National World War II Museum
The National WWII Museum is a lauded institution dedicated to preserving the history of the contributions made to the Allies’ efforts by the U.S. Its collection of more than 100,000 artifacts includes aircraft, weaponry and photographs as well as an immersive submarine experience and a fantastic 4D film.
Kids and adults alike take great pleasure in visiting the celebrated Audubon Zoo, home to thousands of exotic animals. Popular exhibits include Jaguar Jungle, which houses the majestic cats; the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit, which teaches visitors about the state’s native habitats; and Monkey Hill, a lively playground for kids.
Historic New Orleans Collection
Functioning as a museum, research center as well as publisher, the Historic New Orleans Collection offers a comprehensive exploration of the city’s history. The free museum comprises multiple buildings that house the ever-changing array of exhibitions, which cover everything from fine art to Andrew Jackson.
Though not the most glamorous food, the po’boy is Louisiana’s archetypal sub sandwich. This regional specialty is served on almost every corner; the classic style is meat (usually roast beef) or fried seafood topped with rich gravy, dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, mayo and what have you, all on a fluffy baguette.
Indulgent any way you look at them, beignets were brought to New Orleans by French colonists in the 1700s and comprise deep-fried squares of choux dough covered with a mound of powdered sugar. These pastries are served piping hot and can come with a variety of fillings, from jam to blue crab.
Arguably less famous but no less iconic to New Orleans than the po’boy, the muffuletta is dished out in large portions, so come hungry and bring a friend. You’ll get a mouth-watering variety of Italian cured meat, cheese and a spicy olive salad stuffed between two slices of soft Sicilian bread.
NOLA’s best-known street is party central for visitors; the heart of the French Quarter comes alive at night with revelers looking to get their drinks on and make some new friends. Once the sun goes down, Bourbon Street is crowded with lively bars, historic establishments, street performers and great people-watching.
Established in 1977, Tipitina’s is one of New Orleans’ most venerable music venues and serves as a memorial to Professor Longhair, one of the city’s most influential musicians. Music legends of all kinds have played here, and you’ll be able to come catch a performance almost every day of the week.
Often recommended by locals as the best place in NOLA for great live music, Frenchmen Street lives up to its reputation with a heady mix of bars and clubs, each with their own performers. You can pop in and out along the street and hear everything from swing to jazz to accordion music.