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Ten Things To Do: Mid City New Orleans

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by Dean Knows
November 5, 2018
Category:   New Orleans Life

Top Ten Things To Do In Mid-City New Orleans

People give dozens of reasons to buy houses or invest in New Orleans Property, like the nightlife scene and rich history of the area.

Stunning streets lined with majestic trees adorn Jefferson Davis Parkway and other popular areas of this neighborhood beckoning visitors and locals to come in and have some fun. Below we discover ten of the best stops in mid-city.


New Orleans Museum of Art

From zen masters to private photo collections, NOMA, as the museum is playfully called, houses an eclectic mix of art. Docents provide tours that are about an hour long. The viewings are for permanent and traveling collections letting you see unique works when they are in the Big Easy.

One must when visiting this venue is the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden where you can view more than 60 sculptures among the magnolia and oak trees. Tickets are $12 for adults, and teenagers get free admission through the rest of the year thanks to the Helis Foundation with a teen pass. Children under six are free, and six to twelve get in for just $6. NOMA is open every day except Mondays.


Mid-City Lanes

The Rock ‘n Bowl at this venue is one of the most entertaining events because every night features a different style of music. Live events include music styles like blues and zydeco.

Cajun dancing is popular at the bowling alley, and the restaurant serves dinner as long as you call ahead. Parking is not free, so be sure to take some cash for the valet or parking attendant. Ages 18 and up are welcome to come and have some fun.


St. Louis Cathedral


  • Sits atop Jackson Square

  • One of the most iconic buildings in the city

  • Oldest cathedral still in use in the United States

  • Gift shop

  • Convent Museum

  • Volunteer opportunities


Parkway Bakery and Tavern

Whether you own New Orleans real estate or plan to buy a house in NOLA, trying the famous Po’ Boy sandwich is necessary for you to try.

This Reader’s Choice Best Venue for Sandwiches in 2016 features live music and a deli-style setting. You will get a healthy dose of history in Parkway because pictures from the past 100 years adorn the walls of the eatery.


Ride down Canal Street on the streetcar

For a unique view of the city, a trip on the streetcar is a necessity. You can view mid-city by riding down Canal Street.

The St. Charles streetcar can provide a more historical view of the city and establishments that date to the founding days. A third streetcar line will take you along the river where you can enjoy watching the sun set behind the skyline.



After a tour of mid-city, first time home buyers in New Orleans might enjoy a trip to Katie’s for a bite to eat. This restaurant survived hurricane Katrina and locals are happy to frequent the stop for a chat with Mary.

She lovingly has the nickname of the “Hostess with the mostest.” Scot and David, her sons and Katie’s co-owners, will cook up garlic feta fries and the steak special while you feel the family love.


City Park

Whether you want to invest in property or sell a home in the neighborhood, you know that gathering with friends and spending time in the outdoors go hand-in-hand in this area. City Park is one of the top places to visit in mid-city because it is the oldest and largest park in the city.

Since 1854, City Park has been offering guests more than 1,300 acres to explore. From trails to theme gardens and live events, there is always something new to experience at this fantastic wonder. Play mini-golf, ride the park train, view the fairy tale sculptures, disc golf, or rent a boat.




  • Four-hour Pontchartrain paddle tour

  • Lake tour and lighthouse visit

  • Two-hour bayou tour

  • Custom events including group paddling tours

  • Family-owned

  • Tours on St. John Bayou and the West End Marina and Lighthouse areas

  • Fishing and nature watching

Mardi Gras World

Do you ever wonder how people build the floats you see in the Mardi Gras Parade? Perhaps you want to get an early start on finding the right costume for this year’s festivities.

Whatever the reason, you are sure to enjoy a trip to Mardi Gras World. Immerse yourself in the culture of the parade and learn about the community and how the area revolves around the festival.


Longue Vue House and Gardens

If you plan to buy a home in this city, then you will want a place where you can get away from it all and relax. This venue is a historic destination featuring eight distinct gardens. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for teens, $10 for seniors, and $5 for children ages three to ten.


Whether you are an investor or a potential NOLA homeowner, there are tons of venues in and near the mid-city neighborhood to love.

The rich history and culture draw you into the lifestyle. From excitement to learning and relaxation, this city is vibrant and diverse. How many of these destinations do you plan to explore?

Contact your local Realtor for more information about New Orleans real estate or investment opportunity’s. 

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