Planning to travel to New Orleans this year? Between all of the festivals, attractions and food that draws people to the city each year, you have plenty to do and see no matter what time of year you visit. But when you do visit, you don’t necessarily want to get stuck in the same old tourist traps and instead may want to see another side of the city. Here are three resolutions to make the most out of your 2015 New Orleans trip.
Try at least one locally owned restaurant (preferably one you haven’t been to before).
This may pertain more to people who have visited New Orleans before, but traveling to New Orleans necessitates at least one visit to a locally owned restaurant. You may have your favorites and go-to’s, but New Orleans offers a wealth of restaurants, including many new ones opened each year. So don’t limit your selection, and always try something new at some point. If you’ve never been to the city and don’t know where to go, consult resources online or even just a local when you get there, and you’re sure to be pointed in the right direction. Don’t sustain yourself on chains or fast food—make sure you fit in some real New Orleans flavors to make the most of your trip.
Visit at least one museum.
The beauty of New Orleans is that it has a museum for everyone. History buff? Check out the world-renowned National World War II Museum downtown. Love art? Try the New Orleans Museum of Art at City Park. Want to learn more about the culinary heritage of the South? Check out the Southern Food and Beverage Museum at the edge of Uptown. No matter what your interests are, you’ll find plenty of interesting and historical museums to visit to appease your every whim.
Take a long walk in one of New Orleans neighborhoods.