150+ Fun Things to Do in New Orleans

Down in southeastern Louisiana lies the city known as the “Big Easy. There are hundreds of fun things to do in New Orleans with its well known live music scene and nightlife. Don’t forget to stop in and try a Po Boy, join the party during Mardi Gras, and so much more with this list of 150 awesome attractions to try out this weekend. 

Type of Activity

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Walk along Frenchmen Street and hear music everywhere outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Go people watching at Jackson Square outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Take a memorable tour of St. Louis Cathedral indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Look at the beautiful homes in Garden District outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
See the local shops in French Quarter outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Enjoy a lovely stroll in New Orleans City Park outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Check out Boutique du Vampyre, the only vampire shop in the country indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
View the artwork at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Go jogging in Audubon Park outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Find the weeping angel at Metairie Cemetery outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Get to know more about the city’s history and culture at the Historic New Orleans Collection indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Look at the stained glass windows at the Immaculate Conception Church indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Go birdwatching at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Stroll along Royal Street and see the antique shops and art galleries outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Watch how they roll at Cigar Factory New Orleans indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Enter the hottest store in the block, Pepper Palace indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Find rare and out of print cookbooks at Kitchen Witch indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Catch a live performance while browsing for records at Louisiana Music Factory indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Find Christmas decorations all throughout the year at Santa’s Quarters indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Take a tour of historic St. Augustine Church indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Take a look at the tombs at Lafayette Cemetery No.1 outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Walk around Faubourg Marigny and take a look at the colorful buildings outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Hang out at New Orleans Musical Legends Park outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Meet local artists at Frenchmen Art Market outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Learn about the history of jazz at New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Join in the festivities of Creole Tomato Festival at French Market outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Spot a cat while strolling inside Tulane University campus outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Wander from shop to shop during Art for Arts’ Sake on Magazine Street outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Admire the architecture inside the Old St. Patrick’s Church indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Relax at Louis Armstrong Park outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Watch the Battle of New Orleans re-enactment at Chalmette Battlefield outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Take a look at the remarkable collections of fine art, jewelry and antiques at M.S. Rau Antiques indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Check out the strange items at Voodoo Authentica indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Start your tour of the city from Canal Street outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Watch Bourbon Street come to life at night outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
See the sunset at Lake Pontchartrain outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Get a view of the city skyline from Crescent Park outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Walk around the Holocaust Memorial and see 10 different images outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Sit back and relax at Woldenberg Park outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Catch an open air concert at Lafayette Square outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
View interesting items at Voodoo Spiritual Temple indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Check out a different kind of art at Craig Tracy Gallery indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Look at the art galleries in Warehouse District outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Find the infamous LaLaurie Mansion outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
See an exhibit at Cole Pratt Gallery indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
View rare antiques and collectibles at James H. Cohen and Sons indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Take a snap of Joan of Arc outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Go window shopping at Canal Place indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Get great views of NOLA in Washington Artillery Park outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Take a picture of Lee Circle outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
View the old houses at Lower Garden District outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Have a moment of reflection at Hurricane Katrina Memorial outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
See the fountain at Spanish Plaza outdoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Visit Jackson Barracks Military Museum indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Enter a different era at Madame John’s Legacy indoor – free – Website >> Reviews >>
Catch some beads at the Mardi Gras street party outdoor – free – Website >>

fun things to do in New Orleans

This list of things to do in New Orleans doesn’t really do the city justice since there’s just so much more out there! Unfortunately we can’t list everything, but if you have an idea of a place to see that we missed, please send it to us. Don’t forget to check out all of the things to do in Baton Rouge while you’re at it.