New Orleans is one of the most peculiar cities in America, from its melting pot of food, music, and culture which make it an unique destination for travelers after some good times.
The city is deeply influenced by its roots in Africa, Europe, The Caribbean. With its picturesque streets, unique nightlife, soulful food, tourists are delighted every time they flock to the city in the search of some Mardi Gras craziness.
Buckle up and get ready to explore the city and its magnificent monuments and local places that will leave you not wanting to leave, and best of all, on a budget.
Jackson’s Square ( French Quarter)
This iconic square has served as a public square since the founding of New Orleans in the early 1700′s. Today, the square serves as the center of the French Quarter and is one of the city’s main landmarks. While visiting the square, make sure to learn some of the city’s history at the St. Louis Cathedral, Cabildo, Presbytere and the Pontalba buildings.
During the weekend the square comes to life with visit of locals as well as the best location to find painters, Musicians, Mimes and other very talented street performers that come to entertain visitors.
Bourbon Street ( French Quarter)
The raunchy, rowdy and sometimes tacky Bourbon Street is definitely worth a visit for a pleasant night out. Thousands of people party all night long in the dozen of bars and clubs available, from the classiest to the frat house-style clubs. The city also has its seedy side with a number of strip clubs and adult novelty shops. If you are not into the nightlife, you can simply walk around the neighborhood to take in some of the local laissez-faire attitude.
National World War II Museum (Arts District)
This museum is dedicated to the American perspective of the war that have changed the world, a one of a kind take in the country. Anyone with the slightest interest in the subject can wander around for hours as the museum encompasses more than 70,000 square feet worth of theaters, oral history stations, Higgins landing craft, vehicles, weapons and much more. The museum also showcases WWII films in 4D technolody and dance productions at the Stage Door Canteen, and if you get hungry there is a full service restaurant in the building.
Mardi Gras World (Uptown)
If you are not visiting the city during Mardi Gras, do not worry you can have a look at the behind the scenes of this infamous parade here all year long. Mardi Gras is the largest float building facility in the world and that is where more than 80 percent of floats in New Orleans’ parade are created. Daily tours run from 9:30 am to 5PM and takes you through some of the craziest props ranging from giant celebrity heads to gargantuan animals. You can even feel like you are in the parade, walking beside the world’s longest float.
Aquarium of the Americas (Central Business District)
This is definitely one of the most famous attractions in the city, with more than 15,000 creatures ranging from 15-foot sharks, otters, turtles and some minuscule critters. One of the most impressive exhibits is the 400,000-gallon, 17-foot-deep Gulf of Mexico section, which depicts the underbelly of an oil rig and it is filled with some of the biggest fish in the aquarium. Other exhibits take you to the Caribbean Reef and the Amazon River.
Cat’s Meow ( French Quarter)
This Karaoke bar is one of the liveliest options in the French Quarter, if you are looking to show your vocal skills or courage in front of a cheering crowd, this is the place to visit. The Karaoke machine is stacked with hundreds of songs, but beware that the wait for the stage can be quite long. Cat’s Meow is one of the best New Orleans bars and a standard stop for celebrities, so even if karaoke isn’t your thing, stop by for a drink.
House of Blues ( French Quarter)
This chain of the famous venue has embraced the New Orleans culture to an extreme from naming Voodoo Bar as its main hall. The club has a very eclectic line-up and patrons flock to the place to see the diverse acts from Burlesque Shows to hard rock acts.
The place is also an amazing opportunity to eat good food while listening to great music. Before going make sure to check their calendar.
Port of Call (French Quarter)
If you want to know where the best burgers in town are, look no more. Burgers are fresh, weight at least half a pound and are served with delicious potatoes as accompaniment. This is definitely the best place for an unpretentious burger and a good time. Be sure to try the Monsoon (a blend of light and dark rums and fruit juices) but go easy—it’ll knock you off your feet if you’re not careful.
Cafe Maspero (French Quarter)
The place can get quite crowded with locals and tourists, but things move along quite fast. The casual and inexpensive New Orleans specialties makes it very popular in the area, due to its delicious dried seafood – You can get pretty much everything form catfish po-boys and seafood platters to calamari and softshell crabs. Among other dishes you can taste some of the mouthwatering gumbo, jambalaya and burgers, as well as other more conventional dishes if the local ones are a bit too much for you.