What everyone knows: New Orleans is a 24/7 party town with great bars, fabulous food, great live music, and a laissez-faire attitude. What many don’t know: America’s most unique city is a great place for outdoor activities.
Outdoor activities in New Orleans run the gamut. Walk, bike, jog, glide on a Segway; skim through mysterious bayous on authentic swamp boats, paddle kayaks around lagoons and bayous; cruise down the Mississippi, enjoy shady parks and botanical gardens, explore moss-draped plantation grounds.
Work off the beignets binge! Get out, get moving and enjoy the outdoor side of New Orleans.
New Orleans is always rated as one of the most haunted cities in America. It has all the elements for paranormal activity to thrive. An ancient, below-sea-level port city segmented by the mighty Mississippi, it has a history of seamen, privateers and pirates passing through it. It’s where a cultural mix of people came in exile or to escape, putting down roots in fragile land surrounded by shadowy, primeval bayous of the Mississippi delta. It’s a place where people are buried in above-ground Cities of the Dead, of voodoo rituals, decaying buildings, dark alleyways, hidden courtyards, heavy humid air. Spirits of the dead roam in this unusual place where everything is shrouded in mystery and intrigue, veiled by glittering, feathered masks.
Two days in New Orleans. There’s so much to see, it begs the question of where to begin? Here’s a plan beginning with a must-have, tasty New Orleans breakfast through the evening live music scene, with some New Orleans history, travel suggestions, and alternative activities thrown in.
The French Quarter, an ancient yet ageless 13-block long neighborhood is the heart of a fascinating city, New Orleans. A place of myth and mystique, which has seen everything and survived much, it packs in more sensory experiences than any other city in America. A place that never sleeps, Vieux Carré reveals much behind her glittery mask. Cracked stucco walls, overhanging balconies, hidden gardens, secret courtyards hint of times past.
Image Courtesy of Audubon Zoo
Ring in 2016 with the annual Zoo Year’s Eve countdown at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. The family-friendly celebration will feature a full schedule of entertainment from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Capital One Stage and field. Complimentary Zoo Year’s Eve party hats and noisemakers will be available while supplies last. At high noon, revelers of all ages can partake of a soft drink courtesy of Pepsi for the countdown and toast.