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5 Off the Beaten Path Places in New Orleans You Can't Miss

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Who doesn't love New Orleans? After all, the Big Easy is known for some of most famous haunts and watering holes in the world. However, the city is more than beads, cocktails, and Bourbon Street.

New Orleans is filled with fascinating museums, saturated with art and bursting with music. If you are looking to experience New Orleans without the hustle and bustle of the usual tourist attractions, there is a wide selection of off-the-beaten-path attractions to be found...if you know where to look.


So, once you've had your fill of Cafe du Monde beignets and hurricanes on Bourbon Street (and other quintessential New Orleans experiences), lace up your walking shoes to find these hidden treasures in the Crescent City.



Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Whether you visit a city for the first or fortieth time, museums are a great way to understand local culture, art and history. In New Orleans, the first museums that usually come to mind are The National World War II Museum or the New Orleans Museum of Art. Although these are incredible establishments and deserve a visit, The Ogden Museum is home to the largest and most comprehensive collections of Southern art in the country.

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Located in the ultra-trendy Warehouse District, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art was the first museum in Louisiana given Affiliate of Smithsonian Institute designation. Open daily, Wednesday afternoons feature Ogden After Hours, a weekly event with local music and cuisine. Don’t forget to head to the roof to see a spectacular view of the city!

Tipitina’s 

Since 1977 Tipitina’s has been a landmark for local musicians and lively music affectionately known as “Tip’s.” Located in the Uptown neighborhood, Tipitina’s name was taken from a song by New Orleans legend Professor Longhair. Tipitina’s history is intrinsically New Orleans.

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Before becoming a music venue, 501 Napoleon Avenue was a gambling house, gym and brothel. Visiting Tipitina’s for a night of dancing and live music means supporting the Tipitina’s Foundation, a nonprofit that helps promote music education throughout the city. And if you know anything about New Orleans’ musical history, then you can understand the importance of Tipitina’s mission.

Historic Hotel Chateau LeMoyne 

Whenever I travel, I seek out history wherever I can find it--even in my hotels. If you like to rest your head in historic hotels, too, you won't be disappointed in New Orleans. Instead of making reservations at Hotel Monteleone, try on the Chateau LeMoyne for size.

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Found on Dauphine Street, Chateau LeMoyne is an off-Bourbon resort for French Quarter travelers. Dating back to 1847, the hotel has everything that a New Orleans visitor would want: a pool for those hot, summer days, live nightly jazz music in the Lounge, a hotel restaurant serving up New Orleans classics and free Wi-Fi for guests. Perfect for weddings, conferences or just a weekend away, Chateau LeMoyne’s superb service and accommodations make it a favorite of locals and visitors alike.

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New Orleans City Park 

Found in the Mid-City neighborhood, New Orleans City Park is a small oasis in otherwise bustling city. Over 150 years old and consisting of 1,300 acres, City Park is one of the largest public parks in the country, twice of the size of Central Park. A visitor to New Orleans can enjoy an entire day rambling through City Park.

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Take a gondola ride in the park!
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Spend the day playing putt-putt golf, take the kids through Storyland, stroll through the Botanical Garden, relax in the Sculpture Garden or wind your way through New Orleans Museum of Art. There are playgrounds, train rides, trails and tracks, lagoons, cafes, pavilions and more at City Park. Acting as home for weddings, celebrations, and even The Voodoo Arts & Music Festival, City Park is one part of New Orleans not to be missed.

Frenchman Street 

If you are visiting the Big Easy and Bourbon Street doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, there are other thoroughfares to enjoy the city’s lax drinking laws and ubiquitous music. Most locals don’t traverse Bourbon Street regularly but Frenchman Street is another story. Located on the outskirts of the French Quarter, Frenchman Street is home to some of the city’s favorite venues like The Blue Nile, The Spotted Cat and The Maison.  Littered with bands, restaurants, and art markets, Frenchman Street is where the locals go for a night on the town.

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I love New Orleans since there's always more to see and do than I can fit into one trip. Guess I need to head back soon to discover more hidden gems! If you haven't been and want more suggestions on what to experience in the Big Easy, check out my guide to the city's literary history and 8 essential things to do in the city.

Have you visited New Orleans? What was your favorite thing to see or do? 


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