Tools: Think that shops selling hot sauce, ball caps, and alligator skulls represent New Orleans “culture”.
Cools: Spend a day touring the real historic hotspots.
New Orleans has been here, for good or ill, for almost 300yrs, which for the USA, is a pretty long time. And a lot of our historical gumbo is well represented in the French Quarter’s art, architecture and museums, many of which you can check out for free. A short list of cool places worth your time would definitely include Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral, the Old US Mint, the Cabildo, the Pharmacy Museum, the Old Ursuline Convent, and The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. And that’s just for starters. You can stroll the levee and take in the majesty of the Mississippi River, or, at the very least, wander the Quarter and get an eyeful of the amazing architecture. And you can do it while legally carrying a drink around outside! Woo hoo!