New Orleans

Six Can’t-Miss Attractions in New Orleans

Most visitors to New Orleans are expecting their time in the city to be filled with rowdy bars, huge crowds, and late nights partying. However, there is plenty of history and opportunities for tourists to discover the lesser-known history of the city. Active Planet Travels takes a look at the six can’t-miss attractions in New Orleans. 

From plantations, to famous cemeteries, to ghost tours, there is something for everyone in New Orleans. Take a break from your adventures for some world-class food and drinks, or grab a kitschy New Orleans souvenir at one of the many New Orleans street vendors.

Lots to Do in the City of New Orleans

French Quarter New Orleans

01. Frenchmen Street

This less-traveled destination is much less touristy than the better known Bourbon Street. It’s a four-block stretch of live music, bars, restaurants, night clubs, and art galleries.

In addition to being less crowded than Bourbon Street, the drinks and food are also significantly less expensive. Frenchmen Street has a laidback vibe, making it easier to meander down the street, popping in and out of shops, and listening to the live performers.

02. Garden District

There are plenty of tours in the Garden District that give visitors a front row view of some of the most beautiful architecture and homes that New Orleans has to offer.

It’s a historic residential neighborhood boasting rows and rows of homes with amazing gardens, trees, and ivy. If you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle that is the more crowded tourist destination of New Orleans, take a guided tour of the Garden District.

03. French Quarter

New Orleans French Quarter

The French Quarter is the quintessential New Orleans destination. In addition to being home to the famous Bourbon Street, it’s also an active and lively neighborhood that can keep visitors busy for days on end.

In addition to being home to bars, restaurants, and lots of high-end retailers, the French Quarter boasts historic architecture and old-timey features like baroque ironwork and fountains that are several decades old.

04. New Orleans Museum of Art

Also known as NOMA, this famous museum houses more than 40,000 pieces of artwork. Considering it only contained 9 pieces of art when it opened in 1911, NOMA has undergone some seriously impressive growth over the years.

From Asian art to European, there is something for everyone in this museum. In addition to the indoor works of art, there is also an outdoor sculpture garden for visitors to meander through and enjoy.

05. Studio Be

If you’re an art lover, pop on over to Studio Be. This is a 35,000 square foot art gallery depicting the struggles of African American history via enormous murals.

Studio Be was created by artist Brandan ‘BMike’ Odums and is a collaboration with over 40 other artists that took over six months to create. If you decide to stop by and appreciate these amazing works of art, do your research in advance. This exhibit is open at specific times and only during certain days of the week.

06. Tipitina’s

Every New Orleans musician aspires to play at Tipitina’s at least once in their career. Opened in 1977, this music club is still going strong in the heart of New Orleans with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

The best part of this club? Every genre of music is greeted with a warm welcome and music of all kinds is played into the wee hours of the morning here.

Final Thoughts

It is impossible to list all of the can’t-miss attractions in New Orleans, because almost everything in the city is a can’t-miss attraction.

While you can’t fit every attraction into your visit, checking out the above destinations are well worth your time. Thank you for checking out our list of the six can’t-miss attractions in New Orleans.