When people hear the words New Orleans, they automatically think of all the eating and drinking we offer. It’s a stigma we’ve given to ourselves, but there are a lot of things to do that are fun, educational, and will probably make you burn a few of those calories from that Gumbo and Hurricane you had the day before.
Whether you’re in New Orleans for an extended weekend or you’re a local, the one place that must be on your list without question:
People often wonder how the third ranked museum in the US and the eighth ranked museum in the world found a home in New Orleans. This museum originally opened in 2000 as The D-Day Museum, which focused solely on the US invasion of Normandy. The boats that brought us to Normandy’s shore were called Higgins Boats, which were made in New Orleans. By 2003 with the designation of Congress, this became the official World War II museum of the United States.
This is a whole day experience that requires some mental focus. It’s a lot of information, but it’s delivered in a way that’s beautiful and terrifying.
Visit their site for an extensive look at each pavilion, and yes, spend the extra $7.00 to see Beyond All Boundaries.
It’s ranked the #1 Attraction in New Orleans. You’ll understand why when you go.
When you want to stay within the city, but you don’t want to feel like you’re in the city, spend the day or an afternoon at City Park and make a special visit to NOMA, which is inside the park.
With 1,300 acres, there’s definitely fun to be had. A little bit of fun is City Putt, which is a 36-hold mini-golf course, themed around New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. I’ve personally done both and it can be a pretty fun date-night. If you’re searching for a more intense round of gold, check out Bayou Oaks or the driving range. City Park also has it’s own amusement park with Carousel Gardens. Classic rides under the shade of the oak trees.
The Sculpture Garden is a free exhibit outside the New Orleans Museum of Art that’s home to over 60 sculptures along walking paths anchored by the centuries old oak trees. It’s absolutely stunning. You won’t regret the adventure.
For $15.00, you can continue the adventure indoors at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Per their website, “The New Orleans Museum of Art, the city’s oldest fine arts institution, has a magnificent permanent collection of almost 40,000 art objects. The collection, noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, photography, glass, and African and Japanese works, continues to grow.” Louisiana residents get in free on Wednesdays.
The Audubon Nature Institute is the home of the Audubon Zoo, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. If you hadn’t had your fill of parks, Audubon Park is located Uptown new Orleans, near the zoo.
The Audubon Zoo was built in the early 1900s with refurbishment during the Great Depression, sending you back to a simpler time. To get out of the sun, head over to the edge of the French Quarter and hang out with some stingrays at the Aquarium of the Americas. And then there’s the Insectarium. Just because I use bugs to title my books doesn’t mean I like them.
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