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Guide to New Orleans

Diversions

Sculpture Garden and Museum of Fine Art

Discover the city’s gifts beyond the French Quarter. Take the streetcar to City Park, one of the nation’s oldest urban parks. Once the host of Victorian picnics beneath the moss-draped oak trees, today its five-acre green lawn is home to the world-class Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, an outdoor collection of 80 incredible works of art.

noma.org/sculpture-garden

Antiquing

Pop into the area’s most storied antiques gallery, MS Rau Antiques, and you won’t  leave emptyhanded. Harboring the city’s most high-end collection of 18th- and 19th-century collectibles, art and furniture, Rau has ruled elegant Royal Street for more than a century. With galleries that sprawl over 25,000 sq ft, Rau is a treasure trove for even the most discriminating shopper.

rauantiques.com

Jazz club

Tuneful cornets and bleating trombones form New Orleans’s ubiquitous, life-affirming soundtrack. Jazzy music seems to play everywhere. To see the best, book a front-row ticket at the Royal Sonesta’s Jazz Playhouse, a club that attracts an array of top
musicians. Celebrities have been known to leap onstage from the audience to jam with the headliners.

sonesta.com

Carriage ride

Like nobility of yore, travel through town by horsedrawn carriage. On a one-hour private ride, you’ll learn history, hear anecdotes and connect with the complex fusion of cultures that makes the Big Easy so unique.

neworleanscarriages.com

Customized plantation tour

Bespoke Private Tours speaks to your inner Scarlett O’Hara with its upscale plantation tour. While individual itineraries are skewed to each client, Bespoke suggests a ride by Cadillac Escalade to a heliport. There, thirst quenched with chilled champagne, guests fly out to Houmas House Plantation and Gardens for a private tour and lunch on the grounds. Afterward, take a flyover tour of the swamplands (expect to see alligators, eagles and more) with a personal guide aboard (ask for Jennifer) providing riveting narratives.

bespokeprivatetours.com

Mardi Gras costume wig

Playing dress up, especially during Mardi Gras, is par for the course here. New Orleanians spend all year—and oodles of money—planning their next costume. Wig quality sets the best outfits apart. Get yours at Fifi Mahony’s, and you’ll be the life of the party.

fifimahonys.salonmonster.com

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