We all know why everyone goes to New Orleans: Mardi Gras and to drink, drink and drink some more. But not everyone goes there just to drink and party. There are lots of other things to do there besides all this. I lived near New Orleans in Terrytown for about 6 months! Here are some of my favorite experiences!
I lived on the West Bank of the Mississippi river. I was not really partial to living here, luckily I lived on the other side and not so much the city. I think New Orleans is a fun place to visit and it has lots of history as well.
Here are the things you must do while visiting New Orleans:
- Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, the place to go to have shaved ice, you might even be lucky enough to spot a celebrity there.
- Bourbon Street, honestly to me this street is overrated and smells, but this is where people go to drink.(Make sure to walk down to where it is quiet and people live, my husband and I saw a man walking his two goats! )
- Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.
- Ghost Tours.
- Audubon Zoo, this place was huge and it has a lazy river in it!
- Audubon Nature Institute and Butterfly Exhibit, I think this place was pretty cool, and we got in for free because someone paid for us, so that was a nice little surprise!
- French Market.
- Take a ferry ride, we usually went from Algiers Point (Historic little area and rode the ferry over so we didn’t have to worry about parking in the city, it can be awful trying to find parking.) (Make sure to have exact change, if not they have a change station)
- Make sure to eat beignet while you are there, they are basically like funnel cakes but square!
- Make sure to go to a parade, they have them outside the time frame of Mardi Gras.
- Go to Jackson square, it’s where palm readers, magicians, and people play music go, etc.
- Check out City Park, it has a bit of everything!
- The National WW II Museum.
Here are some things to do outside of New Orleans:
- Eat at Spud Spot, it has every type of topping on a potato you can think of.
- Jungle Gardens, this place is pretty neat because you can walk around, drive or both and alligators roam free!!
- Northlake Nature Center, exactly what it says it is a nature center, my husband and I love to hike.
- Go over Lake Pontchartrain Causeway bridge.
- Fontainebleau State Park, it has trails, a beach area, camping areas, and it has ruins of an old sugar mill!
- And you cannot forget to get a king cake, go to Antoine’s to get it!
- Make sure to check out the area of Gretna as well, they film a lot of movies there.
- Algiers Point, second oldest neighborhood in LA, check out the neighborhood, and they have some cute restaurants-Dry Dock Café (my experience was not that great, but their fries were awesome), Vine and Dine, and they also have a couple of bars around. This was also one of my favorite places to go in LA.
- Check out the cemeteries!
Facts about LA:
- It is not where the first Mardi Gras was held, Mobile, AL was.
- N.O. is the birthplace of jazz.
- They do not have county’s, they have parishes.
- Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is the longest bridge OVER WATER in the world, 23.87 miles.
- There is a $500 fine for instructing a pizza delivery man to deliver pizza to a friend unknowingly.
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