St. Charles Streetcar
Fun and historic public transportation
Running since 1865, the St. Charles Streetcar is the oldest operational streetcar line in the world and you can ride it for only $1.25. Many people take the beautiful open air ride along the live oak lined Avenue to see the opulent mansions. While the large homes used to line the most of the streetcar line, the majority of the remaining mansions are between Napoleon Avenue and Audubon Park. Keep in mind that the RTA system is cash only and they return your change on a change card that you can use for future rides. You can also get a day pass for $3 so that you can hop on and off as many times as you would like. If you don't want to deal with exact change or want to see when the next streetcar is coming, download the RTA GoMobile app. The arrival times they provide don't tend to be accurate, but if you look at the tracker map, you can see how far away the next car is.
Canal at Carondelet
Chime-filled live oak that is a natural instrument
This soothing hidden gem in City Park near the Big Lake is a large live oak tree filled with wind chimes up to 14 feet long. The wind is the musician here with all of the chimes tuned to ring in the pentatonic scale. Come meditate, read, picnic, or just hang out at this relaxing spot.
Cafe du Monde
Famed spot for beignets and café au lait
This iconic, New Orleans café has been doling out beignets and café au laits since 1862. Stop by for an order of three beignets and a cafe au lait that comes to a total of $6. People often forget that this cafe is open 24-hours, which means you don't have to wait in the long daytime lines if you come at night. Plus, beignets are a perfect post drinking snack. The line in front is for eating in and the line in the back take you to the takeout window. Be sure to bring cash because they don't take cards. Before you leave, head around the back to watch the beignets being made through a window into the kitchen. If you want to skip the craziness all together, they have a second location in City Park.
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
Historic, above ground, Garden District cemetery
Located in the beautiful Garden District, this active cemetery is a great example of the above ground cemeteries characteristic of the city. It is the resting place of Judge John H. Ferguson of separate but equal fame from the Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court case, while Homer Plessy is laid to rest in St. Louis No 1. It also one of the city’s most filmed cemeteries, with appearances in Interview with the Vampire, American Horror Story: Coven, Deja Vu, and The Originals. It was the inspiration for the Mayfair Witches tomb in writer Anne Rice's popular series, much of which she wrote while living only a few blocks away. Keep in mind that it closes at 3:00 on weekdays and 4:00 on weekends. If you would like to book a tour, check out Save Our Cemeteries linked below. If you want to do it yourself, click the information icon below for a self guided tour.
Besthoff Sculpture Garden
Stunning eleven acre, sculpture garden
Situated in City Park, this beautiful sculpture garden is part of the New Orleans Museum of Art, but unlike the main building, there isn't an admissions charge. The sculpture garden has always been incredible, but they finished an expansion in 2019 that more than doubled the size of the garden. [Note: due to the pandemic, they are charging a small entrance fee in order to control the number of visitors in the garden at one time]
Mardi Gras Museum
Small costume filled museum above Arnaud’s
This hidden museum above Arnaud's restaurant is named for Count Arnaud's daughter, Germaine Cazenave Wells, who reigned as queen over twenty-two Mardi Gras balls. The small museum filled with her and her family members' costumes is free and open to the public during the restaurant's operating hours.