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Best Things To Do in New Orleans

Nightlife and rolling good times are the main attractions, with Bourbon Street's plentiful live-music clubs of nearly every style. Tours of the French Quarter or the Garden District will easily fill the day of those who love to stroll, while Chalmette Battlefield and the National World War II Museum pack in the amateur historians. For a unique glimpse of the Crescent City's culture, explore one of the famous cemeteries or pay a visit to the Backstreet Cultural Museum. When it comes time for souvenir shopping, check out the antiques stores along Magazine Street in the Garden District. 

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#1
French Quarter Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If you want to experience New Orleans properly, it's best to begin your tour here. The French Quarter is ... read more»

#2
Cemetery Tours
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Some of New Orleans' must-see (albeit morbid) attractions are its cemeteries. Many of the tombs found in these "cities of ... read more»

#3
National World War II Museum (National D-Day Museum)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This is a must-see attraction for any history buff. Having opened June 6, 2000 (the 56th anniversary of D-Day), the ... read more»

#4
St. Louis Cathedral Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: As the centerpiece of the French Quarter, St. Louis Cathedral is the oldest active cathedral in the United States. Originally ... read more»

#5
Garden District Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Take a walking tour of the Garden District (located southwest along the river from the French Quarter) for a more ... read more»

#6
Cabildo
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Flanking Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, the Cabildo was originally constructed in 1799 (when New Orleans ... read more»

#7
Chalmette Battlefield & Jean Lafitte National Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Situated west of New Orleans is Chalmette Battlefield, the site of the bloody Battle of New Orleans in 1815. As ... read more»

#8
New Orleans Museum of Art
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Since opening in 1911, the New Orleans Museum of Art (known simply as "NOMA") has assembled more than 40,000 ... read more»

#9
City Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Although it was hit rather hard by Hurricane Katrina, recent visitors insist that City Park is almost as good as ... read more»

#10
Ghost Tours
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: As a city that celebrates death with jazz funerals and shows off its tomb-filled cemeteries, New Orleans doesn't conceal ... read more»

#11
Audubon Nature Institute
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Families on vacation should make some time to visit the Audubon Nature Institute. This massive facility is home to a ... read more»

#12
Backstreet Cultural Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: One of the main reasons to visit New Orleans is to get a taste of the city's rich musical ... read more»

#13
Louisiana Children's Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: When people say that New Orleans isn't the best place to bring the kids, they're forgetting about the ... read more»

#14
New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: The small, quirky New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum could spark the interest of even the most reluctant museum-goer. And although ... read more»

#15
Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: Even if you aren't in town for the actual festival, don't miss your chance to go behind-the-scenes of ... read more»

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