44th Annual ARSC Conference (New Orleans, May 19th-22nd 2010)
New Orleans Events & Places of Interest
One of the most unique cities in America, New Orleans offers an incredible variety of historic sites, cultural venues, festivals, cuisine, and other attractions. The French Quarter is easy to navigate on foot and features many museums, restaurants, music venues, antique shops, and markets. The trolley to the famous Garden District stops on Canal Street near the Chateau Bourbon hotel and also passes the Loyola and Tulane university campuses. Another trolley runs along the waterfront from the French Quarter to the Convention Center and Arts/Warehouse District. Many tour companies have offices in the French Quarter, where you can arrange for local walking tours or excursions to plantations, cemeteries, gardens, and swamps. Paddlewheel steamboats also dock along the Mississippi River at the southern edge of the French Quarter and offer cruises, some featuring dinner and live jazz music.
The following web sites have lots of suggestions on what to see and do while you’re in New Orleans:
At www.NewOrleansOnline.com, the official tourism site for the city, you’ll find just about everything you need to plan your trip, including maps and transportation, extensive lists of things to see and do, music clubs, restaurants, event calendars, and more. You can also print coupons, sign up for newsletters and Twitter feeds, and order visitor’s guides.
Museums and Archives:
Louisiana State Museum: several historic properties comprise the Louisiana State Museum complex in New Orleans’ French Quarter: The Cabildo, The Presbytere, the Old U.S. Mint, the Arsenal, the 1850 House and Madame John’s Legacy. The Friends of the Cabildo also offer a two-hour walking tour of the Vieux Carré.
Tour Companies (see above guides for additional options):
Historic New Orleans Tours, Inc.: offers hurricane rebirth tours and weekend jazz walks as well as French Quarter, Garden District, cemetery, voodoo, and haunted tours.
French Quarter Dining: includes description of various cuisines and a “cheap eats” guide.
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