New Orleans a.k.a The Big Easy is best known for Bourbon Street, beignets and
boobs *ahem* beads (hello Mardi Gras). Its infectious party atmosphere, haunted history and supersize cocktails are what draw so many visitors to the city, but if you’re looking for something to do away from the usual tourist traps, here are 5 attractions that you won’t find in the guide books.
Mini golf may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but pay a visit to this family-friendly outdoor attraction, and you’re guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face. Tucked away in the city’s lesser known City Park, this newly revamped 36-hole course complex is the perfect place to practice your swing, and indulge in a little healthy competition of course. Plus, each hole details a little snippet of New Orleans history and culture, which makes for a pretty fun (and educational) experience. Hole in one!
Ghost tours in the city are a dime a dozen in New Orleans, but if you want a glimpse into the city’s current inhabitants, get yourself down to the Garden District. This picture-perfect neighbourhood is just a streetcar ride away from the French Quarter, and it’s well worth the trip. It’s made up of the most stunning old houses, full of Southern charm, including some homes of the rich and famous! The best way to see it? A self-guided walking tour! There are loads of routes available online so pick your favourite, pack your walking shoes, and don’t forget your camera!
Just a short walk from the over-spilling bars of the French Quarter is a happening hideaway whose clientele is as cool as it’s cocktail menu. Monkeyboard, a rooftop bar set atop the business district’s Troubador Hotel has the absolute best views of the city and an atmosphere to match. Guests can sip on handcrafted cocktails and enjoy some local eats while sitting back and enjoying live music into the early hours.
This blink-and-you-miss it dive bar on Decateur Street doesn’t look like much from the outside, but this little French Quarter hole-in-the-wall packs a whole lotta punch. Sink a couple of beers at the bar as you mingle with locals to the sounds of foot-tapping classic rock anthems. Don’t leave without checking out its quirky menu of Cajun staples like rabbit jambalaya and crispy fried chicken. Come hungry as you’ll end up staying for a while!
You won’t find authentic jazz on touristy Bourbon Street, but just a few metres away on Frenchman Street is a bustling jazz scene the locals can’t get enough of. Pull up a stool at the intimate Spotted Cat café, order a drink from the friendly bartenders and enjoy the dulcet tones of local jazz singers as you while away the evening, Nawlins style.
Has anyone been to New Orleans? What was your favourite attraction?