We are leaving for New Orleans tomorrow and i would realy appreciate some advice. We are a tourist couple (from India) and just wanted to get a taste of Thanksgiving in New Orleans. We might not get to visit this city again so wanted to go around as much as we could....food is not a riority as we are vegetarian and can survive on sandwiches! :)
We reach Thursday afternoon and leave Sunday Morning. We are on a budget, staying at radisson airport hotel, will have a car though.
Here is what we have planned so far:
Night of Thanksgiving
Bourborn Street to experience music, drink, and dinner. Po' boy and Italian Muffuletta sandwiches for dinner (also wanted to try out the famous rice and beans).
any cheap places you can recommend?
French Quarter include Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, our lady of guadalupe, st augustine cathedral and WWII museum
Mule drawn carriage at the french quarter
French Market (including Café du Monde, famous for café au lait and beignets)
Try out the praline (where do you get these?)
Free canal street ferry from Algiers Point and back for a great view of the river, downtown, and the Quarter
Eat lucky dogs (whatever they are, any places we can try these out?)
gombo d'zherbes" (vegetarian) option for me, any cheap places for a good bowl of vegetarian gumbo?
Try out free oysters on friday nights at le bon temps roule, this is for my husband!
at night go to Harrah's for a taste of slots (this will actually ne our first time!)
Go for a Swamp Airboat tour. I've heard Jean Lafitte Nature Preserve, a free park, with as good a view of local swamp flora and fauna as various pay tours. Honey Island Swamp Tours Inc. - nearly 70,000 acres of the Honey Island Swamp is a permanently protected wildlife area. Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours - Cajun-style boat tour takes you out on an 1 hour and 45 minute trip through the heart of Southern Louisiana's swamplands.
See the Superdome
streetcar ride; the Canal Street route also provides a pleasant ride
Try out 100 year old restaurants like antoinnes, commander’s palace, and galatoire. which one is the cheapest and also sure to have vegetarian options? we do not eat beef, steak, baby alligators, etc.
Experience Live music at fulton or the frenchman street
Drink! the tourist favorite "Hurricane" (a fruit punch and rum drink), which originated at Pat O'Brien's bar but now common in the Quarter, and the "Hand Grenade" (billed as "New Orleans' Strongest Drink") at the Tropical Isle. However, drinking does not have to be about quantity. Popular refined local cocktails include the "sazerac" and the "Ramos gin fizz". Beer lovers should try local brews like "Abita" on tap, from light Wheat to dark "Turbodog" to the quirky "Purple Haze", a raspberry beer loved by some. New Orleanians also love wine.
any cheap places for trying these out?
See the mansions on st charles avenue
try out sno balls before returning home
I know i am asking for a lot of information but any help would be much appreciated. I've heard New Orleans is a beautiful city and would like to make our stay here memorable.
Thanks for your help in advance.