In New Orleans for the next week....

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  1. Jarrod_L

    Jarrod_L Stunt Coordinator

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    Just curious if anyone has any suggestions on what I HAVE to do or see while down there. Places to go, places to eat, etc, etc.

    This will be my first time in New Orleans, and I'll be staying at the Hilton on Poydras Street, if you need a point of reference...

    Thanks.
     
  2. Leroy

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    Enjoy all the live music!!! I went a year or two ago with a couple of friends. All they wanted to do was get plastered and go to Rick's, a topless club of which we have one or two here in Houston(which I have no objection too [​IMG], but I can do that anywhere) I went out and about to all the different bars and clubs and heard some great live music. Rock ,jazz, blues, zydeco etc..
    Also, the aquarium/imax is nice. People watching on Bourbon street. Try some fine dining, and have a Lucky dog(greatest hot dog ever, at least when you are out drinking!!)
     
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    Jarrod
    I've lived in NO for the past 4 years, so I think I might be able to help you out. A good online site to check things out is www.bestofneworleans.com. Off the top of my head, you should do these things:
    D-Day Museum
    Bourbon St, of course: Pat O'Brien's (Hurricane), Tropical Isle (Hand Grenade - be careful)
    Swamp tour on an air boat(many around)
    Drink all manners of Abita Beer (Amber, Purple Haze, Turbodog, Wheat)
    The Zoo is OK
    Riverboat cruises are OK...there is one from the quarter to the zoo and back
    There are tours of the mansions in uptown, if you're into that kind of thing
    Live Music. Depends on what kind of music you want and what kind of scene you prefer (ie laid back jazz hall or packed jumpin club) Some of the better places: Snug Harbour, Generations Hall, The Funky Butt, Donna's, El Matador, The Mermaid Lounge, Tipatina's Uptown
    Food. Depends on what kind of food, how much you want to pay, and how far from the Quarter you will stray. These are some good ones: Commander's Palace, Jacque Imo's, Arnaud's, Bayonna, NOLA's, many, many, more
    I'm sure I'll think of more later. Just don't get caught doing the quarter every day. It's fun, but there is A LOT more to New Orleans.
    If you don't mind me asking, what are you in town for? Business or pleasure, or both? If you have any questions, or want specific recommendations for a certain night, feel free to ask or email me at [email protected] Just make sure you bring shorts, b/c it's damn hot down here.
     
  5. Jody C Robins

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    Oh yeah, and don't say "Nawlins". No real local says that. It should be pronouned "New Or-lens"
     
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    (Hand Grenade - be careful)

    Very wise words.....

    I had a bad experience after 4 of those drinks one night a few years back.....

    Have fun Jarrod !
     
  7. Todd K

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    For what I found to be the best burgers in town, visit Port of Call on I think Esplanade Street. They melt in your mouth, seriously.

    Did fine dining at Emeril's and Arnaud's. I wouldn't do Arnaud's again. Pat O'Brien's was a nice establishment. I'd recommend swamp tours as well. I can't tell you the one I did, since we found it at random after getting lost near the Mississippi border, but it was a good time.

    And lastly, watch where you step on Bourbon Street after the mounted police ride by.

    Todd
     
  8. Jarrod_L

    Jarrod_L Stunt Coordinator

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    Thanks everybody...
    Your suggestions have been wonderful. I'm leaving for the airport around 8:30 on Saturday, so I'll keep checking back...
    I'll give everyone an update when I get back[​IMG]
    Thanks again![​IMG]
     
  9. Kelley_B

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    Ahh my old stomping grounds, NOLA!

    First off are you crazy for going there during this time of year? Not only is really HOT down there, but the humidity is a killer.

    Be sure and spend sometime watching the street performers around Jackson Square.

    Definetely see the Aquarium, its beautiful.

    Take a cemetary tour, sounds weird, but they are IMHO some of the best tour in the city.

    Defintetely take a Swamp Tour.

    Try to venture out of Downtown, go see the mansions in the Garden District, very beautiful houses.

    If you are into gambling there are now tons of Casinos in Downtown.

    Go see the inside of the Superdome, the thing is just monsterous inside.

    At night in the French Quater always walk in pairs or more and keep your wallet in your front pockets.

    See the D-Day memorial, very powerful and moving.

    And finally start preparing yourself now for the heat, turn on your oven full blast and leave the door open sit in front of it and spray a bunch of water in the air, and then you will just have a small hint of what you are in store for.
     
  10. MichaelG

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    Another vote for the Aquarium, very nice.

    I have never had a bad time hanging out at Pat O'Briens, get a couple Hurricanes and hang out by the fountain. If you like piano bar type stuff they have that there too, that was fun a few times.

    Hand Grenade at Tropical Isle (make sure you go there and don't just get any Hand Grenade)

    If you like to dance a place that is always fun for me is The Gold Mine, it's 1 block north (well really NW) of Cat's Meow on St. Peter. This is more hip-hop and Madonna type dance music though. Preservation Hall is very cool if you like to listen to real old time Jazz, but bring some water in there, last time I went during the summer I just about passed out.

    Another vote for carrying your wallet in your front pocket, I even had a kid try taking mine from there, but it was during Mardi Gras with lots of people around. Big crowds are more likely contain that kind of riff raff.

    Abita beer is good

    If someone says taht can tell you where you got your shoes for $10, just say "I got them on my feet". I usually ignore these guys though.

    If you like oysters you might try Acme Oyster co, it's just off Bourbon where the quarter begins coming from Canal street, I like to go there for lunch usually one time when I visit. The rest of the food there is good too.
     
  11. Jarrod_L

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    So I've heard[​IMG]
    Actually, my wife has business there, so other than paying for my plane ticket, it's a free trip.
    Personally, I would rather go in a less Hellish month, but I couldn't look a gift horse in the mouth...
     

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