Things To Do In New Orleans

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Things to Do In New Orleans

Our baby moved to New Orleans this past May. So last week we gave him a little visit and turned it into a vacation for us. NOLA, like a lot of the rest of the nation, is still recovering from the last year filled with closings due to the pandemic. So I thought that I would share things to do in New Orleans with you!

Cafe Du Monde

Begniets at Cafe Du Monde

Yep, they are still open and going strong.

However, instead of going to the one in the Quarter, visit the one in City Park!

It’s newer, larger and you have beautiful scenery to look at while eating breakfast.

City Park

City Park

After eating thousands of calories at Du Monde’s, walk it off in City Park.

City Park has the most beautiful sprawling trees filled with Spanish Moss.

Follow the walking trail around the water, say hi to the ducks, geese and other wild life while you are there.

Interested in art?

Hit up the Museum of Modern Art.

For the little’s in your family, right outside of Cafe du Monde is a fun playground to work off a lot of energy.

Don’t forget to ride the train that goes through the park!

And there is a miniature golf course for all ages.

Jackson square

The French Quarter

Definitely for adults and I have to say that this past year hit The Quarter hard.

Seven years ago, on our last trip, there was lush plants on the galleries, all stores were open and they had a good stream of tourists everywhere you looked.

Not so this year.

Sadly, a ton of businesses were closed.

Tons of places were boarded up and empty.

I’d hazard a guess of almost 50%.

Even so, we did have a good time and found plenty of things to keep us busy.

Hit Bourbon street once, just to say that you’ve been there, done that and then head on out for other more enjoyable things to do.

Acme Oyster house


My favorite place to eat in The Quarter was Acme Oyster House.

I’m not into Oysters, but I did have their Red Beans and Rice followed by Bread Pudding.

That Bread Pudding had the best whiskey carmel sauce on it that I’ve ever had.

The Camellia Grill

If you love a great small out of the way place to eat one of my Favorites in the  area is The Camellia Grill.

It’s small, been around for a long time and has some of the best food – especially breakfast – that you will find anywhere.

Rivershack restaraunt

Also, we met friends at The Rivershack as they had seen it on Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives.

Super fun, great Po Boys, fried green tomatoes and my husband loved the Turtle soup.

Queen Wine Glass


If you are into touristy type of souvenirs there are a ton of stores to find your treasures.

My favorite store was Bourbon Royale.

Located on Toulouse and Royale in The Quarter.

It has a little more upscale items that you might actually use or wear.

Of course, I found the perfect Queenly wine glasses!

French Market

Also, if for nothing else but the experience go to the French Market.

If you can’t find a souvenir there, you can’t find one.


French Quarter home

Take  A Tour

We took a Ghost Tour at night that was filled with history and very little ghosts.

Fine by me!

Lafayette Cemetery

Then later in the week took a Garden District tour.

I love to take the tours because you get to see a side of NOLA that you wouldn’t normally find on your own.

I ate New Orleans shirt

These are just a few of the things to do in New Orleans.

Honestly, you could spend weeks in NOLA and not fit in everything you want to do.

I still haven’t ridden a street car or visited Frenchman’s Street to hear some real jazz.

However, I did get to sit at the Carousel bar for a spin or two and I did see where Payton and Eli Manning grew up on our tour of the Garden District.

Although I have to say there is one thing I did do really well.

I ate NOLA!

And I have the shirt to prove it.

Until next time…

Things to Do In New Orleans

Tammy from Patina and Paint


  1. New Orleans is a fun place to visit. I think we seen everything you did besides the ghost tour, for some reason that scared me to do. You will have to share your experience with the tour. 🙂 Nice photography my friend.

    1. Terrie for some reason we hit up the ghost tours in Southern cities. Mostly they are just a walking history tour with a little tale of woe thrown in here and there. Except for Savannah. THAT was a totally different experience!

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