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Myrle Beach could be fun
There the beach to hang out
There a lot of people around, you could make friends if needed
There is good shopping and other things to do
There good shopping, shows and gambling
There pools to lay out by, you can look into trips to other places like the Grand Canyon
Any major city
Nobody would notice you walking by yourself
There are shows, museums and other tourist attractions
Washington DC, is free
One caveat – NOLA is hot and humid during summer. The good news for summer visitors is hotel prices are usually less.
For general info:
New Orleans hosts many festivals and celebrations throughout the year:
There are many tours offered and examples are:
The Saint Charles Streetcar is the oldest continuously operating street railway in the world and is a "tourist attraction" in its own right. It is part of the public transit system, as are the Canal Street and Riverfront streetcar lines: http://www.norta.com
There is always music, but the bands change: Go to http://www.bestofneworleans.com and click on Music then Listings or to http://www.offbeat.com and click on Listings, then Music.
Music clubs often advertise "No Cover", meaning there is no charge for entering. However, clubs with "No Cover" often require that customers buy a beverage each for every "set" of music (which can be every 20 minutes) so KNOW THE PRICE before you sit down. Clubs do that because some people will sit in the club all evening drinking nothing (clubs only make money from the drinks they sell – not from the music). It is also a good idea to pay for each round of drinks (in clubs on Bourbon Street) as it is delivered so there can’t be any confusion at the end of the evening.
An incomplete guide to bars & clubs:
Some famous drinks are VERY potent compared with regular cocktails that have only 1 to 1 ½ ounces of alcohol. For example, a Hurricane is basically 3 or 4 ounces of rum in something like red Kool-Aid, and a Hand Grenade has at least 4 ½ ounces of Everclear + rum + vodka mixed with melon liquor. They don’t necessarily taste like an alcoholic beverage and it is easy to over-indulge.
Wander around the French Quarter, enjoy the architecture, watch the street entertainers (do tip), and visit some of the historic buildings that have been turned into museums (go to http://www.frenchquarter.com and click on Historic Attractions).
If someone says "I bet you ___ I can tell you where you got your shoes", the answer is "I got them on the pavement/sidewalk in New Orleans".
Cafe du Monde is in the French Quarter and you shouldn’t miss having cafe au lait & beignets (www.cafedumonde.com). Another great coffee shop is the Croissant d’Or (at 617 Ursulines Street), which is open from 7:00am to 2:00pm and has food in addition to pastry.
Visit the Bottom of the Cup tea Room for a reading: http://www.bottomofthecup.com/
The Palm Court restaurant is very nice, has moderate prices, and offers live jazz starting at 8:00pm: 1204 Decatur Street, (504) 525-0200. http://www.palmcourtjazzcafe.com
Maximo’s Italian Grill has great food and atmosphere: 1117 Decatur Street in the French Quarter, (504) 586-8883. http://www.maximosgrill.com
Cafe Degas is a very French restaurant near City Park at 3127 Esplanade – which is not within walking distance of downtown (5 to 10 minutes by taxi). They are closed on Mondays & Tuesdays (504) 945-5635). http://www.cafedegas.com
The Napoleon House restaurant is at 500 Chartres Street in the FQ, and has a menu of great local dishes: http://www.napoleonhouse.com
Buffa’s is a neighborhood restaurant at 1001 Esplanade Avenue that is open 27/7 and has live entertainment: http://www.buffasrestaurant.com
More restaurant suggestions: http://www.10best.com/New_Orleans,LA/Restaurants/
Preservation Hall has traditional live Jazz and doesn’t serve alcohol so all ages are welcome: http://www.preservationhall.com
New Orleans has ballet, opera, a symphony orchestra, and theatre:
There is a free ferry across the Mississippi at the "*censored*" of Canal Street. It is a short trip but like a harbor cruise w/o a guide: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/canal_street_ferry
The Aquarium, Audubon Zoo, and the new Insectarium are world-class attractions (www.auduboninstitute.org) and you should see them if you can. The Zoo is several miles from downtown. You can drive to the Zoo (which has free parking) or take public transit from the French Quarter.
Go to http://www.neworleansmuseums.com for info on museums.
Harrah’s Casino is in the Central Business District: http://www.harrahs.com (age 21 required for entry)
New Orleans City Park has a variety of attractions + free parking. (www.neworleanscitypark.com).
Check http://www.nola.com/visitor/ for ideas about other things to do.
I hope you have a great time, wherever you decide to visit!
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