Take a trip to the Big Easy, stop by Bourbon Street for a drink, and don’t miss this Top 5 guide to New Orleans’ biggest and best things to do.
Thought to be the widest street in America, the 170-ft wide Canal Street lies in the heart of downtown New Orleans. It runs across the city, from the Mississippi to Lake Pontchartrain. The main activity is around the CBD, where luxury hotels, upscale restaurants and unique retail establishments line both sides of the street. The Canal streetcar line runs down the middle of the thoroughfare, providing access to Mid-City and the cemeteries.
The New Orleans Museum of Art
The New Orleans Museum of Art – more commonly known as NOMA – one of the pre-eminent centres of fine arts in the Gulf South. NOMA is an educational center, a family destination, a popular tourist attraction and the centerpiece of New Orleans’ elegant City Park. Its permanent collections and rotating exhibits the best museums in the country. The museum is also a community social center, frequently hosting high-profile weddings, receptions, fundraisers and social events. Situated near the entrance to New Orleans City Park, the museum is a historic landmark.
Just around the block from the bustle of Bourbon Street is the picturesque Royal Street, which boasts some of the country’s best antique stores, restaurants, and art galleries. Antiques collectors and art-lovers travel from all over the world to shop on this street. Visitors can stay at historic hotels and enjoy leisurely breakfasts at sunny cafes, or indulge in gourmet cuisine at the numerous specialty restaurants. The retailers on Royal Street include European-style boutiques, glass artists, and purveyors of fine collectibles.
New Orleans City Park
Built on the site of the former Allard Plantation beside the Bayou St. John, the New Orleans City Park is one of the biggest urban parks in the country, covering an area of 1,300 acres. A perfect spot for children and adults alike, it offers sports facilities, museums, waterways, golf courses, an amusement park, botanical gardens and much more. The park is also home to the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, which showcases over 50 modern sculptures.
Aquarium of the Americas
An impressive attraction offering visitors the chance to see a walk-through underwater tunnel, a gallery of seahorses, a white alligator, baby sharks and a stunning rain forest under one roof, this is one of the premier tourist destinations of the city. Showcasing nearly 500 species of aquatic life, this aquarium is one of the biggest in the country.