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    49 Things Everyone Should Do In New Orleans, Louisiana, Before They Die

    Welcome to the Big Easy — home to Cajun food, jazz music, and haunted history.

    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.

    2. Order a hurricane — a classic New Orleans passionfruit-flavored cocktail — from the bar where it was invented, Pat O'Briens.

    3. Snag front row seats to a live jazz concert at the historic Preservation Hall, which was established in 1961.

    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.

    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.

    6. Eat breakfast at Elizabeth's Restaurant in the Bywater to get a taste of praline bacon.

    7. Architecture fans should check out the elegant and lavish mansions throughout the Garden District.

    8. Go to a crawfish boil at Clesi's Restaurant & Catering or Bevi Seafood Co. and eat until you just can't anymore.

    9. Take a leisurely stroll beneath Spanish moss–covered trees in City Park, which is one of the oldest urban parks.

    10. Celebrate Mardi Gras by eating King Cake from a local bakery like Bittersweet Confections and Sucré.

    11. Enjoy the scenery while walking through Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve.

    12. Admire — or even buy — local art from street vendors as you walk around 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.

    14. Take a swamp tour with Cajun Encounters Tour Co. for a chance to spot an alligator in its natural habitat.

    15. Get a behind-the-scenes look at iconic parade floats at the Mardi Gras World warehouse.

    16. Grab a drink at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop — a supposedly haunted bar that dates back to the 1700s.

    17. Eat crawfish grilled cheese or barbecued shrimp at Commander's Palace, and sip on 25-cent martinis with each entree you order.

    18. It doesn't have to be Mardi Gras to hang out on a Bourbon Street balcony and toss beads to people passing by.

    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.

    20. If you dare, try the Hand Grenade at Tropical Isle and Funky Pirate on Bourbon Street.

    21. Dress to the nines and have a fancy night out dining at Galatoire's Restaurant.

    22. Enjoy a relaxing cruise down the Mississippi River on the Natchez — the only steamboat in New Orleans.

    23. Drink a cocktail at the Carousel Bar & Lounge — the only revolving bar in New Orleans — located inside the French Quarter's Hotel Monteleone.

    24. Beat the humid temperatures with a tasty sno-ball from Hansen's Sno-Bliz, which has been a city staple since 1939.

    25. If you're a big fan of fried chicken, get your grub on at Willie Mae's Scotch House.

    26. Shop for unique handmade souvenirs like paintings, jewelry, and magnets from local artists at the French Market.

    27. Order a shrimp po-boy dressed with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayonnaise, from Domilise's Po-Boy & Bar.

    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.

    29. And pay a visit to the gorgeous Longue Vue House and Gardens that were featured in American Horror Story: Freak Show.

    30. Sip on a Sazerac, one of America's first cocktails, at The Sazerac Bar inside The Roosevelt New Orleans.

    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.

    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.

    33. Immerse yourself in the spiritual history of the city at the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum.

    34. Try the wacky doughnut flavors that change daily at District Donuts Sliders Brew.

    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.

    36. Rent a bicycle and ride around the oak trees at Audubon Park across from Tulane University.

    37. For a unique dive bar experience where toilet seats take the place of average barstools, stop by for a drink at The John.

    38. If you're craving oysters, look no further than Acme Oyster House, which has been serving up seafood since 1910.

    39. Take in all of the art, local cuisine, and live music at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival that takes place every spring.

    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.

    41. Visit the Museum of Death for a morbidly good time.

    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.

    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.

    44. Keep your Halloween weekend plans rolling by rocking out at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in City Park every October.

    45. Soak up the scenic views and take an afternoon drive across Lake Pontchartrain.

    46. Sip on some wine as you listen to live music at Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits.

    47. Satisfy your sweet tooth with pralines from Loretta's Authentic Pralines in the Marigny.

    48. Spend the afternoon shopping the various charming boutiques and art galleries on Magazine Street.

    49. And finally, get a go-cup for your favorite flavored daquiri to sip on all day long.