Published on February 3rd, 2024 | by Isabelle Karamooz, Founder of FQM


Best attractions to do when visiting New Orleans

Venturing into New Orleans opens a treasure trove of unforgettable experiences, with an array of attractions awaiting your discovery. Among the must-visit destinations in the vibrant city, a few stand out as quintessential New Orleans experiences.

  1. Immerse Yourself in History at the French Quarter: Steeped in history and charm, the French Quarter beckons with its cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and lively atmosphere. Stroll along Bourbon Street, explore Jackson Square, and soak up the vibrant culture that defines this iconic neighborhood.
  2. Experience the Magic of Mardi Gras: No visit to New Orleans is complete without experiencing the spectacle of Mardi Gras. Join in the festive celebrations, marvel at the elaborate parade floats, and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere that electrifies the city during this iconic event.
  3. Discover the Music Scene: New Orleans is renowned for its vibrant music scene, with jazz, blues, and brass bands filling the air with soulful melodies. Catch live performances at legendary venues like Preservation Hall and Tipitina’s, and dance the night away to the infectious rhythms of the city.
  4. Explore the Garden District: Step back in time as you wander through the picturesque streets of the Garden District, home to stunning historic mansions, lush gardens, and oak-lined avenues. Take a guided tour to learn about the district’s fascinating history and architecture.
  5. Take a Riverboat Cruise: Experience the romance of the Mississippi River with a leisurely riverboat cruise. Admire breathtaking views of the city skyline, learn about the river’s storied past, and enjoy live music and entertainment onboard.
  6. Pay a Visit to the Historic Plantations: Journey back in time with a visit to one of the many historic plantations located near New Orleans. Explore beautifully preserved homes, lush gardens, and learn about the complex history of the antebellum South.

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A little insider tip: If you’re feeling adventurous, you can explore all three plantations in a single day, as they are conveniently located close to one another. Think of it as a journey through time, sampling different flavors of history from the comfort of your car. I recommend starting with Nottoway Plantation, the furthest from New Orleans, and working your way back to Oak Alley, the closest to the city.

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens stole the spotlight during my visits. This sugarcane plantation boasts knowledgeable tour guides, a picturesque antebellum home, and stunning grounds and gardens. The Turtle Bar, nestled on the plantation, offers a charming spot to enjoy a drink while meandering through the lush surroundings. Don’t forget to inquire about the plantation’s haunted past for a touch of intrigue.

If you’re seeking the quintessential plantation experience, Oak Alley Plantation is the place to be. Complete with a grand mansion, reconstructed slave quarters, and the iconic alley of live oak trees, Oak Alley embodies the essence of antebellum Louisiana. The reconstructed slave quarters and Civil War encampment provide immersive insights into the plantation’s history.

Nottoway Plantation and Resort stands out as the largest surviving antebellum home in the Southern United States. With a mansion spanning 53,000 square feet, Nottoway offers an impressive glimpse into the opulence of the era. The in-character tour guides add an engaging touch to the experience, while the sprawling grounds invite leisurely strolls under the shade of majestic live oak trees.

With each plantation offering its own unique charm and historical significance, a visit to these destinations promises an unforgettable journey through the antebellum South. Whether you’re captivated by the lush gardens of Houmas House, the iconic alley of live oak trees at Oak Alley, or the grandeur of Nottoway’s mansion, each plantation offers a window into a bygone era of Southern history.

Header Photo Credit: Image par JamesDeMers de Pixabay

About the Author

is originally from Versailles, France. Isabelle harbored a lifelong fascination with exploring the world. Her journey began at 17 when she seized the opportunity to study abroad in Rhonda, Spain, igniting a passion for travel that took her across continents. From vibrant Hong Kong to picturesque Ireland, from the historic streets of Italy to the enchanting landscapes of Morocco, she embraced diverse cultures and experiences, truly embodying the spirit of a global citizen. After several years of exploration, Isabelle found a sense of home in Los Angeles, where she immersed herself in the vibrant cultural scene while working at the French Consulate. With a deep-seated love for the arts and history, she pursued her academic endeavors, earning a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley. Furthering her dedication to education, she has studied to pursue a Master's program in teaching at the University of Southern California, eventually sharing her knowledge and passion as a French instructor for aspiring students at UNLV and CSN in Nevada. Driven by her passion for storytelling and cultural exchange, Isabelle founded French Quarter Magazine, where she serves as the Editor-in-Chief. In this role, she orchestrates the publication's diverse content, from conducting interviews and pitching story ideas to capturing captivating moments through photography. Currently, she is channeling her creative energies into her first English-language work, a novel that delves into the compelling life of Coco Chanel. Filled with adventure, intrigue, and a touch of romance, her debut novel promises to captivate readers with its rich tapestry of history and emotion.

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