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
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
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
It’s closing in 2016, so get there fast.
4. Catch a matinee at the Prytania Theatre
The silver screen for a little green.
5. Pick up a couple pounds of seafood at Deanie’s
Then go eat them right on the Bucktown levee.
6. Pick up a dozen fritter bites from Proofed Donuts
Then eat them in a cozy gazebo in Audubon Park.
7. Mini golf at City Putt!
Not much green for this green.
8. Grab a couple of slices at Pizza Delicious
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.
9. See the Royal St art galleries with a frozen daiquiri
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
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
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
Price: $5.50-$7.50 for a beer
Even if the room is spinning, you might still be sober.
13. Watch the Bayou St. John sunset with some wine
Bayou St. John
The sunset’s free!
14. Have a Crescent City Farmers Market picnic
Freshest produce in town. Open Tues, Weds, Thurs, and Sat.
15. Take your $10 to Harrah’s
Remember: quit while you’re ahead, even if it’s at $11.
16. Rent a bike for an hour
Rental includes helmet, lock, map, lights, and more.
17. Explore the Old Ursuline Convent
It’s the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley. Prepare for some serious history.
18. Visit the Presbytère
Learn about the story of Mardi Gras at this historic museum.
19. Stroll around the New Orleans Botanical Garden
... then hit Morning Call for beignets with the change.
20. Check out rare vinyl at Jim Russell Records
Lower Garden District
Seek the packed stacks for some great cheap, used records.
21. Hit the Pharmacy Museum
Learn about the birth of modern pharmacology -- it happened in New Orleans.
22. Get bánh mì at the Hong Kong Market
... then pick up some delicious Asian ingredients to take home and make an exotic dinner.
23. Play disc golf at Lafreniere Park
You'll need to buy your own Frisbee though.
24. Get a tasting flight
25. Check out the buskers in Jackson Square
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
Indulge your inner geek...
27. Score a used book (or two) at Crescent City Books
Indulge your inner literary geek...
28. Get all artsy-fartsy at the New Orleans Museum of Art
It’s NOLA’s oldest and grandest palace of painting, sculpture, and antiquities.
29. Watch live jazz with a cool drink at The Spotted Cat
Be warned, the bar is cash only.
30. Check out “Tango Tuesdays” at the Eiffel Society
Lower Garden District
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
And enjoy the live music (from a band called, no joke, “Major Bacon”).
32. Hit a comedy club
33. Take a pedicab through the French Quarter
It's a dollar a block, with an added tour guide.
34. Feed the birds on Bird Island at Audubon Park
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
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
Everything's cheap, and the place has pecan waffles! Walk it all off on the Riverbend levee or a stroll down Carrollton Ave.
37. Get wowed at the Contemporary Arts Center
It’s free to LA residents on Sunday...
38. See a Pelicans game
Central Business District
You WILL be in the nosebleeds, but you get to see Anthony Davis totally dominate. Geaux Pels!
39. Hit Skate Country
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
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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