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Best Things to Do in New Orleans

If you’re planning a trip down south, look no further than lively NOLA. Fill your weekend with live music, Southern cuisine, and can’t-miss popular sightseeing from Bourbon Street to the French Market. Explore our guide on how to spend 72 hours in New Orleans.

Day One

Start off your first morning in New Orleans with fresh beignets from Café Du Monde, part of the historic French Market. Enjoy your tasty pastries inside or take them to go and stroll along the charming streets of the world-famous French Quarter. Climb aboard a nearby steamboat cruise or simply take in the old-world architecture surrounding popular centuries-old restaurants and bars. Once the sun goes down, put on your dancing shoes and head to the lively Bourbon Street, decked out in neon lights, mesmerizing music, and libations galore.

Day Two

Take the St. Charles Streetcar from Canal Street toward Uptown New Orleans and take advantage of the popular things to do in the Garden District. Discover lavish mansions and lush gardens along St. Charles Avenue, which hosts a few of the annual Mardi Gras parades every year. Grab a bite to eat at one of the popular restaurants lining Magazine Street or do some shopping in one of the many vintage boutiques nearby. End your day with a tour of Lafayette Cemetery, the third-oldest cemetery still standing in New Orleans.

Day Three

Get a taste for adventure on the bayou with a thrilling New Orleans swamp tour. Choose between a boat or kayak to explore the region’s swamplands in hopes of spotting a gator or two. If you’re looking for something a bit more spooky, get to know the haunted past of the city on a New Orleans ghost tour. Wrap up your Canal Street visit with a bite to eat at Madam’s Modern Kitchen & Bar, our on-site dining experience at B on Canal.