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Things to do in Louisiana

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Louisiana. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Louisiana attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Louisiana to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Louisiana.

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  • Angelo Brocato Ice Cream & Confectionary

    In New Orleans, ice cream is taken as seriously as any other sensual pleasure, and since 1905, Angelo Brocato has been serving up Italian delights ... More
  • Ann Koerner Antiques

    An eclectic mix of 18th- and 19th-century antiques from around the globe. More
  • Antenna

  • Bar UnCommon

    Located in the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel, Bar Uncommon serves classic and original cocktails created by acclaimed fourth-generation bartende... More
  • Barrister’s

  • Belladonna Day Spa

    Located in the Garden District, this destination day spa offers hydrotherapy, massage, and skincare. Hidden in the back of a bright and airy retail... More
  • Café Adelaide & The Swizzle Stick Bar

    The sister restaurant to Commander’s Palace, this Creole café and cocktail bar is named for the now-deceased bon vivant Adelaide Brennan. Located i... More
  • Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge

    Overlooking Royale Street in the famed French Quarter is a legendary circus act: The Hotel Monteleone's Carousel Bar, one of the most famous wateri... More
  • Cochon Butcher

    This new Warehouse District wine bar and meat market combo from the owners of Herbsaint and Cochon brings a loving Cajun inflection to the art of c... More
  • Cork & Bottle

    Cork and Bottle offers a shopping experience that's nothing short of meditative, with a selection and layout so compelling that you'll find it hard... More
  • Creole Nature Trail

    More than half of the 180 miles from Johnson Bayou to Grand Chenier are perched above the area's brackish water—teeming with alligators—on levees a... More
  • Crescent City Farmers' Market

    The Spread: In NOLA, a foodie town that claims the No. 3 position on our America's Favorite Cities Survey, chefs from some of the Louisiana city's ... More
  • d.b.a.

    Adjacent to the French Quarter and ensconced in an old Marigny warehouse building, d.b.a. showcases local bands pounding out traditional New Orlean... More
  • Dick & Jenny's

    Set in a mid-19th-century cottage in uptown, this neighborhood bistro combines upscale Creole cuisine with quirky touches like cocktails served in ... More
  • French Quarter Vampire Tour

    Strange Factor: You don’t have to be a fan of Twilight or True Blood to enjoy this creepy two-hour vampire-themed walking tour through NOLA’s most ... More

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