New Orleans

Pick your vice and then indulge. This sprawling city offers music, history, food, and a voodoo charm that turns a fascination with death into a celebration of life.

New Orleans doesn’t just try to find an excuse to party; it accepts the challenge as a personal mission. Its residents will fill your heart with free-flowing jazz while they fill your belly with gumbo, crawfish, po-boys, and the absolute best creole food you’ll find…well, anywhere. (The alligator sausage is tasty, too!) If you’re looking for places to eat in New Orleans, the answer is: go to all of them!

No matter when you make your New Orleans debut, you’ll find a party close at hand. Everyone knows about Mardi Gras and the Jazz Fest, but have you heard about the Creole Tomato Festival or Southern Decadence? The city has also practically adopted Halloween as its official holiday, and the costume balls in October can’t be missed.

Don’t get New Orleans wrong, though. Yes, this town loves to party, but pull back the gaudy mask and there’s a city steeped in history and full of pleasures for the mind as well as the body.

When considering what to do in New Orleans, of course you have to pay homage to the French Quarter and scratch the itch of indulgence on Bourbon Street. Assuming you don’t want to spend your entire trip with a bright blue Hurricane clutched in your hand, however, you’ll need a few more ideas of things to do in New Orleans to round out your stay. Give your feet a rest by hopping on the historic streetcar that runs down St. Charles Avenue. Uptown has its share of great restaurants, funky thrift stores, and cool antiques. Audubon Park and the nearby zoo also offer good, clean things to do in New Orleans with kids.

Nothing about New Orleans should be missed…so don’t miss it! We’ve got the New Orleans vacation packages you’re looking for.

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Frequently Asked Questions about New Orleans

When is Mardi Gras in New Orleans?

The Mardi Gras celebration date varies from year to year, but it typically falls between early February and March, and can last for several weeks. However, the peak of the celebration occurs on Fat Tuesday, which is the day before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday always takes place 46 days before Easter, and Fat Tuesday is always one day before it.

What time do bars close in New Orleans?

The party never stops in New Orleans, but some of the bars do close. Most drinking establishments in "The Big Easy" shut their doors at 3:00 a.m., although there are some 24-hour watering holes throughout the city.

When is hurricane season in New Orleans?

Most weather reports advise that hurricane season in New Orleans occurs from June through late November. August and September typically have the highest instances of heat, humidity, and storm activity.