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.

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.

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

This idiosyncratic bar may have lost its iconic jukebox to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but not any of its packrat personality.

Located in Mid-City, this dive bar offers creative cocktails, $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon, and a variety of entertainment, from air hockey and retro board games to a jukebox and a photo booth. Small and smoky, the interior is adorned with velvet wallpaper and eclectic, mostly risqué, artwork.