June 28, 2016 | Upcoming Events

A lot of people plan their vacations around special things to see and do in New Orleans.  The Crescent City provides a full schedule of activities all year long that’s perfect for singles, couples, families and groups.  You’ve probably heard about the nightlife and excitement of Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, Mardi Gras, voodoo festivals and the like.  But New Orleans is about more than that.  Check out these four always-popular attractions.

Audubon Zoo

Wildlife is alive seven days a week at the Audubon Zoo with its eclectic mix of animals from around the world.  The zoo has it all, from giraffes, sea lions and anteaters to the big cats like cougars, jaguars and leopards.  Located in Uptown New Orleans, the zoo features many natural-habitat exhibits, educational programs and more.  It’s enough to keep you busy for a long time.  Get to know the Audubon Zoo.

Mardi Gras World

This isn’t Mardi Gras itself, but rather a look into how one of America’s biggest celebrations is created.  Visitors get a birds-eye view of how many of the parade floats and props are constructed as they watch the huge rolling spectacles being built from the ground up.  Celebrate further by dressing up in Mardi Gras costumes and enjoy a free piece of famous King Cake.  After a day here, you’ll never look at Mardi Gras the same again.  It’s highly educational and fun for all ages.  Learn more about this Mardi Gras experience.

St. Louis Cathedral

Here’s a New Orleans landmark that’s famous the world over.  Tourists from everywhere marvel at the beauty of the massive cathedral from the outside and experience breathtaking self-guided tours within the facility.  The history of St. Louis Cathedral dates back to the early 1700s.  It has been home to both French and Spanish governors; baptisms, marriages and burial rites have been held here for six decades.  See this treasured piece of history for yourself.

Steamboat Natchez

When you get tired of dry land, take a voyage on the Steamboat Natchez, one of just two steam-powered sternwheelers that call the Mississippi River home.  Launched in 1975, the Natchez offers a wide variety of cruises such as jazz cruises, harbor cruises, dinner cruises and Sunday brunch cruises.  You’ll see amazing sights along the river, enjoy delectable New Orleans cuisine and have a relaxing time that you won’t soon forget.  Get more information on the Steamboat Natchez website.

Some people come to New Orleans to party, and others come because the city is brimming with historic sites, neighborhoods and attractions that usher tourists right into the lush grandeur of one of America’s most popular cities.  Whatever your reason for visiting, you can count on New Orleans to surprise and satisfy.  Get the fullest, biggest picture of our city on ExperienceNewOrleans.com.