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New Orleans Treme' Walking Tour
"Treme' (pronounced Tre-May) sits adjacent to the French Quarter and is the oldest African-American neighborhood in the United States. Treme' is a vibrant area steeped in music and culture. Come explore this iconic gem and revel in New Orleans Jazz histor the birthplace of such Jazz greats as Alphonse Picou and Trombone shorty.Treme' was originally settled by Free People of Color; often referred to as Creoles whose unique experience helped shape the civil rights movement. It is the hallmark of African-American history not to be missed. Today Treme' is home to artists musicians and craftsmen and is a living breathing
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Combo Oak Alley Plantation and New Orleans City Tour
"Go beyond the typical city tour experience and see New Orleans like a local. Relax in an enclosed air-conditioned minibus that runs every day rain or shine. You’ll pass through the French Quarter and travel past mansions along Esplanade Avenue on your way to a stop in City Park where you can visit the Morning Call Café for coffee and beignets. In addition you will see the Ninth Ward a neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Katrina. View the Garden District with its vast mansions that line pristine boulevards and Faubourg Treme — one of the oldest African American neighborhoods in the country dating back to the 1700s. Pass through the home of the internationally acclaimed World War II Museum and by the Contemporary Arts Center
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Three Hour City Tour of New Orleans
"Your tour begins when you pass through the French Quarter and travel past the mansions along Esplanade Avenue on your way to a stop in City Park where you can visit the Morning Call Cafe' for coffee and beignets or view the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. In addition you will see the Ninth Ward a neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Katrina. View the Garden District with it's vast mansions that line pristine boulevards the Warehouse District Faubourg Treme- one of the oldest African American neighborhoods in the country dating back to the 1700's pass through the area formerly known as the American Sector
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Bourbon Street is a tourist mecca

Bourbon Street is world famous for the annual Mardi Gra parade of naked diving for plastic beads and drunken behavior. Not surprisingly, the rest of the year, this street feasts upon the tourists who pay homage to the concept, selling t-shirts and sex acts. Nevertheless, authentic zydeco music and great restaurants are here too. See my tips on these things. Fortunately, Bourbon street is closed to traffic on at least some nights.

Unique Suggestions Bourbon street is lit up at night and a joy to walk along at least once. Restrain yourself from buying too many souvenir items at these shops though. The better shopping is elsewhere.

Fun Alternatives After a night strolling along Bourbon, treat yourself to a night of music in Marigny district or a dinner on Oak Street. See my tips for restaurants and music. I also recommend shopping along some other streets where fine prints, hand-made masks, and kitch antiques can be found.

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Jan 08, 2006

It's only a tourist trap if you make it one!

Bourbon Street is a must see - no doubt. It only becomes a tourist trap if you spend you ENTIRE trip there and don't get to experience any of the wonderful things within (and outside of) the Quarter.

Unique Suggestions Like I was saying, you MUST experience Bourbon Street... especially if it is your first trip to New Orleans. However, please follow these general rules of thumb given to my by my gracious hosts on my first trip to New Orleans.

(look, I know you'll be drunk and looking for a quick bite, but just stay strong and make your way over to a late night joint like Coops!) New Orleans is known for its fine food and Bourbon Street is basically full of quick pick food for wasted tourists. You need only go a few steps off the beaten path to get some authentic grub. You'lll thank me for it.

Is this true? I wouldn't know because I didn't test the fates. If you are a first timer, please do yourself a favor and visit bourbon street for the first time at night - it is quite impressive. Yes, you may cross Bourbon Street in the daylight, just keep your eyes fixed straight ahead and save the fun for after the sun goes down.

Fun Alternatives There are no alternatives to Bourbon Street, just don't spend your ENTIRE trip there.

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Dec 06, 2003

don't get stuck on Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street can't be entirely avoided but if you stick strictly to it you'll miss a lot of the nicest parts of town. It is a touristy and often seedy area if you confine yourself to the main four or five blocks of it.

Unique Suggestions Make sure to go to the extremities of Bourbon Street. It's amazing how a few blocks walk can take you to an entirely different part of town.

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May 04, 2009

Frozen Drinks

Along Bourbon Street you will find many places selling frozen drinks in all kinds of flavors. I recall the price was around $5 for a small one. But it really wasn't that good, the flavor was artificial and too sweet.

Unique Suggestions If you need relief, try one! But guaranteed you won't go back.

Fun Alternatives Save your money for something with real alcohol in it!!

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Jun 18, 2003
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Bourbon Street - Overrated!

There is nothing special about Bourbon St. Its been made famous by the Mardi Gras parade held in February. If you want to catch a few drinks stumble through once or twice but New Orleans has so much more to offer than bars and strip clubs.

Fun Alternatives Take a turn off of Bourbon anywhere in the quarters and find something a little less crowded.

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Dec 27, 2003

Yes Bourbon Street is a tourist trap

Yes Bourbon Street is a tourist trap. This is despite it's fame as a nightlife hot spot. It is overcrowded with conventioneers who fill bars where third rate bands play "Sweet Home Alabama" to them as they go "wooooow". This is a place for 40 year old accountants to go to when they are taking a break from raising their families back in Akron or some place like that. The street itself is dirty and smells of sewage. I spend six nights in New Orleans of which I spend just the first two on Bourbon Street.

Unique Suggestions There are a couple of bars worth a visit such as "Pat O'Brien's" and "Fritzel's "

Fun Alternatives If you are looking for more quality music than try Frenchman Street.

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Nov 17, 2013

Show your tittts! Show your tittts! Go to jail!

It is illegal to show your stuff on the streets kids. I know first had when the phone in my room rang and a hystiracal girl on the other end demands I go to the pookie at 3am cause her boyfriend is in jail.

On that now famous New Orleans trip for Halloween with the group of 9, there was a young couple from the burbs of LA traveling with us. Now let me just say that they are the cutest of cute, but a little? slow on the up take when it came to street smarts. However, New Orleans was kind enough to slap a good lesson on them. It goes like this:

Unique Suggestions I had just crawled back to my room around 3:00am when I noticed that my hotel phone was flashing, so I checked my messages to find one hysticacal friend crying saying that her boyfriend had been arrested and was in jail. Well, my first reaction was laughing and a bit of thrashing around in a small fit of giggles. After I calmed down I called them. I found out that he and his girlfriend were on Bourbon Street, and someone had said, in the same way one would the dumb sluts, “Show your ass! Show your ass!” So as he was just about to pull down his pants, and got just a little of the butt cheeks showing, two cops took each arm and pulled him into the patty wagon and off he went, leaving one very sad, drunk and crying girlfriend.

Fun Alternatives Now, I told them he would be released in 5 hrs and we should just leave him, but NOOOOOOOO, she wanted her boyfriend now. I also asked, out of the other 7 people we were traveling with, why would they HAVE to have me do it? Well, I answered my own question.

We went the SCARY wholly crap, BAD part of town and posted the $500 bail and sprung the little whiper snaper. When he came out, he just looked puzzled and asked “What are you doing here? I would have been out in a few hours?” But then he took one look at his VERY RELEAVED girlfriend and knew why. Kissy kissy poo.

The End.

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Feb 15, 2004

Bourbon Street

Most locals try to avoid Bourbon Street . Its a pretty smelly street with expensive drinks and scam artists. The rest of the French Quarter is great though.

Unique Suggestions . Eat a muffalatta or a po- boy sandwich. then walk down Bourbon Street but don't buy drinks on Bourbon Street. Try Mollys @the Market on Decatur Street or the Abbey. Catch some live blues. Frenchman Street is cool.

Fun Alternatives go somewhere else and get drunk....take the trolley uptown.

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Jan 31, 2004

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Three drinks for the price of one? Really?

You’ll see this gimmick everywhere on Rue Bourbon and in the French Quarter, but don’t be a sucker and fall for it! Yes you do have to pay for one of the drinks, but it cost the price of all three (i.e. one drink would cost you $10).

Unique Suggestions Avoid this trap, unless you plan to drink three drinks in that bar. Or simply just ask for the price of a single drink.

Fun Alternatives There are plenty of bars (and strip clubs) on Rue Bourbon, so if you are not in the mood for three drinks at that bar, simply go to another.

Mar 06, 2004

Not Worth It

Bourbon St. is one of the largest attractions of New Orleans, but honestly it is not worth your time. The street is lined with neon-signed bars and strip joints. Every night it is packed with a crowd whose sole purpose is to drink away the night and early morning. It can be crowded, loud, with people constantly stumbling around, it is really not a great time.

Unique Suggestions Go during the day, when most of the restaurants are open but the bars are mostly closed. Or go early in the evening, before the wilder crowds get really revved up.

Fun Alternatives Your best bet is to skip it altogether, you won't be missing much. The funny thing is, if you move to just one street to either side of Bourbon, the crowds drop off along with the annoyance factor. You'll have a much better time and a more enjoyable experience if you stay off of Bourbon Street. Go along Royal, Chartres, or Decatur.

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Apr 23, 2009

Mickeymouseland for adults

Icannot comment a lot on these “establishments”, as I did not step in, just took a few photos when walking by. I have a problem with people making money with the low instincts of human, and it is not with the girls. . . .

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Jul 25, 2011

Restaurants on Bourbon St. aren't worth it.

Overpriced dining on Bourbon St. is bland at best. Please walk a block away and get a much better meal!

Unique Suggestions Walk up to the the Clover Grill-The Clover is located across from Cafe Lafitte in Exile and is very busy most of the time. A fifties style diner, the Grill is a great place for a quick, inexpensive meal or one of their famous hamburgers. Love the milkshakes!

Fun Alternatives Jacque-Imo's!!! It's uptown, but well worth the street car ride!

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Apr 28, 2005

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Wax Museum

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