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15 Reasons To Visit New Orleans

With a culture like no other place on the planet, New Orleans is a must for any bucket list. From Mardi Gras to the jazz music scene, there's so many reasons to visit the biggest city in Louisiana!

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1. Mardi Gras

Signifying the start of Lent, Mardi Gras is one of the biggest and most famous festivals in America. There's live music, dancing, themed floats, vibrant costumes and lots of free beads!
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Signifying the start of Lent, Mardi Gras is one of the biggest and most famous festivals in America. There's live music, dancing, themed floats, vibrant costumes and lots of free beads!

2. The French Quarter

The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré, is the oldest neighbourhood in the city. It's rich in history, full of sublime architecture, and home to hundreds of incredible restaurants. Be sure to stop by Jackson Square for a great spot to relax and take it all in!
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The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré, is the oldest neighbourhood in the city. It's rich in history, full of sublime architecture, and home to hundreds of incredible restaurants. Be sure to stop by Jackson Square for a great spot to relax and take it all in!

3. Rock 'n' Bowl

Part live music club, part bowling alley. Swing by for a game or 2 and if you don't win, dance away your blues to the sound of some of New Orleans' finest musicians!
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Part live music club, part bowling alley. Swing by for a game or 2 and if you don't win, dance away your blues to the sound of some of New Orleans' finest musicians!

4. Swamp & Alligator Tours

Float along the swamplands and do some alligator spotting in a setting you won't find anywhere else! But keep your arms and legs inside the boat - just to be safe.
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Float along the swamplands and do some alligator spotting in a setting you won't find anywhere else! But keep your arms and legs inside the boat - just to be safe.

5. City Park

Take a break from the hustle and bustle with a stroll around the tranquil New Orleans City Park. The scenery is stunning, but there's also an amusement park, botanical garden, art museum, golf course, horse stables, plus bikes and boats to rent.
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Take a break from the hustle and bustle with a stroll around the tranquil New Orleans City Park. The scenery is stunning, but there's also an amusement park, botanical garden, art museum, golf course, horse stables, plus bikes and boats to rent.

6. NFL Saints Superdome

It's not a secret that American football is a huge sport in the US, and the Superdome is home to Superbowl champs the Saints. Tickets aren't cheap, but this is an experience you don't want to miss!
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It's not a secret that American football is a huge sport in the US, and the Superdome is home to Superbowl champs the Saints. Tickets aren't cheap, but this is an experience you don't want to miss!

7. Lake Pontchartain

Nature-lovers can find some peace and serenity at Lake Pontchartrain - a favourite for those who love fishing and bird-watching.
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Nature-lovers can find some peace and serenity at Lake Pontchartrain - a favourite for those who love fishing and bird-watching.

8. Seafood

Seafood is a local favourite, and with markets all over the city selling the freshest fish, you're spoilt for choice! Try the BBQ Shrimp or Lobster Dumplings at GW Fins for a tasty treat.
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Seafood is a local favourite, and with markets all over the city selling the freshest fish, you're spoilt for choice! Try the BBQ Shrimp or Lobster Dumplings at GW Fins for a tasty treat.

9. Jazz Music

Music-lovers rejoice - you'll find a jazz band on every corner! Be sure to book early if you want to catch the Jazz & Heritage Festival. It's held each year and features music from artists like Gwen Stefani and Bruce Springsteen, plus food and drink stalls galore!
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Music-lovers rejoice - you'll find a jazz band on every corner! Be sure to book early if you want to catch the Jazz & Heritage Festival. It's held each year and features music from artists like Gwen Stefani and Bruce Springsteen, plus food and drink stalls galore!

10. Bourbon Street

If you're looking for nightlife, Bourbon Street is the place to be. There's so many bars and clubs that you'll find it hard to try them all!
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If you're looking for nightlife, Bourbon Street is the place to be. There's so many bars and clubs that you'll find it hard to try them all!

11. Aquarium of the Americas

You'll find the Aquarium of the Americas right on the banks of the Mississippi River, home to 10,000 marine animals! Book a diving session in their huge tank, or keep dry and walk through their underwater tunnel to get up close with sharks, seahorses, turtles and more.
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You'll find the Aquarium of the Americas right on the banks of the Mississippi River, home to 10,000 marine animals! Book a diving session in their huge tank, or keep dry and walk through their underwater tunnel to get up close with sharks, seahorses, turtles and more.

12. Voodoo

First brought to New Orleans from West Africa in colonial times, Voodoo has a huge cultural presence in the city. Visit the Historic Voodoo Museum or take a peek in one of the smaller Houses of Voodoo strewn across the city.
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First brought to New Orleans from West Africa in colonial times, Voodoo has a huge cultural presence in the city. Visit the Historic Voodoo Museum or take a peek in one of the smaller Houses of Voodoo strewn across the city.

13. Paddle Steamer Cruise

Take a unique cruise along the Mississippi River and experience New Orleans' beauty and French Quarter romance aboard the Steamboat Natchez Riverboat.
Steamboat Natchez

Take a unique cruise along the Mississippi River and experience New Orleans' beauty and French Quarter romance aboard the Steamboat Natchez Riverboat.

14. Ghost Tours

They don't call it America's most haunted city for nothing! Don't miss the LaLaurie Mansion - considered the city's most haunted building - where you're rumoured to find many a ghostly spirit.
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They don't call it America's most haunted city for nothing! Don't miss the LaLaurie Mansion - considered the city's most haunted building - where you're rumoured to find many a ghostly spirit.

15. French Market

Music, shopping and food awaits you at the French Market on the banks of the Mississippi River. Pick up something tasty at the farmers market whilst you're there.
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Music, shopping and food awaits you at the French Market on the banks of the Mississippi River. Pick up something tasty at the farmers market whilst you're there.

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