I realize this is a dilemma that probably has limited solutions as New Orleans is a city best experienced on foot, but thought perhaps some of you might have some ideas.
We have old friends who we visited Nola with in 1975 who will be part of our Slidell reunion next month. They've decided to also join us for the first 3 days of our extended 6 day city stay, following the reunion.
The husband has lived with Parkinson's for the past 5 years, has limited arm and leg mobility so travels primarily in a wheelchair, powered by his petite wife.
They've always been hardy world travelers and have continued to do as much as possible since his illness, but in curtailed form.
The TA research I've done verified my memory that New Orleans is best done on foot with sidewalks that aren't terribly wheelchair compatible. I also wonder about tours, restaurants, music venues, etc in an older city with historic buildings that weren't originally constructed as ADA compliant?
I assume that most travel for them will have to be via taxi. I've read that United seems to be a recommended company. What sort of general wait times can be expected week days, weekends, days and nighttime? Do any of the streetcars have wheelchair lifts?
Our friends, like us, enjoy funky food and music spots (of which I've accumulated a long list) and are easy going, flexible and positive. They make the most of every situation so will have a great time regardless, but I thought that perhaps some of you might have particular suggestions of locations that will be better suited to wheelchair access, seating, bathrooms and so forth.
What do you think about Snug Harbor, Rock n' Bowl, Spotted Cat?
We want to do the Honey Island swamp tour while in Slidell so I'll call to see if our friends can participate and maybe we can chain the wheel chair to a lamppost and do a city tour in a carriage?
Where there's a will, there's a way.