Liferay Symposium North America 2018 is almost here and is taking place in a city renowned for its music, cuisine and nightlife - New Orleans.
With so many things to do, there will be plenty to see and eat when you’re not attending sessions at LSNA. The following are just a few of the many must-try experiences in New Orleans that will make Symposium a great trip for people of all interests.
The French Quarter is the oldest section of the city, having been founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, and contains numerous landmarks. This must-see historical area of New Orleans can be experienced in a number of ways, depending on your preference, including through a guided walking tour, a food tour of the many restaurants in the area, a cocktail tour or just by simply spending time in the area. With so much to see and do in the French Quarter, you could easily devote an entire day to this experience alone.
2. Jazz Clubs
The city of New Orleans is known around the world for its music scene, with jazz in particular finding its roots in the area. Visitors should absolutely take time to experience the music scene live while in the city, with countless jazz clubs playing host to bands every night. Find the style of jazz that you like before coming to the city and spend some time in one of the many historic jazz clubs for a fun, music-filled night.
Streetcars have been an important aspect of the city’s public transportation system since the early 1800s and continue to crisscross New Orleans today. Most likely, you’ll come across one as you explore the city, so take the opportunity to hop on board and travel in a style that is closely linked to the history of New Orleans.
4. Swamp Tours
The city of New Orleans is surrounded by exotic wetlands filled with alligators, wild boars, all manner of birds and much more, and the perfect way to experience them is onboard one of the many swamp tour boats that explore the area multiple times a day. From there, you’ll have a chance to see the wildest swamps in the country and take photos to preserve the memory for years to come, all while guided by an experienced host.
While it can be experienced as part of a larger tour of the French Quarter, Cafe du Monde may be one of the most famous cafes in the entire country and deserves its own place on this list. With this legendary restaurant established in 1862, Cafe du Monde has long been an integral part of New Orleans history. Make sure to try their cafe au lait and beignets, the two items that they are most known for making.
Having opened in 2000 on the 56th anniversary of D-Day, The National WWII Museum is not just home to a massive collection of artifacts from and films about World War II, but is a one-of-kind experience thanks to the ability to listen to numerous oral accounts from both soldiers and civilians that detail life during the war. Outside of the WWII Museum, New Orleans is also home to NOMA, The Pharmacy Museum, The Audubon Zoo and Aquarium of the Americas, Mardi Gras World and many more locations where visitors can dive deep into the history of the area and world at large.
If you’re looking for a fun and all-inclusive night that is distinctly southern, take an evening cruise down the Mississippi River on an iconic steamboat. From the river, you’ll be able to take in the sunset over New Orleans for a one-of-a-kind view of the city, all while enjoying food, drinks, and classic Dixieland jazz. It’s the perfect way to experience one of the many elements that makes the city unlike any other in the United States.