New Orleans, for years, has been known as one of the best-known U.S tourist attractions. There are millions of travellers coming to New Orleans annually. Although as a popular destination, visiting New Orleans seems to be really pricey, yet, you could find yourself some free (or nearly free) things to do here.
Take a look at above-ground graves
Normally when someone died, they’re buried deep under the ground. Yet, in New Orleans, no one is buried. It is not for any regional reason or somethings like that. It is simply because the city is already at the sea level. Therefore, placing anybody’s coffin underground seems to be such an impossible job.
It is not so hard to find an above-ground grave in Lafayette Cemeteries 1 and 2 or Gates of Prayer Cemetery. They are all located in the Garden District.
The best-known of them all is St. Louis Cemetery No.1. Although it has not been showed up in any tour guides yet, this still attraction you with its unique architecture.
Listen to local music performances
New Orleans is an ideal place if you wanna chill out with music as it is has numerous of street musicians who always willing to play for you a melody. Just take a walk to the Frenchmen Street or Jackson Park and enjoy. You even can find yourself a drink in public in BYOB.
If you wanna take part in a crowding concert, free concerts in every Wednesday nights held at Lafayette Park from mid March to mid May would be an ideal choice for you. There even a weekly concert in Spring and Autumn in Thursday showed at Louis Armstrong Park.
Go on a picnic at parks
There are a lot of parks in not only New Orleans but also in almost every states of the U.S. Yet, New Orleans is well-known for the City Park which was built in 1854 and owned 13,000 acres of land. It is the oldest and the largest park of New Orleans as well as America. Coming to this City Park, you can also hang out at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.
Moreover, if you are staying in tourist area, it is much more convenient to hold your picnic day in Woldenberg Park. From the inside of this park you may even see the beauty of the river not far away from the French Quarter. Besides, Audubon Park which located near Tulane University could also be a great choice
Have a bike-riding tour
You may be surprised with how amazing New Orleans is during a bike trip. The most popular and most beautiful route which usually chosen by most of tourist is a 27-mile road from Audubon Park to the North of Mississippi River Trail. This route will lead you straight on to the top of the dam running through the Mississippi River.
If you wanna shorter route, a 2-mile one in Audubon Park or a four-mile in City Park are all considerable. It has been way easier to take a bike-riding tour by now since the public bike share system spread out in New Orleans recently.
Go sightseeing on your feet
It is 100 percent true to say New Orleans is such a suitable city for walking. It is because of the watery view with going-by boats in the Mississippi River Delta, the historical items which you may see in the National Park Service at the French Quarter Visitors Center or a quiet and peaceful atmosphere felt while breathing fresh air at the French Quarter.
There are even some films, social events or talks presented occasionally on your road if you have time to take a look at the city calendar or fortunately coming across at the right time.
Going on a street car
Watching the city’s beauty from a streetcar is a worth-a-try activity when you are travelling New Orleans. Obviously, it is not free, however, it nearly is with a price of $1.25 for a ride from Canal Street to S. Carrollton and S. Claiborne or to City Park. If you wanna travel all day, it also offers a $3 service which including Garden District stop with numerous district’s parks.
Moreover, as being one of the most popular city of America, New Orleans often holds some festivals and parades. Just check the city event calendar for planning your journey appropriately.
Wish you have the best trip ever.