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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

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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

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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!

5. City Park

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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

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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!

8. Seafood

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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

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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!

11. Aquarium of the Americas

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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

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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.

14. Ghost Tours

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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.

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