548th and 67th Reconnaissance Association

Suggested Tours

Here are some things to do in New Orleans along with some good links for additional information:

1.  https://www.tripadvisor.com/Guide-g60864-k595-New_Orleans_Louisiana.html  This is a link to a Trip Advisor site called “3 Days in New Orleans”.  It includes description of most of the places I would put on my must do list for a Saturday in New Orleans.  Let’s start with the easiest itinerary.  Jackson Square, the heart of old New Orleans, is only a 20 minute (1 mile) walk from the hotel.  The most direct route is down St. Peters St, past Harrah's Casino (for any who would like a Vegas level gambling experience), across Canal St and on to the French Quarter.  My first stop (or last) would be at Cafe Du Monde (to the right of Jackson Square on Decatur St) for chicory blended coffee and beignets.  Leaving there I would walk up the steps of Washington Artillery Park for a great view of Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and the Mississippi River.  A walk through the river front park to view the river and listen to the many musicians playing along the banks is a must either then, or when you start your walk back to the hotel later.  After the park, I would go across Decatur and into Jackson Square.  The Square is flanked by the Pontalba Buildings on either side, which are a great example of the Spanish architecture that dominates the French Quarter (the old French buildings burned down in the 1790’s and were rebuilt by the Spanish, who ruled the land from 1762 until 1802).  St Louis Cathedral allows visitors and self guided tours.  Here’s a link to more info:  https://www.stlouiscathedral.org/   To the left of the Cathedral is The Cabildo, a great little museum that is full of history about New Orleans and Louisiana.  ( https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60864-d109148-Reviews-Cabildo-New_Orleans_Louisiana.html ).  Another great view of the Square from the second floor, where the official turnover of Louisiana from France to the US took place after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.  The Presbytere is another nice museum on the right side of the Cathedral.   After the museums, walk down Pere Antoine Alley on the side of the Cathedral to Royal Street.  The few blocks of Royal towards Canal Street are full of great little shops that are great for shopping or just looking.  If you skipped the Cafe Du Monde, or if its close to lunch time, Cafe Pontalba on the edge of Jackson Square on Chartres St., the Gumbo Shop on St. Peter Street, and Central Grocery on Decatur St (for a Muffaletta),  are great places to sample some New Orleans food.  I’m not a big fan of Bourbon St., but if you want to view that side of New Orleans, its just one more block off Royal St. My suggestion would be to head back to the parks along the river.  The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is a great place to visit ( https://audubonnatureinstitute.org/aquarium ).  Another attraction in that area is the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen ( https://www.creolequeen.com/ ).  There are lots of shops and things to see along the river all the way back to Julia St, which will lead you right back to the hotel (passing Mulate’s Resturant if you haven't eaten yet).  There a bunch of other things to do in the French Quarter that I didn’t mention.  See that 3 days in New Orleans site that I included for more ideas.  

2,  A second calmer itinerary would be to head “uptown” to the Audubon Park area.  From the hotel, walk a few block to St Charles Ave. and catch the street car to the park.  This route brings you through the Garden District of New Orleans with a view of many of the mansions that were build as the city expended beyond the French Quarter over the years.  Get off the street car when you get to the area by Tulane and Loyola Universities.  There is a great walking track as you enter Audubon Park that will take you around a very nice par three golf course to Magazine St.  There is a great little restaurant at the course ( https://audubonnatureinstitute.org/clubhouse-cafe ) that has a brunch from 10:00 to 2:00 on Saturdays.  I would highly recommend it.  Across Magazine St you will find more park and the Audubon Zoo ( https://audubonnatureinstitute.org/zoo ).  Its a first class zoo, that can also include a walk along the Mississippi River at Butterfly Riverview Park.  After you are finished in the park, I would advise you return to the hotel are via the bus that runs along Magazine Street.  ( https://www.magazinestreet.com/ ).  The site will show you numerous shops and restaurants that are worth a visit along magazine St.  Get off the bus at Magazine and Julia St. just a couple of blocks from the hotel.

3.  If you have a car, you might want to visit New Orleans City Park ( http://neworleanscitypark.com/ ). In addition to great walking paths, the park has paddleboats, a museum, and Bayou Oaks South Golf Course (for golfers probably the best course in the area). 

These a few ideas that should give everyone something to do on Saturday.  If anyone needs more information, I’ll be around Thursday and Friday to talk to them.

Herb Boasso

Just an FYI... there are 5 streetcar lines that run til 5 - 1am...some are 24hrs. A jazzy pass for 1 day is $3 and 3 day is $9. You pay when you first get on the street car.

Due to parking and traffic...I love touring my city using streetcars!  I hop on/off as much as I want for one price.

Take care!

Teresa Sanchez

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