Let’s face it: New Orleans has a reputation. So before you visit the Big Easy (or before you head back again), let’s dispel the most popular misconceptions.
It’s no secret — summertime in New Orleans can be sweltering. As the sun beats down on the Crescent City, the temperatures rise to levels that test even the locals. However, the locals know something that you might not: Hidden away in the city are courtyard and other open-space oases providing perfect places to while away a summer day in New Orleans.
Spring has sprung in the South, and there’s no better place to soak up the sun than in New Orleans. Head to the Crescent City and let the good times roll. Here are 30 unforgettable experiences you can enjoy this spring.
The Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans has risen significantly on the world stage since the HBO series of the same name aired, but Tremé streets are still far quieter than those of the French Quarter on an average day. To get an idea of what this historic part of the city can look like, and to gain a deeper understanding of the rich cultural history of New Orleans, you’ve got to go to the Backstreet Cultural Museum in the Tremé.
It can be easy to write off New Orleans as a land of deep-fried everything, but the culinary history of this city deserves more credit than that. Eat your way through some of it with a New Orleans Food and History Tour and you’ll understand.
To a casual observer, it might look as if nearly everyone in New Orleans’ French Quarter is on a cocktail tour. The city’s lax policies on open containers means most adults are walking around with “go cups” full of something or other — always boozy, usually sugary. But sign up for an actual New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter and you soon realize booze in this city is much more of a history lesson than anyone on Bourbon Street would guess.