In some cities it’s hard finding something to do, but New Orleans offers something for everybody! It’s an eclectic city that is influenced by various cultures and offers numerous options for food, music, and activities.
There are many different districts you’ll become familiar with when you’re visiting for an interview or if you live here. Each one offers some similar, but very different things. You’ll find a niche and it won’t be difficult to call this new city your home.
Uptown & The Garden District: Take a stroll through the garden district and you’ll find streets lined with historic mansions, beautiful gardens along St. Charles avenue, and boutiques. The streetcar in the garden district can take you to some of New Orleans popular attractions, such as Audubon Park and Zoo. If you’re in the area, stop by Commander’s Palace, a James Beard Foundation Award winner and try some of their famous turtle soup and bread pudding. The garden district is most notably known for Mardi Gras, so be ready to experience a lot of parades and costumes!
Mid-City: Close to the university, you’ll find Mid-City. Here you can go to City park where you can do things on land or water. If you’re needing a nice run or bike ride after a long day, there’s a lot of paths you can take at this spacious park. You can also go fishing at the 11 different lagoons or paddleboat for different views of the park. If you’re up to it, there’s also a Disc Golf course that will take you through scenic routes of the park or a mini golf course at City Putt. Located in Mid City is also the New Orleans Museum of Art. It’s not the Louvre, but it’s a hidden gem in New Orleans.
French Quarter: When you think of the French Quarter, the first thought is Bourbon street. However, The French Quarter offers much more than that. It is also one of New Orleans most historic neighborhoods and is a perfect blend of modern and antique. If you’re here, don’t just get a nice hot po boy from Mothers or beignets from Café Du Monde, but stop by Jackson Square and check out St. Louis Cathedral. Aside from the food, there’s plenty of events year round to take part in, including: Running of the Bulls, Tales of the Cocktail, Southern Decadence, New Orlean’s Wine & Food Experience, and much, much more!!
Central Business District/ Downtown: You may not be a Saints fan yet, but you will be when you’re here! The CBD is home to the holy ground of The Superdome where you’ll be able to tailgate and watch the Saints on their path to the next Super Bowl. If you don’t like football, you can go to a concert. Plenty of artists come through New Orleans, including Beyonce and Jay-Z, Sam Smith, Justin Timberlake, and many more! If you’re here in October, you can come to the Crescent City Blues and BBQ festival. Not to mention Wednesdays at the Square in the Spring. You won’t be disappointed with this part of New Orleans.
New Orleans is an easy city to fall in love with and you won’t have a hard time finding something to do, even if its last minute. It’s a city that loves festivals, so you’ll be able to find one for almost anything. If we haven’t convinced you already to come visit or move here, here’s a few links to help you find some other things that may be of interest: