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Spending Time in The Big Easy

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Known for its great restaurants and wild nightlife, New Orleans is full of history, mystery and mayhem for all ages! With some good planning, a dash of patience and a little research, your trip to The Big Easy can be as rewarding as it is memorable. Whether you're looking for a great party or a fun place to take the kids, this guide will direct you to some of the great "can't miss" experiences New Orleans has to offer. Enjoy!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • LGBT

17 Places

7 City Tips

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17 Places

City Segway Tours New Orleans

Segway Tours

Willie's Chicken Shack

Restaurants

Olde N'awlins Cookery

Restaurants

Oceana Grill

Restaurants

The National WWII Museum

Military Museums, Speciality Museums

Cajun Encounters

City Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours, Private Tours, Sightseeing Tours

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Aquariums

Lalaurie Mansion

Historic Sites

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Cemeteries

The Presbytere

Speciality Museums

The Corner Pocket

Bars & Clubs

Johnny White's Corner Pub

Bars & Clubs

Cafe Beignet

Restaurants

New Orleans Musical Legends Park

Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Preservation Hall

Theatres, Points of Interest & Landmarks

RTA - Streetcars

Mass Transportation Systems

French Quarter

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

JamesDerbyCity's City Tips

  • If this is your first trip to NOLA, bring a small (preferably laminated) map to help you find your way around The French Quarter. Because of the river's unique path through the city, navigating your way around can be tricky at first.
  • You will be walking non-stop in NOLA. Bring comfortable walking shoes and try to give yourself a chance to sit down whenever you can. You'll need the rest.
  • If you're traveling around The French Quarter at night, stay on main streets (like Bourbon Street or Royal Street) and avoid dark cross streets and sparsely populated areas.
  • All the best NOLA restaurants are in The French Quarter. Don't waste your time and/or money eating in your hotel. Go explore a SEA of unique, local places to eat. That is half the fun!
  • The absolute BEST way to get an overview of New Orleans attractions is to do a City Segway tour. This is a wildly fun and affordable ride that people of all ages can enjoy.
  • The French Quarter comes alive at night (especially on the weekend) with adult entertainment. This is not an appropriate time to bring children down Bourbon Street. Take the kiddies to see the French Quarter sights during the daylight hours.
  • If you plan to spend most of your time in The French Quarter, book a hotel IN The French Quarter. This will save your tired feet from blocks of unnecessary walking. Trust me - it's worth the extra money to stay right where the action is.
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    City Segway Tours New Orleans
    Segway Tours
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    JamesDerbyCity Says:

    There is no better way to discover all the sites and sounds of NOLA than a 2-hour City Segway Tour. These friendly folks will have you up and successfully operating a segway in 5-10 minutes (no matter your experience level) and then you're off! See the city as only a local can show you - and discover all the great places you might want to spend time BEFORE you do anything else. You will have a blast and you'll learn alot about the unique history of this American city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Schedule this tour FIRST-THING. From here, you'll plan the rest of your visit.
    • Connect to City Segway on Facebook and you'll get a free bottle of water to keep you hydrated during the trip. I'd recommend purchasing one more bottle so you won't run out on a hot day.
    • When you step on the segway, just relax and trust the equipment. Do what the guide tells you and you'll be up and running in no time!
    • French Quarter streets are full of uneven surfaces. Drive safely and follow your guide's exact path.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 232 Tours in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Better then I thought it would be 23/02/2018
    • Best way to see the city 14/02/2018
    • City Segway Tours New Orleans
    Address:
    214 Decatur St
    New Orleans, LA 70130-1016
    Phone:
    +1 877-734-8687
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Willie's Chicken Shack
    Restaurants (American, Fast food)
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    JamesDerbyCity Says:

    If you visit NOLA and fail to have lunch at Willie's at least once, then - trust me - you have missed out on an iconic New Orleans experience. They don't look like much, but Willie's Chicken Shacks are scattered along Bourbon Street and they are THE best chicken (and BISCUITS) you will ever find. Be careful during the evening hours, though. The lines can get long.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Visit Willie's during off-hours so you can avoid the long lines.
    • Order the biscuits. You will be addicted to them instantly.
    • Had a few drinks? Willie's will help you sober up before bed.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #226 of 1,496 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Chicken was ok 16/02/2018
    • Fried Chicken and a drink 21/01/2018
    • Willie's Chicken Shack
    Address:
    630 Bourbon St
    New Orleans, LA 70130-2108
    Phone:
    +1 504-558-9044
    Other:
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    Olde N'awlins Cookery
    Restaurants (Seafood, Cajun & Creole)
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    JamesDerbyCity Says:

    There are a TON of memorable restaurants on Bourbon Street, but the Olde N'awlins Cookery is top of my list. Everything is delicious - even if you're not a fan of spicy food (or seafood). You'll find something great here and you'll love the experience!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • They often have no waiting during lunch hours - especially if you eat later in the afternoon.
    • Try. The. Catfish. I don't even LIKE catfish and I loved this!
    • The Red Beans and Rice are amazing as well. You can't visit NOLA and not try that dish - so try it here. It is flavorful, but not too spicy.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #83 of 1,496 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Food and Service 22/02/2018
    • Great little restaurant 20/02/2018
    • Olde N'awlins Cookery
    Address:
    205 Bourbon St
    New Orleans, LA 70130-2204
    Phone:
    +1 504-525-4577
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:45 - 01:00
    Mon - Tue
    11:45 - 00:00
    Wed
    11:45 - 01:00
    Thu
    10:45 - 01:00
    Fri
    10:45 - 00:00
    Sat
    10:45 - 02:00
    Other:
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    Oceana Grill
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Cajun & Creole)
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    JamesDerbyCity Says:

    I make sure to stop at Oceana each time I visit NOLA. This place has incredible food, fast service, strong drinks and fantastic desserts. If you are looking for a memorable New Orleans meal, this is it!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Oceana has incredible Catfish Po-Boys. You have to try it!
    • Oceana can get a little pricey - especially if you order drinks.
    • Save room for dessert. Oceana does it right!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 1,496 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Food 23/02/2018
    • It was ok 23/02/2018
    • Oceana Grill
    Address:
    739 Conti St
    New Orleans, LA 70130-2220
    Phone:
    +1 504-525-6002
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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    The National WWII Museum
    Military Museums, Speciality Museums
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    JamesDerbyCity Says:

    I have always considered myself to be a bit of a history buff and this place scratched that itch in incredible ways. A truly humbling experience, this campus of buildings displayed the drama - and the reality - of World War 2. Fresh and interactive, this museum is a place you should plan to spend an entire day.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Avoid the "Interactive Submarine Experience." It's a bit awkward and anti-climactic. There is plenty more to see.
    • Plan time to watch the "4-D" film. I promise you've never seen anything like it and you will NEVER forget it.
    • The museum is a distance from The French Quarter and it's HARD to get a cab back. Plan transportation in advance and call your cabbie for pickup.
    • This museum is several buildings-worth of exhibits. Plan for a whole day of discovery.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 381 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice presentations 23/02/2018
    • WWII history buffs must go! 23/02/2018
    • The National WWII Museum
    Address:
    945 Magazine Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Phone:
    +1 504-528-1944
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Cajun Encounters
    City Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours, Private Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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    JamesDerbyCity Says:

    The minute your guide feeds a 'gator or glides you expertly into a mess of wild pigs, you'll see why celebrities, thrill-seekers and families from all over the World have taken the Cajun Encounters swamp tour. It's a peaceful day of exploration through one of the most unique ecosystems on the Globe.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • NOLA gets REALLY hot in the Summer. This tour is best in the Spring or Fall.
    • Bring your camera! You'll be sitting in a flat-bottom boat taking pictures most of the time.
    • This tour is 100% safe for kids. They will very much enjoy the experience.
    • Make sure you know where your bus is picking you up for this tour. They do a great job, but the scheduling folks can be a bit vague.
    • This is a half-day trip (2hr boat ride, registration and transportation to and from the swamp)
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 232 Tours in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must do! 23/02/2018
    • Swamp Tour 23/02/2018
    • Cajun Encounters
    Phone:
    +1 504-834-1770
    Price range:
    US$52 - US$52
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
    Aquariums
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    JamesDerbyCity Says:

    Though this aquarium is a bit older, it has been nicely maintained and it contains some beautiful specimens! I especially enjoyed the "Amazon Rain Forest" room. They mix birds in with the fish and the plant life all around you is truly beautiful. This is a great place for kids (of all ages)!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check out their daily schedule when you arrive so you can interact with the animals!
    • Touch a Stingray. You know you want to.
    • I loved Parakeet Point. Spend a couple of dollars to buy the food stick and have your camera ready! These birds were great fun!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 381 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • GOOD ATTRACTION FOR A FAMILY OUTING 23/02/2018
    • Not bad! 22/02/2018
    • Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
    Address:
    1 Canal St
    New Orleans, LA 70130-1152
    Phone:
    +1 800-774-7394
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Lalaurie Mansion
    Historic Sites
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    JamesDerbyCity Says:

    The site where one of America's most notorious serial killers did her nefarious deeds, this mansion is as creepy as it gets! You can't go inside, but it is worth the walk to see this incredible place (featured recently on American Horror Story).

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Walk by the house during the day. This is not a great place to be after dark.
    • If you're into ghost hunting, take a ton of pictures. Who knows what you will see?
    • Read up on this place (and Dauphine Lalaurie) before you go. It will definitely add to your experience.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #107 of 381 things to do in New Orleans
    • History and American Horror story S3 led me here 21/02/2018
    • Beautiful 20/02/2018
    • Lalaurie Mansion
    Address:
    1140 Royal St
    New Orleans, LA
    Phone:
    +1 504-258-0760
    Other:
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    St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
    Cemeteries
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    JamesDerbyCity Says:

    A bit of a jaunt from The French Quarter, this cemetery is home to some truly OLD and beautiful monuments. Here you will find the resting place of the legendary VooDoo Queen, Marie Laveau (and many members of her family) as well as unique burial sites that go back to the early days of The Republic. You'll even find a unique tomb that is said to be the future resting place of Nicholas Cage... (look for a pyramid!).

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be prepared to see all kinds of people in this cemetery. It's ok to photograph the monuments, but I would be wary of engaging the locals.
    • Read up on Marie Laveau's resting site. Many people leave her small offerings in hopes that she will grant a wish...
    • Don't walk all the way to this cemetery from The French Quarter. Take a tour with one of the horse-drawn carriages in Jackson Square. Your feet will thank you.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #24 of 381 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great tour! 23/02/2018
    • Great Tour! 22/02/2018
    • St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
    Address:
    425 Basin St
    3421 Esplanade Ave
    New Orleans, LA 70112-3535
    Phone:
    +1 504-596-3050
    Other:
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    The Presbytere
    Speciality Museums
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    JamesDerbyCity Says:

    Steeped in American history - as well as recent history - this historic building now serves as a monument to all that was lost in Hurricane Katrina as well as a bastion of knowledge for everything Mardi Gras.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • The Mardi Gras exhibit is upstairs. It's a bit dry and dated, but it contains some interesting outfits from Mardi Grans Gone By...
    • Plan to spend most of your time in the new (and incredible) Katrina exhibit. That alone is worth the price of admission.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 381 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Two great exhibits 20/02/2018
    • Totally amazing 08/02/2018
    • The Presbytere
    Address:
    751 Place John Paul Deaux
    Jackson Square
    New Orleans, LA 70116-3205
    Phone:
    +1 504-568-6968
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$6
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 16:30
    Other:
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    The Corner Pocket
    Bars & Clubs
    JamesDerbyCity Says:

    If you're looking for some seedy, nightlife fun, The Corner Pocket is your go-to place. They serve great (and cheap) drinks so you can spend all of your money on the dancers. Isn't that why you came to NOLA in the first place?!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • LGBT
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • This is an LGBT establishment with male strippers. Children are not allowed.
    • Bring a ton of small bills. That is where the fun begins!
    • They have an ATM on site, but the place is small and it's often crowded. Bring cash with you.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #87 of 239 Nightlife in New Orleans
    • Good food 15/11/2017
    • Quite a Night!!! 07/09/2017
    • The Corner Pocket
    Address:
    940 St. Louis St
    New Orleans, LA
    Phone:
    +1 504-568-9829
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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    Johnny White's Corner Pub
    Bars & Clubs
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    JamesDerbyCity Says:

    Enjoy a delicious dinner on a balcony that overlooks the legendary Bourbon Street scene. You'll marvel at the great food, but you'd enjoy the people-watching just as much. It's a truly unique experience!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Ask for a table on the balcony. That is the best place to take in the breeze - and the crowd below.
    • The portions are large here. Don't over-order.
    • They have amazing desserts here. Save room!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 239 Nightlife in New Orleans
    • Great atmosphere, food and view of Bourbon Street. 23/01/2018
    • Friendly Staff 08/11/2017
    • Johnny White's Corner Pub
    Address:
    720 Bourbon St
    New Orleans, LA 70116-3144
    Phone:
    +1 504-371-5411
    Other:
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    Cafe Beignet
    Restaurants (French, American, Cafe)
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    JamesDerbyCity Says:

    Truly, this is the only place to get good Beignets in NOLA. They serve them up hot and fresh in packages of 3. Grab a coffee and enjoy! Great for breakfast...

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • This place is very famous. Be prepared for long lines.
    • Located along the riverfront, it's a short walk from The French Quarter. Don't drive. There is no place to park.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #111 of 1,496 restaurants in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Beignets.. Was quiet and quick! 23/02/2018
    • Great Music 21/02/2018
    • Cafe Beignet
    Address:
    311 Bourbon St
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Phone:
    +1 504-522-6868
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    New Orleans Musical Legends Park
    Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    JamesDerbyCity Says:

    New Orleans is all about jazz music, great food and fun with friends. So is Musical Legends Park. This is a beautiful little place to sit down, relax your feet and enjoy some truly iconic American music. Grab a drink or a quick bite to eat from one of the stands and just enjoy yourself while you rest.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Bring a couple of bucks to tip the band. They will play your requests!
    • The beignets here aren't great. You're better off ordering drinks or other dessert items.
    • It's hard to find a table here, but the crowd thins out later in the evening.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 381 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best 21/02/2018
    • Lets just say that on a cold January day, the statues, the seating and the music did not hold my attention 21/02/2018
    • New Orleans Musical Legends Park
    Address:
    311 Bourbon St
    New Orleans, LA 70130-2212
    Phone:
    +1 504-888-7608
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    08:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    08:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Preservation Hall
    Theatres, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    JamesDerbyCity Says:

    One of THE most iconic places for jazz in the World, this place has a tradition that few modern concert halls could match. The shows get a bit campy from time to time, but you never know who might show up. It's a crazy place for jazz!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The lines get long, but this is a true icon. Get there early for the best seats!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 381 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must Do in NOLA 23/02/2018
    • Great Live Band - but know you might stand! 23/02/2018
    • Preservation Hall
    Address:
    726 St. Peter Street
    New Orleans, LA 70116-3182
    Phone:
    +1 504-522-2841
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 17:00
    20:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Sat
    18:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    RTA - Streetcars
    Mass Transportation Systems
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    JamesDerbyCity Says:

    One of the few places you can still find street cars in daily use, these little gems are a MUST for travelers who need to get around NOLA with a minimum of walking. Besides, they are a great experience for families and just a FUN way to travel!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • The street cars are especially helpful for moving up and down Canal Street, but they are not much help in The French Quarter.
    • Just like a bus, you need exact change to ride.
    • You can pick up guide maps at several of the stations along Canal Street
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 381 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • No trip to NOLA is complete W/O a ride on the vintage streetcars. 23/02/2018
    • A great fun way to get around. 23/02/2018
    • RTA - Streetcars
    Address:
    Canal Street
    New Orleans, LA
    Phone:
    +1 504-248-3900
    Other:
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    French Quarter
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    JamesDerbyCity Says:

    Packed full of memorable nightlife, incredible restaurants and local landmarks, The French Quarter is a great place to shop, party, eat and see the sights. Don't be nervous. Just dive in and you'll enjoy every minute!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • LGBT
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If this is your first visit, bring a small (preferably laminated) map to help you find your way around. It's easy to get lost.
    • Plan to hit the restaurants on off-peak times to avoid long lines.
    • Visit with your family during the day to avoid the adult crowds (and behavior) at night.
    • Make sure you never spend time in The French Quarter alone after dark.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 381 things to do in New Orleans
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun !! 23/02/2018
    • Amazing 23/02/2018
    • French Quarter
    Address:
    Canal St to Esplanade Ave
    Mississippi River to N Rampart St
    New Orleans, LA
    Phone:
    +1 833-218-3421
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
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