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6 Unique New Orleans Experiences That Aren’t Tourist Traps

So you’re going to New Orleans to watch the Cajuns play Tulane in the R & L Carriers Bowl at the Superdome. What are you going to do before the game or Sunday before you head back home? You’ve been to the Audubon Zoo, the French Quarter and the World War II Museum, what else is there to do?  Avoid the tourist traps and enjoy some unique New Orleans experiences…


Treat Yourself to a Reveillon Dinner



At this time of year, many restaurants offer a special prix fixe celebration dinner called Reveillon. These meals usually include four to seven sumptuous courses. For a list of the restaurants, visit


Get a Poor Boy at Parkway Bakery and Tavern



Forget all the joints in the Quarter and go to Parkway Bakery this great neighborhood place in Mid-City. Look for the pictures of when it was flooded during Katrina in the bar. And have the best roast beef poor boy in the world! Order it “dressed’ and you’ll sound local.


The Algiers ferry is free for pedestrians and it will give you a wonderful, unique view of the Mississippi River and the city skyline.


Celebration in the Oaks


Celebration in the Oaks


Celebration in the Oaks in City Park is one of the most spectacular holiday lights festivals in the country. The famous oak trees are covered in hundreds of thousands of twinkling white lights and breathtaking displays (including the crowd-favorite Who Dat tree) throughout 13 gated acres of the park, including the Botanical Garden, Storyland, and Carousel Gardens.


In a city that’s below sea level, it’s hard to get any lower, but you can actually go below the Harvey Canal via the Harvey Tunnel, which is part of Highway 90.


Last time we were there, we decided to see the ‘Great White Shark’ 3D movie. We’d been there before, but the sharks movie is really, really good. They’re also showing ‘Hurricane on the Bayou,’ ‘Penguins,’ and ‘Santa vs. the Snowman.’


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