New Orleans

Things to do in New Orleans

There are over 4,000 exotic, threatened, or endangered animals at the one-of-a-kind center on 900 acres. Take the half-hour guided Safari Wagon Tour to spot giraffes, camels, and kangaroos.

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 private experience, request a ten-seat boat, and a guide that will entertain the kids.

This lush, central city park dotted with lagoons and oak trees full of Spanish moss is an ideal spot for a romantic picnic.

Designed like an English club with dark wood furnishings and equestrian-themed décor, the Polo Lounge is an elegant, intimate place for a classic cocktail such as a French 75 or the WhistlePig Sazerac.

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After being shut down by Hurricane Katrina, the world’s oldest continuously operating streetcar, the St. Charles, is once again winding over 13.2 miles, from the edge of the French Quarter, through the Garden District, and on to Riverbend—as it has for more than 150 years.

Years as Agent: 18. Specialties: New Orleans, Switzerland. Fee: Varies.

The sister restaurant to Commander’s Palace, this Creole café and cocktail bar is named for the now-deceased bon vivant Adelaide Brennan. Located in the Loews Hotel bordering the arts district, the restaurant is adorned with vibrant contemporary artwork and crystal light fixtures.

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 famous historic neighborhood.

Among the New Orleans Museum of Art’s core values are quality, community, diversity, and education—all of which imbue its collection of more than 40,000 objects with the esprit of the region.

Overlooking Royale Street in the famed French Quarter is a legendary circus act: The Hotel Monteleone's Carousel Bar, one of the most famous watering holes in the Big Easy.

Few people leave this dive bar, tucked away in the residential Bywater section of New Orleans, without good stories to share with friends.

Set in a mid-19th-century cottage in uptown, this neighborhood bistro combines upscale Creole cuisine with quirky touches like cocktails served in mason jars.