A Weekend in New Orleans, LA
Take a quick weekend trip down south to the Crescent City, located just outside of the Bayou. Well known as the home of authentic jazz music, food for the soul, Mardi Gras parties and ghost tours, you never know what will be discovered during your visit down to New Orleans. This guide includes: 🏨 Where to Stay 🦪 Places to Eat ⛴️ Things to Do and See 🚃 Transportation 🎰 Night out Activities This was my personal first trip to New Orleans and my first time to the State of Louisiana (checking off state #42!) We tried to do a mix of standard tourist stops with a bit of local favorites as well. If you're not into super touristy things, then this guide is for you.
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Welcome to New Orleans!

How to Get There

Flying into New Orleans is relatively easy. Louis Armstrong - New Orleans International Airport has a ton of flights arriving daily from all across the U.S. This will be your first stop on your trip to New Orleans.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
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The main international airport located a short 15 minute from the main downtown city center. Lots of flights arriving and departing daily.
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For those driving in, there are a few, major highways that run through the area for easy access around the city. 

How to Get Around

You can choose to rent a car or use ride sharing to get from the airport to downtown. If you are spending the majority of your time in the central downtown area, we'd recommend walking or using public transport (RTA buses or trolleys) Fares are cheap ($1.50 for a one way fare or $3 for a 24 hour on and off pass, and easy to use! Download the La Pass App for easy payment to ride the bus and trolly system, timetables and much more.

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Where to Stay

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Hyatt House New Orleans/Downtown
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Located a short walk away from the fun, the Hyatt House is a great spot to stay for your trip to New Orleans. Lots to do in walking distance. Pool is at the sister hotel Hyatt Regency.
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Hyatt Regency New Orleans
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Located a short walk from the action, the Hyatt Regency is connected to the convention center and perfect for all business happenings. Has an outdoor roof top pool that is only open seasonally. Call ahead to confirm the amenities available during your stay.
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Royal Sonesta Hotel
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Located on Bourbon street, in the heart of the fun, the Sonesta is a nice place to stay for your trip to New Orleans. Clean rooms and kind staff.
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Day 1 Activities

New Orleans is the hustle and bustle for all to enjoy. Our activity recommendations are more geared towards adults/those 21+ but there are things you can do that are family friendly as well. This would not be my top recommendation for places to take your, check out our guide recommendations at the bottom for top places to take your kids to enjoy.

New Orleans City Park
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Massive outdoor nature park located in the downtown city area. Great walking paths to enjoy as well as a local Cafe du Monde and the art museum. Perfect for families or solo travelers.
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The Court of Two Sisters
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A higher end brunch buffet experience with music and some outdoor seating. Approx. $36 for the brunch experience.
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The historic Bourbon Street is lined with bars, entertainment venues and various eateries. At night, the scene comes alive with a whole different vibe. We recommend coming to see both. 

Bourbon Street
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The iconic street for all things fun no matter the time of year. Historic eateries, bars, night clubs, there is something for everyone. I personally wouldn't recommend bringing children as there isn't much to do here for them.
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Jackson Square
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Café Du Monde
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The original Cafe du Monde located just along the Mississippi river is a top tourist destination. It will be busy but since they only serve one thing - delicious beignets - people rotate through quickly. Live music along the streets edge is common and fun to enjoy while dining here.
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Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar
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For a fun night out, follow the road to Oz New Orleans. This nightlife spot features evening entertainment like Drag Shows, contests and more. 

Oz New Orleans
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A great spot for nightlife and features occasional Drag Shows
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Day 2 Activities

Mojo Coffee House
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Magazine Street
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Famous street well known for the beautiful, historic houses and artsy shopping spots. Located in the Garden District.
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A few of our favorite stops while walking along Magazine Street.

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Buckner Mansion
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Ruby Slipper Cafe
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Well known for their wonderful breakfast and brunch food, it is well worth a visit.
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Tropical Isle
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Live music and the famous green grenade slushies available here.
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Special Events - Concerts, Games, and More!

Smoothie King Center
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Caesars Superdome
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UNO Lakefront Arena
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Part of UNO, Lakefront arena is home to basketball, concerts, Disney on Ice and other special events. Be sure to check out their online schedule to see what is in town during your visit.
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Audubon Aquarium
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Mardi Gras World
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Riverwalk Outlets
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Museums to Explore

New Orleans Museum of Art
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The National WWII Museum
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New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
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Museum of Death New Orleans
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Viet Orleans Bistro
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Boil Seafood House
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Daisy Dukes French Quarter
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Parkway Bakery & Tavern
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Things to Do and See & Places to Shop

Preservation Hall
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Louis Armstrong Park
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Shops of the Colonnade
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Harrah’s Casino
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Modernist Cuisine Gallery - New Orleans
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A quick stop in while wandering down Royal Street and totally worth it.
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Coffee & Bakery Stops

Mr Wolf Espresso
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Twelfth Night Coffee
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Ayu Bakehouse
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Pontilly Coffee
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Places for a Night Out

Old Absinthe House
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DNO Garden District
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Molly's Rise and Shine
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NOLA Mix Records
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Local record store located in the Garden District.
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Hi travelers! I am here to help you enjoy your weekend trips to the fullest to cities near, far, or even in your backyard. Currently:📍Florida, U.S.A. New thatch guides coming soon: Cinque Terre, Italy Just Posted: Evansville, IN & San Diego, CA Upcoming Trips: Tampa, FL, New Orleans, LA ---------- About Me: Michigander at heart but currently traveling the world one week at a time for work. I specialize in budget, outdoor, weekend trips and adventure travel. When not on the road, I am down to spend the day exploring the local city scene. I try to make the most of every work trip by sharing adventures, grand or niche, to encourage others to get out there and embrace what the world has to offer. I love connecting with people from all around the world. Feel free to say hi over on Instagram @weekendpostcards My travel pillars are: - Try at least ONE new thing each trip - Take a walking tour or a local hike - Enjoy every sunset - Explore the places off the beaten path - Avid traveler (14 Countries, 42 States, 24 U.S. National Parks & countless cities) Bucket list items: Ride in a hot air balloon & visit all 50 U.S. states. — Check out my free and paid thatch travel guides on my profile, or for a customized itinerary for any of the locations featured, shoot me a message so we can connect. Let's explore!
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A Weekend in New Orleans, LA
Take a quick weekend trip down south to the Crescent City, located just outside of the Bayou. Well known as the home of authentic jazz music, food for the soul, Mardi Gras parties and ghost tours, you never know what will be discovered during your visit down to New Orleans. This guide includes: 🏨 Where to Stay 🦪 Places to Eat ⛴️ Things to Do and See 🚃 Transportation 🎰 Night out Activities This was my personal first trip to New Orleans and my first time to the State of Louisiana (checking off state #42!) We tried to do a mix of standard tourist stops with a bit of local favorites as well. If you're not into super touristy things, then this guide is for you.
47 Places • ago
Free

Welcome to New Orleans!

How to Get There

Flying into New Orleans is relatively easy. Louis Armstrong - New Orleans International Airport has a ton of flights arriving daily from all across the U.S. This will be your first stop on your trip to New Orleans.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
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The main international airport located a short 15 minute from the main downtown city center. Lots of flights arriving and departing daily.
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For those driving in, there are a few, major highways that run through the area for easy access around the city. 

How to Get Around

You can choose to rent a car or use ride sharing to get from the airport to downtown. If you are spending the majority of your time in the central downtown area, we'd recommend walking or using public transport (RTA buses or trolleys) Fares are cheap ($1.50 for a one way fare or $3 for a 24 hour on and off pass, and easy to use! Download the La Pass App for easy payment to ride the bus and trolly system, timetables and much more.

RTA Carrollton Transit Station
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Where to Stay

Check out all the hotels, local stays,

Hyatt House New Orleans/Downtown
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Located a short walk away from the fun, the Hyatt House is a great spot to stay for your trip to New Orleans. Lots to do in walking distance. Pool is at the sister hotel Hyatt Regency.
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Hyatt Regency New Orleans
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Located a short walk from the action, the Hyatt Regency is connected to the convention center and perfect for all business happenings. Has an outdoor roof top pool that is only open seasonally. Call ahead to confirm the amenities available during your stay.
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Royal Sonesta Hotel
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Located on Bourbon street, in the heart of the fun, the Sonesta is a nice place to stay for your trip to New Orleans. Clean rooms and kind staff.
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Details

Day 1 Activities

New Orleans is the hustle and bustle for all to enjoy. Our activity recommendations are more geared towards adults/those 21+ but there are things you can do that are family friendly as well. This would not be my top recommendation for places to take your, check out our guide recommendations at the bottom for top places to take your kids to enjoy.

New Orleans City Park
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Massive outdoor nature park located in the downtown city area. Great walking paths to enjoy as well as a local Cafe du Monde and the art museum. Perfect for families or solo travelers.
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Details
The Court of Two Sisters
@WeekendPostcards
A higher end brunch buffet experience with music and some outdoor seating. Approx. $36 for the brunch experience.
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Details

The historic Bourbon Street is lined with bars, entertainment venues and various eateries. At night, the scene comes alive with a whole different vibe. We recommend coming to see both. 

Bourbon Street
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The iconic street for all things fun no matter the time of year. Historic eateries, bars, night clubs, there is something for everyone. I personally wouldn't recommend bringing children as there isn't much to do here for them.
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Details
Jackson Square
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Café Du Monde
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The original Cafe du Monde located just along the Mississippi river is a top tourist destination. It will be busy but since they only serve one thing - delicious beignets - people rotate through quickly. Live music along the streets edge is common and fun to enjoy while dining here.
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Details
Sidecar Patio & Oyster Bar
@WeekendPostcards
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For a fun night out, follow the road to Oz New Orleans. This nightlife spot features evening entertainment like Drag Shows, contests and more. 

Oz New Orleans
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A great spot for nightlife and features occasional Drag Shows
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Details

Day 2 Activities

Mojo Coffee House
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Details
Magazine Street
@WeekendPostcards
Famous street well known for the beautiful, historic houses and artsy shopping spots. Located in the Garden District.
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Details

A few of our favorite stops while walking along Magazine Street.

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Details
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Buckner Mansion
@WeekendPostcards
Add to
Details
Ruby Slipper Cafe
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Well known for their wonderful breakfast and brunch food, it is well worth a visit.
Add to
Details
Tropical Isle
@WeekendPostcards
Live music and the famous green grenade slushies available here.
Add to
Details

Special Events - Concerts, Games, and More!

Smoothie King Center
@WeekendPostcards
Add to
Details
Caesars Superdome
@WeekendPostcards
Add to
Details
UNO Lakefront Arena
@WeekendPostcards
Part of UNO, Lakefront arena is home to basketball, concerts, Disney on Ice and other special events. Be sure to check out their online schedule to see what is in town during your visit.
Add to
Details

Family Friendly Activities

Audubon Aquarium
@WeekendPostcards
Add to
Details
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Mardi Gras World
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Add to
Details
Riverwalk Outlets
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Honorable Mentions - Alternative Options

Museums to Explore

New Orleans Museum of Art
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The National WWII Museum
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New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
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Museum of Death New Orleans
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Places to Eat

Viet Orleans Bistro
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Boil Seafood House
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Details
Daisy Dukes French Quarter
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Parkway Bakery & Tavern
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Things to Do and See & Places to Shop

Preservation Hall
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Louis Armstrong Park
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Shops of the Colonnade
@WeekendPostcards
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Details
Harrah’s Casino
@WeekendPostcards
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Details
Modernist Cuisine Gallery - New Orleans
@WeekendPostcards
A quick stop in while wandering down Royal Street and totally worth it.
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Details

Coffee & Bakery Stops

Mr Wolf Espresso
@WeekendPostcards
Add to
Details
Twelfth Night Coffee
@WeekendPostcards
Add to
Details
Ayu Bakehouse
@WeekendPostcards
Add to
Details
Pontilly Coffee
@WeekendPostcards
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Details

Places for a Night Out

Old Absinthe House
@WeekendPostcards
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Details
DNO Garden District
@WeekendPostcards
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Details
Molly's Rise and Shine
@WeekendPostcards
Great local breakfast, brunch and lunch spot located in the Garden District.
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Details
NOLA Mix Records
@WeekendPostcards
Local record store located in the Garden District.
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Details

Check out more of our Guides!

Thanks for checking out our guide. If you enjoyed this, be sure to check out a few of our other recommendations below to start planning your next trip. 

Family Friendly Recommendations

Adult Getaway Vacations

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Hi travelers! I am here to help you enjoy your weekend trips to the fullest to cities near, far, or even in your backyard. Currently:📍Florida, U.S.A. New thatch guides coming soon: Cinque Terre, Italy Just Posted: Evansville, IN & San Diego, CA Upcoming Trips: Tampa, FL, New Orleans, LA ---------- About Me: Michigander at heart but currently traveling the world one week at a time for work. I specialize in budget, outdoor, weekend trips and adventure travel. When not on the road, I am down to spend the day exploring the local city scene. I try to make the most of every work trip by sharing adventures, grand or niche, to encourage others to get out there and embrace what the world has to offer. I love connecting with people from all around the world. Feel free to say hi over on Instagram @weekendpostcards My travel pillars are: - Try at least ONE new thing each trip - Take a walking tour or a local hike - Enjoy every sunset - Explore the places off the beaten path - Avid traveler (14 Countries, 42 States, 24 U.S. National Parks & countless cities) Bucket list items: Ride in a hot air balloon & visit all 50 U.S. states. — Check out my free and paid thatch travel guides on my profile, or for a customized itinerary for any of the locations featured, shoot me a message so we can connect. Let's explore!
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