Live music on Frenchmen
There is obviously an abundance of music in the Big Easy, but you’ll be heartened to know that many of the clubs on famous Frenchmen St don’t have covers, including The Spotted Cat, Apple Barrel, and Café Negril. (Adult beverages still aren’t free, unfortunately.)
Just 30 minutes from the city, you’ll encounter the glorious beauty of South Louisiana’s swamp life at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Just make sure to bring the bug spray and watch out for ornery nutria and gators.
Stop in some art galleries on Royal St
You don’t have to drop a couple of grand on art to appreciate it, which is exactly what you can do by perusing the various galleries and antique dealers down the Royal St corridor. Make sure not to miss M.S. Rau Antiques -- just ask for a guided tour, and they’ll be happy to oblige you. They have a killer collection of sword-canes (really), among other cool artifacts.