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What To Do In New Orleans/Baton Rouge

Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:02 pm

Hello all,

Decided why not cheer for my team and make a trip out of it. I will be in New Orleans 9/23 and 9/24 and in Baton Rouge 9/25. So what is there to do? I know there is the nightlife, which I'm all for, but I went to see what LA is all about. The food, the culture, the lifestyle, etc...especially the food.

I'm also up for a little a.net meet-up if anyone lives in the area too.

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RE: What To Do In New Orleans/Baton Rouge

Mon Sep 13, 2010 3:19 pm

I actually found the French Quarter to have a little bit of everything - the vast majority of the partying is on Bourbon Street but if you are not looking for that - there is Jackson Square, Royal Street, etc. When I went I practically just partied but on my next trip there I plan on exploring more of the culture.

Some of the posters from New Orleans may be able to give more insight though  
 
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RE: What To Do In New Orleans/Baton Rouge

Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:20 pm

Whatever you do, DO NOT stay at the Holiday Inn - French Quarter. I was booked there by Hotwire in the summer of 2009... I was on a cross-country road trip. Of the 30 or so hotels and motels we stayed at over the course of crossing 48 states, ranging from Motel 6 in Coos Bay, to the Hilton - Chicago O'Hare, to even the MGM Grand - Las Vegas, I can confidently say that the Holiday Inn - French Quarter is the worst one we encountered.

Other than that particular one, Holiday Inn is a great place to stay  

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RE: What To Do In New Orleans/Baton Rouge

Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:17 pm

Quoting KingFriday013 (Reply 2):
Whatever you do, DO NOT stay at the Holiday Inn - French Quarter


Back in '99 a buddy of mine was too hammered to make it back to his room at that Holiday Inn and ended up sleeping in the bed of his truck in the parking area. He was arrested for vagrancy and hauled to the police station. After determining it was his truck the charges were dropped. I guess a parking security guy thought he was a bum sleeping in a guest's truck and called the cops.
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RE: What To Do In New Orleans/Baton Rouge

Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:38 am

Quoting Adam T. (Reply 1):
I actually found the French Quarter to have a little bit of everything - the vast majority of the partying is on Bourbon Street but if you are not looking for that - there is Jackson Square, Royal Street, etc. When I went I practically just partied but on my next trip there I plan on exploring more of the culture.

Well, our hotel we are staying at is on Burgundy Street. I know this may seem to defeat the purpose somewhat, but do you know if that street is further off of the party/crowd scene. I like going nuts like the next person down there, but I do love my sleep, haha

Quoting KingFriday013 (Reply 2):
DO NOT stay at the Holiday Inn - French Quarter

Well, I'm glad I'm not staying there then.  
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RE: What To Do In New Orleans/Baton Rouge

Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:50 pm

Quoting tz757300 (Thread starter):
I will be in New Orleans 9/23 and 9/24 and in Baton Rouge 9/25. So what is there to do?

Lucky you, wish I could be back to New Orleans. One of my favorite places in the entire world. Was there for 4 days last summer and did not want to go back.

As you probably know, Bourbon Street is where all the party is at, and there is the awesome food. Still in the French Quarter, Decatur street is pretty sweet, and whatever you do don't miss out on the Beignets at the Cafe du Monde. Also, for a view of the other nice New Orleans, take the cable car to the Garden District (stop around Tulane / Audubon Park if you do not want to go all the way up).
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RE: What To Do In New Orleans/Baton Rouge

Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:19 pm

Bourbon St is okay to walk down once or twice...there's actually a good place on there called Fritzel's European Jazz Club...prob the best place on the street, IMO, next to Pat O'Briens...which is a New Orleans institution...worth visiting just to see the courtyard, if anything. Also in the area are two really great music clubs...Preservation Hall (low key, low frills jazz in a really old building...must visit) and Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta Hotel. You can't go wrong with either of those places, if you like traditional New Orleans style music. Frenchmen Street (outskirts of the Quarter) is home to some clubs like Snug Harbor (great music and burgers), Port Of Call (classic), and The Spotted Cat...a few others, as well...really like that area.

Take a ride on the Steamboat Natchez, one of the few remaining authentic steamboats in America. Take the Canal Street streetcar to City Park and walk around the sculpture garden next to the Museum of Art...also take a ride on the St. Charles Streetcar to the Garden District, as others have suggested. The National WW2 Museum is incredible...there's a great 4D showing called "Beyond All Borders" narrated by Tom Hanks and a really good restaurant called The American Sector in the new museum wing. Also, be sure to hit Cafe Du Monde for Beignets and Cafe Au Lait (or some other drink if coffee isn't your thing).

Go to www.nomcvb.com for some great suggestions. It's a really fun city. But def don't spend all your time on Bourbon Street.
 
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RE: What To Do In New Orleans/Baton Rouge

Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:03 am

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 6):
Take the Canal Street streetcar to City Park and walk around the sculpture garden next to the Museum of Art...

How could I forget it - lovely, lovely place! Didn't think the Canal Street cable car went all the way there, though - It was closed for repairs when I was there last year so I had to walk to the park from my hostel near Canal Street but don't remember seeing any tracks around the park. Not doubting your word, obviously, just surprised.

Oh, just talking about that city makes me want to go back so bad... as Cristopher Walken would say "I got a fever.. and the only prescription is more Hurricane."
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RE: What To Do In New Orleans/Baton Rouge

Thu Sep 16, 2010 3:11 am

I was just about to tell you to go to the football game, and then I reread your post.

I am an idiot.

But good choice, nonetheless!   

Have a great time, Death Valley at night is supposed to be insane.

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RE: What To Do In New Orleans/Baton Rouge

Sat Sep 18, 2010 6:04 pm

I would hit the french quarter during the day and then go uptown or somewhere else for the bars at night. Bourbon street at night is too touristy, anybody who's from nola will tell you they don't go there. Definitely hit riverwalk, try cafe du mond (if you can find a table), check out the french quarter, try the burgers at port o call (it's a bit off on the corner of esplanade and dauphine), hit the slave market for some goodie. Nola is a good place to visit
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RE: What To Do In New Orleans/Baton Rouge

Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:05 pm

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 7):
Didn't think the Canal Street cable car went all the way there, though - It was closed for repairs when I was there last year so I had to walk to the park from my hostel near Canal Street but don't remember seeing any tracks around the park. Not doubting your word, obviously, just surprised.

There is a spur line that ends just across the street from City Park near the Museum of Art. If a streetcar is not at the stop it'd be hard to notice the tracks. Those run around every 30-40 minutes as opposed to the regular Canal Street streetcars which run about ever 10 minutes.

A new line will be up and running by 2012 connecting the Canal Street line with the Union Passenger Terminal (home to Amtrak and Greyhound) on Loyola Avenue.
 
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RE: What To Do In New Orleans/Baton Rouge

Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:52 pm

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 5):

As you probably know, Bourbon Street is where all the party is at, and there is the awesome food

As a 4 year college vet of New Orleans (Tulane), I did plenty of partying on Bourbon but I'd almost entirely stopped going there at night by my junior year. It is a good time and a must see, but just don't do anything stupid. Hand Grenades as sold at Tropical Isle are deadly strong, as are Hurricanes at Pat O's, so take it easy otherwise you might end up in the city's filthiest gutter. As you cross St Anne st. on Bourbon you enter a bit of a gay area, so if that's your thing that's where you want to be.

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 6):
next to Pat O'Briens..

The patio with the water fountain and the piano bar were always a highlight of my nights out in the quarter.

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 6):
Frenchmen Street

Gotta give this a big thumbs up. Once I was more of a local and knew the ins and outs of partying in the city and where to see good music, I'd go to Frenchman. There's a good burger place on Esplanade ave. right around the corner from Frenchman too, and there are plenty of great music clubs and a Hookah bar. Halloween on that street is maybe one of the most fun holidays I've ever had.

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 6):
Steamboat Natchez

I dated a girl who lived in One River Place right near the dock for that thing, and that freaking calliope or whatever it's called that they play on the roof of that thing used to wake me up CONSTANTLY. Well, that and the freight trains going through every few hours. So loud!

I liked downtown, but make sure you spend some time Uptown as well. I know that area much better obviously and it's much calmer and IMO more fun. My favorite dive bar in the city is called Miss Mae's at the corner of Magazine and Napoleon, or if you are of college age you can go to the Boot right next to Tulane on Broadway. There is also a great bar/music spot on Oak St. called The Maple Leaf, if you get a chance to see any shows Rebirth Brass Band plays there every week and they're AWESOME. Similar to that place is Les Bons Temps on Magazine. Speaking of Magazine, that whole street is a great place to shop/eat/see a less touristy side of New Orleans.

I could literally go on for pages and pages because I'm in love with that city (planning to move back), so if you have any specific types of places you want to know about or find, ask and I'll see if I can help.

One last and probably very important thing- The food. My 3 favorites- 1. Jaques-Imo's on Oak Street uptown. No explanation needed, it's funky and amazing. 2. Bayona on Dauphine in the quarter. 3. Dick and Jenny's on Tchoupitoulas. Yes, that's the street name, and yes, you should eat there  .
 
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RE: What To Do In New Orleans/Baton Rouge

Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:06 pm

was there in 2007 with the wife, we stayed at the Westin... The City wasn't fully recovered so we didn't spend much time there.
We went on road trips all over the area... I suggest you go and visit those plantations  
They are really really nice and represent part of this Country's history.
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RE: What To Do In New Orleans/Baton Rouge

Sun Sep 26, 2010 10:26 pm

Just want to say thanks for all the suggestions, they were really helpful. Cafe du Monde was so good, I went twice haha. Also we went to Acme City Oyster House for some incredible char-grilled oysters we heard about. We toured Jackson Square and the surrounding area during the day and especially enjoyed touring the cathedral right next to it. Bourbon street offered everything we wanted to see during the night hours and may just have gulped too many Hand Grenades. New Orleans is probably on my top 3 list of cities I've been to and want to go back ASAP.

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 8):

Have a great time, Death Valley at night is supposed to be insane

Though we lost, the game and atmosphere was incredible. Nothing like attending SEC tailgates! I will definitely have to come up with something to counter their "Tiger Bait" saying when we play them at home next year.
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RE: What To Do In New Orleans/Baton Rouge

Mon Sep 27, 2010 2:06 am

Quoting tz757300 (Reply 13):
New Orleans is probably on my top 3 list of cities I've been to and want to go back ASAP.

Glad to hear you enjoyed it, I feel the same about that wonderful city, on the top of my list and can't wait to get back.
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RE: What To Do In New Orleans/Baton Rouge

Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:06 am

Coffee and beignets at cafe du monde - just try not to inhale the sugar.
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