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New Orleans Bucket List Ideas – 40 Things To Do In The Big Easy

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New Orleans is a beautiful city, rich in culture and the history of America and this New Orleans Bucket list will help you make the most of your visit.

There are numerous things to do while visiting the Big Easy- as it’s sometimes called.

New Orleans is more than just a city- it’s an experience!

Whether you decide to visit for Mardi Gras, or simply want to take in the historical sights of the French Quarter- New Orleans will never disappoint.

Keep reading for the best places to visit in New Orleans.

New Orleans Bucket List


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New Orleans Bucket List

I first visited New Orleans about two weeks before Hurricane Katrina hit back in 2005. I fell in love with the city right away and if this is your first visit, I bet you will too!

I’ve separated this bucket list for New Orleans into a few categories  – Museums, places to eat and the top spots to visit in the Big Easy.

New Orleans – Top Places To Visit

New Orleans Bucket List

Mardi Gras

New Orleanians are known for being wild during Mardi Gras season

They have an annual parade called “the best party ever” where people eat, drink, dance, ride around in floats throwing beads out at bystanders… it is quite amazing actually!There are plenty of things to do and discover- if you’re up for it. Be prepared to eat a lot of delicious food!

New Orleans Trolley Tour

Go on a ghost tour with Big Als Ghost Tours

Stroll through cemeteries such as Saint Louis Cemetery #1

Visit Jackson Square

Take in some jazz music at Preservation Hall

Visit the world-class aquarium

See a Creole cooking demonstration at the Old US Mint

Enjoy lunch or dinner in New Orleans’ oldest restaurant: Antoine’s Restaurant

Take a scenic carriage ride through the historic Garden District

Party on Bourbon Street

Ride on Steamboat Natchez

Enjoy the architecture in the French Quarter

Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium

Stroll through City Park: The largest urban park in America

Enjoy Tulane Lakefront – A tranquil area along Lake Pontchartrain’s scenic shoreline

Check out the beautiful stained-glass window St. Louis Cathedral

Ride the streetcar

Drink a Hurricane at Pat O’Brians Bar

French Quarter:New Orleans Bucket List Museums

New Orleans Bucket List

National WWII Museum

Museum Of Death

The Cabildo

Backstreet Cultural Museum

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

New Orleans Jazz Museum

Presbytere and French Market Center for the Arts

Historic New Orleans Collection

Pharmacy Museum

Historic Voodoo Museum

New Orleans Food Bucket List

New Orleans food bucket list

New Orleans is renowned for its beignets and cafe au lait {coffee with chicory}.

That’s why you should never pass up a chance to visit Cafe Du Monde right off Bourbon street.

It has been around since 1857 and it’s still going strong thanks to their delicious beignets- squares of fried dough which are covered with powdered sugar

The Bulldog- A perfect place for pork lovers.

The Steakhouse, located in Harrah’s New Orleans casino

Jacques Imos- You must try the drunken shrimp!

Randol’s Restaurant- Classic Cajun recipes with a twist of Asian flare!

Peche Seafood Grill

Muriel’s Jackson Square Restaurant

Casamento’s- A real ghost story restaurant located on famous St. Louis Street in the French Quarter.

Barrows Catfish

Domilise’s Po-Boy & Bar

La Petite Grocery

New Orleans Bucket List