Thanks to everyone here we had a great trip!
Sunday, July 17: Started off with a swamp tour at Cajun Encounters. Captain Mike was knowledgeable and funny. Saw about 10 gators, lots of birds, 2 raccoons, great scenery and learned a little too. Headed to the FQ. Room at the Dauphine wasn't ready (we were early) but left the car and headed out on foot. Watched the US lose the Women's World Cup at Corner's Oyster Bar on Decatur. Great service and nice atmosphere. Checked into hotel. Went to Daisy Duke's for dinner (I had a coupon). Nice little place with good food and great service. Walked around Bourbon-had a Hand Grenade, took pictures, soaked up the atmosphere-we all loved it!
Monday, July 18. Woke up to rain. Had planned to be outside but instead took the streetcar to the WWII Museum. Took us a while to find the streetcar stop and had un-budgeted umbrella expenses during our search-very wet!! Could have walked to the museum but will know that for next time. This museum is awesome. My youngest (14) was a bit bored but didn't complain. I learned a lot and the exhibits and photos were incredible. Left there about 2 and walked back to the FQ. Found Turtle Bay (which we had been looking for Sunday for the game) and had a great late lunch. Visited the French Market, walked along the river, hit some shops, walked through Jackson Square. Back to the hotel for a rest. Not hungry for dinner so just went to Cafe Du Monde for beignets and coffee and then walked around again at night. Had a Hurricane. Monday night was the quietest night of our 3 there.
Tuesday, July 19. 3 of us got up early and went to St. Louis Cathedral for early mass-very glad we did. Back to the hotel for breakfast and then caught the streetcar to the Audubon Zoo. Riding through the Garden District was incredible-wow!! Walked through Audubon Park to get to the zoo-what a beautiful park. Today was HOT but the zoo had adequate shade, nice breezes, and is really one of the best zoos I have ever been to. So glad we went. Back to hotel to swim and relax. For dinner we first went to Deanie's but the girls were disappointed-no jambalaya or gumbo on the menu which is what they wanted to try on our last night so we apologized and left and went to the Acme Oyster House. Got there early-5ish-no wait, good service and good food. Huge line outside by the time we left. Spent the rest of the night walking around and shopping, and I got a Huge A** Beer.
My girls are 14 and 16 and they LOVED New Orleans. Musical Legends Park is a great place to go listen to music with kids or just standing outside bars works too. I had told them prior to our trip that they wouldn't be going off on their own at all but relented by the last night and let them walk to Cafe DuMonde which they did without incident.
Hate to say it but I didn't care for the Hurricane. Hand Grenade was a little better. I did like the Abita beer and am going to see if I can find it around here! Never got my Pimm's Cup-next time! Cafe au Lait was probably my favorite drink.
Bourbon Street was a blast. Loved all the street performers. Great vibe and really not as seedy as I had expected.
Dauphine Hotel was incredible. Great service, great location. Room was bigger than I expected and the balcony was wonderful. Pool was nice and free breakfast was one of the best I've had.
NOLA in July wasn't bad-rain the first 2 days kept the temps down and although it was hot the last day it was still bearable. Small crowds, cheaper hotel prices, all in all not a bad trade off.
Did not get to so many of the bars, restaurants and "attractions" on my list. We found once we got there that we were really happy to just wander aimlessly and take it all in. So, a return trip will have to be in the cards someday!