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Best things to do in New Orleans

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“Park with oak trees, jogging & bike paths, a lagoon, picnic shelters, tennis courts & playgrounds.”
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Neighborhood
“Great kids area, great for walks, visit the museum of art nearby or stop at the cafe, and don’t miss the wind-chime tree on the big loop. ”
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History Museum
“A must-see for history lovers, the WWII Museum has been designated by the U.S. Congress as America’s official WWII Museum. From the 1930s prelude to war, to the Normandy Invasion and the battles of the Pacific Islands, visitors can trace America's role in the war & on the Home Front. Keep in mind that this museum is HUGE - plan to spend a majority of your day here, if not longer. A great rainy-day activity or somewhere to keep cool during a heat wave!”
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Wine Bar
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“An extensive wine collection, live jazz performers in the backyard, fantastic cocktails at the bar upstairs. What more could you want?”
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Art Museum
“NOMA is a great but we picked this because we love their sculpture garden. It’s free and they recently expanded it. ”
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Gift Shop
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“Traditional coffee shops that serves beignets, which are just square French-style doughnuts.”
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Aquarium
“Fun for children and adults alike! You can even do a dive tour at the aquarium now. A must see. ”
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Sandwich Place
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“Best place for po boys! Dressed usually means with lettuce, tomato, and pickle; undressed is plain. If the line is out the door, grab a seat at the bar. You can order food and drinks at the bar, and eat there. Either way, the line is worth the wait. ”
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Neighborhood
“The heart of New Orleans. Yes it is loud and dirty and wild, but it is also historic and beautiful and delicious. Active 24 hours a day and always interesting.”
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Plaza
“This is a historic location right in the middle of the french quarter. Here you can really immerse yourself in the true culture of New Orleans. ”
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Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“Perhaps the most famous New Orleans restaurant, Commander’s continues to be a local favorite when there’s a cause for celebration. Not only will you enjoy impeccably prepared Creole classics, the ambience and excellent wait service elevate the entire experience into something really special. It’s not cheap and it is out of the way from main attractions, but keep it in mind you have the resources and want that special experience. Favorites include the gumbo and bread pudding soufflé! ”
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Jazz Club
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“Very tight bar with cheap drinks and a long history of having great jazz. Best days are Sunday’s and Tuesday’s. But any day works well. ”
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Market
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“St. Roch Market is a chef-centric food hall featuring a thoughtfully-curated mix of local food and beverage talent.”
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Route
“Frenchman is a great option instead of bourbon for live music. Great music venues everywhere. The street vendors have great food if they are out, and we love stopping at 13 for a bite to eat as well.”
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Cajun / Creole Restaurant
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“In my opinion this is the most authentic restraunt in the city. Everytime someone visits me from out of town I take them here! There is usually a wait and they dont take reservations -- a good plan is to get there about an hour before you plan to eat, put your name in and grab a drink.”
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BBQ Joint
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“The BBQ in this Bywater location is incredible and a must have! Locals love it!”
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