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Things to See & Do in New Orleans

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The New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau, at 2020 St. Charles Ave., has literature on self-guided walking tours of the city, (504) 566-5011. You can also visit the New Orleans Welcome Center at 529 Saint Ann St., at Jackson Square, in the French Quarter. (504) 566-5661

The French Quarter AKA Vieux Carre
The oldest and most famous part of New Orleans. Check out Bourbon St. and Jackson Square.

The Cemeteries
Strange but true, New Orleans’ cemeteries are one of the city’s biggest attractions. Because New Orleans is the only US city below sea level, the cemeteries cannot dig below ground. But don’t wander around the tombs alone – muggers run rampant in these areas. Take a guided tour offered by Save Our Cemeteries, a non-profit group. (504-525-3377. Tours on Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat (10:30am) cost $6, Sun (10am) is $12. Reservations are not required)

New Orleans Tours
You can take one of the many tours on offer including Historic New Orleans Walking Tours (504-947-2120) of the French Quarter, Cemetery Voodoo and Haunted tours from $12 for 2hours (students save $2).  For a tour of the undead or moonlight cemetery tours, contact Bloody Mary Tours (504-523-7684) costing from $25-28.

New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
Offer cemetery and voodoo tours of the French Quarter as well as tours of the museum. 724 Dumaine St. (504) 680-0128

Preservation Hall
Live Dixieland jazz performed here every night. Located in the French Quarter.

Cafe Du Monde
Open-air cafe famous for its chicory coffee and beignets, fried dough covered in powdered sugar. Near Jackson Square On Decatur St.

The Bayou
If you have the time to venture outside of the city, try one of the many swamp tours or airboat rides through the Bayou including Cajun Encounters Honey island Swamp Tour. Check out the brochures in town.

Food/Nightlife

Start in the French Quarter (AKA Vieux Carre), the oldest and most famous part of New Orleans. Stroll down Bourbon Street and Jackson Square. While there, go to Preservation Hall (726 St. Peter Street). It’s one of the originals and serves up live Dixieland jazz every night for $10.


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