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New Orleans in the Deep South of America is an eclectic city home to amazing culture, music, food, atmosphere as well as historical architecture and the amazing Mardi Gras! On holidays to New Orleans, our clients love to take a stroll through the French Quarter – with buildings dating back more than 200 years, quaint shops, restaurants, bars, and plenty of nightlife this is one of the most loved areas of the city.
You will fly to New Orleans on your 2023 / 2024 holiday with one of our airline partners, Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, and stay at one of the incredible hotels in New Orleans such as Wyndham New Orleans - French Quarter, The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, then Bourbon Orleans Hotel, or even stay for the night at the historic Oak Alley Plantation on your 2023 / 2024 New Orleans holiday. We work with many hotels in New Orleans - simply ask your travel advisor which hotel fits your holiday and budget for your New Orleans Holiday in 2023 / 2024.
Things to do in New Orleans
As mentioned above, visiting the Deep South of New Orleans historic French Quarter, which is actually a dedicated National Historic Landmark, is one of the first things many visitors do when they arrive in New Orleans. In the French Quarter, one of the things most people love to do is checkout all the different cuisine on offer – from the breakfast favourite beignet to Louisiana gumbo… a New Orleans holiday in 2023 / 2024 is a foodie heaven. The French Quarter is also home to the historic French Market - originally a Native American trading post along the Mississippi River, it is now the site of a Farmers Market Pavillion, a Flea Market, and local artists and craftsmen. If you are feeling brave, many tour guides also offer a ghost tour around the French Quarter due to New Orleans is long history.
Another popular activity to do whilst on your Deep South holiday in New Orleans is visiting one of the nearby plantations. The Oak Alley Plantation is around an hour outside of New Orleans and offers visitors the ability to spend the night on-site in a cottage along with a tour of the plantation house, which is now a dedicated museum, and grounds.
Bar hopping around Bourbon Street is another must-do activity whilst in New Orleans - even for those who aren't bothered by drinking, this is a great place to just people watch and soak up the ambience of the city. A great bar to visit even for those who don't drink is the famous Carousel Bar in the French Quarter where you can sip on their exclusive cocktail the Sazerac. This unique bar is styled like a Merry-Go-Round and it actually slowly revolves!
From New Orleans you could also bored a Steamboat up the Mississippi where you can see the city from afar. You also have the option to take an overnight cruise up the Mississippi on one of the amazing Steamboats - cruise from New Orleans to Memphis or from St. Louis to Minneapolis and St. Paul! Taking a Mississippi River boat cruise from New Orleans it's truly an unforgettable experience.
Mardi Gras in New Orleans is a one-to-three-month period where the streets of New Orleans come alive with music, performers, food, art and revellers in the festivities. Technically, Mardi Gras is only one day of festivities that make up the New Orleans Carnival. Mardi Gras and Carnival are, contrary to popular belief, both family friendly and adult festivities. There are designated family friendly parade watching spots in New Orleans that are perfect for when you're travelling with the little ones - they will especially love catching all the beaded necklaces from the floats! Universal Orlando Resort also celebrate Mardi Gras, and many long-time Orlando visitors love to visit New Orleans, even as a Twin Centre Holiday with Orlando, to check out the real Mardi Gras after loving it at Universal Orlando for so long!
Stretching across the Mississippi River, New Orleans is rich in history and culture. For a sedate start to your holiday in New Orleans, visit the many beautiful gardens, beginning with the Spanish style Longue Vue House and Gardens, a mansion set in magnificent architecturally designed landscaped gardens and also including a museum. The Botanical Gardens at City Park contains one of the largest collection of mature oak trees and over 2,000 varieties of plants many species native to Louisiana. There are also bronze statues and sculptures by Henry Moore to catch your eye and next to the sculpture garden is the New Orleans Museum of Art set in 1,500 beautiful acres. For those of you into ghost hunting and Voodoo then New Orleans is the place for you, the supernatural is alive in New Orleans and the intrigue from visitors is evident, specific walks and tours can be arranged to see the sites and visit the most ghostly haunts, a visit the the famous grave yards cannot be missed.
If you are travelling with children, visit Audubon Park, boasting 340 acres with an endless choice of activities and wonderful views of the river. Here they can let off lots of steam just playing and you can walk around the lagoon, go horse-riding or play tennis and visit the Audubon Zoo. For something really different there are swamp tours by canoe and fishing trips through swamps and marshes, an unforgettable experience where they can spot alligators, egrets, deer and cougar.
Famous for its festivals and especially the Mardi Gras there are many celebrations taking place throughout the year in New Orleans. The annual Independence Day celebration is situated on the riverfront with fireworks over the Mississippi River and plenty of family activities. The Celebration in the Oaks continues for a month with oak trees decorated with 2 million lights and nightly entertainment. At Halloween the Voodoo Music Experience is held in City Park with many local and famous musicians taking part.
Wander through one of the Art Markets and discover an array of ceramics, painting, jewellery and many other handmade items featuring local artists. The French Quarter is the oldest public markets in the country. The French Market is an open air mall with plenty of exciting and interesting items to ponder over with the added feature of music and restaurants to add to the atmosphere. View these and more things to do in New Orleans
Make sure you sample the local cuisine including Gumbo, Crawfish Etouffee and Jambalaya. Visit the legendary restaurant Mulates with live Cajun music and dancing and of course authentic Cajun cuisine. The cuisine in New Orleans is both Creole and American with special seafood dishes, fresh fruits and vegetables.
Step up the pace and spend an evening at Harrahs New Orleans with 104 gaming tables and a 23 table poker room to tempt you. There is a wonderful atmosphere with live music, artwork and Mardi Gras floats. Visit the Bombay Club for nightly jazz and cocktails an award winning restaurant.