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Activities besides eating and drinking?

I can't believe I'm asking this question since we consider ourselves foodies (and usually do lots of restaurant research prior to every trip).

But....... what I search on this forum of people asking " what to do" and "what not to miss" the responses are usually related to food, drinking, music or general "night time revelry".

We're all for that but we do plan on being awake, sober and out and about during the day during our 4 day stay in May and would love to explore and learn about the area in other ways.

Any suggestions? We are 2 adults.

An Airboat swamp tour looks fun....is any company better than another?

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1. Re: Activities besides eating and drinking?

Same things you do in other cities...

walk and marvel at the architecture


visit museums, galleries and other cultural attractions

explore the riverfront

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I am planning my 1st trip to NO next April. Even though it's still 11 long months away, I've already done a lot of research, as I am veeery excited :-), and have a very long list of things to do. In fact, I might have to add a day or 2 to my trip as I don't think I'll have enough time to do everything I want to do (and even then, there's still not enough time).

Here is my list of to do's so far:

French Quarter, Garden District, Jackson Square, the plantation tour, swamp tour, cemetary tour, French market, the Katrina tour, taking the ferry to Algiers to see Mardi Gras World and the voodoo museum, the zoo, the aquarium, the sight seeing, the just relaxing and watching the world go by (with either a Hurrican, Handgrenade, Salzec (?), or marguarita in my hand), the music, the museums, etc.... And there's always some sort of festival going on from what I've learnt. Depending on your exact dates, probably something special going on.

Google New Orleans, and you'll have all kinds of websites to check out and get ideas from.

I hope you have a great time, and a trip report when u get back would be much appreciated. Since my trip is so far away in the futur, reading other people's trip reports just keeps me going!! And they are always a wealth of information.

Laisser les bon temps roulez!

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3. Re: Activities besides eating and drinking?

There's lots to see and do in New Orleans beyond eating and drinking, although since New Orleans is one of the food capitals of the country, it's nice to indulge too. Exploring the French Quarter takes a day in itself - there are historic buildings, museums, galleries, antique shops all within the confines of the Quarter, including Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo and more!

The Audubon Aquarium and IMAX is also wonderful, and if you're interested in seeing more of the river, there is a free Canal St ferry over to the westbank, where you can explore historic Algiers Point and see Mardi Gras World. I also recommend taking a streetcar up St. Charles Ave and seeing the grand mansions of the Garden District/Uptown. Audubon Park and Zoo are located Uptown as well and make excellent spots for a relaxing picnic.

If you're interested in shopping, Magazine St (Garden District and Uptown) has lots of unique shops. There is also Royal St in the French Quarter and the French Market (great for souvenirs!)

Of course, there are many tours you can take of the area and environs. I like the Honey Island Swamp Tour for a regular swamp tour, and the airboat tours are great too. I've done the Louisiana Swamp Tours airboat tour, and it was lots of fun. There are also plantation tours you can take, as well as cemetery, ghost and city tours.

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4. Re: Activities besides eating and drinking?

All of the suggestions have been excellent. If you are coming the last weekend of the month, the St. Charles Avenue Street Car is supposed to be fully functional by the end of the month and there is an Arts Market in Palmer Park (at the end of the street car line and very safe during the DAY) City Park is nice, as is NOMA. Royal Street or Magazine Street for antiques, even if you cannot afford to buy it is fun to look. You also might want to check out the Historic New Orleans Collection.

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Just visited NO 2 weeks ago. St Charles trolley is fully operational. Need cheap and intersting things to do...WWII museum about $15 for half day of history...great. Take St Charles trolley to Garden Distrist...to Washington street...walk thru distrist to view houses and above ground cemetery. Art Museum and grounds intersting. Ride trolley lines (2 lines...Canal and St charles) buy $5 all day ticket. Take bus down Magazine Street toward zoo. Many boutiques and shops...same $5 ticket lets you ride buses too!!! We like to eat at Gumbo Shop in FQ. Starbucks Coffee inside of Harrahs Casino. Paddle boat on Miss is interesting ride. NO is really intersting place once you can get thru all the tourist crap. People are friendly and appreciate visitors.

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Post script:

We did the Louisiana Swamp Tours airboat tour and it was first rate! I highly recommend it.

We stayed and window shopped on Royal St, took the trolley car to the Garden District and walked the river and guess what....we even relaxed by the rooftop pool at the hotel and read books.

Truly fun and relaxing extended weekend.

What fun!

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7. Re: Activities besides eating and drinking?

I like to drink and eat as much as the next guy(or more), but when in N.O. always find time to go to the Aquarium of the Americas, frequently the Zoo, take a trolly ride and go to the Kids Museum if my daughter is with me. Also the D-Day Museum is fantastic, if I have time. I hunt & fish in swamps all the time so the swamp tour is not for me, but I do like to hike the trail in the Lafitte Preserve across the river.

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8. Re: Activities besides eating and drinking?

Greg, I also enjoy the children's museum. The only thing wrong with it is that there are usually too many kids there <smile>.

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9. Re: Activities besides eating and drinking?

Other activities? Well try a good cemetary tour. Shopping. The aquarium. Harrahs. Exploring the Quarter. Streetcare trip to city park. The Garden District. There is so much to do it's hard to name them all.

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