Things To Do in New Orleans

New Orleans is an incredible city full of unique history, culture, and things to do. Here are some suggestions to appreciate the local flavor, and if you’re interested in off-the-beaten path recommendations, ask Confluence's Community Engagement Manager, Josh Ente – a former longtime New Orleans resident – who is always excited to share his love of the city and its hidden gems.

Sightseeing

  • Walk around the French Quarter and take in the sights. There’s an hour – or a whole afternoon – worth of entertainment strolling the city’s central and oldest neighborhood. Stop by Jackson Square to hear some live music, head directly across the street to Café du Monde for fresh beignets and coffee, and then stroll the banks of the Mississippi River.
  • Take a streetcar on Canal St to another part of the city; try the St Charles route uptown and see one of the city’s grand boulevards with beautiful mansions; hop off at Audubon Park for a lovely walk and see Tulane University right across the street.
  • You can’t beat Frenchmen St at night for live music. Walking distance (or a short cab or pedicab ride) from the Monteleone, Frenchmen St in the Marigny features several blocks of live music venues with no cover (or a minimal one), as well as street performances left and right. This is the place to hear all kinds of local New Orleans musicians in their element.
  • The World War II Museum is nationally renowned and features impressive exhibits that could deservedly swallow your whole day if you’re not careful.

Getting Around

  • New Orleans is a small, flat city and the Hotel Monteleone is in the heart of it all. It’s easy to walk around the French Quarter and in the surrounding neighborhoods. There is very little public transit, but the streetcars ($1.25 per ride, which require exact change) can be a pleasant way to see some parts of the city and get around as well. Pedicabs (bike taxies) are commonly available day and night throughout the French Quarter, as well as taxis/ride sharing apps, but narrow one way streets and snarled traffic can mean that driving in the French Quarter is less efficient and pleasant than walking.