What to See and Do in New Orleans
From Sharon Keating, former About.com Guide
New Orleans has many attractions for everyone in the family. Museums, the Audubon Zoo, parks, the Insectarium, the Aquarium of the Americas, are just a few of the opportunities for fun in New Orleans.
There are certain New Orleans landmarks that you must see on your visit to New Orleans. The French Quarter, the above ground Cemeteries, the streetcars are only a few.
Of course see Bourbon Street and the French Quarter during Mardi Gras. That's what you've seen on TV and the movies. But, if you want to see what the locals are doing for Mardi Gras, take a walk up St. Charles Avenue.
Music and Food Festivals
New Orleans celebrates life everyday. There are many music and food festivals to prove that point. So, whenever you travel to New Orleans, chances are there will be a festival involving food and music.
- New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
- The Essence Music Festival
- French Quarter Festival
- VooDoo Music Experience
- The Cajun-Zydeco Festival
Food and Heritage Festivals
In New Orleans food and music are parts of every festival. Here are some of the best that showcase the food and unique heritage of New Orleans.
- New Orleans Wine and Food Experience
- Creole Christmas Reveillon Dinners
- Swamp Fest
- Creole Tomato Festival
- Seafood Festival
- Spring Fiesta
- Carnaval Latino
- Greek Festival
- Bayou Boogaloo
- Tennessee Williams Literary Festival
- Satchmo Summer Fest
- Southern Decadence
- Celebration in the Oaks
New Orleans enjoys several great art events that are definately worth a visit.
Sports Teams and Events
New Orleans is home to the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Hornets. But, it also has some other major annual aports events to see.
- The New Orleans Saints Football Team
- The New Orleans Hornets Basketball Team
- The New Orleans Shell Shockers Soccer Team
- The Zurich Classic PGA Golf Tournament