When we say New Orleans, you probably think of Mardi Gras, parades, jazz and blues, and Cajun food. New Orleans is all of those things and a lot more. The city of New Orleans is a melting pot of cultures. The French, Spanish, and African influence are evident throughout the city.

New Orleans is an ancient and renaissance place of art. It is music and magic. You can take a dinner cruise on a riverboat or spend the day shopping. You can see a modern-day artist in the parks who will sketch you (for a fee). Or, you can see a voodoo priestess and have your fortune read. You can even tour the town in a bike taxi. T

here is no other place like New Orleans in the world. So, let us show you a few things that you may not know are waiting for you in The Big Easy.

Aquarium of the Americas

You may have visited aquariums in other cities, but you are guaranteed to have never been to an aquarium like this.

Aquarium of the Americas is a state-of-the-art aquarium. There are 15,000 sea creatures here that represent 600 species. The aquarium and museum are also part of the New Orleans Zoo. Package tickets are available.

You will see sea life that you have never seen before. Enter a 30-foot long tunnel that allows you to see up-close and personal a Coral Reef, that until now, could only be seen by scuba-divers in the Caribbean.

Watch the graceful jelly-fish as they glow in the darkness of the deep. Travel through another 30-foot tunnel as you see The Great Maya Reef and the ruins of the ancient Mayan civilization.

The zoo features exotic animals from around the world. They are housed in award-winning natural habitat exhibits. Experience the life of the animals in their rainforest or see the Jaguar Jungle.

There’s so much to see here that you will need more than one day to experience it.

French Quarter

You cannot visit New Orleans without a visit to the French Quarter. This is the heart of the city, and it is a significant part of the history of Louisiana.

You will see beautiful architecture that dates back hundreds of years. Huge cathedrals loom over the city. Along the edges of the neighborhood, you will see sidewalk vendors in old-market style selling their wares. You will see artists painting on the square, and you can purchase their original works of art. The streets are thick with outdoor dining, open door cafes, jazz bands, and blues bands. There are plenty of places for a cold drink.

You will see shops to purchase charms and herbs, and you will hear about the ancient religion of voodoo. Wear your walking shoes because you will find the tight streets thick with tourists as you make your way down famous Bourbon Street.

While you are in New Orleans, take advantage of the Hop-on Hop-off bus tour. These busses make continual routes to all the famous sites of the city and you get on and off as you please, so you can take your time and enjoy it all.

See the Saint Louis Cathedral, the above-ground cemeteries, and old southern mansions. At every turn, you will see some unique form of entertainment.