7 Responses to “Places to visit in new orleans.?”

  1. pathfinder says:

    Here are just a few in the French Quarter:

    St. Louis Cathedral Church
    Cafe DuMonde
    House of Blues
    Brennan’s Restaurant
    Antoine’s Restaurant
    Louisiana State Museum
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  2. Barry says:

    Thank you for visiting New Orleans.

    NOLA is one of the world’s special places with an ambience unique in North America, and remains so even after Katrina devastated it in 2005.

    Katrina flooded about 80% of New Orleans with salt water, and the water stayed for almost a month. Much of the city is still struggling to recover and all you have to do to see devastation is drive around. It will take years for NOLA to fully recover from Katrina.

    However, the parts of the city that tourists usually visit were not flooded. It’s not a coincidence – the French Quarter and other old parts of the city were built on relatively high ground and only suffered wind damage from Katrina. Almost all of the damage has been repaired and you have to look closely in the FQ and city center to see that Katrina happened at all. You should visit and see for yourself.

    Note that the City of New Orleans is only part of the greater New Orleans area. The GNO area had a population of about 1,400,000 before Katrina and is estimated at about 1,200,000 now (July, 2007). The absent 200,000 are mostly from the City of New Orleans and the parishes of Plaquemines and Saint Bernard, which were the worst-flooded parts of the metro area. Jefferson Parish – just to the west of the City – suffered only minor flooding and has fully recovered.

    You can drink the water, the electricity & phones work, and services like the post office, hospitals, schools, police/fire/EMS, and stores & shopping centers are operating.

    Municipal services like street cleaning & trash collection collapsed after Katrina. Those services were fully restored in late 2006 and it is no longer an issue.

    I recommend staying in the French Quarter (Vieux Carre") if you can. There is a very wide range of selections available, from moderate guest houses to very exclusive "boutique" hotels. Search Yahoo Travel and Travelocity for ideas and also check the hotel websites.

    You don’t need a car to get around in the French Quarter, Central Business District, or Warehouse District. Also, the parking regulations are Byzantine and there are lots of Parking Control Agents. If you drive or rent a car, leave it in a lot or garage unless you are traveling away from downtown.

    The regional transit authority (www.norta.com) sells 1 and 3 day passes that offer unlimited use of buses and streetcars for the day(s) you select. There are also lots of taxicabs.

    Regarding crime, use the same common sense necessary in every major city in the world and there is little chance you will be a victim of anything except a need to visit the gym: Pay attention to your surroundings. Stay away from anywhere dark & deserted. Pay attention to your feelings – if anyone or anywhere gives you a bad feeling, leave the area. Don’t leave something like a camera-bag or backpack unattended on a park bench while you wander off to take photos. Etc.

    New Orleans has mild weather from late October to early May and the city stays green all year most years (rarely freezes and almost never snows). Summers are hot & humid, particularly in July and August – take it easy or stick to indoor activities during the middle of the day at that time of year. The good news for summer visitors is that hotel prices are usually lower.

    Things to do:

    There are many sightseeing opportunities in the greater New Orleans area, including carriage rides/tours, plantation tours, swamp tours, ghost tours, and even Katrina disaster tours. The steamboat Natchez also does a harbor tour. There are numerous tour companies and your hotel can help with the arrangements. Try to avoid scheduling an outdoor tour until you know the weather forecast for the day in question.

    There is always music, but the bands change: Go to http://www.bestofneworleans.com and click on Music then Listings or to http://www.offbeat.com and click on Listings, then Music. Note that music clubs often advertise "No Cover", meaning there is no charge for entering. However, clubs with "No Cover" often require that customers buy a beverage each for every "set " of music (which can be every 20 minutes) so know the price before you sit down. The clubs do that because some people will sit in the club all evening drinking water or nothing. It is also a good idea to pay for each round of drinks as it s delivered so there can’t be any confusion at the end of the evening.

    Wander around the French Quarter, enjoy the architecture, watch the street entertainers (do tip), and visit some of the historic buildings that have been turned into museums (go to http://www.frenchquarter.com and click on Historic Attractions).

    Assuming the weather is good, you can collect a sandwich lunch and eat in the riverfront park (watch the shipping) or in Jackson Square (a very nice park).

    The Riverwalk shopping center has an air-conditioned food court with dining overlooking the river (www.riverwalkmarketplace.com)…

    The lobby for the Wyndham Canal Place is on the 11th floor and overlooks the French Quarter. It is a great place for an afternoon drink/snack:(www.wyndham.com)..

    Cafe du Monde is in the French Quarter and you shouldn’t miss having cafe au lait & beignets (www.cafedumonde.com). Another great coffee shop is the Croissant d’Or (at 615 Ursulines Street), which is open from 7:00am to 2:00pm and has food other than pastry.

    The Palm Court restaurant is very nice, has moderate prices, and traditional live jazz starting at 8:00pm: 1204 Decatur Street, tel 504-525-0200 (reservations are important and they are not open every day). The Palm Court is closed from about July 25th to about September 25th each year.

    All of the famous restaurants (Antoine’s, Arnaud’s, Commander’s Palace, etc.) have reopened. Reservations are a good idea, and probably essential on weekends.

    Cafe Degas is a very French restaurant near City Park at 3127 Esplanade – which is not within walking distance of downtown (5 to 10 minutes by taxi). They are closed on Mondays & Tuesdays (504-945-5635).

    There is a free ferry across the Mississippi at the "foot" of Canal Street. It is a short trip but like a harbor cruise w/o a guide: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/canal_stree

    The Aquarium and Audubon Zoo are world-class attractions (www.auduboninstitute.org) and you should see them if you can. There is a shuttle boat (not free) between the Aquarium (which is next to the French Quarter) and the Zoo (which is several miles away). You can also drive to the Zoo (which has free parking) or take public transit from the French Quarter.

    The Louisiana State Museum (www.lsm.crt.state.la.us). is in the French Quarter. New Orleans is also home to a number of other museums, such as the National World War II Museum (www.ddaymuseum.org) and the New Orleans Museum of Art (www.noma.org). Both can be reached by public transit: The WWII museum is in the central business district but a long walk from the French Quarter. NOMA is not within walking distance of downtown but has free parking.

    New Orleans City Park has an amusement park with rides and attractions for children + free parking

    Check http://www.frenchquarter.com for ideas on other things to do.

    Hope you have a good visit!
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    New Orleans resident

  3. mottthedog says:

    Well, all the answers you’ve been sent are good, and I’m sure not going to write the book Barry did (and I’m not picking on him, he gave you a lot of great info and should be your Best Selection), but here’s a couple of tips:

    Take as many tours as you can: take the night ghost tour that starts at the voodoo shop in the French Quarter; only go into the cemeteries in a tour (well worth it); go see some of the local plantations; and do take the walking tour of the Garden District.

    Commander’s Palace is great, we eat there every time we go to New Orleans…not cheap, but worth every penny! For a good lunch go to Johnny’s for a great Po boy.

    If you’re going to be there while the Saints are playing, take in a game at the Dome.

    If you like history, take in the D-Day Museum.
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  4. glasshottie says:

    eat at jac-o-moes on oak street up town, mandinas on canal cash only, Elisabeth’s in the bywater breakfast/lunch cash only, central grocery for a muffalatta sandwich on Decatur also coops for gumbo and green goddess salad dressing, Angelo bracotto’s for the best gelatto and Italian bakery mid city art market http://www.midcityartmarket.org/, botanical gardens in city park, art museum in C.P. rhino art gallery ! canal place mall 3rd floor. swamp tour, river boat tour, and go see all the homes destroyed by Katrina and take a moment to remember the tragedy please. carry a dummy wallet with 10 or 20$ just in case. oh yeah glass blowing demo in the 700 block of magazine.
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  5. nolajazzyguide says:

    You must be first time visitor, if you have no idea of what to see and do in New Orleans! There is PLENTY to do and see, so don’t worry about running out of things to do. You don’t say when you are coming, but if it’s Dec., there are some good deals to be found on hotels in the French Quarter during that month. Check out frenchquarterhotels.com, and others and ask if they offer Papa Noel rates.
    Here are some musts: Visit Cafe Du Monde, for beignets and cafe au lait (square powdered donuts with chicory coffee and milk), ride the St. Charles streetcar ($1.25 one way, exact fare,no change),take a riverboat cruise on the Natchez or Creole Queen–both offer daytime cruises up and down river lasting about 2 hours, as well as nighttime dinner/jazz cruises; take the FREE Canal Street ferry (go as a pedestrian, not in a car)across the Mississippi to Algiers Point and then take the free shuttle to Mardi Gras World for the tour there and see how the Carnival floats are built–it’s open every day from 9AM -4:30PM, by admission. Be sure and bring your camera! You will see a film on Mardi Gras, get to try on costumes, and also sample some King Cake as well as getting a guided tour of the warehouse to see the floats and the artists who paint and decorate them.
    Take a Katrina tour to see the hard hit areas of the city and what progress has been made since Aug. 2005.
    If it’s not too chilly or rainy, take a walking tour of the French Quarter and the cemeteries, and don’t forget to tip your tourguide if you enjoy the tour. Some advice here: Once you are in New Orleans, for the walking tours, city and plantation tours, call the tour operators yourself and DON’T pay a "tour service"or tour kiosk to make a reservation for you, if it’s not run by the tour company. You don’t save any money through them, as all they do is take a "deposit" and it DOES NOT guarantee you a spot on the tours.
    Take a stroll along Royal Street in the Quarter for some neat shops–I recommend visiting M.S. Rau Antiques at 630 Royal Street. It cost you nothing to drop in and ask to be shown around–there is something for everyone there, and just to see what all they have is most interesting, and they are happy to show you around their shop whether you buy or not.
    There are plenty of interesting museums in New Orleans, many of which are located in the French Quarter and most of them are historic homes, like the 1850 House at Jackson Square, the Beauregard-Keyes house in the 1100 block of Chartres Street, and the Hermann-Grima House on St. Louis Street, and Gallier House on the 1100 block of Royal Street. There is also the historic Wax Museum at 917 Conti Street, which has over 2 dozen life-sized wax figures depicting significant parts of New Orleans and Louisiana history. It’s the only museum in downtown New Orleans that’s open 7 days a week. You might want to check out the Pharmacy Museum also at 514 Chartres Street–learn a little about 19th century medicine and the yellow fever epidemics.
    The World War 2 Museum at 945 Magazine Street is a must for those who like the history of that era.
    Take a Garden District walking tour to see and learn about the antebellum mansions (houses are viewed from the outside only, no inside tours unless you come during the time when Christmas tours of the houses are going on). Go to : http://www.prcno.org for info.
    For off-the-beaten path, go see the Backstreet Cultural Museum in the Treme neighborhood to learn about the unique Mardi Gras Indians.
    If you are coming in the wintertime, unless it’s a warm day, I would NOT recommend a swamp tour, as being on an open boat zipping along at 30-40mph when it’s 50 degrees outside or colder, is NOT fun.
    I DO recommend going to see the plantations, like Laura Plantation, but please do yourself a favor and book a GUIDED TOUR with a tour company in New Orleans that does plantation tours. You will get much more out of it than just attempting to do it on your own by renting a car and driving. Besides, you save on gas money this way! Please note: The plantations are OUTSIDE the city of New Orleans, at least an hour’s drive away. The guided plantation tours are either for a half-day or full-day, with the full -day tours going to 2 plantations, with a lunch stop. Half day tours visit just one plantation. On the way, you might see some sugar cane being harvested, as this is the harvest season for it.
    If you want to see a good plantation-style house in the New Orleans area, then I recommend going to Longue Vue House and Gardens, at 7 Bamboo Road. You can rent a car or take a taxi to this house, as there are no tours that go there. It has wonderful antiques and 8 acres of beautiful gardens. http://www.longuevue.com.
    Nightlife: House of Blues on Decatur Street; Club 360 at the top of the World Trade Center at the foot of Canal St. has a great view of New Orleans at night; Preservation Hall in the Quarter for traditional jazz; Pat O’ Brien’s bar on Saint Peter Street in the Quarter; a ghost tour of the Quarter, with Haunted HIstory Tours.
    A few good places to eat, New Orleans is FULL of excellent restaurants: Acme Oyster House on Iberville Street in the Quarter; The Gumbo Shop, on Saint Peter Street in the Quarter; Court of Two Sisters, on Royal Street, has an excellent jazz brunch every day; Crescent City Brewhouse on Decatur Street in the Quarter has homemade beers and good food. Ask your hotel concierge for more recommendations–you can hardly go wrong with New Orleans food!
    Enjoy! and thank you very much for deciding to come to New Orleans! We will make sure your stay is most pleasant and memorable!
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    I’m a New Orleans tourguide and native.

  6. KitKat says:

    Check out Neworleansonline.com and similar sites. They all list the spots to see. I saw everything I wanted to see in 4 days. Here are some things that were on my itinerary:

    1. Haunted History Tours – The ghost tour, the voodoo tour and the cemetary tour.
    2. Jackson Square
    3. Pirates Alley Cafe – right next to St. Louis cathedral
    4. Street Car ride
    5. French Market
    6. Ferry to Algiers
    7. Shopping!
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  7. richarddavis87 says:

    Cafe Du Monde
    Wax Museum
    Aquarium of The Americas
    City Park
    French Quarter

    N.O is were I live
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