Attending the PCC Summit in New Orleans? Check Out These Amazing Places While You’re There!

New Orleans, the vibrant city nestled along the Mississippi River, is a melting pot of cultures, cuisines, and experiences. From its rich history to its lively music scene and delectable cuisine, there’s something for everyone in the Big Easy. Since we will be attending the PointClickCare Summit, we thought we would put together a must see list when visiting New Orleans. Whether you love history, food or music, here are some activities you simply can’t miss!

Activities:

  1. French Quarter Exploration: Begin your journey in the heart of New Orleans, the French Quarter. Take a leisurely stroll down the iconic cobblestone streets lined with colourful Creole cottages and historic landmarks. Don’t miss the lively atmosphere of Jackson Square, where street performers and artists gather. Before you leave be sure to visit the historic St. Louis Cathedral.
  2. Live Jazz on Frenchmen Street: Immerse yourself in the soulful sounds of New Orleans jazz on Frenchmen Street. This vibrant neighbourhood is home to jazz clubs and music venues where you can catch talented local musicians. Whether you’re a jazz aficionado or simply looking to soak up the city’s musical heritage, Frenchmen Street is a must-visit destination.
  3. Swamp Tour: Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and embark on a thrilling swamp tour through the bayous. Encounter native wildlife such as alligators, herons, and turtles as you glide through the waterways aboard an airboat or flat-bottomed skiff. Experienced guides provide fascinating insights into the region’s ecology and history, making for an unforgettable adventure.
  4. Culinary Tour: Indulge your taste buds on a culinary tour of New Orleans’ diverse food scene. From classic Creole dishes like gumbo and jambalaya to mouthwatering beignets and po’boys, the city is a paradise for food lovers. Join a guided food tour to sample a variety of local delicacies. Take this opportunity to learn about the culinary traditions that have shaped New Orleans’ cuisine.
  5. Historic Cemetery Tour: Delve into the city’s spooky side with a guided tour of its historic cemeteries. Explore labyrinthine tombs and mausoleums in iconic burial grounds such as St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. Don’t forget to visit the final resting place of voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. Learn about the unique above-ground burial practices and the fascinating stories of the city’s most famous residents.

Restaurants:

  1. Commander’s Palace: Treat yourself to an unforgettable dining experience at Commander’s Palace. This legendary Creole restaurant is nestled in the heart of the Garden District. Indulge in classic dishes like turtle soup and pecan-crusted Gulf fish. Relax and enjoy the impeccable service and elegant surroundings.
  2. Café du Monde: No visit to New Orleans is complete without a stop at Café du Monde for a taste of their famous beignets and café au lait. Open 24/7, this iconic café has been serving up piping hot beignets covered in powdered sugar since 1862. It is a can’t miss for coffee lovers and pastry lovers alike!
  3. Galatoire’s: Step back in time at Galatoire’s. This timeless French-Creole bistro is renowned for its refined cuisine and old-world charm. From shrimp rémoulade to soufflé potatoes, every dish is prepared with the utmost care and attention to detail. Transport yourself to another time and enjoy traditional French cuisine with a Creole twist.
  4. Willie Mae’s Scotch House: Sink your teeth into some of the best fried chicken in the South at Willie Mae’s Scotch House. This beloved neighbourhood eatery has been serving up crispy, golden-brown chicken for over 60 years. Their mouth watering fried chicken has earned them rave reviews from locals and visitors alike. What is a visit to the south without some classic fried chicken?!
  5. Drago’s Seafood Restaurant: Savour the flavours of the Gulf Coast at Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, famous for its mouthwatering charbroiled oysters. Located in the heart of the French Quarter, this bustling eatery offers an extensive menu of fresh seafood dishes. These fresh costal flavours are sure to tantalize your taste buds.

Attractions:

  1. The National WWII Museum: Step back in time and explore the gripping stories of World War II at the National WWII Museum. This museum offers immersive exhibits and interactive displays to historic artifacts and personal testimonies. Take a powerful glimpse into one of the defining events of the 20th century.
  2. Preservation Hall: Experience the authentic sounds of New Orleans jazz at Preservation Hall, a historic music venue located in the heart of the French Quarter. Founded in 1961, Preservation Hall has been showcasing the city’s top jazz talent for over six decades, preserving the legacy of this iconic musical genre.
  3. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas: Situated along the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is a popular destination. The aquarium features a diverse array of aquatic life, including colorful fish, sharks, sea turtles, and stingrays. These incredible creatures are housed in immersive exhibits that recreate habitats like the Amazon Rainforest and the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors can also enjoy interactive experiences like touch pools, feedings, and daily animal encounters.
  4. The Garden District: Take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque streets of the Garden District and admire the elegant mansions and lush gardens that define this historic neighborhood. Be sure to visit Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, where moss-draped oak trees and elaborate tombs create a hauntingly beautiful backdrop.
  5. Steamboat Natchez Cruise: Step aboard the iconic Steamboat Natchez for a scenic cruise along the mighty Mississippi River. Relax on the deck as you soak up panoramic views of the city skyline and listen to live jazz music performed by the ship’s talented jazz band.

New Orleans offers a wealth of experiences for visitors to enjoy! From its vibrant music scene and rich culinary traditions to its fascinating history and unique culture. there really is something for everyone. Whether you’re exploring the historic streets of the French Quarter, savouring mouthwatering Creole cuisine, or immersing yourself in the city’s lively music scene, the Big Easy is sure to captivate your senses and leave you longing to return again and again. So pack your bags and get ready to discover the magic of New Orleans! We can’t wait to see you at Summit!

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