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New Orleans Bucket Checklist

A New Orleans checklist of things to experience while you live in New Orleans.

  • Buy a muffuletta from Central Grocery and eat it on a bench in Jackson Square
  • Attend a Super Bowl in New Orleans
  • Check out a rehearsal of the Shades of Praise gospel choir at Loyola University on a Thursday night
  • Go sailing on Lake Pontchartrain
  • Eat dinner at the Hare Krishna Temple
  • Host a crawfish boil
  • Go to Jazz Fest on a Local Thursday
  • Go to a New Orleans Pelicans game
  • Go to a New Orleans Saints game
  • Flyboard over Lake Pontchartrain
  • Enter the Stella!/Stanley! shouting contest
  • Have a Friday lunch at Galatoire’s
  • Kayak on Bayou St. John
  • Get a horrible tan at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
  • Walk the trail at Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve
  • Make your karaoke debut at Kajun’s Pub
  • Take in one of the jazz Masses at a Catholic church
  • Pay a crime camera ticket for rolling a stop sign
  • Stay for the whole Rebirth Brass Band show at the Maple Leaf Bar on a Tuesday night
  • Run in the Crescent City Classic
  • March in a Sunday second line parade
  • Ride a streetcar from the end of the Uptown line to Canal Street, transfer onto a Canal Street streetcar and ride to the end of that line
  • Dine on a muffuletta and Pimm’s Cup in the courtyard of Napoleon House
  • Ride in a Mardi Gras parade or march in one
  • Ride the ferry to Algiers
  • Surf Lake Pontchartrain (it has been done)
  • Shoot a Super 8mm film for the Timecode:NOLA indie film fest
  • Spend a night on Bourbon Street
  • Wake up super-early and go to the Vietnamese farmers market in New Orleans East
  • Get an autograph from Drew Brees
  • Sneak into the old Six Flags New Orleans site to take pictures
  • Stay up all night at Snake ’N’ Jakes Christmas Club Lounge
  • Tour New Orleans in a plane/helicopter
  • Watch the sun rise from the Mississippi River’s down-town levee
  • Wear a ridiculously revealing costume to the MOMs ball

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