Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

Established in 1833, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is one of New Orleans’ oldest cemeteries. This historic site contains elaborate above-ground tombs, picturesque statues, and centuries-old gravestones that provide a glimpse into the city’s past. Visitors can take self-guided walking tours of the cemetery daily, except during inclement weather. The lush greenery, ornate crypts, and towering oak trees make Lafayette Cemetery look more like a park than a graveyard. Don’t miss the opportunity to quietly explore this hauntingly beautiful resting place on your trip. Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 1400 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 459-0899

Couturie Forest

Just 20 minutes from downtown near City Park, Couturie Forest offers a peaceful natural oasis right in the city. Shaded walking paths wind through 27 acres of southern magnolias, sprawling live oaks, fragrant pines, and more. Birdwatching enthusiasts will delight in spotting songbirds, woodpeckers, owls, hawks, and other winged residents. Benches scattered throughout provide places to rest, reflect, and take in the tranquil surroundings. For an off-the-beaten-path experience surrounded by nature’s beauty, add Couturie Forest to your New Orleans itinerary. Couturie Forest Longue Vue House & Gardens 7 Bamboo Rd, New Orleans, LA 70124

Louis Armstrong Park

Dedicated to the legendary jazz pioneer Louis Armstrong, this park offers visitors a look at some of the city’s most important music history. In Congo Square, now part of the park, slaves and free people of color gathered to play African rhythms and lay the foundation for New Orleans jazz. The park is also home to the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park visitor center and archives. And don’t miss the striking bronze statue honoring Armstrong himself. Music lovers will enjoy exploring the roots of jazz in this scenic public space. Louis Armstrong Park 701 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Pitot House

Built in 1799, the Pitot House is one of the finest examples of classic French Colonial architecture in the city. This National Historic Landmark provides a window into how a prosperous Creole family lived in the early 19th century. Costumed guides offer insightful tours showcasing the home’s antique furnishings, manicured courtyard garden, and exterior stucco walls dating back over 200 years. History buffs will love exploring this beautifully preserved home for a taste of Historic New Orleans. Pitot House 1440 Moss St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Brechtel Park

Nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood, this community park charms visitors with its giant 130-year-old oak trees. Take a break from the city bustle and wander the walking paths shaded by sprawling branches and hanging Spanish moss. Two small lakes provide scenic views where you may spot turtles sunning themselves on logs. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in this peaceful urban oasis ideal for getting back to nature without leaving New Orleans. Brechtel Park 4000 Downman Rd, New Orleans, LA 70126

The Fly

For a unique perspective of the Mississippi River, head to The Fly, an area below Audubon Park. Concrete steps and paths lead down to natural levees along the water. Take in views of passing ships, watch boats navigating the winding river, and feel the breeze coming off the water. The Fly offers an often-overlooked vantage point to observe the port city’s bustling maritime activity and mighty river that sustains it. The Fly – Downriver Side of Audubon Park Exposition Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70118

Musicians’ Village

Musicians’ Village was founded after Hurricane Katrina to provide affordable housing for New Orleans musicians and preserve the city’s musical heritage. The bright, vibrant homes rebuilt here display whimsical designs that reflect the creative spirit of the community. When you visit, listen for musicians practicing their craft on their front porches—it’s a wonderful way to experience NOLA’s musical roots up close. Musicians’ Village Bounded by North Roman, Alvar, North Johnson, and Alabo Streets, New Orleans, LA 70117

The Old Point Bar

Looking for some quintessential New Orleans charm? Pull up a stool at The Old Point Bar, a laidback neighborhood dive bar established in the 1800s. Soak up the convivial atmosphere as locals banter over cold beer, boiled crab, and raw oysters. Grab a table on the patio under the sprawling live oak tree for peak relaxation. With its long history and casual vibe, The Old Point perfectly embodies the kind of hole-in-the-wall establishment that makes NOLA’s bar scene so delightful. The Old Point Bar 545 Patterson Dr, Algiers, New Orleans, LA 70115

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