The 5 Best Things To Do In New Orleans
Start writing a post
Student Life

The 5 Best Things To Do In New Orleans

How to Have Big Fun in the Big Easy

The 5 Best Things To Do In New Orleans

New Orleans is unlike any city I've ever visited. It's vibrant culture, music, and food are virtually seen everywhere. There's no other place you could find voodoo dolls at a store or beignets at 3 am. I recently went to NOLA and here's the five best things to do when you're there.

1. Bourbon Street

Arguably, this is the most tourist thing you could do in New Orleans. But, in my opinion, you won't find another street quite like it anywhere else. Bourbon Street is home to several bars, clubs, restaurants and local dive spots. The street bustles with music from each window and is filled with lights. You can hear jazz or blues wherever you are when you're on Bourbon street. It's definitely a cool place to see even if you're under 21.


2. French Quarter

The French Quarter is New Orleans historic heart. It's widely famous for its vibrant nightlife and colorful buildings. If you're looking for nice instagram pictures, this is probably where you want to go. It also has a wide array of local shops so you can pick up some local souvenirs here. Also, Madame LaLaurie, the notorious New Orleans socialite and serial killer, has her house located in French Quarter.

Madame Lalaurie, a famous Creole socialite and serial killer, has her home in New

3. Try the Local Food

If you're in NOLA and don't try a po-boy then you didn't actually experience NOLA. Seriously, expand your taste buds because majority of local foods found here are extremely difficult to find anywhere else. I loved eating fried crawfish po-boy from NOLA Po-boys. If sandwiches aren't your thing, then go and try a seafood boil where you can get shrimp, crawfish, mussels, etc. in a boiled seafood bag. But maybe seafood isn't your thing, then try a beignet and cafe au lait from the world famous Cafe Du Monde. They're made fresh daily and are irresistible.

Cafe Du Monde's cafe au lait and beignets

4. Swamp Tours

Since New Orleans was a port city and is right next to the Gulf of Mexico, it's has a swampy terrain. Since this kind of wetland is not found anywhere else in the US besides the south, the tours are worth going on. You can see alligators, wild boars, exotic birds, turtles, and many more animals that call the swamp their home. A captain on board will tell you all about the history of the Louisiana bayou. Some tours even let you hold a real alligator, which luckily, I got to do.

Me holding a baby alligator on Jean Lafitte's Swamp

5. Visit the Above-Ground Cemeteries

So this may be a bit unconventional if you're planning a trip to New Orleans, but the above ground cemeteries are something only unique to this city. Due to New Orleans position, the city is technically below sea level and if they were to bury the dead, their bodies would end coming above ground and floating. To combat this, above ground cemeteries were made. The most famous cemetery is St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 which contains the tomb of the famous voodoo queen Marie Laveau. However, you do have to pay to get in to this particular cemetery so another one that is free is Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, located in the Garden District and contains the bodies of 7,000 people in roughly 1,000 tombs.

An above ground tomb seen at Lafayette

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments