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How long does it take to get from the airport to the French Quarter. I’ve been there several times and it seems like it can take a long time depending on time of day. How long at around 6:00 pm on a Tuesday evening?
Many people travel to and from New Orleans and Baton Rouge. So around 6:00 P.M., the traffic can get very heavy on the I-10 especially because of all the construction. I would say the most it would take you is an hour, but definitely no more.
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I’ll be going down there in March and im looking for things to do while my rents are out doing whatever.
Any Clubs, attractions, anything for the under 18 crowd
Things a teenager can do in New Orleans:
Mardi Gras and the Jazz Festival are world famous events, but New Orleans hosts many festivals and celebrations throughout the year: www.nola.com/festivals
The Saint Charles Streetcar is the oldest continuously operating street railway in the world and is a "tourist attraction" in its own right. It is part of the public transit system, as are the Canal Street and Riverfront streetcar lines: www.norta.com
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 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 Canal Place shopping center is in the French Quarter and has a cinema and higher-end shopping (Saks 5th Avenue, Brooks Brothers, etc.). Magazine Street is a miles-long shopping district: www.magazinestreet.com
The lobby for the Westin Canal Place Hotel is on the 11th floor and overlooks the French Quarter. It is a great place for an afternoon drink/snack:(www.westin.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 in addition to pastry.
The Palm Court restaurant is very nice, has moderate prices, and offers 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.
Maximo’s Italian Grill has great food and atmosphere: 1117 Decatur Street in the French Quarter, (504) 586-8883.
All of the famous restaurants (Antoine’s, Arnaud’s, Brennan’s, Commander’s Palace, etc.) have reopened. The Pelican Club (on Exchange Alley in the FQ) is not as well known but is the same type experience. Reservations are a good idea, and probably essential on weekends. Tujaques Restaurant (823 Decatur Street) is very traditional and has moderate prices: www.tujaguesrestaurant.com
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).
The Napoleon House restaurant is at 500 Chartres Street in the FQ, and has a menu of great local dishes: www.napoleonhouse.com
Preservation Hall has traditional live Jazz, and doesn’t serve alcohol so all ages are welcome: www.preservationhall.com
New Orleans has ballet, opera, a symphony orchestra, and theatre:
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_street_ferry
The Aquarium, Audubon Zoo, and the new Insectarium are world-class attractions (www.auduboninstitute.org) and you should see them if you can. The Zoo is several miles from downtown. You can drive to the Zoo (which has free parking) or take public transit from the French Quarter.
The Louisiana State Museum is in the French Quarter: http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/ 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. Go to www.neworleansmuseums.com for info on more museums.
New Orleans City Park has a variety of attractions + free parking. (www.neworleanscitypark.com).
Check www.frenchquarter.com and http://www.nola.com/visitor/ for ideas about other things to do.
Hope you have a great time!
My mom is trying to talk me out of it saying that the crime is so bad. I so desire to live someplace where you can walk to get from place to place as opposed to tedious driving. I live in Baton Rouge now and the traffic here is awful. I would really love to experience the French Quarter life.
Can anyone suggest realtors or condominums?
Is the crime that bad?
Does anyone current live in the French Quarter or even nearby neighborhoods (Garden District, etc)? How is it?
I’ve gone to French Quarter and New Orleans a lot since my family shops there a lot. I’m familiar with the area however I’ve never gone alone.
The French Quarter is a safe place to live and one of the most charming sections of any city in America. It has definitely gone up scale and is no longer anything like the French Quarter seen in old movies like A Streetcar named Desire. Real Estate prices are very high. Many famous people live there from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to Delta Burke and until recently Ann Rice. Buying property in the Quarter may be more difficult but not impossible. The warehouse district adjacent to that section has a lot of upscale condos. I used to live in a condo/apt complex there called The Cotton Mill. (see the link below) It was great. Hope you decide to make the move. You will love New Orleans.
Do the strippers take off their bottoms during a lap dance on bourbon street in New Orleans? Not VIP?
Barely Legal mostly.
strip clubs are pretty tame compared to most places.
they often will go down to a tiny g string.
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I need to find the cheapest deal ever, where can I find it, leaving in the morning of the 6th, departing in the morning of the 8th, where can i find a cheap deal?
That is the first weekend of Mardi Gras parades, so "cheapest deal ever" probably isn’t realistic.
Check travel sites like Expedia & Orbitz and also check: www.frenchquarterhotels.com
You may also want to talk to a real travel agency wherever you live.