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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Work hard and play hard! After a full day of ‘conferencing’, experience the unique charms of The Big Easy.
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Experience a unique melting pot of culture through delicious cuisine, festivals, and places to visit in New Orleans. Whether you’re a foodie, live music enthusiast, art and history buff, or a party lover, there’s something for everyone here in NOLA.
Meet the local chefs that make New Orleans one of the Top 3 Food Destinations in the World.
This café is a staple on your visit to the Crescent City. Try the original beignet paired with hot coffee and chicory for an authentic New Orleans experience.
Blend in with the locals by grabbing lunch at the famous Galatoire’s Restaurant on Bourbon Street. This restaurant has been cooking up amazing French Creole cuisine since 1905.
Gumbo has to be on your list when you’re in New Orleans. Commander’s Palace is one of the best places to get a taste of this mouth-watering dish. They have a daily rotating gumbo on the menu so you can try different flavors.
Tee-Eva’s is one of the best when it comes to trying their famous pralines – a delicious sweet treat made from sugar cane, pecans, and cream.
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THE BIG EASY
With just one trip you’ll know why people say that the greatest live music venues are located here in the city. There are no neon lights to attract a crowd, just plain wooden signs that promote the dozens of music clubs located in this area. If you’re on a budget, Frenchmen Street will impress you because the drinks and admission are on the affordable side – just tip the bands playing to support the music of New Orleans.
With the first few steps you take on Bourbon Street, you’ll be able to see and feel the history of one of America’s oldest cities. Check out this monumental street at the heart of the French Quarter extending from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue.
This bar is a popular one on Bourbon Street for both locals and tourists. In addition to its traditional creole cottage exterior, the Blacksmith Shop’s interior walls are covered with legends, mystery and NOLA history dating back to the 1720’s.
Experience the Absinthe House Frappe that dates back to 1874, when this bar was actually a saloon. This bar is a staple of life in the French Quarter.
You can also grab a late-night snack from several delicious restaurants in the area that are open late, like Port of Call, where you can enjoy delicious half pound burgers and baked potatoes with shareable portions. Whatever you’re craving after a late night out, this area has a restaurant to match your taste.
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Take a tour of the historic, (creepy?), and beautiful cemeteries in New Orleans, which include the tomb of the voodoo queen Marie Laveau and a memorial that pays tribute to the unidentified victims of Hurricane Katrina.
On a NOLA cocktail walking tour, you’ll get to try out the famous drinks this city is known for. There are several organizations that run these tours, so feel free to explore. (Be sure to try the original Sazerac at the Sazerac Bar!)
Check out America’s official WWII Museum during your stay in NOLA. Your visit will take you from the 1930’s prelude to war and onwards to the Normandy Invasion, and the Battle of the Pacific Islands. You’ll feel the American Spirit as you trace America’s role in WWII.
If you feel like taking a break and getting some fresh air during your trip, there’s no better way to do that than an airboat tour along Louisiana’s swamplands. You’ll get to learn about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and view unique wildlife through a guided tour.
Experience one of the top museums of its kind in America, where you’ll get to see 15,000 different sea life creatures, including rare and endangered species such as the white alligator. One of the key features of the Aquarium is the 30 feet long Caribbean Reef tunnel that gives visitors a view of the Caribbean sea life that only divers get to see.
Where better to learn about Mardi Gras than in its birthplace? Take a tour of the floats, see how they’re made, and soak up the history when you visit Mardi Gras World.
If you have a thing for butterflies and creepy crawlies, then this place
is for you.