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New Orleans isn't a city. It's a Petrarchan sonnet. There's no other place on the planet like it. I think it was sawed loose from South America and blown by trade winds across the Caribbean until it affixed itself to the southern rim of the United States.
– James Lee Burke

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Cyprus trees on the Honey Island Swamp Tour.

Audobon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

  • CBD, Museum, $$$$ $
  • 423 Canal St.
  • New Orleans, LA, 70118
  • +1-504-524-2847
  • Website | Email

Very nice staff, koi pond, and butterfly sanctuary. A great place to take the kids, especially if they like to eat bugs after they learn about them. (Crickets and seasoned waxworms are served in the cafeteria.)

Audobon Park

  • University District, Parks and Gardens
  • 6500 Magazine St.
  • New Orleans, 70118
  • +1-800-774-7394
  • Website

A leafy, shady park and pond perfect for an afternoon stroll. See birds, wildlife, and Uptown mommies parading in Lululemon.

Besthof Sculpture Garden

  • City Park, Parks and Gardens, $$$$ $
  • One Collins Diboll Circle
  • New Orleans, LA, 70124
  • +1-504-658-4100
  • Website | Email

Pick up an audio guide and stroll the footpaths of the NOMA’s backyard.

Long Vue House

  • Lake Wood, Landmarks and Monuments, $$$$ $
  • 7 Bamboo Rd.
  • New Orleans, LA, 70124
  • +1-504-488-5488
  • Website | Email

A really great example of American Renaissance architecture and design. On a nice day, tour the eight acres of nine gardens.

Magazine St.

  • Various, Neighborhood to Explore

Six miles of charming, small-town Americana following the curve of the Mississippi. Start from the northernmost point in Audubon Park and make your way down to the CBD, stopping in at a Dead Sea mud treatment, fried oysters, or old-school barbershops along the way.

Read more on Fathom: A Very Long But Totally Excellent Walking Tour of Magazine Street

The Musee Wax Conti

  • French Quarter, Museum, $$$$ $
  • 917 Conti St.
  • New Orleans, LA, 70112
  • +1-504-525-2605
  • Website

This is no Madame Tussaud. It's a darker, weirder museum that uses surreal wax tableaux to tell the story of the city's history. Ther are battle scenes, boxing scenes, lynch mob scenes, and Napoleon in a bathtub.

Museum of the American Cocktail

  • CBD, Museum, $$$$ $
  • 1504 Oretha C. Haley Blvd.
  • New Orleans, LA, 70118
  • +1-504-569-0405
  • Website | Email

Could there be a more perfect home for this new institution? Try and time your visit with one of their seminars (like “The Mindful Bartender,” or “The Math of Mixology”).

National WWII Museum

  • Warehouse District, Museum, $$$$ $$
  • 945 Magazine Street
  • New Orleans, 70130
  • 504-528-1944
  • Website | Email

Why this, why here? NOLA resident Andrew Higgins invented the Higgins Boat, which turned the tide of the war in the Allies favor. It's a fantastic museum, so take a few hours (skip the IMAX experience). Stop by The American Sector for a post-museum repast.

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

  • French Quarter, Museum, $$$$ $
  • 514 Chartres St.
  • New Orleans, LA, 70130
  • +1-504-565-8027
  • Website | Email

America's first licensed apothecary has two floors crammed with cool old pharmacy tools, tincture bottles, and remedies — great for a few hours of poking around. Don’t miss the wheelchair used in Benjamin Button, the old soda fountain, or the antique eyewear collection.

Pilot House

  • Desmare Playground, Landmarks and Monuments, $$$$ $
  • 1440 Moss St.
  • New Orleans, LA, 70119
  • +1-504-482-0312
  • Website | Email

A meticulously restored version of 18th-century Creole architecture. And the former home of NOLA’s first American mayor post-Louisiana Purchase.

St. Charles Streetcar Ride

  • Uptown, Landmarks and Monuments, $$$$ $
  • Canal St., at Carondelet St.
  • New Orleans, LA, 70130
  • About

A great way to get your architectural bearings: Hitch a ride on a mahogany trolley car (from 1835) to glimpse grand old homes, the zoological gardens, Tulane and Loyola universities.

Voodoo Museum

  • French Quarter, Museum, $$$$ $
  • 724 Dumaine St.
  • New Orleans, LA, 70116
  • +1-504-680-0128
  • Website | Email

Filled with folklore and Southern mystic charm. Curious curios to boot. Take 20 minutes, and you'll have a intro into the magical history of NOLA.

Warehouse Art District

  • Warehouse District, Gallery, Museum, Cultural Center
  • Camp St. and Julia St.
  • New Orleans, LA, 70130
  • About

A fresh-faced neighborhood for the arts: Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Contemporary Arts Center, the excellent World War II Museum, and contemporary art galleries.

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