We’re visiting The Big Easy this week! New Orleans definitely hits all of your senses, from the colorful floats, to the amazing jazz music to the best tasting sea food around, it’s all here. Check out our top ten places to photograph in New Orleans.
13 blocks from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue
Shutterbugs will have a blast on Bourban Street. This street is in the heart of the French Quarter, one of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods. It has quite a rich history.As far as photography, there is so much! The architecture of the townhomes their classic balconies are colorful and lively. The street performers offer characters and live action. Plus don’t forget the amazing food at the delicious restaurants that pepper the street.
This historic park is located in the French Quarter and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960. The epicenter of the park shows a statue of General Andrew Jackson on his horse during the Battle of New Orleans.* Other points of interest around the area include Jax Brewery, the Pontalba Buildings, and Cafe’ Du Monde!
800 DeCatur Street
Speaking of Cafe’ Du Monde, this open air coffee shop is known for its cafe’ au lait and beignets. Don’t worry about it being closed, it’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Make sure to take pictures of the food to add to your travels and of course an exterior shot to bring it all together.
South Maestri Street
Welcome to the second oldest park in New Orleans! It’s about 2.5 acres large and sits in the central business district. You’ll find the former city hall facing the square, also known as Gallier Hall. The park was designed in 1788!*
615 Pere Antoine Alley
This is the oldest cathedral in the United States and you’ll find it in the heart of Jackson Square.* It’s open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm with mass at 12:05 pm. You can take self-guided tours through the Cathedral, just make a donation and pick up a brochure!
There is always something exciting going on in the French Market! Its motto is three centuries of history and 6 blocks of shopping! It’s the oldest of its kind in the United States. Take some time to go through the open air market and definitely have a sit-down and grab some of the delicious seafood.
726 St Peter Street
The Preservation Hall may not be much to look at from the outside, but wow does it hold a lot of stories! It was established in 1961 to “preserve, perpetuate, and protect traditional New Orleans Jazz.”* Inside the hall, you’ll find an intimate experience with nightly concerts. Just make sure to pump up your ISO and leave the flash off to catch the true ambiance of the venue.
1380 Port of New Orleans Place
Ready to add a little color to your world? Check out Mardi Gras World. It’s a 300,000 square foot warehouse where they build the mardi gras floats. *You can imagine all of the color and detail under this roof! Go ahead, bump up that saturation and let the colors pop!
1 Palm Drive
City Park is 1,300 acres of beautiful and captivating land. According to its wiki page, it holds the world’s largest collection of mature, live oak trees. Some are older than 600 years. *Make sure to check out the carousel!
300 N Claiborne Avenue
There are actually three cemeteries that comprise the St. Louis Cemetery in New Orleans. Each one hosts above ground vaults. There are a number of tours you can take to tour the area and you’ll find the amazing architecture and stained glass work throughout the lots.
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*Information from the respected Wikipedia pages.
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