Top Ten Things to do in New Orleans

The Sons of Italy Foundation is giving away a trip for 2 to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, so it’s only natural that we have the Big Easy on our minds.

So, we’re counting down our top 10 things to see & do if you win the trip to the Super Bowl in New Orleans (BESIDES go to the Super Bowl, of course!)

10. Ride a streetcar through the Garden District
Uptown New Orleans is home to the Garden District, one of the earliest expressions of Greek revival. Known for its scenery and historic homes, there’s no better way to experience this part of this city than aboard the St. Charles Line.

9. Hunt down Emeril!
Famed Chef Emeril Lagasse started his empire at Emeril’s New Orleans in NOLA’s Warehouse District. Serving mostly Southern American and Creole cuisine, he has two additional restaurants in the city, NOLA Restaurant and Emeril’s Delmonico.

8. Visit the New Orleans Italian American Cultural Center
The New Orleans Italian American Cultural Center offers events, language classes, holds a library and is home to the Italian American Museum. The museum uses photographs, memorabilia and articles to tell the story of Italian contributions throughout the southern United States.

7. Visit the National WWII Museum
Designated by Congress as America’s World War II Museum, it explores the American contributions to the Allied victory. The museum hosts daily D-Day film screenings and puts together stories of the war through pictures, letters and artifacts.

6. Admire the St. Louis Cathedral
The oldest Catholic Cathedral in continuous use in the United States, this awe-inspiring overlooks picturesque Jackson Square.

5. Dine in the French Quarter
Whether you want to sit down and enjoy a bowl of jambalaya or stroll along with a po-boy sandwich, the French Quarter cuisine won’t disappoint. If you’re in the mood for a cocktail, enjoy a New Orleans Sazerac, a famous whiskey drink, before or after dinner.

4. Visit the seventh U.S. President
Historically famous as a gathering for painters, Jackson Square gets its name from the equestrian statue of President Andrew Jackson, located in the center of the plaza. It’s a National Public Landmark and hosts many musical performances throughout the year.

3. Stroll down Bourbon Street
The heart of New Orleans oldest neighborhood, the French Quarter, it extends thirteen blocks and is best known for the sights and sounds of NOLA nightlife.

2. Shop for antiques on Royal Street
A contrast to the party-goer atmosphere of Bourbon Street, Royal Street is home to classy antique shops and fine jewelry boutiques.

1. Take a riverboat tour along the Mississippi
With companies that offer both tours and dinner cruises, a riverboat tour is the best way to admire the city’s skyline and take in a different perspective of New Orleans.

If you haven’t entered yet, visit and remember that 100 percent of the proceeds go to support causes like the Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society & Wounded Warrior Project.

Written by OSIA National Office Assistant, Carol Cummings.


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