Things To Do In New Orleans That Don’t Involve Drinking Or Partying

Photo by Jeff Turner

Photo by Jeff Turner

It’s no secret when people think of New Orleans they think beer, bars and beads. Mardi Gras and the party scene down there draw in people 21 and over from every state and several countries around the world.

But this Louisiana city is much more than a place to get your drink on. It’s a vibrant city full of historical attractions, catchy cultural events and tasty treats you can’t get anywhere else — at least not as good as you can here.

A Different Way To See The City

Most tourists travel on foot to get to know New Orleans, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s not the only way to check out this city. Give your legs a different kind of workout as you paddle through various NOLA neighborhoods. Urban kayaking is not only a different way to sightsee, it’s also a fun way to see special spots and work off all the good food you eat. Go down the historic trail provided by Bayou St. John and see the likes of the Spanish Custom House, City Park and the Pitot House (pictured below), among other things.

Photo Courtesy of Louisiana Landmarks Society

Photo Courtesy of Louisiana Landmarks Society

Another option is to go on a Canal Street Ferry ride from New Orleans to Algiers where you get one of the best views of the city — for free! Riders can stay on the ferry for the round trip ride or hop off on the other side to explore the West Bank on bikes or foot.

Photo by vxla

Photo by vxla

NOLA’s Not-So-Scary Tours

Everyone knows about the haunted tours of New Orleans. But many don’t know about the movie tour or touring the Bayou, or maybe they just choose not to take these tours. The New Orleans Movie Tour is an interactive exploration involving video clips, touring through filming sites and enjoying some buttery movie theater popcorn. Three movies featured on the tour are Ray, Django Unchained and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Some locals may tell you to avoid the bayous, but don’t listen to them. The swampy marshes of Louisiana are mysterious and neat to see at least once in your life. Get a good tour guide then go out on an airboat or pontoon and be ready to see alligators, other swamp creatures and some graveyards. It’s not the cleanest tours, but a swamp tour is one promising adventure and great picture opportunities.

Photo by Gary J. Wood

Photo by Gary J. Wood

Non-Diet Approved Foods

Postpone your diet because New Orleans food don’t scream healthy, but they sure do scream delicious! Three things worth breaking your healthy eating habits over are gumbo, bread pudding and po-boys.

Locals see gumbo as its own food group. There’s really no specific recipe for it, so try as many different types of gumbo you can at various restaurants. Maybe you’ll find a favorite one, or you’ll learn they’re all heavenly to eat.

Bread pudding is a delightful dessert served at most Creole restaurants in the area, especially ones in the French Quarter. Chefs put their own twists on recipes, but it’s basically stale bread soaked in milk, eggs and sugar, then baked, sliced and served warm and covered in a sweet sauce. Days when you want dessert, try bread pudding Southern style.

Photo by Opacity

Photo by Opacity

The po-boy is New Orleans’ most famous and most delectable sandwich. This is a classic French bread sandwich, and the most popular ones served down here are made with fried seafood. But really, you can’t go wrong with your choice. Try one or try them all, and your stomach will be totally satisfied.

Photo by vxla

Photo by vxla

Have we enticed you with plenty of reasons to visit this energetic Southern city? If so, be sure to check out our hotels in New Orleans and its surrounding areas before finalizing your trip.

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