It's no secret that thousands of tourists flock to New Orleans every year to experience Mardi Gras, a tradition loved by visitors and locals alike. Simply put, New Orleans is a perfect vacation destination for travelers who love to party!
No one can deny the joyous festivities of Mardi Gras, but The Big Easy offers so much more attractions and sights to enjoy. While enjoying the festivities of Mardis Gras, visitors should check out some of these attractions in New Orleans (or that are just a stone's throw away from the city).
Whether travelers are visiting The Big Easy to sample some local fare or bask in the vibrant culture of the city, these "off the beaten path" attractions will appeal to every and any travel personality.
10 Coffee &...
This diner offers what its name suggests (i.e., coffee), among other diner delights like donuts and big breakfasts. This family-owned diner has been operating out of Westbank Expressway since 1977! Open 24 hours a day visitors can grab a hearty bite of Cajun-inspired fare and sink their teeth into freshly made beignets and king cakes.
9 The Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum
Located on 1235 Deslonde Street, The Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum offers visitors a dive into the rich history of New Orleans, featuring oral histories about the neighborhood (which go as far as the 1700s). What's more, admission to the museum is ALWAYS free!
8 Bayou Sauvage Urban National Wildlife Refuge
The Bayou Sauvage Urban National Wildlife Refuge is a marsh and wetland habitat. It is known for activities such as fishing, hiking, and paddling. Visitors can also enjoy watching local wildlife, including waterfowls and other bird species. The refuge is home to a half-mile boardwalk trail known as The Ridge Trail. What's more, this park is also home to alligators, so visitors are strongly discouraged from feeding them and keeping their pets on a leash!
7 The Singing Oak
Also known as the Chime Tree, The Singing Oak sits peacefully at the New Orleans City Park. Visitors should take a trip to the park to listen to the peaceful wind chimes decorated on the oak tree. These chimes are tuned to the pentatonic scale, which means that tourists can enjoy a melodious symphony on a nice warm day in New Orleans. Visitors should be aware that The Singing Oak is only available during certain seasons.
6 New Canal Lighthouse
Located on Pontchartrain Conservancy at 8001 Lakeshore Drive, the New Canal Lighthouse is around 120 years old. Unfortunately, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita damaged the lighthouse. However, it is back to its former glory because of recent renovations. Today, it is an education center and a museum for visitors.
5 Rene Beauregard House
Also known as the Malus-Beauregard House, the Rene Beauregard House overlooks the Chalmette Battlefield and the Mississippi River. Visitors who check out this 18th-century porticoed mansion will not appreciate its French-Louisana decor but also get a chance to learn about the War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans at the Visitor Center.
4 Longue Vue House & Gardens
The Longue Vue House & Gardens is at 7 Bamboo Road. It is one of the last Country Era Place Homes in the US. Formerly owned by Edith and Edgar Stern, this 19th-century mansion is 3-storeys high with 20 rooms. What's more, the Longue Vue House has 8 dependencies, 5 structures, 14 garden areas, and 22 ponds and fountains! Visitors will appreciate the intricate decor of the mansion, which takes a variety of international influences spanning from Europe to Asia. Today, the Longue Vue House also houses a Discovery Garden, which behaves as an educational center for children. This mansion is a quiet oasis in New Orleans that visitors must see!
3 Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
Despite its creepy atmosphere, Lafayette Cemetery No.1 has a rich history, located in the middle of New Orlean's Garden District. Founded in the 18th century the cemetery is used today, home to 1,000 family tombs and approximately 7,000 people. This non-segregated, non-denominational cemetery was the city's first planned cemetery, named after the city of Lafayette. Visitors brave enough to visit this storied landmark will also find tombs from fictional characters, including one for the Mayfair Witches from Anne Rice's The Witching Hour. This cemetery has also been in movies, including Double Jeopardy and Dracula 2000!
2 New Orleans Snoballs
Travelers visiting The Big Easy during the summertime can sink their teeth into snowballs, also known to locals as snoballs. Snoballs are made by embedding sugary syrup into mounds of shaved ice, which are fluffy in texture. Mix-ins, like ice cream and gummy bears, can also be added to snoballs. Visitors can try this cool treat in unique flavors such as satsuma, bananas foster, and king cake! This sweet treat was invented in the 1930s by New Orleanian local's George Ortolano and Ernest Hansen.
1 The Southernmost Point in Eastern Louisiana
How many people can say they've been to the Southernmost Point in Eastern Louisiana? Also known as the "Gateway to the Gulf" this tourist attraction is an hour-plus drive away from New Orleans. Visitors lucky enough to make the journey can see how the end of the Mississippi River looks like. This tourist attraction is also known for bird-watching and is close to the Venice Marina. Visitors can also check out Venice, which is nicknamed the "Fishing Capital of the World".