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    FREE Street Parking After 6pm

    by TravellerMel Updated Jun 15, 2015

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    Anyone who has ever visited New Orleans knows that reasonably priced parking is exceptionally hard to find... If you can find a spot at one of the metered parking areas in the French Quarter, it is FREE after 6:00 pm, on Sundays and Holidays. There are a lot of these spaces along Decatur & St. Peter Streets, and by the French Market & US Mint.

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    Commute by Riverboat

    by Rixie Updated Sep 13, 2014

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    The John James Audubon riverboat is a unique way to travel from the Aquarium of the Americas (near the French Quarter) to the Audubon Zoo (Uptown). It's a seven-mile trip on the Mississippi River.

    Tickets may be purchased for the boat trip only, or to include Zoo and Aquarium admission. The website seems to have disappeared, but there's and address and a phone number at this link.

    The John James Audubon

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    A Jazzy Welcome

    by Rixie Updated Sep 13, 2014

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    Louis Armstrong International Airport is located just west of the City of New Orleans. There's sometimes a live jazz band playing, or someone from the Visitors Bureau handing out Mardi Gras beads to welcome you to the city.

    You can take a taxi into the city, or, if you're not in a hurry, there's a cheaper shuttle bus that hits the major hotels in the French Quarter.

    Jazz Greats mural, airport Another airport mural

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    A Streetcar Named St. Charles

    by Rixie Updated Feb 26, 2012

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    Taking the St. Charles Avenue streetcar is a wonderful and inexpensive way to see the Garden District and Uptown. You'll pass stately mansions (and the house used in Real World New Orleans), the campuses of Loyola and Tulane Universities, and the Audubon Zoo.

    If you take it all the way to Riverbend, you'll get to see how the backs of the old wooden seats -- see photo -- flip to the other side for the return trip.

    Pick up the streetcar on the west side of Canal Street. If you plan to go back and forth a lot, buy a pass at the Whitney Bank -- it saves you the trouble of rummaging around in your pocket for change. Plus, flashing a pass makes you feel like a resident. :)

    These are the reversible wooden seats. Streetcar - St. Charles line
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    During Mardi Gras

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of the quirks of New Orleans is that the streetcars don't run during Mardi Gras. Of course there are parades during that time, and that's probably why.

    I can't find Rocket among the taxi companies listed for New Orleans (at the site listed), so maybe it is one of the individual cabs that are under the aegis of United Cab Company.

    We took cab only once - from in front of the Fairmont (next door to our hotel) when we had to get from the hotel down to board the Chalmette Riverboat trip and were in too much of a hurry to wait for the streetcar.

    Rocket Taxi outside D-Day museum
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    Taxi to French Quarter

    by xstacey Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When you fly in and out of NO your best bet for transportation to the Quarter is the 30+ cab ride. There is no convenient public transportation. Seek out the staff that arrange /supervise the traxis as they cue up for the next customer.

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    French Market to Convention Center

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Riverfront Streetcar goes (duh) along the River. The line was re-instated in December 2005 after Katrina.

    Instead of North or South, this line says the cars are INbound or OUTbound. Thalia is at the Inbound end, and Esplanade is at the Outbound end.

    So if you are at Canal Street and want to go to the French Market, you are Outbound. This station decorated with the 3D artwork is the one near the French Market. There are two more outbound stops after this one - Ursulines and Esplanade.

    Bob at the Riverfront Streetcar Station
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    Streetcars to Everywhere

    by pamstravels Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Riverwalk streetcar was only a block from our hotel so it was very convenient. There are three streetcar lines - Riverwalk, Canal and St. Charles. The cost to ride is only $1.25, or $5 for one day but we got a 3 day pass for $12 and we had unlimited rides. The pass is also good on the bus lines, but we didn't use them.

    The streetcars are clean and airconditioned but on most of them the windows were opened. We learned the hardway that you are supposed to exit from the back! Oops.

    Streetcar, not Trolly

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    Illinois Central

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Parallel to the streetcar tracks along the riverfront are train tracks. Trains do run on these tracks (very noisily I might add). The train that we saw was a freight train.

    AMTRAK does run to New Orleans daily to the Union Passenger Terminal at 1001 Loyola Ave.

    Train by the Aquarium Train next to Streetcar Track Tracks continue under a building Bob standing beside the tracks
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    He's a Star

    by grandmaR Updated Nov 12, 2009

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    The carriages that are used for rides in New Orleans are now being pulled by mules instead of horses. Mules are considered to be more heat resistant than horses. A good picture of a carriage being drawn by a mule is photo #5. This was not always the case. In 1950, we had a horse drawn carriage ride (photos 2, 3, and 4).

    The carriage pictured in photo #1 was being used for some kind of movie or video. There are a line of people across the street standing by the wall just visible on the right. The traffic is being held up while they are filming.

    They are filming where a guy and a girl go running across to get in the carriage. It apparently is supposed to be hot weather (although it was QUITE cold), and the boy was wearing a jacket when he did it the first time, so he had to remove the jacket and they had to shoot it all over again.

    It was interesting to watch. We didn't take a carriage ride though.

    One of the carriage companies is Royal Carriages which is conveniently located on Decatur Street at Jackson Square and on the corner of St. Louis and Royal Streets.

    All tours available from 8:30 am - Midnight daily, weather permitting.

    French Quarter Tour Rates
    from Jackson Square in your private carriage
    Half hour $50.00 (up to four people)
    One hour $100.00 (up to four people)

    Garden District Tours
    One and a half hour $150.00 (up to four people - additional passengers extra)

    New Orleans carriage in 1950 Mule drawn carriage near Jackson Square 2004 Blackie and the carriage 1950 Picture of us in the carriage in 1950 Mule drawn carriage in 2004
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    check out Baton Rouge

    by lcostello Written Apr 16, 2009

    I fly to New Orleans at least once a year. I just booked a last minute trip for a weekend that happens to be Jazzfest. The flights to MSY were quite expensive. I checked out flying into the Baton Rouge airport. The rental car rate was about 1/2 price and the ticket price -$100. It is about 1 hour outside from New Orleans, but I have the time and the drive from MSY is at least 20 minutes.

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    Getting There

    by keeweechic Updated Sep 26, 2006

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    By Air : Louis Armstrong International Airport is 21 miles northwest of downtown New Orleans in Kenner. Taxis are available and there is a shuttle service from the airport to hotels in the CBD area.

    By Train : Three Amtrak trains pass through or terminate in New Orleans. All Greyhound buses and trains both arrive and depart from Union Passenger Terminal which is located at 1001 Loyola Avenue, downtown.

    By Car : From the Houston, Galveston and San Antonio into New Orleans, take IH 10. From Shreveport, LA take IH20 to Lafayette, then IH 10.

    By Ship : Two cruise lines call into New Orleans as part of their week long cruises. They are Carnival and Royal Caribbean.

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    Commercial Traffic on the Mississippi

    by atufft Written Jan 14, 2006

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    New Orleans is the second largest port in the USA, so it didn't surprise me that when I spied operations continuing at the docks downriver from the city. New Orleans certainly must handle most of the grain transfer from Midwest barges sailing south into the world's ocean distribution system. So, if port operations were reduced, deliveries of foods to factories and nations abroad could be a serious economic disturbance. Besides the bino view of the port, I also noticed a line up of barges on the Mississippi and a grain transfer to sea going bulk cargo vessels, similar to the ones that come to port in my hometown of Stockton, CA. But, several ships were being serviced at once. I didn't spy the container operations, but I assume that New Orleans also brings in its share of Chinese goods via the Panama Canal, transferring them to trains destine north toward St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, and elsewhere in the south and midwest.

    Mississippi barges just upriver from New Orleans Bulk Cargo Operations at New Orleans Port Mississippi Grain Transfer Just Above NO I-90 Mississippi River Bridge NW of NO Fishing Fleet at Morgan City Port
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    Canal Street Line

    by grandmaR Updated Dec 19, 2005

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    POST KATRINA NOTE: The Canal Street Line cars were all destroyed and it will be some time before they start to run again. But the Riverfront Line and part of the Canal Street Line are back in service using the historic St. Charles Line cars.

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    The re-established Canal Street Line (#42-45) runs from the foot of Canal Street at the Mississippi River, along Canal Street, to Carrollton Avenue. An extension of this line runs to New Orleans City Park for access to the New Orleans Museum of Art. These cars and the Riverfront line cars are red.

    The Riverfront line runs along the Mississippi River from Esplanade Avenue, at the far end of the French Quarter, to the Convention Center.

    The St. Charles street line runs from Canal Street, through the American Sector, to the old city of Carrollton. The cars on this line are green.

    My husband feels that the wooden seats are uncomfortable.

    The streetcars run twenty-four hours a day, except during Mardi Gras parades. During peak hours, they come along about every five minutes.

    The seat backs reverse, so you can adjust them to face your companions.

    To stop the streetcar, pull the overhead wire. The conductors are usually happy to call out your stop if you tell them where you want to go.

    The fares are the same as for the buses - $1.25 in exact change (they will take dollar bills), or $5.00 for all day.

    Canal Street car coming to a stop
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  • United Cab

    by ckmclements Written Nov 26, 2005

    United Cab is just LOVELY. Even during Mardi Gras, when we call from our B & B there's usually a cab there within 10 minutes. Post-parade, you want to take whatever cab you can get, but if you have a choice in the matter, I strongly recommend United.

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