Ahh, New Orleans. No better way to start my 2018 travels than a trip to the Big Easy. The main reason I was out there was to go to Wrestlemania with my boyfriend, his brother and his brother’s girlfriend. But of course we had to check out all the historic spots and Bourbon Street.
After a long day traveling in early April (delayed flights, missed connections, sleeping in Atlanta’s airport overnight, all that fun stuff) we made it to NOLA! We dropped our stuff off at an Airbnb and went out to explore.
Our first stop was Bourbon Street. We grabbed a beer and were off. The first thing we wanted to do was try something none of us had ever had: alligator sausage. I’m not exactly sure where we stopped to get it, but if you walk around New Orleans and see a man joking around with tourists and trying to get them to come into a restaurant, that’s the place. It was in an alleyway-like setting and we were seated outside so it was beautiful. But back to the sausage. If you know me, I never like to try anything, but for some reason that alligator sausage was calling me name. Delicious!! It was weird to think about eating alligator, but once you get past that idea, you’ll enjoy it.
After that we knew of another place we had to check out: Huge Ass Beers. I know what you’re thinking, and yes, the beers ARE huge. Before heading to New Orleans we heard about this place and knew we had to check it out (we’re all pretty big beer drinkers). The beers come in 16oz, 32oz, 45oz and 70oz!! Of course, we had to be extra and got two 70oz beers to split amongst us – which was a bad idea! Those babies get warm way too fast.
We spent a majority of our time there at Bourbon Street getting our drink, dance and laughter on, but we also made sure to venture off a bit and see what else New Orleans had to offer. I’m a big NCIS fan, so I made everyone come with me to St. Ann’s Street to see where some of the show is filmed. We also checked out Frenchman Street, Jackson Square, the mall at Canal Place and of course the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Being in the Superdome was a weird experience for me as I’m used to being outside while in a football stadium! It was an amazing stadium though and I’d love to go back to see a football game. But Wrestlemania was so much fun. I know, I don’t seem like a wrestling fan, but my boyfriend got me into it a few years ago when he started watching it again. We went to Wrestlemania 2017 in Orlando, 2018 in New Orleans and it’s in New Jersey this year so we don’t have to travel too far!
One last recommendation – The Original Cajun Seafood is a must-try. I don’t eat seafood, but I can say that their Cajun chicken wings, fingers and fries were the best I’ve ever had. My boyfriend’s brother and his girlfriend got seafood and they enjoyed it so no matter what your tastebuds are craving, you’ll leave happy!
And that was my trip! I had so much fun and would love to travel back to NOLA again. Here’s a round-up of my recommendations:
- Bourbon Street (duh)
- Huge Ass Beers
- Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Drink (delicious)
- Frenchman Street
- Jackson Square
- Riverwalk Marketplace (you can see the Mississippi River here!)
- Mercedes-Benz Superdome
- Try alligator sausage
- Cajun food is a must
- and don’t forget Cafe du Monde beignets before you leave!
Also, this is just a personal preference – but we stayed at an Airbnb instead of a hotel. It was 8 minutes from Bourbon Street and it was a beautiful 2-bedroom place for a pretty reasonable price. I would recommend not staying on Bourbon Street or too close, the traffic there is something else!
Leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite part of New Orleans if you’ve been there or what you’re looking forward to doing there if you’ve never been!