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Things to do in New Orleans

Of course, there are many more things to do in New Orleans than just see how may rum drinks you can sample along Bourbon Street. For some different diversions, there are plenty of other places to start.

The New Orleans Museum of Art houses more than 40,000 including a gorgeous sculpture garden and works by Picasso, Miro, and Edgar Degas, who spent two years painting in a nearby studio. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, meanwhile, focuses on the best of the area’s regional artists. Thursday nights feature live music at the Ogden, while Friday nights bring a party at the NOMA. What to do in New Orleans with kids? Go out for ice cream. 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 in an Old Palermo–inspired parlor. The selection includes lemon ice, amaretto and, as a nod to New Orleans, summer peach ice.

The creepy two-hour French Quarter Vampire Tour features bloody tales and sights from the famous neighborhood, such as the Vampire Tavern, locations where real-life vampire-like crimes were committed, and spots from famous fictional vampire stories. What to do in New Orleans if you still want to party, but not on crowded Bourbon Street? Party with the locals instead. Vaughan's Lounge, a dive bar in the residential Bywater section, is fertile ground for people-watching and great stories, thanks to its colorful clientele, smoky jazz atmosphere, complimentary beans and rice, and the longest bar you’ve probably ever seen.

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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

  • Audubon Park

    This lush, central city park dotted with lagoons and oak trees full of Spanish moss is an ideal spot for a romantic picnic. More
  • 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
  • Cajun Encounters Honey Island Swamp Tour

    You’ll encounter alligators, great blue herons, and eagles as you slowly motor through cypress swamps on boats. If you’re looking for a more privat... 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
  • 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

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