BEYOND BOURBON STREET
Updated: Mar 21, 2019
There are a few things that are staples when visiting New Orleans. Of course, you will eat famous beignets at Café Du Monde, slurp down numerous hurricane drinks on Bourbon Street and visit Jackson Square in The French Quarter. However, if you have more than a couple days, here are some other fun ideas to keep yourself entertained and educated!
Visit One of the Historic + Beautiful Plantations.
For our tour day, we chose Oak Alley Plantation. This place is absolutely breathtaking... Built in 1839, the historic property is known best for the 28 giant live oak trees that welcome you to the home. To take a tour inside you just need to buy a ticket out front for just $22. A guided tour of the "Big House" takes place every half an hour. Be prepared take a deeper look into America's dark past, which can be both emotional and inspiring to hear stories about people and events which took place here.
I would recommend about 2 hours for this and the other exhibits included in Admission, which are: "Slavery at Oak Alley", Civil War Encampment, the Blacksmith Shop and Sugarcane Theater. If you come on an empty stomach, you can indulge in some delicious Cajun and Creole dishes at the 19th century cottage restaurant on the property before your tour!
Fun fact: The movies "Interview with a Vampire" and "Nightrider", TV shows "Ghost Hunters" and "Days of Our Lives" and even Beyoncé's "Déjà Vu" Music Video were all taped here!
Take a Swamp Tour + Feed Marshmallows to Alligators.
This one doesn't need much explanation. There are several companies who do these! They pick you up, drive you to the wetlands and give you a true bayou adventure of a lifetime. At the end of our tour, we even got to hold one of the baby gators, which was a little terrifying but equally awesome. Check it out...
Experience the paranormal.
New Orleans is arguably the most haunted city in America. From ghoulish ghost stories to countless cemeteries, this city does not fall short on creepy curiosities. I highly highly reccomend taking this tour: Ghosts & Vampires French Quarter Walking Tour $20 on Expedia. Hear chilling tales of killer Madame LaLaurie, Vampires The Count St. Germain and Jacques Saint Germain, The Murder Of Addie Hall, and Marie Lavaeu's voodoo magic.
There are also dozens of cemeteries you can wander around. Anne Rice's character Lestat from Interview with a Vampire and the Mayfair witches from The Witching Hour are buried at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.
You can even visit the Coven Witch House from American Horror Story in the Garden District, and take a selfie in front of it of course!