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New Orleans on a budget

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New Orleans on a budget
Free or nearly free is no less fun in New Orleans. For less than a cup of café au lait, you can ride a streetcar through the scenic Garden District or window shop fabulous finds on Royal Street.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Canal Street / Algiers Ferry
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Canal Street / Algiers Ferry

See the city skyline from the Mississippi River for free. Nothing fancy, but kids are sure to love the pelicans and photographers will love the sights on the way to historic Algiers.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Free Tours by Foot
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Free Tours by Foot

Free Tours by Foot is pleased to present the only FREE, name-your-own-price New Orleans tours. Learn much more than just Bourbon Street on our French Quarter Tour, about the well-heeled and their mansions on our Garden District Tour. Learn about New Orleans peculiar burial grounds on our St. Louis Cemetery #1 Tour. Foodies will love our food tours and everyone will get spooked on our... More

Free Tours by Foot is pleased to present the only FREE, name-your-own-price New Orleans tours. Learn much more than just Bourbon Street on our French Quarter Tour, about the well-heeled and their mansions on our Garden District Tour. Learn about New Orleans peculiar burial grounds on our St. Louis Cemetery #1 Tour. Foodies will love our food tours and everyone will get spooked on our New Orleans ghost tours. We now also offer bike tours and soon photography and bus tours. You decide what a tour was worth after the tour is finished. Pay-what-you-like tours are great tours for every budget. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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French Market
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French Market

Just a bit of advice for those that visit Historic New Orleans French Market.  1. Do not impulse buy - If you walk the market and compare prices, you... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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St. Louis Cathedral
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St. Louis Cathedral

The major landmark of the French Quarter is the oldest continuously active cathedral in the U.S.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Preservation Hall
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Preservation Hall

New Orleans' Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to honor one of America's truest art forms - Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Operating as a music venue, a touring band, and a non-profit organization, Preservation Hall continues its mission today as a cornerstone of New Orleans music and culture. Situated in the heart of the French Quarter on St. Peter Street, the Preservation Hall... More

New Orleans' Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to honor one of America's truest art forms - Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Operating as a music venue, a touring band, and a non-profit organization, Preservation Hall continues its mission today as a cornerstone of New Orleans music and culture. Situated in the heart of the French Quarter on St. Peter Street, the Preservation Hall venue presents intimate, acoustic New Orleans Jazz concerts over 350 nights a year featuring ensembles from a current collective of 100+ local master practitioners. On any given night, audiences bear joyful witness to the evolution of this venerable and living tradition. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Royal Street
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Royal Street

This unusual shopping area is one of the city's most historic streets.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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St. Charles Streetcar
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St. Charles Streetcar

Get wherever you want to go in New Orleans with the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Our extensive network of buses and streetcars winds throughout every neighborhood of the Crescent City. From Uptown to Downtown, from Lakeview to the Lower Nine, from Mid-City across the Mississippi River and to the parish lines, the RTA goes there.As streetcars glide underneath grand live oaks and... More

Get wherever you want to go in New Orleans with the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Our extensive network of buses and streetcars winds throughout every neighborhood of the Crescent City. From Uptown to Downtown, from Lakeview to the Lower Nine, from Mid-City across the Mississippi River and to the parish lines, the RTA goes there.As streetcars glide underneath grand live oaks and past stately mansions, they offer up relaxing views of the beauty, charm and history of New Orleans for little cost. When riders board these historic vehicles they are boarding a piece of movable New Orleans history. The RTA operates three streetcar lines: the famous, historic St. Charles line, the Canal Street line, and the Riverfront line. All lines either run along or intersect with Canal Street in the area between the French Quarter and the Central Business District (CBD) connecting Uptown/Garden District, Carrollton, Mid-City, City Park and the Marigny. The RTA is currently adding more Streetcar lines. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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