$10 Travel: New Orleans


$10 Travel: New Orleans

     When planning a vacation on a budget, the first thing that comes to mind is how to make dollars and cents stretch to accommodate everything you want to see and do. It comes as no surprise that vacation costs can cause even the most frugal travelers to overextend themselves. Given the current state of the economy and my limited funds, over the past year I have become a tourist in my own city. Lucky for me, I live in New Orleans, so the opportunities for finding new activities are endless. Because I, like most travelers, am suffering from Empty Wallet Syndrome, I have found ten fantastic things to do in the city for ten dollars or less. Some of them are even FREE!

  1. City Park’s Sculpture Garden
    1 Palm Drive

    Price: Free

    Photo credit: Cindy Makofsky

         In 2003, New Orleans City Park opened the gates of the Besthoff Sculpture Garden and allowed visitors to enter a world of artistry. Over sixty sculptures from artists around the world grace the beautifully landscaped gardens. Admission is free, and a free audio tour accompanies your admission. The gardens are open seven days a week from 10am to 4:45pm.
  2. Sno-balls and Street Car Rides
    1300 Burdette Street

    Price: $1.25+

         Taking a ride on the picturesque street car can be one of the most relaxing adventures on a warm summer day in New Orleans. For $1.25 a ride, one can hop on the St. Charles Avenue or Carrollton Avenue street cars and reach just about any location in the uptown or garden district areas. On days of extreme heat, locals head to Plum Street Sno-balls right off the street car line at the corner of Burdette and Plum Street. Shaved ice covered in sugary syrup is enough to make any blistering day bearable.

  3. Zephyrs Baseball at Zephyr Field
    6000 Airline Drive

    Price: $6-$10

         Minor league baseball shines its bright stadium lights in the suburbs of New Orleans. A short drive from the city, the Shrine on Airline Stadium, as it is affectionately named, provides entertainment for all ages.

    Insider Tip: Buying tickets directly from the stadium box office upon arrival will save additional handling fees.

  4. Café Du Monde Coffee Stand
    800 Decatur Street

    Price: Varies

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         This may seem like a cliché for tourists, but this much loved New Orleans staple provides more than just inexpensive, fried, sugary donuts. Obtaining a coveted seat near the railing of this open air restaurant allows true immersion into the ambiance that makes this city unique.

    Insider tip: Remember to bring cash, as this establishment is not equipped to accept credit cards or checks.

  5. Metairie Cemetery Driving Tour
    Metairie Road and I-10

    Price: Free

         This often overlooked free tour is worth stopping for. Built in 1872, this city of the dead is the eternal resting place to many local celebrities and dignitaries. The self-guided driving tour explores the cemetery’s architecture and the history behind the people buried within its gates. Visit the Lakelawn Funeral Home office to inquire about the audio CD and accompanying map to begin the tour. Distribution of materials for the tour happens until 3pm Monday through Saturday.

  6. Photo credit: Cindy Makofsky

    New Orleans Museum of Art

    1 Collin diboll Circle

    Price: $6 - $10

         From European art to contemporary photography, this museum will satisfy any art lover. It’s open daily from 10am to 5pm with an admission fee of $10 for adults, $8 for seniors/military, $6 for children.

  7. Abita Brewery Tours
    166 Barbee Road, Abita Springs

    Price: Free

         Locally brewed Abita Beer is made just across the lake from New Orleans. Driving on the Causeway Bridge (the nation’s longest at 26 miles) it takes around 30 minutes to reach the brewery located in Abita Springs. Free tours along with taste testing are offered on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 2pm. On Saturday, tours are offered at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm. Patrons must be 21 years or older with closed-toe shoes for warehouse safety.

  8. Confederate Museum
    929 Camp Street

    Price: $8

         Steeply rooted in the history of our city, the Confederate Museum seeks to preserve artifacts, records and relics from the Civil War. Opened in 1891 and located on Camp Street in New Orleans, there is an $8 admission fee. The museum is open Tuesday- Saturday 10am to 4pm.

  9. St. Louis Cathedral
    715 Chartres Street

    Price: Free (Donations requested)

         One of the most recognizable structures in New Orleans, the St. Louis Cathedral is even more breathtaking once inside the heavy front doors. This stately church sits at the center of Jackson Square facing the river. Its history of survival in some of New Orleans’ darkest days makes it truly a place of grace and worship. Self-guided tour brochures are available for the donation of $1. Volunteers will often give personal tours throughout the day.

  10. Walking around New Orleans

    Price: Free

         The surprising thing about this city is the ability to wander around the river front, the French quarter, the garden district, uptown or downtown and always find something new to do. Sometimes just the walk itself can be an adventure. With historical plaques to read, jazz musicians on street corners and sweet and savory scents of pralines and crawfish, New Orleans is truly a treat to the senses.

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  1. Nathan Steadman III

    Never thought I’d see that name! Great blog!

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