Any residents or past visitors from New Orleans? Need advice!?
I'm planning a trip to New Orleans this year. Other than Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, what are some good places to see and fun things to do in the city or surrounding areas? I plan to go late October if that helps any.
- Kent LLv 65 years agoFavorite Answer
*Go out to the Garden District and see some grand homes in that area.
*Check out some live music at one of the music clubs on Frenchmen Street.
*Try some New Orleans foods like red beans & rice, jambalaya, etoufee, bread pudding, gumbo, seafood boil, po' boy sandwich, pecan brittle, pralines, beignets, and muffalettas.
*Check out the Zoo, Aquarium, World War II Musuem, or the Art Musueum - all wonderful attractions.
*Sign up for a swamp tour or plantation tour. You can rent a car and drive out to these places, or tour companies can pick you up and return you to your hotel for these tours.
*Go check out Magazine Street for restaurants, shops, boutiques, and day spas.
*Ride the streetcars for a historical and efficient way of getting around New Orleans.
*Take a free one-hour walking tour with the National Park Service that starts every morning at 9:30 a.m. from the Lafitte Visitors Center; a park ranger will lead the tour that gives you a historic introduction to New Orleans - you would want to arrive at the Visitors Center by 9:00 a.m. to get one of the 35 tickets they distribute.
*Go have some ice cream or Italian Pastry at Angelo Brocato, or go to Creole Creamery for some wonderful flavors of ice cream available in 4- and 6-mini-scoop samplers.
*Book a bowling lane at Mid City Lanes where they also have live swing and zydeco bands playing next to a dance floor on Wednesday and Thursday nights, respectively; the owners also own the adjacent Olde College Inn so the food is pretty good at the bowling alley and even better at the Olde College Inn.
*Go to you local public library and check out a New Orleans travel guidebook and read up about other activities you'd be interested in. Many of these also have chapters on walking tours of different neighborhoods.
*There are also online resources on New Orleans - everything from the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau to National Geographic Traveler and The Travel Channel that would help you.
*When it's about 2-3 weeks before your trip, check out the WWOZ website for a live music calendar.
*If you encounter some live music you can't live without, it's likely that Louisiana Music Factory will have it.
*Take some time to talk to some of the people who live and work there and learn about the massive rebuilding effort that's taken years and is still ongoing.