Spring Break in NOLA
It’s the time of the year again when spring has sprung, the temperature is rising, schools/colleges are on break. Everyone deserves a vacation and the whole family goes out and spend the weeks on trips. I used to do out of the country travels. I was in Cancun in 2017, and in 2018, I was visiting my friends in the Carolinas and Georgia. This time, I am only finishing my tri-state trip. The last state is Louisiana. Thus, I got my spring break in NOLA.
New Orleans is a Louisiana city in the Mississippi River near the Gulf of Mexico. It’s known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African, and American cultures. It is famous for embodying its festive spirit, the Mardi Gras, which is during the late winter with carnival famed with raucous costumed parades and street parties.
NOLA is also rich in history. I’m not a party person so, I just explored the city and visited the historical sites in the city. Here are the attractions I visited and the places you shouldn’t miss when you are in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1.St. Louis Cathedral
The cathedral is the oldest Cathedral in North America, founded as a Catholic Parish in 1720. It has been the city’s center of worship for more than 280 years. It is also the seat of Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and is dedicated to King Louis IX of France.
The Cabildo was the seat of Spanish colonial city hall of NOLA. It is now the Louisiana State Museum Cabildo. It is located along Jackson Square, adjacent to St. Louis Cathedral. It is also a National Historic Landmark.
Jackson Square is a historic park in the French Quarter. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960, for its central role in the city’s history, and as the site where the 1803 Louisiana was made United States territory pursuant to the Louisiana Purchase. It is also the city’s most recognizable landmark.
4.Moonwalk Riverfront Park
The Moonwalk is a promenade along the Mississippi River in New Orleans. It is the best place to experience the river in all its bustling activity, natural splendor and historical significance. It is also a great place for a picnic of po-boys or local seafood, a jog or just to catch a cooling breeze on typically humid city day. It is a mile long stretch of the riverfront which is also the setting for many community celebrations and special events such as annual French Quarter Festival and the 4th of July.
Woldenberg Park is park in the riverfront which was created in the late 80s on area that had been occupied by old wharves and warehouses. It is named after philanthropist Malcolm Woldenberg who helped fund the building of it. The Monument to the Immigrant was crafted from white Carrara marble by sculptor Franco Allesandrini. The monument faces the riverfront with a ship’s prow topped by a female figure reminiscent the Lady Liberty, while behind her stands a turn-of-the-century immigrant family looking toward the French Quarter.
6.Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is an aquarium ran by Audubon Institute which also supervises various parks. It is one of the top museums of its kind in America. It immerses parkgoers in an underwater world. A great place for the family especially kids to learn about sea world.
7.Outlet Collection at Riverwalk
It is a premier first-to-market outlet shopping center in the heart of downtown New Orleans and features retailers and restaurants on the bank of the majestic Mississippi River. So, if you need souvenirs or anything, just visit them at their location.
8.Café du Monde
Café du Monde is a renowned open air café shop in New Orleans. It is known for its original beignets and café au lait. It is a must stop place for great coffee and beignets lover. The queue was really long in the store near the Jackson Square so, I went to the Riverwalk since they have another store which has shorter waiting time.
Bourbon Street is a historic street in the heart of the French Quarter extending 13 blocks. It embodies the life of a party town. The street is lit by neon lights, throbbing with music and decorated by beads and balconies. It is rich with historic venues, social tales, and iconic buildings.
10.Random Buildings in French Quarter
My spring break in NOLA was a needed R&R for me. It has been a stressful move for me, an out of my comfort zone decision. NOLA was my last stop for my tri-state trip but it was a good location to end my journey in a very lively city like New Orleans. Now, I’ve already finished my travels. I am starting to plan a new adventure, perhaps a little tour in my new home city of Dallas. Here is a a vlog of my spring break in NOLA.