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FREE Things to Do in New Orleans
New Orleans is like no other city in the world. With such an abundance of great music, great food and great attractions, a lifetime wouldn’t be enough to see and do it all. And the best part of it all is that a lot of it is FREE! It’s all out there just waiting to be taken in and enjoyed. Listed below are fifty of the best free attractions in New Orleans!
* Take in the sights and sounds of Jackson Square, a good spot to take a rest, too.
* Gallery hop in the Arts District along Julia Street on the first Saturday night of each month.
* Join the parades during Carnival Season and Mardi Grasin New Orleans.
* Stroll Royal and Chartres streets and window shop the arts, antiques and boutiques.
* Enjoy French Quarter Festival every April, the South’s largest free music festival.
* Watch the ships pass on the Mississippi River from Woldenberg Riverfront Park and listen for the Steamboat Natchez’s calliope.
* Visit the Historic New Orleans Collection and the Williams Research Center.
* Swing dance every Sunday in the summer at the National World War II Museum.
* Ride the Canal Street Ferry to Algiers Point and see the New Orleans skyline.
* Let the kids run around in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in City Park.
* Volunteer at one of the many organizations helping to rebuild New Orleans’ residences.
* Celebrate the life and music of jazz legend Louis Armstrong during Satchmo SummerFest.
* Experience a cooking demonstration at the Crescent City Farmers Market.
* Jam out at the free Wednesday afternoon concerts in Lafayette Square during the spring and fall months.
* Dance down Frenchmen Street at night, many clubs don’t have a cover charge.
* Watch the fireworks on the Mississippi River every New Year’s Eve and Fourth of July.
* Enjoy free oysters and music every Friday at Le Bon Temps Roule music club.
* Attend one of the many festivals that the Jazz and Heritage Foundation hosts throughout the year, like the BBQ and Blues Festival or Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival.
* Browse the shops and stalls throughout the French Market.
* Tour Saint Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square.
* Visit the New Orleans Museum of Art free on Wednesdays.
* Enjoy a free concert of opera arias and musical show tunes by Bon Operatit! on the second Wednesday of each month at the Inn on Bourbon.
* Venture into our “Cities of the Dead” for a self-guided day tour of a unique cemetery, especially St. Louis Cemetery #1, the closest one to the French Quarter.
* Bring your book on the Garden District and take a self-guided walking tour.
* Find a Saturday Art Market and check out the local art scene.
* Listen to live music near the Joan of Arc Statue on Decatur Street.
* Go upstairs at Arnaud’s for a tour of their Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum.
* Ask Antoine’s for a tour of their 160-year-old restaurant.
* Watch artists demonstrate glassblowing at Rosetree Glass Studio, Studio Inferno, orGlassworks.
* Sit under 100 year old Oak trees in Audubon Park and/or City Park.
* See beignets made through the kitchen window at Café du Monde in Dutch Alley.
* Sample a praline at a sweet shop.
* Take a free self-guided audio tour of downtown and theFrench Quarter with the National Park Service at 419 Decatur Street.
* Try on masks and boas in French Quarter shops.
* People watch on Bourbon Street.
* Take a picture with Fats Domino, Pete Fountain, or Al Hirt at Music Legends Park on Bourbon Street.
* Tour the Global Green house in the Lower Ninth Ward.
* Get a view of Jackson Square from Washington Artillery Park.
* Make a wish in the fountain at Spanish Plaza in front of the Riverwalk Shopping Center.
* Watch looming at Louisiana Loom Works on Chartres Street.
* Check out the Fulton Street Mall near Harrah’s Hoteland Casino.
* Catch a concert at Wednesdays on the Point during the summer months taking place in Old Historic Algiers just a quick ferry ride across the Mississippi from the French Quarter.
* Window shop on Magazine Street.
* See the swans from the Peristyle in City Park.
* Tailgate outside the Superdome at a Saints football game or join the party before aPelicans basketball game.
* Walk the nature trail at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve’s Barataria Unit.
* Watch the sailboats race on Lake Pontchartrain from the Lakefront Park or watch the sunset from Lakeshore Drive.
* See the Battle of New Orleans reenactment at the Chalmette Battlefield unit of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.
* Pay homage at the National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos.
* Catch the holiday spirit with Cathedral concerts, cooking demonstrations and more during Christmas New Orleans Style, the entire month of December.
Don’t forget to get yourself a New Orleans Travel Guide before going just to make sure you cover everything!
Written by Ashley Drewes
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