Exploring New Orleans: Top Four Things to Do

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It’s safe to say that the United States is a pretty big place with more than its fair share of thriving and colourful cities. There are cities that don’t sleep, picturesque cities in the middle of nowhere, cities pulsating with flashing lights, and ones known for their friendly nature – or lack thereof. However, there is no American city that boasts such sublime eccentricity quite like New Orleans. It’s a lively city of incomparable cheerfulness where there’s a reason to celebrate every day. Known as a sports fans paradise and for the birthing of jazz music, oh… and the cornucopia of gastronomical delights, New Orleans is rich, vibrant and full of spirit. Planning a trip to this wondrous city? Here is how you should fill your time.

Go on a Culinary Journey

If you are someone who sees food as a way to refuel the tank, I hate to say, but you’ve come to the wrong place. Much like everything else in this town, food is celebrated. This is a destination where foodies can delve into a somewhat spiritual and culinary journey with some of the most delicious and creative seafood and yes… sandwiches you’ll ever lay your chompers into. One cannot leave without tasting their fair share of po-boys from the crusty heroes themselves at Parkway Bakery & Tavern. If you show up in November, the annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival boasts thirty sandwich makers with over 40,000 hoagie devotees in attendance.

Experience the French Quarter

To not pay a visit to the French Quarter on a voyage to New Orleans is almost a crime. Comprised over 100 square blocks, this historic area is alive with art, dining, shopping, entertainment and architectural gems. Sure, some corners are slightly (very) tacky, however, you will encounter two-hundred years’ worth of characters, chaos and intrigue meshed into one crazy neighbourhood. While it can be overwhelming to take in all the sights and sounds, there are a plethora of tours from sites like My Adventure Store to help you get well acquainted.

Attend a Festival

New Orleans lives and breathes festivals with the most famous being Mardi Gras. Nearly every weekend, New Orleans rolls in a new celebration including seafood, tomatoes, voodoo, Greek culture, po-boys, literature and film. For this reason, it doesn’t really matter what time of the year you come, you’ll always find something to celebrate.

Visit the Audubon Zoo

Planning a holiday for the whole family? There’s nothing quite like a day out at the Zoo. Featuring exotic animals gallivanting around in fifty-eight acres of natural habitation, the Audubon Zoo has grown to be an integral and unique part of New Orleans. If you have an unresolved fear of alligators, the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit will put you to the test as you stroll through a real swamp filled with alligators, nutria and black bears. Besides scaring the wits out of you, the Audubon Zoo is the best way to keep the kids occupied for hours.

What are your favourite things to do when visiting New Orleans? Let us know in the comments below.

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