There's no definitive answer as to why exactly New Orleans acquired the nickname 'The Big Easy', but most theories have their roots in the city's laid-back party atmosphere. No other time of the year encapsulates the New Orleans way of life more than Mardi Gras Festival when the city erupts into one giant celebration. But while Mardi Gras is a huge date in the city's calendar, New Orleans is by no means popular with tourists purely for partying and dancing - the area provides a wealth of family friendly and educational tourist attractions too.
To help you make the most of your time in New Orleans we've put together some of the best things to do while in the city.
The French Quarter is the oldest quarter in the city and it was where New Orleans was founded in 1718. Take a stroll and take in the iconic bright walls and iron balconies of New Orleans. At the heart of the quarter you'll find Jackson Square a gorgeous space where you can while away the hours in the Louisiana sunshine as well as St Louis Cathedral, one of America's finest examples of French architecture.
National World War II Museum
Head over to the CBD & Warehouse District to find the National World War II Museum a fascinating museum devoted to arguably the most pivotal period of the entire 20th Century. There are a number of excellent exhibits documenting a wide range of different themes, including D-Day and the USS Tang.
New Orleans Museum of Art
It's hardly surprising that a city as colourful and beautiful as New Orleans has been a source of inspiration for many artists over the years. Take a trip to the New Orleans Museum of Art where you can see work from a variety of famous artists, from Monet to Jackson Pollock. As well as an excellent permanent collection you will also find well-curated exhibitions. The museum is also home to a beautiful sculpture park spanning five acres and including over 60 sculptures.
New Orleans City Park
New Orleans City Park is packed full of so many attractions it would be quite easy to spend the entire day there. The park houses a botanical garden of over 2000 plants from around the world, an amusement park and even an 18-hole golf course.
It's clear to see that 'The Big Easy' offers fun for all ages and the best way to enjoy the most of your time there is through car rental in New Orleans.