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New Orleans Power Pass is a great help to any New Orleans Trip
With the relaunched New Orleans Power Pass you can visit over 25 of the most popular attractions and enjoy the best tours in New Orleans. Take the stress out of sightseeing with this simple, comprehensive city card. There's no need to carry around spare change or stand in line to buy your attraction tickets, the New Orleans Power Pass has it covered, and you can choose a pass that suits you in 1, 2, 3 or 5 days. The pass acts as your electronic ticket which will allow you to easily budget your trip and see all the best sights and tours. Experience New Orleans on a Swamp Tour, visit the Audubon Aquarium and even learn to cook Louisiana style with the New Orleans School of Cooking – there really is something for everyone! More information available at neworleanspass.com.
Top Attractions in New Orleans
- New Orlean Bus Tours
- Cajun Pride Swamp Tour by Boat
- Paddlewheeler Creole Queen
- New Orleans Audubon Aquarium
- New Orleans Audubon Zoo
- Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
- National WWII Museum
- San Francisco Plantation Home
- The Cabildo
- Cooking Demonstration Class
Day Trip Ideas Outside of New Orleans
If you’re planning a trip to New Orleans a lot of people make a list of places to visit just in the city centre, but there are some amazing adventures to have just a short drive away so why not stay a few extra days and include some of these too.
Tour the Plantations of River Road
Just as you leave New Orleans you will start the long 70-mile highway called the River Road, and head in to New Orleans Plantation Country, which is nestled beautifully along the mighty Mississippi River, where you will see Louisiana architecture as its best with the grand plantation homes.
The closest plantation to New Orleans is Destrehan Plantation where you can take a tour and see demonstrations of blacksmithing and open hearth cooking. Close by is the Creole Laura Plantation, which also offers tours, based on Laura Locoul’s 19th century memoirs and stories of slavery and the Creole culture.
Nottoway Plantation claims to be the South’s largest antebellum home while the beautiful San Francisco Plantation tells the story of life before the Civil War with decadent living exhibited through the architecture and furnishings. Houmas House Plantation & Gardens offers a romantic retreat, a snap shot of the elegant side of plantation life in beautiful surroundings with fabulous food. St. Joseph Plantation has an equally interesting history and both offer costumed guided tours to give you a real sense of life in the 1800s.
And last but not least there’s Oak Alley, with its archway of grand oak trees creating a canopy to the front door this is definitely one for the photo album, easily one of the most iconic front gardens of them all.
This Grand Dame of Plantations has been used time and again for movies; Interview with a Vampire, Primary Colours, Déjà Vu with stars John Travolta, Brad Pit, Beyonce and more.
Big Fun on the Bayous
Explore south Louisiana's bayou backcountry located just an hour outside of New Orleans. From high-speed airboat tours to gentle flatboat excursions, with a variety of bayou/swamp tours available. You might see one of our exotic critters such as nutria, bald eagles, wild boars and the king of the swamp - the alligator. Southern Seaplane/Air Tours offers a bird's eye view of the lush wetlands of Barataria Bay.
If you’re up for seeing literally thousands of ‘gators visit Insta-Gator Alligator Ranch & Hatchery where you can learn about alligators, how the locals have lived with them for 300 years and see them at varying sizes from the egg to full grown and get up close and hold one.
If you’re an adventurous type you can get out on the water and rent kayaks or canoes, for either a guided or self-guided tour, with Bayou Barn. The quiet and easily navigated waterways around Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve lets you see the unspoilt beauty of Louisiana’s bayous country while you see to local wildlife up close. An added bonus is the do-do dance parties that take place every Sunday featuring Cajun bands and Cajun dishes, a celebration of the Cajun way of life for the whole family to enjoy.
Tasty Trips Near New Orleans
If you head for Louisiana’s Cajun country you can tour McIlhenny Company’s Tabasco factory out on Avery Island and while you’re there charter a fishing boat to catch your own dinner – the captain takes you to where the fish are biting no matter what time of year.
Louisiana’s Northshore is also great for fishing adventures on the inland bayous, and after you’ve worked up an appetite try Palmettos on the Bayou for some great seafood and dining outside surrounded by the old Louisiana forests.
New Orleans has a story all of her own to tell and if you go back a hundred times you will discover new things. Visit neworleanscvb.com/things-to-do to get more trip ideas around New Orleans and start planning your trip to the Big Easy!
Neighbourhoods of New Orleans
Here are a handful of New Orleans neighbourhoods, providing information to help you explore the different flavours of New Orleans and all it has to offer:
Due to its close proximity to the French Quarter many of the city’s hotels are here, with some of New Orleans favourite cocktail bars and many fabulous restaurants.
Two of New Orleans’ most distinct and best kept secrets are only minutes away from the French Quarter: the Faubourg Marigny and Bywater neighbourhoods. Tucked back into their own diverse communities, combining old-time New Orleans culture with a hip & contemporary bohemianism.
The original settlement of New Orleans, called Vieux Carré, French Quarter or simply The Quarter, is the oldest neighbourhood in the city. The district as a whole, bound by Canal Street, Decatur Street, Esplanade Avenue and Rampart Street, is a National Historic Landmark. So much of what makes New Orleans unique is captured in the melting pot atmosphere of the French Quarter.
Tradition, opulence and beauty can all be used to describe New Orleans' historic Garden District. With its well-preserved collection of antebellum mansions, pristine gardens and southern charm, the Garden District certainly stands out as one of the country's most lovely neighbourhoods and a popular destination for visitors.
The Tremé is heralded as a vital American landmark for African-American and Creole culture. Many consider the Tremé to be the cultural heart of New Orleans from dance to music to architectural design.