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40 Things to Do in New Orleans for $10 or Less

Published On 10/15/2015 Published On 10/15/2015

We all know that New Orleans is a city rich in history, art, cuisine, architecture, and just plain weirdness. The good thing is, you don’t have to be a rich person to enjoy many of the fine things the Big Easy has to offer. In fact, if all you have is a Hamilton in your wallet, don’t sweat: there are plenty of fun and exciting activities awaiting you (surprise, many of them involve food and drink). Here are 40 of them.

1. Take a streetcar ride

Various locations
Price: $1.25 (plus whatever coffee you get)
Go all the way from Canal St to Oak St for coffee at Rue de la Course. It’s worth it for the building alone. 

2. Grab a sixer and head to The Fly

Uptown
Price: $7-10 
You can watch the riverboats on the Mississippi, plus there’s even a soccer field & a baseball diamond, if you bring a ball. 

3. Hit the Musée Conti Wax Museum

French Quarter
Price: $8 
It’s closing in 2016, so get there fast. 

4. Catch a matinee at the Prytania Theatre

Uptown
Price: $5.75
The silver screen for a little green. 

Flickr/Bart Heird

5. Pick up a couple pounds of seafood at Deanie’s

Metairie
Price: $5-$10
Then go eat them right on the Bucktown levee.

6. Pick up a dozen fritter bites from Proofed Donuts 

Uptown
Price: $8
Then eat them in a cozy gazebo in Audubon Park.

7. Mini golf at City Putt!

City Park
Price: $8
Not much green for this green.

8. Grab a couple of slices at Pizza Delicious

Bywater
Price: $4.50-$5.50
If you’re feeling flush, you can score a couple of garlic knots, too. Get 'em to go, and snack on them in Crescent Park.

Flickr/.distracted

9. See the Royal St art galleries with a frozen daiquiri

French Quarter
Price: $5-$7
Remind yourself that nowhere else in the country can they do this.

10. Get dollar shots at Erin Rose bar, then a Jameson grilled cheese

French Quarter
Price: $10 ($2 for the shots, $8 for the sandwich)
You'll need to roll a dice to see what shots you're getting, and yes, that is a grilled cheese with whiskey in it. It comes from Killer Poboys 'round the corner. 

11. Hit the flea market in the French Market

French Quarter
Price: $0-$10 (depending on bartering skills)
Pick up some cheap jewelry, a dish towel, a spoon rest, or another funky souvenir...

12. Ride the Carousel Bar at the Monteleone

French Quarter
Price: $5.50-$7.50 for a beer
Even if the room is spinning, you might still be sober.

Flickr/Kevin O'Mara

13. Watch the Bayou St. John sunset with some wine

Bayou St. John
Price: $5-$10
The sunset’s free!

14. Have a Crescent City Farmers Market picnic

Warehouse District
Price: $5-$10
Freshest produce in town. Open Tues, Weds, Thurs, and Sat.

15. Take your $10 to Harrah’s

Warehouse District
Price: $10
Remember: quit while you’re ahead, even if it’s at $11.

16. Rent a bike for an hour

Various locations
Price: $10
Rental includes helmet, lock, map, lights, and more. 

Flickr/Louisiana Travel

17. Explore the Old Ursuline Convent

French Quarter
Price: $5
It’s the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley. Prepare for some serious history. 

18. Visit the Presbytère

French Quarter
Price: $6
Learn about the story of Mardi Gras at this historic museum.

19. Stroll around the New Orleans Botanical Garden

City Park
Price: $4
... then hit Morning Call for beignets with the change. 

20. Check out rare vinyl at Jim Russell Records 

Lower Garden District
Price: $1-$10
Seek the packed stacks for some great cheap, used records.

Flickr/bug138

21. Hit the Pharmacy Museum

French Quarter
Price: $5
Learn about the birth of modern pharmacology -- it happened in New Orleans.

22. Get bánh mì at the Hong Kong Market

Terrytown
Price: $3.50
... then pick up some delicious Asian ingredients to take home and make an exotic dinner.

23. Play disc golf at Lafreniere Park 

Metairie
Price: $8-$10
You'll need to buy your own Frisbee though.

24. Get a tasting flight

Various locations
Price: $10
Hit Meauxbar during its happy hour for a $10 tasting of brandy, Cognac, and Calvados, or Pizza Domenica for $10 flights of beer.

Flickr/djblock99

25. Check out the buskers in Jackson Square

French Quarter
Price: $10
Grab a cold beer to watch them with, and leave the rest as a tip. They will appreciate it, trust us. 

26. Score a couple of comic books at Crescent City Comics

Freret
Price: $1-$10
Indulge your inner geek...

27. Score a used book (or two) at Crescent City Books

French Quarter
Price: $1-$10
Indulge your inner literary geek...

28. Get all artsy-fartsy at the New Orleans Museum of Art

City Park
Price: $10
It’s NOLA’s oldest and grandest palace of painting, sculpture, and antiquities.

Flick/T.Tseng

29. Watch live jazz with a cool drink at The Spotted Cat

Marigny
Price: $5-$10
Be warned, the bar is cash only.

30. Check out “Tango Tuesdays” at the Eiffel Society

Lower Garden District
Price: $10
Take advantage of $5 sangria specials (that’s one for you and your partner for only $10). And enjoy the complimentary tango lessons!

31. Get a drink with a free BLT at Banks Street Bar 

Mid-City
Price: $5-$10
And enjoy the live music (from a band called, no joke, “Major Bacon”).

32. Hit a comedy club

Various locations
Price: $5-$10
We recommend the Howlin’ Wolf Den or Carrollton Station. Laughs often comes sans cover charge, leaving wallet room for laugh-inducing libations.

Flickr/Derek Bridges

33. Take a pedicab through the French Quarter

French Quarter
Price: $5-$10 
It's a dollar a block, with an added tour guide. 

34. Feed the birds on Bird Island at Audubon Park

Audubon
Price: $5-$10
Buy a loaf of bread and some cold beverages, and head down there. (FYI, the bread is for the birds, the drinks for you and a friend. Do not feed birds booze.)

35. Follow a Sunday Second Line parade with a snack 

Various
Price: $5-$10
Grab yourself some crawfish nachos, tamales, or a po-boy and take the best stroll ever. 

36. Get a huge breakfast at The Camellia Grill

Leonidas
Price: $2-$10
Everything's cheap, and the place has pecan waffles! Walk it all off on the Riverbend levee or a stroll down Carrollton Ave.

Flickr/Wally Gobetz

37. Get wowed at the Contemporary Arts Center

Warehouse District
Price: $10
It’s free to LA residents on Sunday...  

38. See a Pelicans game 

Central Business District
Price: $10
You WILL be in the nosebleeds, but you get to see Anthony Davis totally dominate. Geaux Pels!

39. Hit Skate Country

West Bank
Price: $8
If you’re looking to get that oh-so-nostalgic roller-skating rink feeling, that is. 

40. Head to the Burgundy Picture House for a free outdoor screening with cheap beer

St. Claude
Price: $1-$10
The flicks are great and it’s a buck per beer. Plus there are delicious pies by the Levee Baking Company.

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Scott Gold is a New Orleans author who felt strangely rich after writing this. Follow him on Twitter at @ScottGold.

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