TOP 10 Things to do in NEW ORLEANS in 2020 | NOLA Travel Guide 4K

TOP 10 Things to do in NEW ORLEANS in 2020 | NOLA Travel Guide 4K


In this video we’ll show you the top 10
things to do in New Orleans. Don’t forget to like this video, subscribe
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document covering all the things in this video, plus 10 additional things to do in New Orleans
including maps, links, opening hours and more. Here are our top 10 picks: NUMBER 10: BOURBON STREET &
THE FRENCH QUARTER Known as “the Crown Jewel of New Orleans”,
the French Quarter is a high-energy neighborhood known for its rich history, colorful buildings,
fine art galleries, and vibrant night life. Located in French Quarter, you’ll find the
famous Bourbon Street, named after the House of Bourbon,
the royal family ruling France at the time. Here you’ll find traditional cajun restaurants, cocktail bars such as the 200-year-old
staple Old Absinthe House street musicians, and famous jazz clubs. Drinking alcohol on the street is legal in New Orleans, in fact, it’s the norm on Bourbon Street. Many bars here are actually just tiny spaces where you can get all types of drinks, which
vendors sling in plastic “go-cups”. The French Quarter and Bourbon street are
one of the main venues for Mardi Gras, aka Fat Tuesday, taking place 47 days
before Easter. Watch the carnival from Bourbon balconies
and throw beads on the parade-goers. New Orleans is also famous for voodoo, so be sure to check out Marie Laveau’s
House of Voodoo in the neighborhood. Learn more about Louisiana’s voodoo
culture in our travel guide. Walk along Royal Street and further
discover the unique French Quarter. NUMBER 9: JACKSON SQUARE WITH MISSISSIPI RIVER Also located in French Quarter, this public
space spanning 2.5 acres gets its name from the bronze statue of Andrew Jackson. With more than 2 million local and
international visitors ever year, it serves as a venue for public events,
weddings, and photo sessions, and has been a filming location for several
movies and TV shows. Jackson Square, which has retained its original
Parisian landscape design, features iron fences, walking paths, and benches It is also home to the Cabildo, a local
history museum; street performers; and an outdoor art colony where
artists create their pieces and display them on the iron fences. You can even buy the artists’ works,
or even have one of them draw your portrait. From Jackson Square, you can admire the majestic
St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in North America. And continue to explore the charming,
open-air French Market which is the oldest of its kind in the United States. Explore modern boutiques and cocktail bars blending
with antique stores and old restaurants or ride a traditional New Orleans carriage for
a laid-back tour of the area. You can also sit back, relax, or stroll along
Moonwalk Riverfront Park and watch ships floating on the adjacent Mississippi River, or visit
the nearby New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park created to celebrate the origins and
development of jazz. NUMBER 8: CITY PARK City Park has been a part of New Orleanians
since 1854 and is among the oldest and most beautiful urban parks in the country. This
1,300-acre green space offers something for everyone, from multiple gardens to an amusement
park. Smell the roses in the Botanical Garden or
view the French and American pieces at the Museum of Art and the sculptures in the open-air
Besthoff Sculpture Garden. And don’t forget to check out the world’s largest grove of
mature live oaks. If you sit under the impressive Singing Oak
located by the Big Lake, you will hear a coordinated tune created by wind chimes hanging from the
tree. Also, don’t miss the Duelling Oak and charming
Langles Bridge, one of the most photographed spots in the park. NUMBER 7: GARDEN DISTRICT The Garden District is best known for its
grandiose mansions and elegant landscaping, creating an atmosphere very different from
the French Quarter’s hustle and bustle. You should make some time to just walk around
and admire the architecture and details that distinguish mansions from each other. And while you’re in the area, you can visit
the Garden District Book Shop in The Rink Shopping Center, and Commander’s Palace, one
of the most reputable Creole restaurants in the city. Just across the street you’ll find the above-ground
graves at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, which is among New Orleans’ most historic and beautiful
cemeteries. Did you know that graves are built above the ground in New Orleans to address
the very high-water table and unpredictable flooding in the city?
There are other interesting cemeteries in New Orleans. Check out our travel guide for
more suggestions. NUMBER 6: LOUIS ARMSTRONG PARK Honoring the jazz legend Louis Armstrong,
this 32-acre (130,000 m2) public park is famous for its entrance arch, sculptures, duck ponds,
and open spaces. Here you’ll find various buildings, such as the New Orleans Municipal
Auditorium and the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Located inside the park is Congo Square, where
African slaves and free Creoles gathered on Sunday afternoons throughout the 19th century
to sell food and other goods, perform rituals, dance, and play their traditional instruments. The music they created laid the groundwork for jazz, making the square one of the most
significant places in the history of music. NUMBER 5: JAZZ Speaking of jazz – with its intertwined European,
Latin American, and African-American cultures, New Orleans has always been
an important center for music. The city is especially known for
its strong association with jazz and is universally regarded
as the birthplace of the genre. If you’re visiting in late April or early May,
don’t miss the annual Jazz & Heritage Festival, also known as Jazz Fest. Check our travel guide for more
information this and other festivals. But don’t worry if you can’t make it to
the festival you can get your jazz fix at one of many clubs in the city. Visit one of many notable music and jazz clubs,
like The Jazz Playhouse by Sonesta New Orleans, featuring the city’s most talented jazz
musicians, as well as unique appetizers and cocktails inspired by the local jazz culture. There are many other jazz clubs like Preservation
Hall or Fritzel’s European Jazz Club. Check our travel guide for more suggestions
and other jazz clubs in New Orleans. NUMBER 4: CANAL STREET Canal Street serves as the
French Quarter’s upriver boundary, separating the colonial-style neighborhood
from the modern Central Business District. Creoles lived in the French Quarter until
the early 1800s, but other ethnic groups found their way into New Orleans through the Mississippi
River after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Many Americans from Kentucky and states in
the Midwest moved into the city and lived uptown. A canal was planned to form the dividing
line between the Creole and American populations, but in the end, a street named “Canal”
was built for this purpose. The Canal Street median was then called
“neutral ground”, a symbol of the cultural divide. Even today, all street medians in the city
are known as neutral grounds. Enjoy the view of the traditional streetcars which is
also a charming and convenient way to experience the many areas of New Orleans. NUMBER 3: ART There’s art everywhere you go in New Orleans.
Walking around, you’ll find not just historic architecture, but also different forms of
public art like sculptures and murals. Local organizations, including the Arts Council
of New Orleans and the NOLA Mural Project, have helped the arts thrive and
inspire people in the city. Street art in particular has become a prominent element
of the local landscape. Browse the shops in the French Quarter or
visit Jackson Square’s for local artists. For galleries, head to Uptown’s Magazine Street
or the Arts/Warehouse District home to BMike’s Studio Be, an abandoned warehouse turned grand
art space. Learn about black history, civil rights leaders, Hurricane Katrina, and contemporary
culture through the flamboyant installations and massive murals at this art sanctuary. NUMBER 2: OAK ALLEY PLANTATION Plantations play a vital role in the history
of the Southern United States, specifically the pre-American Civil War era. The fertile
soils, mild subtropical climate, and abundant rainfall in the region, along with extensive
African slave labor, allowed farming estates such as Oak Alley Plantation to thrive. Formerly a sugarcane plantation, Oak Alley
includes a Greek Revival-style main house with 28 colossal, free-standing columns.
It is also home to a 300-year-old double row of giant oak trees forming an 800-feet-long
alley, which gives the plantation its name and photogenic fame. Other points of interest are the Slavery Exhibit,
the Sugarcane Exhibit & Theatre, a blacksmith shop, and a civil war tent. NUMBER 1: SWAMP TOURS Head outside New Orleans to explore Louisiana’s
intricate network of swamps that are home to unique flora and exotic wildlife. Admire Spanish moss and cypress trees,
see alligators, turtles, wild boar, nutria, racoons, cranes,
and many more all just a few feet away from you. We headed to Pearl River for a 2-hour guided
boat tour and experienced the swamp first-hand. We came across alligators, raccoons, and other
animals that live in the river and the swamps. Check our travel guide for more information
on which preserves to visit and which tours to take. Of course, there are many other interesting
things to see and discover in New Orleans, Check out our travel guide for more suggestions. Our travel guide is a mobile-friendly .pdf
document that you can store on your phone for offline use. It covers the top 10 things to do in New Orleans,
plus 10 additional attractions, maps, links, opening hours, and other information that
will help make your trip to New Orleans stress-free. By purchasing our travel guide, you are also
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  1. Great video! I love New Orleans. So much history and GREAT food. I do recommend taking time for traditional British tea at Le Salon located in the Windsor Court Hotel. I wrote a review about this if you are interested in checking it out the next time you are in New Orleans. https://www.treytracytravel.com/blog/take-time-for-tea-in-new-orleans-at-windsor-court

    Taking one of the many walking tours throughout the city is also a great way to learn lots too.

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