If you have some extra time in New Orleans, you will want to get out and explore this city! Go to the New Orleans & Company website
(formerly the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau) for a current list of activities and a comprehensive look at what all New Orleans has to offer.
Here are a few of the highlights as recommended by the Headquarters staff:
- It's in the name, there will be plenty of libations. Just steps away from the host hotel, this is not an area that I would take the children, but it can be really fun at night! In one of the oldest cities in America, Bourbon Street is rich with historic venues, social tales and iconic buildings. The street dates back to 1718, when New Orleans was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. French engineer Adrien de Pauger laid out the streets of New Orleans in 1721 and chose one to carry the name of the French royal family ruling at the time, Rue Bourbon. This monumental street is in the heart of the French Quarter extending 13 blocks from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue before meandering through the Marigny neighborhood.
You'll find lots of live music on Bourbon Street. Many, many, many clubs offer good music, but if this your first time to New Orleans, you must see a set at Preservation Hall
. New Orleans’ Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to honor one of America’s truest art forms – Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Operating as a music venue, a touring band, and a non-profit organization, Preservation Hall continues its mission today as a cornerstone of New Orleans music and culture. Situated in the heart of the French Quarter on St. Peter Street, the Preservation Hall venue presents intimate, acoustic New Orleans Jazz concerts over 350 nights a year featuring ensembles from a current collective of 100+ local master practitioners. On any given night, audiences bear joyful witness to the evolution of this venerable and living tradition.
There are a lot
of New Orleans iconic bars on Bourbon Street. If actor Channing Tatum were to open up a bar in New Orleans - oh, no, wait! Channing Tatum DID open a bar in New Orleans. Go to Saints and Sinners
to check it out. The Cat's Meow
should be on your list if you have enough bourbon in you to sing karaoke. Dating back to 1806, the Old Absinthe House
is an old Bourbon Street favorite. Oscar Wilde, P.T. Barnum, Mark Twain, General Robert E. Lee, Franklin Roosevelt, and somewhat more recently Liza Minnelli. Pat O'Brien's
can rock you like the hurricane drink that they are famous for. The famous Carousel Bar & Lounge
in Hotel Monteleone is a long-time favorite New Orleans hotspot. One quick visit there will not only have your head spinning, this classic New Orleans hotel bar is the city’s only revolving bar.
Pop into Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo
to have a psychic reading or to pick up a fun trinket for someone back home.