There are things to do in New Orleans for everyone including you. I have found that the things to do in New Orleans and the French Quarter are quite endless and fit almost any budget and visitor expectation. New Orleans is a romantic and historical city but she is playful and adventuresome as well. From the moment you arrive in New Orleans until the moment you leave you should not have a problem finding something to do. An excellent starting point would be the Basin Street Visitor Center followed by catching a ride on a streetcar. Getting around the Quarter has never been easier now that we have Pedicabs criss crossing the streets of the city. You can get a sailors view of the city by taking a ride on the Canal Street ferry and then wind you day down with a cooking class or by touring a rum distillery. In the morning you can start the day off renting a bicycle or a Harley motorcycle. So get out and enjoy all New Orleans has to offer.
Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré
Le Petit Theatre is one of the oldest community theatres in the country and is known as the place to see live theatre in the South. The “Little Theatre” in the French Quarter has entertained thousands of audience members in a wide array of dramas, comedies, and musicals since moving into its current home in 1922. The Theatre is dedicated to presenting high quality theatrical performances to entertain, inform, and educate. They offer a full season of contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, musicals and children’s productions. The Le Petit Theater is located at 616 St Peter Street right next to Jackson Square. Le Petit Theatre does not provide public parking, nor do they validate tickets. However, there are a number of public lots within a short walking distance of the theatre. For more information about New Orleans Le Petit Theatre call (504) 522-2081.
A guided tour is one of the most popular things to do in New Orleans and definitely the best way to explore New Orleans. You will find the Crescent City has an almost unlimited variety of tours and undoubtedly you will find a tour that interests you. Noteworthy tours include French Quarter, and Garden District Walking Tours; mule-drawn Carriage Tours of the French Quarter and the Garden District; bus tours such as the Hurricane Katrina tour, New Orleans City tour, and the Oak Alley Plantation tours; limo tours; Segway Guided tours; Bike tours; Riverboat tours; New Orleans Swamp tours; Airboat tours, Airplane tours and Helicopter tours. Visit my New Orleans Tours page for more infomation on the many New Orleans tours available.
One of the “must” things to do in New Orleans is to take a ride on a New Orleans Streetcar; this is a New Orleans attraction for everyone. There are now four streetcar routes: the most famous is the St Charles Line and then there is the Riverfront Line, the Canal Street Line and now the Train/Bus Station spur which goes past the Superdome. Riding on a streetcar is one of the best ways to get out and explore the Crescent City! For more information on the New Orleans Streetcars visit my New Orleans Streetcar page
I recommended this class it is a hoot!
Louisiana Cooking classes * French Quarter
Learn to cook like a true Louisianan at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Their classes are entertaining and teach the basics of Louisiana Cooking in a way you'll never forget. They will teach you New Orleans specialties such as Gumbo, Jambalaya and pralines and you get to eat the awesome food they have prepared. When you are finished taking the class you can check out their general store where you can buy everything you will need to take home and impress your friends. The New Orleans School of Cooking and Louisiana General Store is located at 524 St Louis Street in the French Quarter, right down the street from Johnny's Po-Boys Restaurant. Taking a cooking class is one of the tasty things to do in New Orleans!
Catch a performance at the historic Saenger Theatre * Canal Street
Enjoy classical dancing, Broadway musicals, opera, comedy acts and other great performances at the Saenger Theatre. Originally built in 1927, the Saenger Theatre was designed to reflect a magnificent 15th century Italian courtyard and gardens, with a starlit evening sky ceiling, arched surroundings, statuary, columns and decorative moldings. The Saenger was damaged during Katrina, but it has been beautifully restored, and reopened its doors in September 2013. New, state of the art building and technical systems including an expanded theatre stage house will ensure that the Saenger will be able to host the very finest performing arts attractions. The Saenger theater is located on the edge of the French Quarter at 1111 Canal Street.
Stage Door Canteen located at the WWII Museum
The first Stage Door Canteen opened in New York City in 1942. It was located in the Broadway theater district, with admission limited to enlisted men and non-commissioned officers. While visiting New Orleans you can travel back in time at the Stage Door Canteen. The Stage Door Canteen is located at 945 Magazine Street next to the New Orleans WWII Museum. The Stage Door Canteen decorated with pictures of soldiers and celebrities of the 1940s, presents a wonderful weekly series of unique entertainment — evening performances and matinees of headliner acts, signature musical productions, big bands, dancing, The Victory Belles vocal trio, and more! Come experience all the songs, style, stars and spirit of this incomparable era. Enjoy pre-show dinner, brunch or lunch by Chef John Besh and The American Sector restaurant. Due to the popularity of many of our Stage Door Canteen offerings, advance ticket purchases are highly recommended.
Tour a working New Orleans Rum Distillery
A unique thing to do in New Orleans is to see where and how Old New Orleans rum is made. Celebration Distillation offers daily tours and tastings at their distillery. The distillery tours last about 45 minutes and offer a close, detailed look at the distillation process from beginning to end. Enjoy a complimentary rum cocktail, as one of their employees shows you the inner-workings of the distillery and the alcohol production process. The Old New Orleans Rum Distillery is close to the French Quarter but not walking distance. If you are unable to book their courtesy transportation, you will to need drive or take a taxi. If you are driving, there is ample free parking available on the street. For more information about the Old New Orleans rum distillery tour visits their website or call (504) 945-9400. Celebration Distillery is located at 2815 Frenchmen St. (10 minutes from the French Quarter).
Ride a New Orleans Pedicab
Pedicabs, you will see them throughout downtown New Orleans. Pedicabs offer a green eco-friendly way to explore New Orleans. If you need to get somewhere in the French Quarter, Central Business District, Arts District, and Faubourg Marigny or just want to take a ride then hop on a New Orleans Pedicab. Ride a Pedicab to the World War II museum, enjoy a New Orleans sunset on a Pedicab ride, or flag one down for a Pedicab ride back to your hotel. Enjoy a romantic Pedicab ride to your favorite restaurant. The possibilities are endless and the cost is minimal. As far as I know there are two Pedicab companies in New Orlans and they are NOLA Pedicabs and Need a Ride Pedicabs . The Pedicab is one of the newest things to do in New Orleans.
Visiting New Orleans City Park is a great thing to do because it is the largest green space in New Orleans and is less than five miles from the French Quarter. The 1300 acre park consists of several lagoons, lawns, trees, and areas of dense growth. City Park offers visitors a wide range of both free and paid attractions and activities. Attractions things to do include: Sculpture Gardens, Botanical Gardens, Model Train Garden, City Putt Putt, Children’s Amusement Park, Children’s Storyland and Morning Call Café au Lait and Beignets. Activities things to do include: Birding, Boating, Biking, Tennis, Disc Golf, Fishing, Golf, Playgrounds, Picnic areas, walking trails and bike trails.
Check out my New Orleans City Park page for additional park information, attractions and recreational activities. A spur streetcar line along North Carrollton Avenue takes the Canal Street Streetcar to City Park.
For information on Celebration in the Oaks visit my Seasonal Activities page.
Rent a Bicycle! * 325 Burgundy St. French Quarter
The American Bicycle Rental Company, located at 325 Burgundy Street, invites you to tour America's Southern Jewel City of the South, New Orleans. Rent an AMERICAN BICYCLE made by American workers and customized for the streets of New Orleans. Their Classic Cruiser Bicycles come equipped with extra-wide seats to cushion your tush and extra-thick shock absorbing tires for a smooth ride. American Bicycle Rental Company is a local, family owned business who offer impeccable service, quality and reliable rental bikes and after hours returns. Come on down to the French Quarter, rent a bike and ...Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! For more information on renting bikes in New Orleans call their toll free number (866) 293-4037. You will discover that renting a bike is one of the a relaxing things to do in New Orleans.
Have dinner and a movie at The Theatres at Canal Place
Looking for something to do? Catch a move at the Theatres at Canal Place. The Theatres at Canal Place has taken dinner and a movie to a whole new level. This theater has 9 screens to provide the best movie watching experience available; you reserve comfortable high-back leather chairs with mini-tables and drink holders; food and beverages are served before and while you watch the movie and this is an adult only theater. All one has to do is push a button to let a server take care of you as you sit and watch the movie. Along with the fine selections of wine, spirits and culinary dishes from Gusto Cafe and Bar they also offer all the traditional favorites such as buttered popcorn, Coca-Cola ® products and preferred candies. As far as movie theaters in New Orleans are concerned this is a whole new movie experience. For visitors staying in the French Quarter, CBD or Warehouse District the theater is conveniently located in Canal Place at the foot of Canal Street, across from Harrah’s Casino. I do suggest buying tickets in advance as the auditoriums border on the small side and shows do sell out.
Rent a Harley or a Vespa Scooter!
Tour New Orleans on a Harley Davidson motorcycle or enjoy sight seeing in the Big Easy on a Vespa Scooter. If you are 21 years old and have a valid motorcycle license either one can be rented from EagleRider Motorcycle Rental. Imagine touring New Orleans with the wind in your hair while you take in the sights of the Crescent City. Your destinations are unlimited. Take a drive through City Park; or along Lake Pontchartrain’s Lakeshore Drive; cross America’s longest causeway across Lake Pontchartrain and return to the city via Slidell and I-10; or cross the river to the Westbank and visit the swamps of the Jean Lafitte National Park. EagleRider New Orleans is located at 2830 Canal Street and their toll free number is 888-400-8882. Renting a Harley is just one of the exciting things to do in New Orleans.
Cross the mighty Mississippi on the Canal Street Ferry
Experience a sailor’s view of the Crescent City and French Quarter aboard the Canal Street/Algiers Point Ferry. Watch pelicans glide gracefully above the water as huge freighters churn past on their trip down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico. The Canal Street ferry has been in operation since 1827 and takes you on a five minute adventure across the Mississippi River to Historic Algiers. The Ferry leaves the Canal Street terminal every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour and returns from Algiers every thirty minutes on the quarter hour. The Canal Street ferry terminal is located just outside the French Quarter across from Harrah’s Casino at the foot of Canal Street. The cost to ride is $2 per person for pedestrians, whether on foot, scooter or bike. Cars are not allowed. There is not an official ferry packing lot but parking lots are located on both sides of the river and in close proximity to the ferry terminals.
Visit Historic Algiers PointDisembark the Canal Street Ferry in Historic Algiers Point to visit New Orleans second oldest neighborhood. Walk the quiet streets of this 19th century village and discover the "Secret Jewel of New Orleans." Dinning in Algiers Point is available at the Dry Dock Café. Before you go check out the Algiers Point Association for details.
Get a Foot and Body Massage * Tao Spa
After hours of exploring New Orleans, from the Warehouse District to the French Quarter, take your tired aching feet to the Canal Street Tao Spa for some comforting relief. The Tao Spa offers all natural Foot Reflexology, a therapeutic body massage or a foot and body combo all designed to relax feet, body and mind. The Tao Spa also offers manicures, pedicures, acupressure, body wraps, deep tissue, hot stone and sports massages. The Canal Street Tao Spa is located at 837 Canal Street; right next door the IHOP restaurant. Besides Canal Street the Tao Spa offers three other New Orleans locations to serve you; in the CBD, in the French Quarter and their newest location in the RiverWalk Outlet Mall. Who would have thought New Orleans would have things to do for your feet.
Is there an old time photo shop in New Orleans?
No, not at this time. There was an Old Time Photo located in the French Quarter but it closed in early 2014.
Is Parasailing offered in New Orleans?
No, not at this time. They used to offer parasailing on Lake Pontchartrain but it has closed.
Do they offer guided tours of the Mercedes Benz Superdome?
No, Superdome tours have not been available since hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Is the Canal Street Ferry free?
No, starting in 2014 there have been several changes to the Canal Street – Algiers ferry.
First: the ferry is no longer free, there is now a per person fee.
Second: the ferry only allows pedestrians, cars are no longer allowed.
Third: The hours of operation have been shortened.
You will need to see the Canal Street/Algiers Point link above for ferry fee and schedule.