By Dee Reed
Whether you’re joining other Good Sam members at the Mardi Gras Samboree in March or traveling to New Orleans during another time of the year, plan to party hearty when RV camping in New Orleans. And not only can you plan on having lots of fun, but know that you’ll be well cared for at one of the highly rated Good Sam Parks nearby: French Quarter RV Resort, Jude Travel Park of New Orleans and Pontchartrain Landing.
Although the annual Mardi Gras is the most famous festival in New Orleans, it’s not the only party in town. Attend three days of outdoor concerts, music history seminars, and jazz exhibits at the Satchmo SummerFest. In October, get your scare on and join in on the Voodoo Music Experience. See your favorite swamp critters and chow down on Cajun food and dance to zydeco at Swamp Fest in November.
Not only is New Orleans entertaining, it’s also filled with beautiful and historic homes, plantations, buildings and gardens. Walk amidst history on St. Charles Avenue. Take in some fabulous gardens such as the Botanical Gardens, Besthoff Sculpture Garden, and Longue Vue House and Gardens.
“There are certain things in life that I love. One is architecture. And music, culture, food, people. New Orleans has all of that,” said Lenny Kravitz, international rock star and French Quarter resident. One place where you can experience all of Kravit’s loves is in the French Quarter. Find beautiful architecture, art galleries, museums, and restaurants.
You may be surprised that cemeteries in New Orleans are major tourist attractions. Because the city is built on a swamp, the deceased are buried above ground in elaborate stone crypts and mausoleums. To balance out your visit to the unique cemeteries, stop by some of the most beautiful and unique churches in the country. The most famous is the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France, the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the U.S. You’ll have your pick of different types of houses of worship including synagogues, mosques and small Voodoo temples.
There are plenty of “grown-up” activities in New Orleans, but when you go RV camping in New Orleans, there is also plenty of family fun. Spend a day at Audubon Zoo, which is consistently ranked among the country’s best. Learn and have fun at Louisiana Children’s Museum or take in some of the more than 15,000 sea life creatures that live at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. To add a touch of history, tour Fort Pike, one of the best-preserved of a chain of early 19th-century coastal fortifications along the Gulf of Mexico.
You can also eat your way through New Orleans. Put these on your must-taste list: gumbo, po-boys, crawfish etouffe, jambalaya, red beans and rice, muffelettas, and beignets. If you’re there between January 6 and Mardi Gras, buy a king cake and have a local person tell you about its history. Hidden in each king cake is a tiny plastic baby. The person who’s fortunate enough to find the baby must buy the next king cake or host the next party.
Whether or not you find the baby, you’re still a lucky person for having the opportunity to spend some time in New Orleans.
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