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12 Must-Do Experiences in New Orleans

New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana

Here are 12 must-do experiences for anyone’s list while in New Orleans. We recommend including a stop at New Orleans’ hottest music scene just beyond the French Quarter, & the always entertaining Bourbon Street experience. Take in some of New Orleans’ offbeat museums before experiencing the best fried chicken ever, and then relax with coffee and a plate of sugary beignets at Cafe Du Monde. Wander the atmospheric streets of the French Quarter and remember to request that cocktail in a ‘go’ cup.

New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana
French Quarter Fest is billed as the largest free concert in the South and features local musicians of varied genres. Over the course of four days, you can experience all kinds of music

FRENCH QUARTER FESTIVAL

French Quarter Fest is billed as the largest free concert in the South and features local musicians of varied genres.

St. Bernard Project

Chalmette, Louisiana
Six years after Hurricane Katrina, nearly 200 families in New Orleans are still living in FEMA trailers. The St. Bernard Parish, located about 10 miles from downtown, 

VOLUNTEER VACATIONS: REBUILDING HOMES IN NEW ORLEANS

Six years after Hurricane Katrina, nearly 200 families in New Orleans are still living in FEMA trailers. The St. Bernard Parish, located about 10 miles from downtown, was one of the communities most severely affected. The St. Bernard Project, a nonprofit dedicated to rebuilding homes in the area, relies on up to 250 volunteers daily. In one day, volunteers might install a floor or paint the walls of a small house. Skilled volunteers may assist with plumbing and electrical projects. The time commitment can be as little as a half day or as long as a month. Volunteers are responsible for their own lodging but receive discounts at partner hotels.
French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana

EXPLORE THE FRENCH QUARTER'S MANY DIVERSIONS

If you're a first-time visitor to New Orleans, chances are you'll spend the majority of your time in the French Quarter. The compact, pedestrian-friendly zone packs in architecture and antique shops, boutiques and bars, green spaces and hidden museums. A walk down boozy Bourbon Street is a must and, between the seedy clubs, you'll find some of the city's most iconic restaurants, plus Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo, where you can get a palm or tarot reading. 

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum...

New Orleans, Louisiana
This is not the only museum in New Orleans, but it felt like the most unique. Home to the apothecary of America's first licensed pharmacist.

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana

St. Louis Cathedral

New Orleans, Louisiana
As the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States, St. Louis Cathedral is something you won't want to miss on your trip through the Big Easy. 
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana

Bourbon St

New Orleans, Louisiana
A stroll down Bourbon Street is a quintessentialNew Orleans experience. While you probably won't find many locals wandering the area for nightlife, you can't visit New Orleans

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana

The Spotted Cat Music Club

New Orleans, Louisiana
East of the French Quarter is the rickety, raggedy strip of Frenchmen Street, popular with music lovers, hipsters, young and old, the strange, and the strangely normal. 
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana

Willie Mae's Scotch House

New Orleans, Louisiana
It was a hot day and the line was long, but the fried chicken (apparently, the secret is in the coca-cola marinade) was crispy, juicy, and just a little bit spicy.
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana

Café du Monde

New Orleans, Louisiana
Cafe du Monde is a classic tourist destination that serves top quality food, a combination that's rare in any city.
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana

French Quarter

New Orleans, Louisiana
Celebrating in NOLA? The best part is drinking on the street.
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana

Audubon Park

New Orleans, Louisiana
" ... I returned to New Orleans, and as soon as I smelled the air, I knew I was home. It was rich, almost sweet, like the scent of jasmine and roses around our old courtyard.
New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana

Scrap House

New Orleans, Louisiana
After taking a wrong turn and stumbling upon theNew Orleans Convention Center, I noticed an interesting nearby sculpture.
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