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    15 Things To Do In New Orleans Whether It's Your First Or Fifth Visit

    Because yes, you *will* go more than once.

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    1. Stroll through the French Quarter — NOLA's historic heart — with a hurricane 'go-cup' in hand.

    2. Take a dinner cruise down the mighty Mississippi with New Orleans Steamboat Company.

    3. Explore the city's ~haunted~ side on a ghost and/or cemetery tour. Heck, might as well do multiple 'cause you'll learn something new every time!

    4. Take a self-guided tour of the Garden District to see the neighborhood's massive oak trees, historic St. Charles Streetcar, and simply stunning Greek Revival, Georgian, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Colonial, and Victorian mansions — many which belong to celebs.

    5. Take a 45-minute trip across the causeway to check out the Abita Mystery House — aka the UCM Museum — a passion project more than two decades in the making.

    6. Ride an airboat through Jean Lafitte Bayou and see a million gators along the way. The free AC generated by the boat's speed doesn't hurt, either.

    7. Chow down on a mouthwatering fried catfish, alligator sausage, or grilled shrimp po'boy at Guys on Magazine Street.

    8. Double fist Irish Coffees at Erin Rose. I've seriously NEVER met a frozen drink I enjoyed more and I don't think I ever will.

    9. Catch a jazz show at one of New Orlean's iconic clubs like the Maple Leaf or Tipitina's. Even if it's not your genre of choice, I bet you'll find plenty to appreciate.

    10. Take a stroll through Jackson Square — a National Historic Landmark in the center of the French Quarter.

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    11. Inhale a beignet literally ~anywhere~ in the city — it *doesn't* have to be from Cafe Du Monde if the wait is wild!!!!

    12. Learn something new at local institutions like the WWII Museum or the Museum of Death.

    13. Have a nice sit-down meal at one of the city's longstanding restaurants or try out innovative dishes from award-winning Top Chef alums like Nina Compton and Isaac Toups.

    14. Indulge in a little retail therapy along Magazine Street — a charming thoroughfare that follows along the Mississippi.

    15. Anddddd grab a drink at The Carousel Bar & Lounge and/or Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop. Yes, I know these are "touristy" spots, but they're still fun — so kick rocks! (Not really, but please don't come for me.)

    What's are your favorite things to do in New Orleans? Be sure to drop 'em in the comments below!

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