For a party New Orleans trumps Las Vegas

We’ve spent a whole week here in New Orleans, Louisiana and thought it fitting to share with you some fun things to do while visiting.

One conclusion we came to about this city is that if you like to party- it’s a great alternative to the Las Vegas scene, unless you are a gambler of course. (Although they do have that too at the big Harrah’s Casino on Canal Street)

On Bourbon Street it’s wall to wall with restaurants and bars, so you can stroll from pub to club – a never ending place to unwind and have fun.

Just about any time of year is a good time to visit New Orleans. It’s average days bringing a mean temperature of about 70 degrees, so mix the mild weather with these tips below and you’re all set to have a great experience in Louisiana:

– Take a ride in the old fashion streetcars for a scenic tour of the city and alternative for getting around without a car

Street Car on Canal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana


– Stroll the charming French Quarter and see it’s distinct architecture and experience local music culture, food and shopping

– Look around for gifts at the shops and stalls throughout the French Market

– Partake in the famous Mardi Gras festival that happens once a year

– Try some cuisine like Spicy seafood, Cajun delicacies or alligator.

– Take a tour through Mardi Gras World & learn about it’s history and see how the floats are made

– Visit La Fayette Cemetery to see the above ground burial grounds and unique designs

Cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana


– Take a walking tour of the Plantation Homes in Uptown

– Go for a ride in an Air-boat through swamps to see alligators and other natural habitat.

– Stop for a coffee break at Cafe Du Monde and try the Beignets. Yummy good!

Coffee & Beignets at "Cafe Du Monde" for Nancy


New Orleans has something to offer everyone but the one challenge we had was that most of the restaurants were offering fried foods and more fried foods which made it a bit difficult for healthy eating. But we did find smoothies and healthier choices for lunches at Jamba Juice and Haagen Dazs (located at the Riverwalk food court) and fresh steamed seafood at the Crazy Lobster for dinner. Oh and a FYI – The lobster was so so, but the shrimp & crab were delicious!

Seafood Pot at the "Crazy Lobster" in New Orleans, Louisiana


Not sure about you, but we are definitely coming back for another visit.

Was there something in particular that you really liked about your visit here? … a restaurant you visited over and over or a tour you loved so much that you always recommend it to your friends? Please let us know about it below and we’ll try it next time we’re here.

Alright, we’re off to Panama City Beach in Florida later today so we’ll talk to you from there soon.

We Appreciate You!

Nancy & Shawn

P.S. Visit here to see some of our pictures from our time in New Orleans.