Fun Things to do during Southern Decadence in New Orleans

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Cesar Monell & Alex Tufel

  • New Orleans

  • Active Travel

  • City Travel

  • Relaxation

  • Sightseeing

  • Entertainment

Bourbon street in New Orleans
Curator’s statement

New Orleans is the perfect city to party. Whether it is Mardi Gras or Southern Decadence, it is a treat for everyone with plenty of fun things to do. The colorful costumes and floats with marching bands at the parade come to life. The night is lively with hundreds of people in the streets and bars. Check out the bands in the park, the Jazz clubs in town and while you're at it, remember to have the oldest American cocktail from New Orleans— the Sazerac. For a moving dining experience, book an evening Jazz cruise with dinner on the Natchez steamboat. After a fun night, sightseeing is a must. From the cemetery and its history to the legendary swamp and bayou tour on an airboat where you will surely run into a croc or two not to mention the spider webs hanging from the moss.

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Fun things to do in New Orleans

trees in a swamp
  • Jazz steamboat cruise with dinner with Steamboat Nachez.

  • Swamp and bayou airboat tour.

  • Parade on Bourbon St.

  • St. Louis Cemetery tour.

  • New Orleans Museum of Art.

  • Whitney Plantation tour for a distinct look at the enslaved people who lived and worked there.

  • Creole cuisine.

  • Ghost and Vampires walking tour of the French Quarter.

  • Visit St. Louis Cathedral.

Day Trips

Swamp and Bayou airboat tour.

Places to eat & drink in New Orleans

Bar in New Orleans.

Café Du Monde — The Beignets are absolutely iconic with a hot café au lait in hand is the best way to start your morning.

For a great lunch, I will recommend having gator on Decatur St. at The Corner Oyster Bar and off-menu oysters and gumbo.

Whether solo or with good company, dinner at Acme Oyster House will be a tasty treat. Po-Boys are on the menu with a wide variety of seafood for you to choose from. Seasoned to perfection.

Try a night on the water on an evening jazz cruise with dinner on the Natchez Steamboat.

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For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Cara Schuster’s guide, Chic Three-Day Itinerary to Discover New Orleans, Louisiana.

This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to New Orleans.