The Top Seven Best Things to Do in New Orleans


Visiting Marie Laveau’s grave may not be on everyone’s to-do list, but embracing the culture, music, and beauty of New Orleans should be. With so much to do, see, and eat in the city, it’s hard to imagine ever running out of things to do.

New Orleans is a fun getaway destination with enough live music, nightlife, history, and nature to lift spirits and rejuvenate souls year-round. Make the most of a weekend getaway, long-term stay, or staycation by indulging in the best experiences New Orleans has to offer.

Listen to Live Jazz, Blues, and Zydeco Music

One can hear the nostalgic sounds of horn instruments while walking along any street in New Orleans. Although street performers are plenty, some of the best live music plays in the famous jazz clubs of the French Quarter. Frenchmen Street is known for its renowned music clubs, The Spotted Cat, d.b.a., Dragon’s Den, and Café Negril. The French Quarter hosts the historic Preservation Hall — home to decades of live performances from iconic jazz musicians.

Experience New Orleans Nightlife in the French Quarter

The best place to go partying is a city that never sleeps. New Orleans’ infamous Bourbon Street is one of the city’s major attractions. The neon lights, overflowing hurricanes, and nightlife attract those looking for a fun time. Enjoy a classic cocktail and a haunted story in Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, or dance the night away at Cat’s Meow.

See the Historic Architecture of the Garden District

Sprawling oaks, historic homes, and lush gardens fill the New Orleans Garden District, making it one of the most beautiful areas for a walking tour. The neighborhood is quiet but full of delicious food, local shops, and stunning architecture. Experience authentic Creole cuisine at Commander’s Palace or visit the souls of Lafayette Cemetary No. 1 for a day full of excitement.

Browse New Orleans’ Famous Museums

New Orleans has a museum for every interest. Plus, every August is museum month in New Orleans, allowing visitors to buy discounted tickets. Explore creativity in the New Orleans Museum of Art, where exhibits constantly rotate. Get lost in world history at the National World War II Museum. Learn about New Orleans’ history at the Backstreet Cultural Museum or Mardi Gras World.

Explore Louisiana’s Nature and Wildlife

There’s nothing quite like the natural beauty of New Orleans. Native plants and animals are abundant in the city thanks to parks and protected areas. New Orleans City Park and Audubon Park have lush greenery and incredible views of oak trees and swamp areas. For a closer look at wildlife, visit Audubon Zoo, one of the top in the country, or take a swamp tour.

Learn About New Orleans’ Supernatural

Get cozy with New Orleans’ most famous spirits. Voodoo shops, haunted homes, and vampire stories are endless in the Cities of the Dead (one of New Orleans’ many nicknames). The voodoo queen Marie Laveau rests in St. Louis Cemetary No. 1, a short walk from Canal Street. A guided walking tour is always the best way to get the most out of a historic cemetery visit.

Charbroiled Oysters at Dragos

The best things come in small packages — like charbroiled oysters. Dragos, the birthplace of charbroiled oysters, broils them with butter, garlic, and spices, then tops them with parmesan and romano cheese. The quintessential New Orleans recipe has now become a nationwide sensation.

Savor Traditional New Orleans Cuisine

More than three meals a day is required when staying in New Orleans. Dooky Chase, Antoine’s, and Arnaud’s alone have big enough Creole food menus to revisit daily. Taste all the flavors of New Orleans by booking a walking food tour or attending Beignet Fest or the Louisiana Crawfish Festival.

Experience the Best Things to Do in New Orleans at a J Collection Hotel

The J Collection represents a portfolio of independent and branded hotels in New Orleans. J Collection’s vast destinations ensure a hotel for everyone and any occasion. Whether planning a weekend staycation, a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or a business trip, our New Orleans hotels are welcome to all. Book a stay with one of J Collection’s hotels and create one-of-a-kind New Orleans memories.