7 Things to do in NOLA this 4th of July Weekend
New Orleans is one of the top travel destinations in the states and with July 4th around the corner, I wouldn't blame you if you wanted to step away from the hustle and bustle of the office and take a much needed detour for some southern hospitality and NOLA adventures. There's plenty to do no matter what time of year you decide to go or what type of thing you're into because honestly, there's something there for everyone. Fortunately, I have 7 tips on how you can make your NOLA trip a memorable one.
What's New Orleans without its infamous gumbo and other signature dishes?! Vegans need not worry because even herbivores can get in on the action! Check out Seed restaurant for a delicious ALL VEGAN menu and if your in the mood for something else, stop by Dreamy Weenies near Louis Armstrong park for both vegan and non vegan hotdogs. Good stuff.
2. Walking Tours
Get cultured about the history NOLA; you might learn something new without even having to pay for it! There's tons of FREE tours that you can do while out there; it just all depends on what you fancy. Alain and I did a Voodoo tour and discovered that Louisiana and Haiti share a long time bond that dates back to the Louisiana purchase! Next time I go back, I will be going on a swamp tour for sure!
3. The Whitney Plantation
This is a MUST in my book. We as a human race need to #StayWoke on the history of slavery in order learn from our mistakes. The Whitney Plantation was my favorite because it focused on the stories as told by the slaves themselves. The plantation is 50 minutes outside the city but if you and your friends are up for it, you can rent a car and drive past the various parishes (aka counties). Another option is signing up for the GreyLine Tours where you can choose to view 2 out of 3 plantations; you get a ride to each plantation and a ride back to NOLA city center, and it includes admission to both plantations. Not a bad deal for $80/person! If you choose this option, I suggest you bring lunch because you will #StayHangry.
4. Congo Square
The gathering of slaves within the city limits was forbidden so instead, they went into the forest outside of the city to congregate, sell, barter and practice their Religion which differed from the slave owners'. This area is now know as Congo Square and it is located within Louis Armstrong park. This area is definitely worth a visit; not to mention the park is absolutely breathtaking and peaceful.
5. Burbon Street
Bourbon street ain't for everybody; it definitely wasn't for me but when in Rome right? This area reminds me of Vegas but without casinos and it attracts a younger crowd. There's lots of people drinking in the street, tap dancing, a jazz band strolls by ever so often and you might find a topless woman with body paint over her tits promoting the strip club near by. Good times.
6. Jackson Sq
This is the IDEAL spot for tourists to go for shopping, walking through Jackson Square park or checking out the view of the Mississippi River. Interesting fact about this place: the Louisiana Territories was purchased here; the rest is history. Here you will find locals selling their wares, dancing, playing instruments and a host of other things.
7. House Hunting
I don't mean this in the sense of actually purchasing a home out in NOLA (unless that's what you're into); really, it's more like checking out some cool and colorful looking houses and cool architecture. NOLA, more specifically the French Quarter, has maintained the traditional character of the neighborhood with ornate balconies, French-style doors and unique homes. You'll find a lot of these in New Orleans so why not take a picture? It lasts longer.
That's all she wrote for this post! Do any of you plan on going to NOLA this 4th of July? Have any of you ever been? What's your favorite thing to do, see, eat? Leave me your thoughts below!!!
Until next time.