For today’s “on-a-budget adventure”, fuel up with a big plate of Café Du Monde beignets and some strong coffee - you can’t come to New Orleans without having this delicious (and inexpensive) treat!
Head to the Aquarium where you can catch the Riverboat John James Audubon - while roundtrip tickets cost about $17.50 a person ($8.75 for children under 12), its well worth it to get to watch the city float by from the deck of a Riverboat. The boat will drop you off at The Butterfly, or what locals call “The Fly”. Walk through this riverfront park to Magazine Street, and you’ll see beautiful Audubon Park across the street. Take some time to stroll through this picturesque park under the shade of oak trees. Keep walking and you’ll reach historic Saint Charles Avenue. Check out our self-guided tour of the Avenue’s most stunning and historic mansions.
Walk on down the Avenue until you reach the scenic Garden District. Either join up with a tour or spend some time on your own exploring the oak-covered streets lined with magnificent mansions and lush gardens. The Garden District begins at Louisiana Avenue – a bit of a hike if you’re not used to walking, but it’s really beautiful, so it passes by quickly. You need to check out one of our unique and beautiful cemeteries while in New Orleans – lucky for you there is one on Washington and Prytania! Make sure you take a few minutes and have a look around!
Eventually make your way over to Magazine Street where you’ll find galleries, antique shops, boutiques, coffeehouses and restaurants. Spend the day wandering back towards Uptown, stopping at a coffeeshop along the way to refuel. There are a bunch of restaurants to choose from for lunch including Café Rani for sandwiches and salads, Ignatius for a great cup of gumbo, or Slim Goodies Diner for great lunch or delayed breakfast food. You can also opt for a picnic – cab it up to Whole Foods Market or St. James Cheese Company and pick up some goodies-to-go for a picnic back in the park.
With all of this walking around, you’re sure to need a rest before heading out again for the evening. Hop back on the Riverboat John James Audubon at “The Fly” and float down-river to the Quarter. If you don’t end up taking the boat back downtown, or opt to linger Uptown a little while longer, there are great options for dinner such as Juan’s Flying Burrito. Either way, you’ll need to take cabs to get from your dinner destinations back downtown.
If you end up still Uptown after the sun has gone down and want to treat yourself to a drink, check out St. Joe’s Bar for cheap mojitos or the Columns Hotel Bar for just slightly more expensive cocktails (no more than $8) sipped from a huge porch overlooking Saint Charles Avenue.
|The Columns Hotel|
Head up to Canal Street and hop on a historic New Orleans Streetcar out towards the Museum of Art. If you’re in the mood for a big, hearty breakfast, get off at Rocheblave Street and head into Betsy’s Pancake House. Here you’ll get huge stacks of delicious pancakes (or other breakfast favorites) to get you going for the day.
Hop back onto the Streetcar and ride it all the way out to the very end at City Park (Carrolton at Esplanade)\. Here you’ll find the city’s largest park filled with lagoons, oak trees and plenty of green space. Stop into the New Orleans Museum of Art where admission is free for Louisiana residents and $8 for out-of-towners ($4 for children).
After you finish up at the Museum, walk outside and you’ll find the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. More than 50 sculptures rest on five acres of lush green-space under the shade of impressive oaks. Bring a book along and relax in this beautiful outdoor space.
Once you’ve explored the Park, exit out from the drive leading up to the Museum and you’ll see Bayou St. John straight ahead. Walk along this serene Bayou and stop in at the Pitot House for a fascinating tour of this historical home.
From there, you can also check out the Edgar Degas House, where the artist lived from 1872-73. Across the street, treat yourself to a lunch at Café Degas. This delicious French restaurant is slightly more expensive for dinner, but lunch entrees range from $8.50 to $15. The food is amazing and with all the money you’ve been saving, you deserve a slight splurge for a great meal in a beautiful setting.
Walk back to the Streetcar tracks at Carrolton Avenue. If you have a bit of a sweet-tooth, either keep walking or hop on board to Carrolton at Canal St., where you’ll find Angelo Brocato’s, the classic New Orleans Italian gelato parlor. It’s defiantly worth the trip, and the extra-full stomach. Catch the streetcar and head back downtown to the French Quarter.
Rest up and then head out for an amazing hamburger at Port Of Call, one of New Orleans’ favorite hamburger joints. This place is famous for juicy burgers served with delicious baked potatoes. If you feel like unwinding with a tropical drink, order yourself a Monsoon, the restaurant’s signature cocktail. Be careful – these fruity drinks may taste sweet but they really pack a strong, rum-based punch in the end.
Continue to enjoy your last night out on the town or head back to your room and get some sleep. Either way, you should pat yourself on the back – you’ve experienced the very best of the city and your wallet is only slightly less-full than your stomach, and for that, you should be proud!
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