Many people don’t think of New Orleans as a port city but you’ll be surprised to learn that several luxury cruise liners depart from the shores. If you extend your vacation by just a few days, you’ll get the chance to explore the wealth of historic attractions, rich culture, and live entertainment throughout this high-spirited city. Here are some must-do activities when you’re heading off on a cruise from the Crescent City.

Tour the New Orleans Cemeteries

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Many of the early French settlers were buried in New Orleans and you can discover the history and legends of the area with a tour of area cemeteries. Many of the settlers preferred to be buried above sea level, so they are entombed in marble chambers above ground. Now, you can walk through these cemeteries and see the resting place of many legendary residents, including the Civil War general P.G.T. Beauregard and the voodoo queen Marie Laveau.

Historic Homes Tour

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New Orleans is home to several plantation homes that tell a story about Creole heritage and history. You can discover the residences and visit historic estates that boast some of the South’s most beautiful gardens and even restaurants that are open to the public. Be sure to take a tour of the Nottoway Plantation and the Longue Vue House and Gardens on your adventure.

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

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If you get the chance to stay overnight, don’t miss the opportunity to watch a live orchestral performance in the city of arts. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is a full-scale symphonic orchestra that performs more than 120 concerts over its 36-week season. It’s a one-of-a-kind event and can be a great opportunity to learn about local culture and music as you explore the attractions around the theater in New Orleans.