A couple weekends ago I spent a long weekend in New Orleans with my dad and sister. Because it was a family trip, we didn’t do any of the crazy partying or drinking that New Orleans is known for. And we didn’t spend hardly any time on Bourbon Street, but New Orleans is a great city to visit even if you’re not looking to drink and party. Unfortunately, it was freezing, which limited some of our exploring, but we still had a great time.
Where We Stayed:
The Roosevelt. It’s a stunning hotel that originally opened in 1893. It’s a perfect location that’s walkable to most places in New Orleans you’ll want to go.
Where We Ate:
The restaurant is very casual, but the food was excellent. I had the popcorn shrimp po boy and loved it!
Mike Anderson?s Seafood
We went to the Mike Anderson’s Seafood in the food court at the mall one afternoon when we were in need of a quick lunch. I couldn’t visit New Orleans without eating crawfish at least once so I ordered the fried crawfish tail basket. It was the best food court meal I’ve ever had.
New Orleans Creole Cookery
It was too cold when we were there, but they have the cutest patio seating and an outdoor bar that I would love to visit when it’s warmer out. My dad, sister, and I shared what they called the bounty of the sea. It was a giant seafood boil that included shrimp, lobster, snow crab, mussels, and clams.
Cafe du Monde
This is a must stop when in New Orleans. While the line is always insane during the day, you can usually get in pretty easily after dinner.
What We Did:
Jackson Square is one of the big tourist sites in the French Quarter. You’ll find street performers, artists, and tarot readers around the square in addition to cute restaurants and shops, including the famous Cafe du Monde.
Creole Queen history tour
We did the history cruise that took us down the Mississippi River to the Chalmette Battlefield and back to New Orleans. The cruise was narrated with the history of the city and then there was a guided tour of the battlefield. It was about 30 minutes each way to and from the battlefield, and it was so cool to see the city from the river.
Free tours by foot ghost tour
Free Tours by Foot operates in several cities across the US and specializes in name your own price tours. They offer different types of tours in New Orleans, including the ghost tour. This is the second ghost tour I’ve done with them. Their tour guides are excellent, and it’s a great way to see more of the city and get some history.
Walked the French Quarter
The French Quarter is beautiful, and there’s so much to see. So many restaurants, art galleries, and small boutiques. The architecture is stunning. Walking around and popping in and out of shops is a great way to spend a day!
Have you been to New Orleans? What are some of your favorite spots?