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What to do in New Orleans

Updated on February 23, 2013
St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans
St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans

Welcome to New Orleans!

You've decided to take a vacation to New Orleans. You have never been here before and have the slightest idea of what to do, especially if you have children. Well, as a native New Orleanian, there is plenty of information to give. New Orleans is full of wonders from Horse and Carriage rides to the St. Louis Cathedral. It's tradition that people visit here for the food, the music, and the culture that this city has to offer. It's true that there are some dangers, but they can also be avoided. I will show you how.

First: If you have little ones, Bourbon street is NOT the place to bring them after lunch hours. This is because there are a lot of adult entertainment clubs on the strip and the dancers do stand outside in their costumes. I've seen a lot of parents bring their children and then cover their eyes when they see a half naked lady standing in the door way. Also, because New Orleans is also famous for Mardi Gras, drunk patrons stand on the balconies of the businesses and throw beads. It's not really safe for children as they can get hit in the head and possibly lose an eye, or both. So PLEASE, If you do not want your children to see semi-naked women or get injured by some drunken man aggressively throwing beads down at you, then do not bring them on Bourbon street. Instead, take them to City Park. There is a Children's Museum, Storyland, rides, and a play area suited just for them.

Next: For those of you who are not bringing your children, then The French Quarter(including Bourbon Street) is just the place for you. If you are a lady, please bring some flat shoes, or shoes you will not mind ruining. The strip can be a little grimy.

The Cuisine: There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, depending on what you are looking for. There is the famous Acme Oyster House that sits on the corner of Bourbon and Iberville. They are known for their delicious Oysters and if it's your first time having them, the wait staff will show you how it's done and let you try. There is also Redfish Grill that sits at the beginning of Bourbon Street, and my personal favorite, Oceana, which is located on Bourbon and Conti. They have the best crabcakes and seafood pasta. Mostly all of the restaurants serve seafood, rebeans & rice, jambalaya, and gumbo. For something a little healthier, there is the Green Goddess located on Exchange Place. If you have a taste for steak, you may like Dickie Brennan's located on Canal Street next to the shopping center and for something sweet, Cafe du Monde is the place to go for the famous Beignets. Speaking of shopping, There is The Shops at Canal and the Riverwalk. If you want something more local there is Lakeside Shopping Centre, located in Metairie on Veteran's Blvd, and also Oakwood Shopping Centre located in Gretna on Westbank Expressway.

The Music and Entertainment: There is always music playing here in New Orleans! We love to dance. From Indie Rock to R&B, you can hear it all.The House of Blues is located on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. HOB is where you can see live bands peform and even get a laugh during the comedy acts. There are also dance clubs such as Razoo's, Funky 544, The Beach, Bourbon Cowboy, BBC (Bourbon Street Blues Club), and many others to satisfy your need to let loose and move your body, all located at the heart of Bourbon street.There is also adult entertainment: Deja vu Showgirls, Hustler's Barely Legal, Hustler, Penthouse, Scores, Temptations, Stilettos, Little Darlings, Babe's, Lipstixx, Rick's and Rick's Saloon. All of the clubs have beautifully, different types of girls. It depends on what exactly you are looking for.

Saftey: If you are a young woman and traveling to New Orleans alone, please set yourself a curfew. Do not stay out past 2 am and stay at a hotel close to the places you want to visit. If you are traveling with female friends, make sure you all stay together and don't lose each other. Keep your cell phones handy and do not carry more than $100.00 in cash on you. Do not bring a purse as this will make you an easy target. Only bring your ID and your cash. Put it in your bra. Designate a responsible person to stay as sober as possible to see that everyone gets back to their room safe. Don't stop to talk to the drunk guys and don't ever leave a bar with a guy.

The Sites: The St. Louis Cathedral is located in the middle of Jackson Square. For a tour on the Mississippi River, take a ride on the Natches Steamboat.

There is a lot more to experience here in the big easy, you just have to get here and explore!

Enjoy your stay!


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    • AlyssaLashown profile image

      Alyssa 4 years ago from New Orleans

      we can always trade places lol

    • Riviera Rose profile image

      Riviera Rose 4 years ago from South of France

      New Orleans is one of those cities that's always appealed to me - hopefully I'll get there one day!