The Bywater Sculpture Garden

Tucked away in the hip Bywater neighborhood you’ll find a colorful wonderland perfect for photos. The Bywater Sculpture Garden is a constantly evolving outdoor art gallery thanks to the creative residents of Bywater. As you meander down sculpturesque Press Street, you’ll happen upon brightly painted fences, murals, found object sculptures, and an ever-changing garden of eclectic art installations. Let your group roam free snapping silly selfies and finding the most Instagrammable backdrops throughout this interactive sculpture park. It’s art meets adventure when you explore the Sculpture Garden with the whole crew!

Address: 2824 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70117

The Music Box Village

At first glance, the Music Box Village looks like a psychedelic Dr. Seuss village brought to life. But this “village” set along the rustic Industrial Canal is actually an interactive musical playground invented by artist Taylor Lee Shepherd. The sculptural community is made up of architectural art “houses” that double as instruments. As you journey through the music boxes, tap, ring, crank, and pound away to create your own symphony. Kids and kids at heart will especially enjoy this sensory musical adventure. Want to hear a concert in the village? Check their event calendar for special musical performances on select nights.

Address: 4557 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70117

The New Orleans African American Museum

You can’t visit the Big Easy without learning about its diverse cultures that blended together over centuries to create its one-of-a-kind spirit. The New Orleans African American Museum delves deep into the city’s African American history, culture, and achievements through interactive exhibits and special events. Your group can admire African art, see a recreated Freedom Riders bus, learn about the civil rights movement and Mardi Gras Indian culture, and so much more. After visiting this enlightening museum, your crew will have a whole new understanding of the real New Orleans.

Address: 1418 Governor Nicholls St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Phone: (504) 566-1197

Carousel Bar

The next time your friends say let’s go grab drinks, head to the iconic Carousel Bar inside Hotel Monteleone. As the name implies, this circus-themed bar has a working carousel center stage. Have a seat at the 25 rotating barstools and let the good times spin! Sip craft cocktails and munch on shareable bites as you lazily twirl and take in the carnival decor. Even if spinning bars aren’t your thing, it’s still worth stopping by this classic New Orleans gem. Grab a group selfie and then make your way upstairs to the scenic rooftop bar for stunning city views.

Address: 214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone: (504) 523-3341

The Music Box

You haven’t really experienced New Orleans until you’ve tried your hand at karaoke. Skip the cheesy dive bars and head to the delightfully quirky Music Box Village for karaoke nights every Tuesday. Jam out on stage or cheer on your friends as you munch on tasty Filipino-inspired snacks and sip on libations. The Music Box keeps the good vibes going with game nights, storytelling events, comedy shows, and theater performances on other nights. It’s the perfect spot for a fun group hang any night of the week.

Address: Village 4557 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70117

Phone: (504) 265-8855

Hidden House Tremé Speakeasy

Your crew will feel like true urban adventurers when you uncover this hidden speakeasy bar nestled deep in the historic Tremé neighborhood. Search for the inconspicuous green door along Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, give it a knock, and gain access into this secretive cocktail den. Gather in the dimly lit lounge and unwind from the chaos of New Orleans over unique elixirs and shared plates. Finding the unmarked entrance is all part of the allure of this covert hangout. Just follow the sounds of chatter and jazz music wafting from behind the green door.

Address: 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113

Cuvee Coffee Bar

Café au lait and beignets may be the quintessential New Orleans morning treats, but Cuvee Coffee Bar is crafting up next-level coffee concoctions. The modern coffee shop pours a mean latte and has an extensive espresso menu plus wonderfully unique options like the Milky Way latte and London peppermint mocha. Foodies will love their drool-worthy bites like avocado toast, lemon ricotta pancakes, and chicken & waffles. It’s an ideal spot to fuel up before a long day of exploring NOLA. Don’t forget to snap some pics for the ‘gram!

Address: 6708 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Phone: (504) 301-0331

Louis Armstrong Statue

Your group trip isn’t complete without paying your respects to New Orleans’ legendary jazz icon, Louis Armstrong. Head over to Louis Armstrong Park and you’ll be greeted by a towering, glowing statue commemorating Satchmo’s legacy. Have everyone gather around the 12-foot sculpture for a perfect photo opp with the trumpeting legend. Then take a seat along Congo Square to relive jazz’s birthplace and appreciate the musical melting pot Armstrong was born from. Who knows, you might even be inspired to have a little impromptu jam session!

Address: 701 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Plan Your NOLA Group Trip with New Orleans Party Buses

Hopefully these hidden gems sparked some New Orleans wanderlust for your next group getaway! Avoid the stress of navigating the city’s narrow streets and limited parking by calling New Orleans Party Buses for charter bus transportation. Our modern motorcoaches can accommodate groups of any size in air-conditioned comfort. Sit back, relax, and let us handle the driving as you hop between attractions across New Orleans. Reach out to us at 504-264-9422 for a group-friendly quote!