Beyond Bourbon St., hopefully.
January 22, 2011 5:17 PM Subscribe
I have some very specific questions about very specific things to do in New Orleans.
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! to Travel & Transportation around New Orleans, LA (34 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
Ms. Dean Yeager and I are vacationing in New Orleans in February (before Mardi Gras) and the rest of the internet is not really answering some questions I have. I'm hoping those of you who live there or nearby can help me out.
Could you recommend some thrift stores to go to? How are the Salvation Armys down there? ARE there Salvation Armys down there? Which stores are worth hunting though? Which ones are in neighborhoods we should avoid? Would you mind divulging the locations of your favorite secret spots to two out-of-towners? If it sweetens the deal I'll trade you for my favorite thrifting gold mines in Southeast Michigan.
Could you also recommend some vintage stores, antique stores or flea markets to visit? We're looking for places that are more on the cheap/reasonable side than super-fancy tourist trap places I assume litter the high volume areas. We're not looking for an antebellum lap desk or anything Tiffany, more like old political buttons or a box of CDVs to rummage through.
Could you recommend nearby sites and attractions related to the Civil War, World War I and World War II? We already have the WWII Museum and possibly a short road-trip up to Vicksburg on the itinerary. The internet has been reasonably helpful here, but I'm looking for any personal recommendations you might have. Any historical things in general that we may have overlooked would be helpful, too.
We'd also like to see the ocean. What beaches are nearby that are good for strolling? Maybe with some cool rocks to climb on?
And finally, could you recommend the best places to experience some honest-to-goodness culture shock? This may sound like an odd request, but I've been in the Midwest my entire life (like, seriously my entire life: I'm nearly 30 and I can count on my hands the number of days I've been outside of the Iowa/Illinois/Indiana/Michigan area) and I'm hoping to feel like I'm not in Kansas anymore. Maybe this will happen naturally, but I thought it couldn't hurt to inquire.
We are staying in the Garden District and will have a car, if that helps.