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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