A city with the nickname "The Big Easy" knows how to have fun. New Orleans is known for the French Quarter and its eclectic culture, both of which are on full display at the annual Marti Gras extravaganza that takes over this town. But this unique creole culture runs deep here, from its music to its cuisine, and is part of what makes life in New Orleans a rich experience for people of all ages. The French Quarter, while indeed good for a party, is also full of beautiful historic architecture. The various styles of buildings you'll see just walking around are reflective of this city's multicultural past. Grab a beignet and a cup of chicory coffee from Cafe au Lait in the French Market before strolling around to get a real taste of this town.
In addition to Marti Gras, New Orleans is host to a slew of other excellent events throughout the year. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is an amazing time and pays homage to the eclectic history and culture here. Jazz was practically invented here in New Orleans, a fact that no one is soon forgetting. Whether it is a lone clarinet player serenading on a street corner or a lively jazz-inspired marching band leading an impromptu parade, the jazz spirit is alive. Of course, the residents of this city are also proud of their sports teams: the New Orleans Hornets and the championship New Orleans Saints. The town also hosts a number of sporting events each year that move from city to city including the NCAA Final Four and the NFL Superbowl.
Audubon Park is another must see feature of this town. It is home to the Audubon Zoo, the Aquarium of the Americas, and the Audubon Insectarium, each an amazing experience for the whole family. Also be sure to check out the Old New Orleans Mint, once an active Federal Reserve mint. You'll learn all about New Orleans' history as an important manufacturing and banking center of the old south. This city is full of interesting museums like the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and the McKenna Museum of African American Art.
It won't take you long to make yourself right at home here. The city has made great recovery strides since the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and people are flocking to this beautiful city. Soon you'll be whippin' up some red beans and rice or heading to the neighbor's house for a good ol' fashioned crawfish boil.