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The French Quarter is as much a part of New Orleans as the strip to Las Vegas or theme parks to Orlando. Designated a National Historic Landmark, “The Quarter” is so-named for the changes in the city after the Louisiana Purchase, and remains the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, LA. Located in the heart of NOLA, adjacent to the downtown district and Mississippi River front, the French Quarter shines a light on the many faces of “The Crescent City”. By day, a historical mecca steeped in eclectic cafes and art galleries, and by night an 18-and-up playground filled with cocktail lounges, upscale dining, and Bourbon Street’s “adults-only” clubs.
When searching for things to do in the French Quarter, most visitors head straight to Bourbon Street. The infamous strip is home to the top parades during the world-famous Mardi Gras, although throughout most the year, the excitement is scaled down. Vintage buildings, street performers, and the occasional celebrity are commonplace on Bourbon, with some of the city’s top bars and “adult-entertainment” packed into the very-colorful strip.
Venture beyond Bourbon Street to find the country’s tastiest treats. Eateries like Café du Monde and Court of Two Sisters have been serving traditional Louisiana cuisine for decades, while behemoth Paddlewheelers like the Steamboat Natchez offer Creole dining on the Mighty Mississippi! Every brick, lamp post, and street sign in the French Quarter tells a story, some charming, and others scary. In fact, New Orleans is considered one of the most haunted cities in the world, with dozens of spots throughout the French Quarter rumored to host ghosts, vampires, and voodoo magic!
The New Orleans French Quarter is a year-round destination, offering something to do for all-ages. One-of-a-kind attractions seem to top every New Orleans travel guide, with National Geographic citing Jackson Square as the #1 place to visit in New Orleans, and CNN Travel awarding the French Quarter with “7 out of 15 New Orleans must-do’s” including a Sazerac tasting at Tujague’s restaurant, and a literary tour of French Quarter book stores!