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10 Must-See Attractions in New Orleans

Asmita Karanje

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The world-famous city of New Orleans is well-known for its exciting nightlife. It also gives a different vibe compared to other US cities because of the influence of French, African, and American cultures in the area. If you don’t know where to go in New Orleans, here is a list for you.

The Music Box Village

This is a fantasy-like village with interactive musical houses where visitors can play and collaborate with other artists. Located in an old steel fabricator’s yard in the Bywater, you will witness the beauty of installation art and New Orleans music in this attraction.

New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum

New Orleans is known for its mystique and peculiarity. The city’s taste is evident in the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum. For nearly half a century, the small museum has invited visitors to explore mysticism and the occult. The museum was founded by “Voodoo Charlie” in the 70s and concentrates on Louisiana Voodoo. Snakes are typical motifs in the area, and it is with interesting objects and artifacts, such as antique voodoo dolls, taxidermy, talismans, and even the famous Voodoo priestess Maria Laveau's kneeling bench. Apart from its collections on display, the museum sells objects such as snake skins, chicken feet, potions, books, and candles. You can even have your fortune told during your visit.

Abandoned Jazzland

The abandoned Six Flags in the East of New Orleans turned into a well-known attraction for urban travelers despite being the creepiest and long-enduring mementos of Katrina. Despite the damage the hurricane has brought about to the park, the film industry has taken advantage of it and turned it into a filming spot. “Jurassic World”, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”, and “Deepwater Horizon” are just of few of the blockbuster movies that are filmed on this site. Visitors are still coming to tour the remains of the amusement park, but it is highly advised to be careful when roaming the area.

Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo

This is the former home of New Orlean’s second Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau ll. According to legend, she drowned while performing one of her rituals in Lake Pontchartrain. Turned into a museum and shop selling spiritual items and books from around the world. At the backroom, spells, spiritual and Tarot readings are being held.

Marie Laveau's Tomb

This is where New Orleans' most famous voodoo priestess is buried. Laveau died in 1881 and is known to be buried in the Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1 in the family tomb of the Glapions. The inside of the oldest cemetery in the city is filled with hundreds of 18th and 19th centuries above-ground tombs with the city's most prominent dead, including Homer Plessy. Amateur occultists, tourists, and locals flock to the site and draw Xs on the whitewashed mausoleum in the hopes that Laveau will grant their wishes. This, however, is highly discouraged as it harms the delicate tomb.

Museum of Death

The museum exhibits are quite graphic because of the exhibits on terrorism, cannibalism, and embalming, so this is not for the faint of heart. The intention is to educate the people about death while trying to remove their fear of dying and celebrate life.

Jean Lafitte's Old Absinthe House

This is one of the oldest structures in New Orleans and was once famous for its cocktail, the absinthe frappe or popularly known as the green monster before it was prohibited by the government. Legend has it that before the Battle of New Orleans, Jean Lafitte met Major General Andrew Jackson in a secret chamber of the old Absinthe House.

St. Roch Market

Renovated after Hurricane Katrina, it became one of the first open-air market in that place. It has now a chef-centric food hall with restaurants and a craft cocktail bar. Place for delightful eating at reasonable prices.

Steamboat Natchez

Steamboat Natchez is New Orleans' only steamboat. A traditional sternwheel steamboat down Mississippi River. You can have a choice between a harbor jazz cuisine, dinner jazz cuisine, Sunday jazz brunch cruise, or any of the other special event cruises that will surely transport you to another era.

The Singing Oak City Park

This New Orleans Tree designed by local artist Jim Hart has hidden wind chimes that produce a carefully tuned melody. These melodious tree towers are situated in City Park, just down the street from the New Orleans Museum of Art. During the summer, the oak offers a respite from the sweltering Louisiana heat as well as enchanting tunes from wind chimes strung from its branches. Its overall effect is very soothing and ear-tinkling. Even though the Singing Oak is visible to visitors, few are aware of this hidden New Orleans treasure. Spend a few minutes sitting beneath the Chime Tree and you'll leave feeling a little more relaxed than when you arrived.

New Orleans is truly a unique city rich with culture and diversity. The opportunity to tour the city is something you must not miss.

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