Best Photo Opportunities in New Orleans

Published June 3rd, 2020 by Book NOLA

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Who doesn't love a good photo op? In the age of Instagram, Snapchat, and various other social media platforms, it is hardly acceptable to go anywhere new without snapping a pic for friends, family, and followers! In anticipation of this, we've gathered a list of some of the best places in New Orleans for the perfect pic!

Algiers Point: This quiet suburb on the Mississippi’s West Bank is the perfect place for a photo op. Taking the ferry there allows for even better Instagram opportunities as you are likely to pass the French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny, and the Bywater on the ferry ride over. Algiers point is a nice mixture of cozy pubs, local art galleries, and quaint, historic creole cottages. If this isn’t enough to tempt you, Algiers Point is rich with history and said to have one of the best views of the New Orleans skyline.

Lafayette Cemetery: Located in the Garden District, the Lafayette Cemetery is one of the oldest in New Orleans. This cemetery, named after the city of Lafayette, is home to nearly 500 wall vaults, and over 7000 dead. The cemetery is easily accessible from the St. Charles Streetcar, and admission is free. Additionally, this cemetery has been the filming location of popular television shows like the CW’s The Originals, and NCIS: New Orleans. It is also a popular draw for celebrities, with the likes of Mark Ruffalo, Ryan Reynolds, and Samuel L. Jackson being spotted inside! If you are looking for a photo opportunity off the beaten path, what better site than the intricately designed tombs, lush Magnolia trees, and vibrant flowers found at this graveyard.

Magazine and Josephine: Magazine Street is kind of a standard must-see when visiting New Orleans. Located in the Lower Garden District, Magazine Street and Josephine is the perfect place for a casual walk, a bite to eat, and a few good photos. These streets are filled with an abundance of cute little shops and eateries, and have recently acquired a larger than life mural titled “Greetings from NOLA”. As you walk along these streets, you’ll find that the neighborhood character will change with a frequency, going from a rustic urban setting to a reserved residential retreat, or from an upscale shopping district to rowdy bars and pubs. These little quirks are all part of what makes New Orleans a one-of-a-kind city, and worthy of exploration!

The Fly: The Butterfly Riverview Park, better known as The Fly, by locals and resident college students, has to be one of THE best places to catch an amazing sunset. The Fly sits just along the Mississippi River. Here you’ll find friends and couples stretched out on blankets enjoying the sounds of the River waves and industrial boats passing by, or a small group of college students playing a game of frisbee with a beer in hand. Whether you’re there with your dog for a stroll, or for some family quality time, you’re bound to snap a great pic whether morning, noon or night.

Jackson Square: Jackson Square is a historic park in New Orleans, and one of the city’s most recognizable Landmarks. Upon first glance, it seems as though you are looking at a Disney castle, but in actuality, the Saint Louis Cathedral is the backdrop image commonly associated with this location. This park was the site of a monumental historic event, in which Louisiana was made United States territory via the Louisiana Purchase. Located steps away from the Mississippi River, General Andrew Jackson - for whom the park was named- has a statue located in the middle of the park, and is a popular place for tourists seeking a good selfie.

Tree of Life in Audubon: Originally, and officially, named Étienne de Boray Oak after the first mayor of New Orleans, the tree has been renamed the Tree of Life by locals and is one of the most sought after spots for tree climbing. This tree sits in the heart of the city and is a popular destination for wedding photos or just a great nature photo. Additionally, because Audubon Park is located so close to the Audubon Zoo, the tree has also been known to be a good place for giraffe watching.

St. Charles Streetcar Line: Ah the streetcar! This is definitely a staple of New Orleans and simply one of the typical New Orleans things that have to be done at least once. The St. Charles Streetcar is almost the embodiment of the New Orleans mentality...which is slow and steady wins the race. You won’t get where you’re going extremely fast on the streetcar line, but you will get there, and along the way, you’ll pass some of the stunning and historic uptown homes, the beautiful Audubon Park, the picturesque campuses of Tulane and Loyola University, and some local uptown favorites on South Carrollton Avenue. Any of these locations are great for a photo op, and if you’re looking to stop at more than one location, the streetcar offers day passes.

Bywater: The Bywater neighborhood is one of New Orleans coolest hoods, and is steadily growing in popularity. What makes the Bywater so cool? It definitely has something to do with the colorful street murals and houses, and the overall bohemian vibes the neighborhood gives off. In addition to a great pic, this is an awesome place to find lots of shops selling handmade goods, riotous dive bars, and a perfect mixture of arts, industry, and residential life!

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