Places to Travel in New Orleans

New Orleans, the largest city in Louisiana, USA, is one of the most important port cities in the world. The list of places to visit in New Orleans is quite extensive in virtue of its cultural richness, cuisine, Jazz and Blues music. New Orleans, also called NOLA, which is formed by the initials of "New Orleans" and the abbreviation of "Louisiana State".

New Orleans, known as the capital of jazz music, was founded by the French in the 1700's. The Mississippi River in the city, had a part in being an important port city. The United States of America, in 1803, including the New Orleans, bought many regions which was dominated by France.

The city of New Orleans has a big influence on tourists owing to its cultural values as well as its attractions. The synthesis of African, American and French cultures, one of the most diverse cultures of America has been formed in the city. New Orleans is intitled as "Jazz Birthplace".

What to do in New Orleans?

Tours and different activities can be found in the city. One of the most popular tourist attractions in New Orleans is river cruises. Various cruise tours are organized in the Mississippi River. You can find detailed information about the tours on Steamboat Natchez website.

Those interested in the 1800s can witness the life of that period with Plantation Tours. The Plantation Tours in New Orleans, provides the information related to those times by visiting the old farms and mansions You can get detailed information about the tour from the website named Oak Alley Plantation.

When we talk about The Mississippi River, we have to mention about the crocodiles, of course. You will encounter many of the swamp tours, another touristic activity you can participate in New Orleans. You can observe the natural life of the crocodiles by an-hour  tours. You can find the detailed information about the tourist destinations in New Orleans at the bottom. 

Mardi Gras and New Orleans

According to Easter history, the Mardi Gras Festival, which begins every Tuesday between February 2nd and March 9th per year, sometimes lasts for many days. Mardi Gras means "Fatty Tuesdays" in the French. The reason is why Christians eats as much food as they wish is the last before fasting. Mardi Gras is a period in which butter, meat, fish and eggs are not consumed, although there are differences between the churches.

Despite being a French-based festival, immigrants is also attend this festival which occurs in New Orleans.

Throughout Mardi Gras, balloons, parades, concerts and various entertainment events are held in New Orleans. New Orleans city center is very colorful and dynamic in this period. Another important symbol of the Mardi Gras festival is the beaded necklaces. Colorful necklaces hang in the necks of people in the city.

French Quarter

This area, known as the French Quarter, is on the National Historic Site list. The French Quarter, called "Vieux Carre" in French, is one of the liveliest spots in New Orleans. There are many places such as bars, restaurants and art galleries.

Some of the most important places in the neighborhood are; Jackson Square and pedestrianized Bourbon Street.

French Market

Serving 7 days a week between 10: 00-18:00, the French Market remains at the forefront of places where you can buy souvenirs in New Orleans. The French Market, which was originally established for the sale of merchandises brought by ships, is now used as a place visited by tourists.

Preservation Hall

If you have enought time in New Orleans, you should listen to Jazz music in Preservation Hall! In 1961, this small space, a non-profit organization, offers Jazz concerts.

The venue, situated in 726 St. Peter Street in the French Quarter, plays Jazz music every day. If you are planning to the Preservation Hall, it would be wise to make reservations on the website.

Saint Louis Cathedral

The St. Lois Cathedral where is located in Jackson Square in the French Quarter, is one of the tourist attractions to be seen in New Orleans.The cathedral reflects the examples of Renaissance and French colonial architecture. The cathedral was constructed in 1718 for the honor of Louis the 9th, king of France. After the Great New Orleans fire in 1788, the structure became unusable and rebuilt in 1794. The cathedral can be visited every day from 08:30 to 16:00.

Saint Louis Cemetery

New Orleans, in addition to being referred to as "Jaz City", has the title "City of the Dead". The cemetery, another tourist attraciton in the city, has the magnificent sarcophagus and mausoleums. The St. Louis Cemetery, some sort of open-air museum, is one of the most important cemeteries in New Orleans.

The fact that the city is below sea level caused the dead people to be buried in tombs instead of soil. For this reason, the tombstones are an interesting place. The Saint Louis Cemetery, where some of the scenes of Easy Rider were filmed, also has the grave of the magician Marie Laveau, also known as the Voodoo Queen.

New Orleans City Park

New Orleans City Park, one of the largest parks in the United States, covers an area of 1,300 square metres. The park where is twice as big as Central Park, has quite large and old oak trees. City Park, established in 1853, one of the oldest parks in the country

One of the major attractions in the New Orleans City Park is the New Orleans Art Museum, aka '' NOMA '' and it was built in 1911. The museum exhibits thousands of Red-Indian, colonial and Renaissance artworks.

Audubon Aquarium

Audubon Aquarium sits on the coast of the Mississippi River, within the Audubon Zoo. As part of the Audubon Natural Life Institute, the aquarium is one of the largest underwater world in the United States. The Audubon Aquarium displays different ecosystems exhibitions such as the Caribbean Reef and the Gulf of Mexico.

Louisiana State Museum

One of the most beautiful museums in New Orleans is the State Museum where was built in 1795 as the Spanish Parliament Building. The building, remained from the colonial period, is also called "Cabildo". The Cabildo building is now used as a museum exhibiting works from the colonial period.

The Louisiana State Museum welcomes its visitors between 10:00 to 16:30 every day, except on Mondays. The entry fee for the museum is $ 6 for adults, $ 5 for students. Children between 5 and 12 years old are free of charge.

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