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.

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 to pull yourself away.

This iconic music venue was first established in 1977 in honor of local R&B legend Professor Longhair, who performed at the club until his death in 1980.

This tiny hole-in-the-wall in the French Quarter dedicated to traditional New Orleans jazz, is run by Ben Jaffe, who plays tuba in the band. Like so many New Orleanians, he is in the same business as his dad, who took over the Hall in its early years and ran it for decades.

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Named for benevolent deities from the Voodoo tradition, this boutique bar and lounge channels the many moods of New Orleans by specializing in designer elixirs.

Located in the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel, Bar Uncommon serves classic and original cocktails created by acclaimed fourth-generation bartender Chris McMillan.

Cesar Rivera, from the legendary Aidan Gill salon, opened Magazine St. Barber Shop in 2010, where he uses an antique towel steamer for hot-towel shaves. Afterward, kick back at the cypress bar with a local Abita Amber.

Located in the Garden District, this destination day spa offers hydrotherapy, massage, and skincare.

Adjacent to the French Quarter and ensconced in an old Marigny warehouse building, d.b.a. showcases local bands pounding out traditional New Orleans jive like Dixieland, funk, and blues.

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.