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Places to go camping with a 5- and 7-year-old near New Orleans?

My SO's kids are becoming a bigger part of my life, and she and I would like to start taking them on camping trips as a way to have fun, bond, introduce them to the outdoors, and find some precious peace and quiet out away from the roar of the city. We live in New Orleans, Louisiana; what are some good places to take them for weekend camping adventures? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Sep 1, 2014 - 3 answers

a road trip without any ability to drive

BeMyTravelAgentFilter: Help me figure out a way to make a trip from the Bay Area to New Orleans doable and affordable - when driving is not an option. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 4, 2014 - 23 answers

NOLAfilter-Travel safety for woman arriving at dawn, on foot in Marigny?

My friend is taking a Megabus from Florida to Texas. She's connecting between the two states in New Orleans - where she arrives early tomorrow morning. Can you offer advice about navigating the Marigny safely by foot, or about using Megabus services in New Orleans? [more inside]
posted by mitschlag on Jun 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Best of New Orleans

A friend and I are taking a short trip (about 3 days) to New Orleans. We're staying near the French Quarter, access to buses and bikes. Where should we go, what should we do? [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Mar 8, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me decode New Orleans hotel locations!

I'm somewhat last-minute booking a trip to NOLA, and have never been before, so I'm floundering a bit in sorting through my hotel decisions. There's tons of advice on where to eat, but very little on where to sleep! Which we do plan to do at least once. ;) So dear MeFites, where should the boy and I park ourselves between beignets? [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Sep 10, 2013 - 21 answers

Looking for awesome restaurants,bars and fun things to do in New Orleans

My girlfriend and I are going to New Orleans for Jazz Fest later this month. Although we'll spend a fair amount of time at the festival, we'd like to spend some time exploring NOLA itself. Looking for awesome restaurants, bars and fun things to do in New Orleans [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Apr 5, 2013 - 14 answers

Visiting New Orleans with an infant

My wife and I will be visiting New Orleans at the end of this month with our almost 1-year old son. Having the baby with us has required two contingencies: we are renting a car, and our days will have to end by 6:30 or 7 pm-ish (although they do start at 6:30-7am). We will also need to find a quiet place for him to nap during the day, or else sit in the car/return to our lodging for an hour or so. I am hoping he'll nap in the stroller as we wander the city, but can't take this for granted. Given this, and the fact that we only have two days (Friday-22 and Monday-25, the weekend is taken up by the wedding we are travelling for) how best to organize our time? Any advice on travelling with an infant? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Mar 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Quick trip to New Orleans?

I’ve been thinking about a return trip to New Orleans for a while now (last there in 2008), and came across some good off-season fares/hotel deals for August. Yes, New Orleans in August. (Probably too many) specific questions inside… [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Jun 18, 2012 - 41 answers

Help a large group dine in New Orleans' French Quarter!

I'm organizing a group trip to New Orleans in June. There will be 12-13 of us and I'm trying to find a Friday-night casual restaurant and a Sunday brunch spot in the French Quarter that will take reservations for such a large group. (French Quarter preferred as it's near the hotel and some folks have walking issues, but we can possibly branch out with cabs, etc.) [more inside]
posted by GaelFC on May 22, 2012 - 11 answers

How best to experience the Crescent City on St Pat's?

Yet another New Orleans travel question, with a twist: We're going to be in New Orleans on St. Patrick's Day, what should we expect? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Mar 3, 2012 - 8 answers

Can two pseudo introverts have a good time in NOLA?

My husband and I would like to go to New Orleans, LA in March, 2012. We're fairly laid back and not huge into the tourism craziness that I tend to associate with NOLA. It is possible to go to The Big Easy and, well, have a chill time? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Nov 18, 2011 - 30 answers

Let the good times roll in New Orleans, 2012

I'm looking for an affordable hotel in New Orleans, ideally in the French Quarter. I'm coordinating a meetup of friends in 2012. Right now we're considering April 20-22 but are open to other dates. We've only started to look but the early prices we've been quoted are $320 a night (at Holiday Inn French Quarter) which our group can't handle. Group rates are lower, but we may not be able to guarantee 10 rooms. [more inside]
posted by GaelFC on Nov 1, 2011 - 13 answers

What to do in NOLA that isn't a tourist destination?

I am considering taking a trip to NOLA in December... however, in looking at hostel listings, I realized that I do not know what is a good location to book a hostel. This is because I am not familiar with the city and I am not certain where the interesting parts are located. I also do not know much about the transit options available for accessing different places. It seems there are some trolley lines, but again, without knowledge of where I want to go, I don't know if they will be helpful or not. I do not care about hitting up every one of the top-ten tourist sites. To be cliche, I am more interested in experiencing the actual New Orleans rather than the tourist version of the city. Suggestions?
posted by terezaakarenin on Oct 24, 2011 - 13 answers

How do foreign visitors find a local doctor in the USA?

I'm going to be visiting New Orleans with my kids. We try to go every year and this trip we'll be staying around a month. I'd like to have a regular doctor or medical practice so that I don't need to visit a hospital emergency room for something minor. We have travel insurance, and most of our party will be US citizens.
posted by Joe in Australia on Jun 9, 2011 - 3 answers

What should we do/see in New Orleans?

My wife and I are traveling to New Orleans between June 14th and June 18th for our 1st anniversary. What should we do there? Relevant details: we're both vegetarian, both like jazz and beer and museums, I love funk music, she's into fancy cocktails and cool-looking old buildings. Neither of us have ever been before. Any recommendations for vegetarian restaurants would be especially appreciated.
posted by IjonTichy on May 26, 2011 - 23 answers

I've memorized Port and Starboard. What else do 2 cruise n00bs need to know?

The Lady and I are taking our first cruise this Sunday. Leaving New Orleans and heading to Belize, Roatan, Costa Maya and Cozumel. I've been to N.O. before, but neither of us have been any of the other places. Any pro-tips, suggestions or amusing anecdotes about any of those places? We really have no idea what to expect... [more inside]
posted by indiebass on May 24, 2011 - 18 answers

Help me plan my short trip to New Orleans next month.

Help me plan my short trip to New Orleans next month. [more inside]
posted by xtine on Mar 22, 2011 - 15 answers

LA to NOLA

My girlfriend and I are driving from L.A to New Orleans next week, and are looking for any advice you might have. (best route, food, lodging, speed traps, tourist traps, etc.) [more inside]
posted by St. Sorryass on Jan 19, 2011 - 19 answers

What's must-see in New Orleans?

I'm going to New Orleans next week for a conference. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by Kimothy on Dec 29, 2010 - 30 answers

I'm sure Metafilter will be able to recommend a clean place, reasonably priced.

Where is a good, inexpensive place for a spur of the moment trip to New Orleans this Saturday? [more inside]
posted by HSWilson on Sep 17, 2010 - 14 answers

Tips for New Orleans nightlife?

Taking a recently divorced friend to New Orleans for a weekend to celebrate his singledom -- any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2010 - 7 answers

Plan my roadtrip.

PlanMyRoadtrip Filter: Driving from St. Louis, MO to Brownsville, TX in 3 days. What should we do along the way? [more inside]
posted by lockestockbarrel on Feb 18, 2009 - 8 answers

Travel package recommendations to NoLa

Does anyone have any experience with book it . com ? More specifically their travel packages to New Orleans? [more inside]
posted by iamabot on Feb 15, 2009 - 4 answers

Funky N'Awlins tips?

FreakyNewOrleansfilter: I'll be going to NOLA in March for four days. My travelling companion and I have never actually travelled together before (we usually spend all our time in his room, wink wink nudge nudge). I've gotten lots of tips/advice about lodging/activities/restaurants &etc. from previous AskMe threads, but here's the deal: I want to knock my companion's socks off with some kind of truly off-the-beaten-path, even-the-locals-don't-know-about-THIS thing. [more inside]
posted by CitizenD on Feb 6, 2009 - 3 answers

Help me get the most out of my Southern US road trip.

I have a follow-up to this Southern US road trip question. My route is firmed up, and I'd like recommendations for anything to see or skip between hotel stops. [more inside]
posted by willnot on Jan 22, 2009 - 21 answers

Can you help me plan a roadtrip from New Orleans through the US South

Work is sending me to New Orleans in February. I've never been to the US South, and I'd like to extend my trip with a little road trip to get a sense of what makes the South unique and wonderful and especially photogenic. Can you help with suggestions? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Nov 19, 2008 - 15 answers

NOLA: Metairie Cemetery

I'm going to New Orelans next week, for the first time since 2001... [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Oct 9, 2008 - 6 answers

Know something about Rental cars? Know something about New Orleans?

I have a trip booked to South Carolina on October 17th. When we get there, we will be renting a car, driving to Alabama to visit family, and then finishing our trip in New Orleans. I'm looking for advice on how car rental agencies work w/ regards to reservations, and hotel/location/activity recommendations for first-time visitors to New Orleans. [more inside]
posted by fishfucker on Sep 23, 2008 - 7 answers

What cool things should I buy in New Orleans?

Going to be in New Orleans for the next 36 hours. Please recommend to me unique NOLA gifts I can bring back home to my friends and colleagues! [more inside]
posted by melorama on Apr 8, 2008 - 29 answers

Travel Safely in New Orleans

How concerned do I need to be about my own safety when I visit New Orleans in early November? I'm a young woman, mostly touring the city alone. [more inside]
posted by sarahnade on Oct 10, 2007 - 18 answers

Need current advice for first time visit to New Orleans

Visiting New Orleans for the first time... need current advice. [more inside]
posted by kdern on Sep 15, 2006 - 22 answers

Tips and advice for volunteer work and photography in/around New Orleans?

Volunteering and photography in Biloxi/New Orleans - tips and advice? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Jan 11, 2006 - 1 answer

Places to Stay in New Orleans

I am going to New Orleans in October. Can anyone recommend good places to stay and things to do?
posted by mystic cheezewhiz on Feb 28, 2005 - 19 answers

Heading to the Big Easy

Speaking of New Orleans, I am going to Mardi Gras with some friends but would like some off-the-beaten-path suggestions for things to do. Stuff like jazz, cemeteries, unique cuisine, etc. (with no major budgetary concerns).

From my memory of MG 2000, Bourbon Street gets pretty old pretty quickly.
posted by bikergirl on Jan 25, 2005 - 4 answers

New Orleans

Inspired by the success of my Disney thread, I'm asking for more tourism advice. We're going to New Orleans next weekend. We're staying near Bourbon Street, and I'd like to see some good live music, in the bluesy-rock and/or Zydeco genres. Any ideas on that, or other must sees?
posted by MrMoonPie on Apr 30, 2004 - 12 answers

New Orleans

I will be making my first trip to the US in late April and it will involve a two night stop in New Orleans. So - what is there to do in the 'Big Easy'? I understand there is the heritage of the French Quarter and the jazz of Bourbon Street. But, beyond the blues and the mardi gras, what should I go see?
posted by metaxa on Feb 10, 2004 - 19 answers

Restaurant recommendations in New Orleans?

Healthy restaurant options in the Big Easy? I'm visiting New Orleans for a week with family, and I've been warned that the place should be called "the Big Greasy." Does anyone have recommendations for fresher, greener eating options? I've seen sites dedicated to helping people pick restaurants, but I'm hoping some here have personal Nawlins experience.
posted by squirrel on Jan 12, 2004 - 11 answers

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