Make the most of your time here and check out the following tours to suit everyone from first-time visitors to NOLA old hats.
Mardi Gras World
Blaine Kern Studios has built showstopping parade floats for every major Mardi Gras parade since 1947. At Mardi Gras World, take an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour through floats and gigantic works of art on wheels while learning about the history of this festive tradition.
The National World War II Museum
In 2016, the WWII Museum was named the No. 1 attraction in New Orleans, No. 4 museum in the United States and No. 11 museum in the world in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards. The museum recently underwent a multimillion-dollar expansion and renovation, making it even easier to discover all the history contained there.
Drink and Learn
Seeing as New Orleans is a city built on hospitality (and the desire for quenching one’s thirst), it makes sense there’s a tour centered around its most famous bars and drinks. Elizabeth Pearce, author of “Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Neighborhood Pubs and All-Night Dives,” and the former senior curator at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, has just the right mix of drinking stories to share.
Paddlewheeler Creole Queen
The Creole Queen riverboat invites guests to take an authentic stroll back in time as they settle into the mood of a bygone era. The boat’s interiors are richly appointed in plush Victorian style, making this a true floating palace ready for your trip down the mighty Mississip.
Historic New Orleans Tours
Led by experienced guides with a wealth of knowledge, Historic New Orleans Tours are the place to go for authenticity over sensationalism. Depending on which parts of the city you’d like to see, you can choose from more than a dozen different tours, ranging from the French Quarter, Garden District and cemeteries to ones focused on voodoo, music and more.
Since 1854, New Orleanians have been enchanted by this 1,300-acre outdoor oasis—one of the nation’s oldest urban parks—and its botanical and sculpture gardens, tennis courts, jogging paths, centuries-old live oaks and family-friendly Carousel Gardens Amusement Park.