

Enter Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World

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New Orleans School of Cooking

Learn how to prepare a classic Cajun meal at New Orleans School of Cooking

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Metairie Cemetery

Find the weeping angel at Metairie Cemetery

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Historic New Orleans Collection

Get to know more about the city’s history and culture at the Historic New Orleans Collection

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Immaculate Conception Church

Look at the stained glass windows at the Immaculate Conception Church

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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Go birdwatching at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

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Royal Street

Stroll along Royal Street and see the antique shops and art galleries

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Marie Laveau’s House Of Voodoo

Get a psychic reading at Marie Laveau’s House Of Voodoo

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Cigar Factory New Orleans

Watch how they roll at Cigar Factory New Orleans

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Pepper Palace

Enter the hottest store in the block, Pepper Palace

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Meyer The Hatter

Put on a Bailey Pub Cap from Meyer The Hatter

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Aunt Sally’s

Take home sweet treats from Aunt Sally’s

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Kitchen Witch

Find rare and out of print cookbooks at Kitchen Witch

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Louisiana Music Factory

Catch a live performance while browsing for records at Louisiana Music Factory

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Fleurty Girl

Shop for souvenirs at Fleurty Girl

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Santa’s Quarters

Find Christmas decorations all throughout the year at Santa’s Quarters

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Blue Frog Chocolates

Taste a candy flower from Blue Frog Chocolates

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Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Eat bugs at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

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Saenger Theatre

Watch a great show at Saenger Theatre

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Audubon Zoo

Look at the amazing animals at Audubon Zoo

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St. Augustine Church

Take a tour of historic St. Augustine Church

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Backstreet Cultural Museum

See the colors of New Orleans at Backstreet Cultural Museum

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Spotted Cat Music Club

Watch local artists perform at the Spotted Cat Music Club

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Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar

Have some drinks at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar

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Erin Rose

Mingle with the locals at Erin Rose

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Rock n Bowl

Go bowling with friends at Rock n Bowl

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Pat O’Brien’s

Order a Hurricane at Pat O’Brien’s

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Maison Bourbon

Listen to authentic jazz music at Maison Bourbon

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The Sazerac Bar

Have a Sazerac at the Sazerac Bar

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Carousel Bar

Spin around while sipping drinks at the Carousel Bar

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Balcony Music Club

Listen to live blues, jazz or funk music at Balcony Music Club

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House Of Blues

Get tickets to see a show at the House Of Blues

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Tropical Isle

Try Tropical Isle’s Hand Grenade, the most powerful drink

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NOLA Brewing Co.

Take a tour of NOLA Brewing Co. and sample their beers

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Krazy Korner

Dance the night away at Krazy Korner

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Maple Leaf Bar

Watch jamming performances at Maple Leaf Bar

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D.B.A

Listen to great local bands at d.b.a.

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Maison's

Find out who’s playing next at Maison

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Napoleon House

Grab a Muffuletta at Napoleon House

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Blue Nile

Hear great live music at Blue Nile

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Davenport Lounge

Have afternoon tea at Davenport Lounge

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Old Opera House

Enjoy cocktails with friends at the Old Opera House

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Tombs by Twilight Tour

Brace yourself and take the Tombs by Twilight Tour

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Lafayette Cemetery No.1

Take a look at the tombs at Lafayette Cemetery No.1

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Presbytere

See an exhibit at the Presbytere

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Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Watch the Caribbean reef come alive at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

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New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

Step inside an apothecary at New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

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Faubourg Marigny

Walk around Faubourg Marigny and take a look at the colorful buildings

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Natchez Steamboat Cruise

Experience New Orleans aboard the Natchez Steamboat Cruise

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Creole Queen

Cruise along the Mississippi River aboard the Creole Queen

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Ogden After Hours

Listen to live music at Ogden After Hours

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Musical Legends Park

Hang out at New Orleans Musical Legends Park

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New Orleans Museum of Art

See world class collection at New Orleans Museum of Art

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Beauregard-Keyes House

Step back in time at Beauregard-Keyes House

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Frenchmen Art Market

Meet local artists at Frenchmen Art Market

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Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub

Hear traditional jazz music at Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub

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Jazz National Historic Park

Learn about the history of jazz at New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park

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Palm Court Jazz Cafe

Come for the food and stay for the music at Palm Court Jazz Cafe

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New Orleans Jazz Market

Find out what’s happening next at New Orleans Jazz Market

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Hermann-Grima House

Be transported to another era at Hermann-Grima House

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Gallier House

Enter another time at Gallier House

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1850 House

Get a glimpse of what life was like more than a century ago at the 1850 House

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Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Catch the New Orleans Saints in action at Mercedes-Benz Superdome

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French Market

Join in the festivities of Creole Tomato Festival at French Market

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Tipitina’s

Get tickets to see an awesome show at Tipitina’s

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Tulane University campus

Spot a cat while strolling inside Tulane University campus

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Art for Arts’ Sake

Wander from shop to shop during Art for Arts’ Sake on Magazine Street

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Longue Vue House and Gardens

Take a magical tour of Longue Vue House and Gardens

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Old St. Patrick’s Church

Admire the architecture inside the Old St. Patrick’s Church

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Louis Armstrong Park

Relax at Louis Armstrong Park

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Old New Orleans Rum Distillery Tour

Get to know Louisiana Rum at the Old New Orleans Rum Distillery Tour

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Big Easy

Hop on the Segway and take a fun tour of the Big Easy

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Chalmette Battlefield

Watch the Battle of New Orleans re-enactment at Chalmette Battlefield

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M.S. Rau Antiques

Take a look at the remarkable collections of fine art, jewelry and antiques at M.S. Rau Antiques

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Voodoo Authentica

Check out the strange items at Voodoo Authentica

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Canal Street

Start your tour of the city from Canal Street

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Algiers Ferry

Traverse the Mississippi aboard the Algiers Ferry

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Confederate Memorial Hall Museum

View Civil War artifacts at Confederate Memorial Hall Museum

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Harrah’s Casino

Come out and play at Harrah’s Casino New Orleans

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Cabildo

Learn more about the history of New Orleans at the Cabildo

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Bourbon Street

Watch Bourbon Street come to life at night

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Lake Pontchartrain

See the sunset at Lake Pontchartrain

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Causeway

Drive for miles and miles across the Causeway

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Prytania Theatre

Grab a popcorn and watch a movie at Prytania Theatre

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St. Roch Market

Satisfy your food cravings at St. Roch Market

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Crescent Park

Get a view of the city skyline from Crescent Park

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Holocaust Memorial

Walk around the Holocaust Memorial and see 10 different images

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Woldenberg Park

Sit back and relax at Woldenberg Park

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Lafayette Square

Catch an open air concert at Lafayette Square

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Ferry Ride to Algiers Point

Take a short ferry ride to Algiers Point

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Old Absinthe House

Have the Absinthe House Frappe at the Old Absinthe House

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Kocktail Karaoke

Go to Good Friends Bar for Kocktail Karaoke on Tuesdays

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Feelings Cafe

Have Sunday brunch at Feelings Cafe

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New Orleans Botanical Gardens

See nature’s beauty at New Orleans Botanical Gardens

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Voodoo Spiritual Temple

View interesting items at Voodoo Spiritual Temple

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Craig Tracy Gallery

Check out a different kind of art at Craig Tracy Gallery

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Warehouse District

Look at the art galleries in Warehouse District

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Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour

Take the Edgar Degas House Creole Impressionist Tour

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Chartres Street

Find the best eats on Chartres Street

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Voodoo Museum

Enter the unknown at Voodoo Museum

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Golden Lantern

Have a happy hour with friends at Golden Lantern

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Lalaurie Mansion

Find the infamous LaLaurie Mansion

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Cole Pratt Gallery

See an exhibit at Cole Pratt Gallery

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Mother-in-Law Lounge

Hang out at the funky Mother-in-Law Lounge

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James H. Cohen and Sons

View rare antiques and collectibles at James H. Cohen and Sons

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Joan of Arc

Take a snap of Joan of Arc

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Arnaud’S Restaurant

Make a dinner reservation at Arnaud’s Restaurant

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Storyland

Spot the sculptures of storybook characters at Storyland

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Canal Place

Go window shopping at Canal Place

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NOLA, Washington Artillery Park

Get great views of NOLA in Washington Artillery Park

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Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre

Watch a great play at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre

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Famous Door

Enter the Famous Door and shake your tailfeather

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Lee Circle

Take a picture of Lee Circle

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Lower Garden District

View the old houses at Lower Garden District

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Hurricane Katrina Memorial

Have a moment of reflection at Hurricane Katrina Memorial

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Spanish Plaza

See the fountain at Spanish Plaza

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Jackson Barracks Military Museum

Visit Jackson Barracks Military Museum

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Madame John’s Legacy

Enter a different era at Madame John’s Legacy

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Stage Door Canteen

Watch a 1940s inspired show at Stage Door Canteen

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Southern Food and Beverage Museum

Check out the Southern Food and Beverage Museum

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Bayou Beer Garden

Enjoy some drinks at Bayou Beer Garden

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Gw Fins

Order the freshest seafood at GW Fins

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St. James Cheese Company

Say cheese at St. James Cheese Company

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Restaurant August

Savor modern French cuisine at Restaurant August

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Jacques-Imo’s

Experience authentic New Orleans fare at Jacques-Imo’s

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Commander’s Palace

Have a jazz brunch at Commander’s Palace

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Cochon Butcher

Grab a yummy sandwich from Cochon Butcher

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Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar

Order a hearty lunch at Felix’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar

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Mardi Gras street party

Catch some beads at the Mardi Gras street party

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Cafe Du Monde

Start your day right with a cup from Cafe Du Monde

This list of things to do in New Orleans doesn’t really do the city justice since there’s just so much more out there! Unfortunately we can’t list everything, but if you have an idea of a place to see that we missed, please send it to us. Don’t forget to check out all of the things to do in Baton Rouge while you’re at it.