Fun and Adventure for Your Free Time
Across neighborhoods in Greater New Orleans, there are new and exciting experiences waiting for you. Whether you’re an art aficionado or an exercise buff, New Orleans has something for you. While many think of Bourbon Street when they think of New Orleans, the reality of living here is far from that. Most experiences in New Orleans, including the big ones like Jazz Fest and Mardi Gras, are actually family-friendly.
Louisiana boasts more than 200 sunny days a year making it an ideal place for outdoor enthusiasts to explore.
Louisiana isn’t always recognized as a leader in healthy lifestyle, but we got ‘dat too. With a plethora of indoor and outdoor activities, ample community groups where you can find support, and a robust health food sector, you’ll quickly change your mind.
Wait, you love music and you don’t live here yet? Welcome home! The birthplace of jazz, New Orleans is synonymous with live music (of all kinds). And the more time you spend here, the more you’ll hear.
- Walking tour of Congo Square and Armstrong Park
- Visit the Backstreet Museum
- Lunch at Dooky Chase
- Tour the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the US Mint
- Listen to buskers along Royal Street
- Early show at Preservation Hall
- Dinner at Three Muses
- More music on Frenchman Street or catch a show at Chickie Wah Wah
New Orleans’s architecture reflects its many European and Caribbean influences, making it incredibly unique compared to other U.S. cities, and a treasure trove to discover for any architecture fan.
A food mecca, Southeast Louisiana is an internationally recognized food destination with 1,000+ of restaurants to choose from. You’ll notice that while you’re enjoying one meal, you’re already planning the next. It’s okay, it’s a local thing! And we’d expect nothing less.
With a variety of family-friendly events and festivals across the region, your family won’t be bored. Exploring the region and sharing new adventures with kids of any age is easy to do in Greater New Orleans.
Named in 1682 for France’s then-King, Louis XIV, Louisiana’s unique history can actually be traced to the early 16th century, 300 years before Louisiana was organized as an American territory, joining the union in 1803. Explore the region’s history in greater detail to understand why Louisiana is so frequently referred to as a cultural “melting pot.”
Whether you’re looking for a local purveyor, an intimate boutique experience, or exclusive luxury brands, Greater New Orleans has something for you. Known for a strong, locally-owned community, there is always something perfectly unique for you to find. You also receive the benefits of one of the only downtown outlet malls in the country, located in the River Walk, as well as lux brands like Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany’s, and Louis Vuitton.
Often overlooked, the culmination of culture and talent has created a phenomenal art scene, with well-established and internationally recognized museums as well as private galleries and street artists.
- Breakfast at Auction House Market
- Visit the Arts District along Julia Street in the Warehouse District
- Tour the Contemporary Art Center
- Head out to the New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Park in City Park
- Spot the murals throughout the City as part of the NOLA Mural Project
- Hear music and discussion at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s “After Hours”
Conveniently located, Southeast Louisiana’s accessible transportation options make it easy to hit the road for a quick weekend trip while feeling like you’re a world away.