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New Orleans food, activities outside of Mardi Gras | Pro Club Bd

For a trip of incredible music, haunted stories, spirituality and amazing food, New Orleans ticks all the boxes. It seems like every home and neighborhood has a rich history, be it of a voodoo leader, cultural musician, villain or otherwise. New Orleans is steeped in history, unique architecture and many stories from the past.

Check in at One11 Hotel (111 Ibervillestr.): One11 Hotel is a great overnight stay, located on the Mississippi River. It is within walking distance to Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, as well as other neighborhoods full of restaurants and shops, and features comfortable, modern rooms and amenities. If you go there in the summer, it will be hot in New Orleans. A rarity among boutique hotels, One11 has a small, functional pool with a fountain to help guests cool off.

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Check out the public art: Be sure to find street art that reflects cultural and musical history. An incredible play is “I’m Here for You” by Craig Cundiff, near N. Rampart and Elysian Fields. In the mural, two women, Nikki Breeze and Bee Whyne, stare into each other’s eyes and connect, depicting a meaningful moment after Hurricane Katrina.

Explore Bourbon Street and the French Quarter: These two places are jewels in New Orleans’ crown. Grab some fresh, powdered sugar-coated beignets at Cafe Du Monde (848 Decatur St.). Discover the history of voodoo at Marie Laveau’s House Of Voodoo (628 Bourbon St.) or receive a psychic reading. While exploring the French Quarter, be sure to visit St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in the states. Visit the Museum of Death on a rainy day.

Tour the Sazerac House (101 Magazine St.): The Sazerac cocktail, a combination of absinthe, rye whiskey, a pinch of bitters and some sugar, rose to fame after being created in New Orleans in the mid-1800s. Take a self-guided tour at Sazerac House that covers all things drink-related at a leisurely pace, enjoy cocktail samples and peruse the material.

Attend a jazz concert at Preservation Hall (726 St. Peter St. – French Quarter): A concert at Preservation Hall has to be top of the list when visiting New Orleans. Established in the mid-20th century, the hall is known for preserving cutting-edge traditions in the music genre. Experiencing a concert there feels like traveling back in time. Visitors are forced to put away their tech and are encouraged to be in the moment and interact with the band in a small setting.

Go with Ghost City Tours: There are some incredible Ghost Tour options to sign up for, like the Bad B*****s Tour. This one focuses on voodoo priestesses, serial killers and villains from the past with insidious backstories. Tours last approximately 90 minutes.

Otter swim encounters at Barn Hill Preserve (11342 LA-955, Ethel): An activity to consider a short drive from New Orleans in Ethel is the Barn Hill Preserve. Guests can tour the property, interact with a variety of animals such as sloths and reptiles, and have the opportunity to get in the water with Asian small-clawed vipers. After that, grab some Cracklin from Praise Da Lard Cracklins (102 US-61 No. 298, Woodville) and seasoned crawfish from Daddy Mac’s 2, which parks across from the Woodville Welcome Center (919 US-61, Woodville).

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Deanie’s Seafood (841 Iberville St.) was named “Best Seafood Restaurant” by the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate newspaper and named “Best Place for Crawfish” by New Orleans Magazine. Try the turtle soup or creamy shrimp and grits Tujaque’s Restaurant (429 Decatur St. – French Quarter)in operation for more than 160 years.

There’s more oysters Superior Seafood (4338 St Charles Ave.) for classic oysters on the half shell or the Oysters Superior with a mix of Bienville, Rockefeller and grilled oysters. The oyster roast in the pan panel (616 Peterstr.) is sure to be one of the star dishes, an appetizer that combines poached and roasted oysters with creamy brie, bacon smoked over cherry wood, apples and herb saint cream with ciabatta for an incredibly special dish that blends a multitude of textures and flavors.

For something more land-based, you can opt for fried chicken. Willie Mae’s Scotch House (2401 St Anna St) brings life to this neighborhood and won a James Beard Award for America’s Classic Restaurant for the Southern Region. The chicken becomes audibly crispy but retains its juiciness. The accompanying side dishes complement the chicken well. The spicy kale and creamy macaroni and cheese are some solid options when guests are having a hard time deciding.

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