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Things to do in Orleans

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Orleans. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Orleans attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Orleans to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Orleans.

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  • Bird Watcher’s General Store

    A symphony of chirping welcomes you to this bird-lovers paradise. The staff has tons of personality—if you tell them a joke, they’ll give you a fre... More
  • Continuum

    The tiny cottage is crammed with every kind of antique lamp imaginable. More
  • Cottage Street Bakery

    Try the bakery's buttery, cinnamony, muffin-shaped Dirt Bomb donuts. (Faithful followers have sleuthed out the recipe and make them back at home.) More
  • Goose Hummock

    For guided kayak trips with naturalists or sport fishing charters, turn to Goose Hummock, the area’s aquatic experts. More
  • Weekend

    Mari Porcari curates this fashionable boutique, located in an 1835 general store with birch display tables and lime-green walls. The eclectic merch... More

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