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!
I am going during the Essence music festival. If you are from N.O. or have visited please give me your opinion on the best resturants, ferries boats, bars, club, attractions, etc. Don’t forget a safe place to stay and parking advice thanks!
Metairie is NOT close to the French Quarte – it is a mostly middle class suburb to the west of the city. Metairie was damaged by Katrina but did not suffer the really extensive flooding that devastated New Orleans so it has almost fully recovered.
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 or city center to see that Katrina happened at all.
If you drive or rent a car, put your car in a lot or garage and leave it there unless you are traveling away from downtown. 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".
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 is always music, but the bands change: Go to www.bestofneworleans.com and click on Music then Listings or to www.offbeat.com and click on Listings, then Music.
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. Most of them charge admission but some are free (go to www.frenchquarter.com and click on Historic Attractions).
Assuming the weather is nice, 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 a food court with dining overlooking the river (www.riverwalkmarketplace.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.
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.
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.
New Orleans is 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 and NOMA is not within walking distance of downtown but has free parking if you choose to drive there…
Crime tends to become a topic in questions about New Orleans. Use the same common sense you need 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.
Hope you have a good visit!
How is post-katrina new orleans? Can anyone tell me about the damage there? My husband and I want to come for mardi gras.Is the whole city under the curfew or just badly damaged parts?the media hasn’t really talked about. What tourism attractions are closed/open and which ones are good to see?
New Orleans is healing, some parts quicker than others. By Mardi-Gras, most of the tourist-y type places should be operational. (The zoo is open, the acquarium won’t be for quite a while, the D-day museum is trying to re-open ASAP, the cable cars are operational.)
The curfew was lifted last month, but there is still a very visual National Guard presence. I actually feel safer in NO than I have in years. The streets are less crowded now than they were last year at this time.
The biggest problem most neighborhoods in NO is having is lack of employees. Most grocery stores are closing around 7 or 8 because they just don’t have anyone to work the late shift. Of course, the french quarter and Bourbon Street are mostly open, and don’t close early. (There are a few bars, restaurants, and shops that haven’t re-opened – maybe 1/4 of them total.)
As far as the heavily damaged areas, they weren’t tourist attractions. They were residential areas, ones that the general public doesn’t have full access to yet.
So come to New Orleans! Our financial success is largely dependent on tourism. Oh, and definately make reservations today. A lot of the hotel/motels are housing insurance adjustors and construction crews. Availability is limited.
Regarding the guy who suggested you go to Opelousas: he’s right in that the Opelousas, Chataignier, Ville Platte Mardi Gras celebrations are more true to the original intent of the holiday. They’re more country, less tourist-y, just as much alcohol, fewer breasts. If that’s what you’re looking for, go on over there. Just don’t expect New Orleans style Mardi Gras. And realize that it’s a 2.5 – 3 hour drive from NO.
I want to visit Nola in a month for a anniversery and I want to make sure it’s up and running so it would be worth my time. Also, any attractions/restaurants that I should experience? Thanks
I was there in November and yes, it is up and running! The people is warm and nice, and the food is wonderful. I was there on a convention, so I did not have too much time to tour around, but the French Quarter is beautiful and it was not affected by the hurricane. Have fun and support Nola!
The Saints finally received their XLIV rings in a ceremony at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. The ring was created by Tiffany & Co, which also made their Lombardi Trophy, and was designed by a committee representing players, coaches and ownership.
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Im trying to make quick money and this is the only way I know how. But just how much money a night would I be taking home?
depends on the tips and what’s in town.
if it’s really slow you could end up with zip, if it’s a big party crowd sky is the limit.
but be aware it’s a tough job and not for the faint of heart.
how are your feet? you’ll be on them a lot
The New Orleans Saints are playing the Arizona Cardinals in the Mercedes Super Dome. The New Orleans Saints are trying to go 3 – 0. This article “New Orleans Saints Update Saints vs Cardinals 09 22 2013 Game Preview” takes a look at this match up. There are additional links below to look the match up between the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals.
The New Orleans Saints are off to a much better start than last season. The offense is not having to carry the entire load because the defense is much improved. This week the New Orleans Saints are taking on the Arizona Cardinals in an inter-conference match in the Mercedes Superdome. This is the 27th time these teams have met with Arizona holding a 14 – 12 edge. The New Orleans Saints are coming off a last second win against the Tampa Bay Bucs and the Arizona Cardinals got their first win of the season against the Detroit Lions.
New Orleans Saints Update Saints vs Cardinals 09 22 2013 Game Preview – New Orleans Saints Offense
The 2013 version of the New Orleans Saints looks a little different statistically than some of the past versions. The New Orleans Saints are ranked 9th offensively in the NFL. The New Orleans Saints offense is 19.5 points per game. That is what they used to average almost every half. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know something is not working. The wheels on the running game are the problem. The 2013 New Orleans Saints are averaging a paltry 76.5 yards per game at this point in the young season. Short yardage is an area the the New Orleans Saints are lacking. Mark Ingram has to step up and put his head down and move the pile. The offensive line has to also do a much better job in run blocking. When after two games you are 1 – 7 in the red zone then you have some problems. Drew Brees has been able to save the day because he spreads the ball around and his receivers respond. The problem is if you become too one dimensional teams will find a way to shut you down.
New Orleans Saints Update Saints vs Cardinals 09 22 2013 Game Preview – Arizona Cardinals Defense
The Arizona Cardinals are a defensive that is full of talent, including Cornerback Patrick Peterson, Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and Linebacker Kevin Minter all former LSU standouts. Linebacker Daryl Washington is still suspended and will be missed since he was the team sack leader in 2012. The Arizona Cardinals are ranked 21st against the pass and 2nd against the rush. This means the New Orleans Saints are going to be tempted to continue to do what they have done best so far this season. pass! Still even though Brees and Payton are going to have to account for the opportunistic Arizona Cardinals the Arizona Cardinals are going to have a hard time accounting for all of the New Orleans Saints receivers mainly Tight End Jimmy Graham.
New Orleans Saints Update Saints vs Cardinals 09 22 2013 Game Preview – New Orleans Saints Defense
I’m sure if you would have told most people prior to the beginning of the 2013 season that the New Orleans Saints defense would be ranked 11th and that they would have to save the skin of the New Orleans Saints offense in the first two game you would have gotten a “Are you CRAZY” look. Still that has been the case.
This year under Rob Ryan the New Orleans Saints have given up the 6th fewest points (31) and are ranked 11th in yards (610) this season. The New Orleans Saints have also produced 4 sacks and 4 turnovers a huge improvement over last year.
The New Orleans Saints defense has overcome turnovers at key times by the New Orleans Saints offense. The New Orleans Saints defense is playing with much more passion and is getting turnovers and sacks without having to rely on the blitz. Still the New Orleans Saints defense could have their hands full with the pass and catch duo of Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald if Fitzgerald is able to play at 100% in Sunday’s contest.
Cameron Jordan has stepped his game up and has become a dominant force on the D line.
New Orleans Saints Update Saints vs Cardinals 09 22 2013 Game Preview – Arizona Cardinals Offense
With the addition of Carson Palmer to pair with Larry Fitzgerald the Arizona Cardinals hoped to improve their offense. The Arizona Cardinals are currently ranked a respectable 13th on offense. Larry Fitzgerald leads the NFL in TDs since 2006. Add the sometimes wrinkle of using Patrick Peterson on offense and you have an offense that can be a hand full for any defense.
Rashard Mendenhall may start but is listed as questionable with a toe injury. It is likely that the New Orleans Saints will see a big dose of Andre Ellington.
New Orleans Saints Update Saints vs Cardinals 09 22 2013 Game Preview – Special Teams
The New Orleans Saints have excellent special teams groups. Garret Hartley won the game for the New Orleans Saints and has been solid all year. Thomas Morstead has been dominant all year long and has helped save the offense when it has performed poorly and allow the defense to start with an advantage when they have to come on the field.
New Orleans Saints Update Saints vs Cardinals 09 22 2013 Game Preview – Injury Report
New Orleans Saints
Jahri Evans G Questionable, Roman Harper S Out, Curtis Lofton LB Probable, Glenn Foster DE Questionable, Isa Abdul-Quddus S Out, Junior Galette LB Probable, Zach Strief T Probable, Brodrick Bunkley DT Questionable, Marques Colston WR Probable, Mark Ingram RB Questionable, Martez Wilson LB Probable, Tom Johnson DE Questionable, Akiem Hicks DE Probable, Jabari Greer CB Probable, Tyrunn Walker DT Questionable
Lorenzo Alexander LB Probable, Larry Fitzgerald WR Questionable, Ronald Talley DE Probable, Rob Housler TE Probable, Rashard Mendenhall RB Questionable, Kevin Minter LB Out
New Orleans Saints Update Saints vs Cardinals 09 22 2013 Game Preview – Outlook
The New Orleans Saints defense is heading in the right direction for a good if not great season. While the Arizona Cardinals offense has looked good at times it is not great. With Larry Fitzgerald not at 100% that lowers their chances.
The New Orleans Saints offense needs to get back to being able to score points in the red zone and today should be the day. The New Orleans Saints should move to 3 – 0 with a New Orleans Saints 31 Arizona Cardinals 21 win
We’re on a budget of $1200 all together.
Ages: 19,18,17,15. All girls.
A hotel for a week
Lots of tourist attractions
Lots and Lots of food!!!!!
We don’t want to leave anyone out.
We need a hotel that allows 18 year olds to check in alone.
Any and all ideas are appreciated.
The Royal Street Courtyard hotel is a boutique hotel with hot-tub and beautiful gardens, authentic french quarter style rooms and really friendly. It’s run by a guy called Phil who is fantastic. I live in London but have been there three times in the last four years. There is a big suite at the top that would sleep you all for much less than $1200.
New Orleans is one of my favourite cities. I can recommend hanging out on Frenchman’s Street – it’s where the best real bars and clubs are – forget Bourbon street.
There’s also an African restaurant on Royal Street, near the hotel just into the French quarter that does the best food I’ve ever tasted.
Have fun. I wish I was back there now!