Bourbon Street is an amazing place to spend time but only comes alive at night. There is also so much more to see and experience in New Orleans that just staying there doesn’t do the city justice. If you’re staying in one of our corporate rentals in the city, you are not going to be short of things to do.
New Orleans is a city of history, cultural significance and attractions. If you want to explore the city outside of work or are looking for things to see and do, this post is for you. We asked our local representatives what they thought were the must-see spots in New Orleans that aren’t Bourbon Street.
The French Quarter is probably the most famous New Orleans landmark aside from the Mississippi River. While Bourbon Street runs through it, the French Quarter is so much more than that. Some areas date back to the city’s founding in 1718 and the style and atmosphere of the entire quarter is fascinating. The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France in Jackson Square is one highlight but there are dozens of others.
The Garden District is almost as famous as the French Quarter but for different reasons. Tree-lined streets, huge colonial style houses, parks, shops and more are all within this small neighborhood. Walking tours are the best way to see everything but not the only way. A walk down Magazine Street and around the smaller side streets could easily use up hours of a day without seeing everything.
Cities of the Dead is another must-see attraction in New Orleans. While walking around cemeteries may not be everyone’s idea of a good time, these are different. Sited above ground because of the high water table, these cemeteries are full of amazing crypts and mausoleums. A guided tour will allow you to make the best of these places and will talk you through the history and the cultural differences in burial here versus almost anywhere else in the country. Well worth visiting!
Have a couple of hours to spare after work? New Orleans City Park is well worth a visit. With over 1,500 acres of green park to explore and enjoy, this is definitely one to visit. The park was destroyed after Katrina but the community and the city came together to rebuild. The result is a new park that retains as much character of the old park as possible while bringing in new walking and biking trails, a lovely lawn that hosts concerts and a historical carousel. If New Orleans City Park is too far, Audubon Park is in Uptown and is equally worth a visit.
Mardi Gras World is not huge and not educational but it does sum up the city’s character nicely. If you don’t get to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, then this is the next best thing. It is a behind-the-scenes look at the costumes, the floats and the effort that goes into creating the color and vibrancy of Mardi Gras. The attraction also provides a sample of the famous king cake, the staple food of Mardi Gras.
It is all too easy to think only of Bourbon Street and the bars when thinking of New Orleans. The city has so much more going on than that and offers a lot of distractions and entertainments if you’re working away from home. These are just five of the dozens of attractions worth visiting while you’re here! If you need furnished housing while in New Orleans, click here.