1. Go on a tour of Oak Alley Plantation to learn more about the history of the South and to explore the grounds of this National Historic Landmark. View this photo on Instagram @krissydeee / Via instagram.com Tip: Snap a photo of the iconic oak trees in front of the plantation which gave the property its name. 2. Order a hurricane — a classic New Orleans passionfruit-flavored cocktail — from the bar where it was invented, Pat O'Briens. View this photo on Instagram @s0ymilk__ / Via instagram.com Tip: Sip on your hurricane while relaxing by the colorful fountain in the courtyard. 3. Snag front row seats to a live jazz concert at the historic Preservation Hall, which was established in 1961. View this photo on Instagram @giulia_jules262 / Via instagram.com Tip: Arrive early for the front row "seats," which are actually pillows. 4. Stop by Café du Monde — a historic New Orleans spot that opened in 1862 — and order a café au lait and a bag of beignets. Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images Tip: Skip the lengthy lines during the day and go in the evening for a late-night snack, since Café du Monde is open 24/7. 5. Spend an evening at d.b.a. or The Spotted Cat Music Club on Frenchman Street, which is known for its rich jazz music scene. View this photo on Instagram @gemmalhartley / Via instagram.com Tip: There are two shows a night at d.b.a., whereas The Spotted Cat Music Club has three shows a night and is cash only. 6. Eat breakfast at Elizabeth's Restaurant in the Bywater to get a taste of praline bacon. View this photo on Instagram @michleex / Via instagram.com Tip: Check out the quirky art on the walls while you're savoring that praline bacon. 7. Architecture fans should check out the elegant and lavish mansions throughout the Garden District. View this photo on Instagram @lucytravelstories / Via instagram.com Tip: Make sure you see the Rosegate House, which used to be owned by Anne Rice, who's best known for writing The Vampire Chronicles. 8. Go to a crawfish boil at Clesi's Restaurant & Catering or Bevi Seafood Co. and eat until you just can't anymore. View this photo on Instagram @erinmerhar / Via instagram.com Tip: If you're not a fan of crawfish, you could also order other traditional Cajun dishes like jambalaya or shrimp and grits. 9. Take a leisurely stroll beneath Spanish moss–covered trees in City Park, which is one of the oldest urban parks. View this photo on Instagram @ariannerh / Via instagram.com Tip: The New Orleans Botanical Garden and Louisiana Children's Museum is also located within City Park. 10. Celebrate Mardi Gras by eating King Cake from a local bakery like Bittersweet Confections and Sucré. View this photo on Instagram @kaylalala16 / Via instagram.com Tip: There's a plastic baby hidden in the King Cake. Finding it is good luck — but it also means you have to buy the King Cake next year. 11. Enjoy the scenery while walking through Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve. View this photo on Instagram @ashley_mykyliuk / Via instagram.com Tip: Keep an eye out for gators while you're strolling through the park. 12. Admire — or even buy — local art from street vendors as you walk around Jackson Square. View this photo on Instagram @mmooreart / Via instagram.com Tip: Stop by St. Louis Cathedral, which is also located in Jackson Square. 13. Explore NOLA the affordable way and take a streetcar on one of five different lines that have been in service since the 1800s. Rorymn / Getty Images Tip: One-way fares are $1.25 and require exact change upon boarding. You can also purchase unlimited ride "Jazzy Passes" for one, three, or 31 days. 14. Take a swamp tour with Cajun Encounters Tour Co. for a chance to spot an alligator in its natural habitat. View this photo on Instagram @shaiiiiiiii / Via instagram.com Tip: You'll also get a chance to feed wild pigs on the tour. 15. Get a behind-the-scenes look at iconic parade floats at the Mardi Gras World warehouse. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via instagram.com Tip: There's free shuttle service available to Mardi Gras World with the purchase of a tour ticket. 16. Grab a drink at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop — a supposedly haunted bar that dates back to the 1700s. View this photo on Instagram @tace_face88 / Via instagram.com Tip: After you get your drink of choice, grab a seat in the back and listen to some smooth piano playing. 17. Eat crawfish grilled cheese or barbecued shrimp at Commander's Palace, and sip on 25-cent martinis with each entree you order. View this photo on Instagram @ald358 / Via instagram.com Tip: There's a maximum of three martinis per person since they're super, super strong. 18. It doesn't have to be Mardi Gras to hang out on a Bourbon Street balcony and toss beads to people passing by. Joel Carillet / Getty Images Tip: You can typically find beads for sale at the bars, or you can buy them at a local store beforehand. 19. Take a step back in time as you explore St. Louis Cathedral — one of the city's most iconic landmarks — which was founded in the 1700s. Gargolas / Getty Images Tip: Check out the local art for sale outside of St. Louis Cathedral before exploring inside. 20. If you dare, try the Hand Grenade at Tropical Isle and Funky Pirate on Bourbon Street. View this photo on Instagram @your_trip_awaits / Via instagram.com Tip: You probably need just one of these to have a good time. 21. Dress to the nines and have a fancy night out dining at Galatoire's Restaurant. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via instagram.com Tip: Popular dishes include shrimp etouffée and chicken creole. The restaurant is also closed on Mondays. 22. Enjoy a relaxing cruise down the Mississippi River on the Natchez — the only steamboat in New Orleans. Kruck20 / Getty Images / Via instagram.com Tip: The Natchez also has brunch, live jazz, and other cruise options available for an even more in-depth experience. 23. Drink a cocktail at the Carousel Bar & Lounge — the only revolving bar in New Orleans — located inside the French Quarter's Hotel Monteleone. View this photo on Instagram @marinasmagic / Via instagram.com Tip: There are only 25 seats at the revolving bar, and it's first come, first serve. 24. Beat the humid temperatures with a tasty sno-ball from Hansen's Sno-Bliz, which has been a city staple since 1939. View this photo on Instagram @livcashin / Via instagram.com Tip: Hansen's Sno-Bliz is only open during spring, summer, and fall. 25. If you're a big fan of fried chicken, get your grub on at Willie Mae's Scotch House. View this photo on Instagram @miss_laney_boggs / Via instagram.com Tip: There are a variety of sides you can order including fried okra, Brussels sprouts, cornbread muffins, and more. 26. Shop for unique handmade souvenirs like paintings, jewelry, and magnets from local artists at the French Market. Picturist / Getty Images Tip: There are also a number of food vendors lining the French Market, so you can eat while you shop. 27. Order a shrimp po-boy dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayonnaise, from Domilise's Po-Boy & Bar. View this photo on Instagram @matthewshyland / Via instagram.com Tip: There's a po-boy for everyone, with menu items including pork sausage, roast beef, shrimp, oysters, and more. 28. If you're a fan of American Horror Story: Coven, visit the set of Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies at Buckner Mansion on Jackson Street. View this photo on Instagram @jesselyn_lim / Via instagram.com Tip: Take the St. Charles Avenue streetcar and get off at Jackson Street, where you'll be only steps away from the Buckner Mansion. For a fun AHS-themed photo, channel your inner Supreme and wear your best all-black outfit. 29. And pay a visit to the gorgeous Longue Vue House and Gardens that were featured in American Horror Story: Freak Show. View this photo on Instagram @1markmartin / Via instagram.com Tip: The property features different exhibitions throughout the year. 30. Sip on a Sazerac, one of America's first cocktails, at The Sazerac Bar inside The Roosevelt New Orleans. View this photo on Instagram @jauntswithjess / Via instagram.com Tip: The Ramos Gin Fizz is another go-to cocktail at the venue. 31. Take a French Quarter ghost tour with Haunted History Tours or Witches Brew Tours to visit spooky sights like the LaLaurie Mansion and The Cornstalk Hotel. View this photo on Instagram @itybitybrunette / Via instagram.com Tip: Bring cash to tip your tour guides, along with any questions you may want answered about the haunted history of New Orleans. 32. Visit famous graves like Marie Laveau's, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, by taking a guided tour of St. Louis Cemetary No. 1 with French Quarter Phantoms. View this photo on Instagram @cortneyvahl / Via instagram.com Tip: You can only access St. Louis Cemetary No. 1 with a tour guide, so make arrangements early if this is high on your list of to-dos. 33. Immerse yourself in the spiritual history of the city at the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum. View this photo on Instagram @theawesomeeasts / Via instagram.com Tip: The museum is open seven days a week, and entry to the gift shop is completely free. You can also drop by Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo to learn more. 34. Try the wacky doughnut flavors that change daily at District Donuts Sliders Brew. View this photo on Instagram @jordanwithoutthe_r / Via instagram.com Tip: If you're not feeling a sweet doughnut, order a savory slider instead. 35. If you're a music lover, spend the evening attending one of the many live concerts that take place at Tipitina's in Uptown. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via instagram.com Tip: Tipitina's first opened in 1977 and was formerly known as The 501 Club. 36. Rent a bicycle and ride around the oak trees at Audubon Park across from Tulane University. View this photo on Instagram @visionofchaos / Via instagram.com Tip: Visit the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, which is the largest North American museum for insects, located on Canal Street. 37. For a unique dive bar experience where toilet seats take the place of average barstools, stop by for a drink at The John. Tina C. / Via yelp.com Tip: If you get too tipsy, don't actually go to the bathroom in the novelty toilets because that's just a no-no. 38. If you're craving oysters, look no further than Acme Oyster House, which has been serving up seafood since 1910. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Tip: Take an oyster shooter with your meal to complete your dining experience. 39. Take in all of the art, local cuisine, and live music at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival that takes place every spring. View this photo on Instagram @e / Via instagram.com Tip: The lineup includes jazz music, hip-hop, and more, so there's a little something for everybody. 40. Go to one of The Bulldog's various locations throughout the city on Wednesdays for Pint Night and get a free glass with every beer you drink. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com / Via instagram.com Tip: There are more than 100 types of craft beers available to order, along with delicious pub fare to snack on. 41. Visit the Museum of Death for a morbidly good time. View this photo on Instagram @l_bushby / Via instagram.com Tip: If you're squeamish or uncomfortable with disturbing content, it's probably best to avoid this one. 42. Craft beer lovers can take a free brewery tour and sip on free brews at NOLA Brewing Company every Friday from 2-3 p.m. View this photo on Instagram @charisstewart / Via instagram.com Tip: There are also free tours on Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Advanced reservations are not available, so arrive early to grab a spot. 43. Since Halloween is huge in NOLA, plan your trip around that time and join in on the citywide celebrations by dressing in your best costume. View this photo on Instagram @travelerbroads / Via instagram.com Tip: Check out the Halloween-themed decor throughout the Garden District and French Quarter to get those ~creepy~ vibes. 44. Keep your Halloween weekend plans rolling by rocking out at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in City Park every October. View this photo on Instagram @lisette_azar / Via instagram.com Tip: There's an eclectic lineup that changes annually, so you'll never go to the same festival twice. 45. Soak up the scenic views and take an afternoon drive across Lake Pontchartrain. Xkardoc / Getty Images / Via instagram.com Tip: Make sure you have a full tank of gas since the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is nearly 24 miles long one-way. 46. Sip on some wine as you listen to live music at Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits. View this photo on Instagram @sid645 / Via instagram.com Tip: There are also a variety of cocktails available to order if wine isn't your thing. 47. Satisfy your sweet tooth with pralines from Loretta's Authentic Pralines in the Marigny. View this photo on Instagram @los_angeles_desserts / Via instagram.com Tip: Other praline flavors you can get are chocolate, coconut, peanut butter, rum, and one with no pecans. 48. Spend the afternoon shopping the various charming boutiques and art galleries on Magazine Street. Lisa5201 / Getty Images / Via instagram.com Tip: Magazine Street is a great place to grab souvenirs for friends and family back home. 49. And finally, get a go-cup for your favorite flavored daquiri to sip on all day long. View this photo on Instagram @nola2everywhere / Via instagram.com Tip: You can get flavors like piña colada, hurricane, bellini, and more at Fat Tuesday.