Blog  /  September 2016  /  Making the big show easy: What to do when you're in New Orleans (Part 2)

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While the French quarter houses much of the city’s entertainment, there are a lot of other attractions around town including:

· Shopping on Royal and Magazine Streets some of the worlds finest companies have shops and stores here.

· The Audibon Aquarium and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium (close to convention hall) can provide natural respite and relief from overwork through fun and educational displays

· The Garden District is a gorgeous neighborhood of southern style architecture and gorgeous gardens, easily accessible by streetcar. Make sure to stop by Igor’s Lounge for refreshment.

Other “don’t miss” attractions:

· Streetcars – this traditional city transportation first used in 1830’s, then electrified in 1893, and although the Desire line was cancelled, not before it spawned the famous Tennessee Williams play.

· Crawfish – simple to enjoy all on their own, just twist off the head (suck out that juice!), crack off the tail shell and devein and enjoy with your cocktail, or get them on pizza or in crawfish étouffée.

· Po Boys – Born in a hole in the wall coffee shop these now famous sandwiches were created in support of Streetcar workers strike of 1929 and provide a delicious meal on the go today, you can find them everywhere in all sorts of fabulous flavors.

· Jean Lafitte’s Old Absinthe House – a dive bar founded in 1807, offering a wide range of absinthe experiences which can become quite pricey, but worth it and this is the place to enjoy it.

· 801 Royal – Great place to experience the local cuisine, best for small groups but they will accommodate anyone nicely.

· Clover Grill is cool for late night cheap burgers

Some All Time Classic New Orleans Institutions:

DINING: Antoine's and Tujague's, both have been in business since the 19th century. Arnaud's, Galatoire's, Broussard's, and Brennan's also drip with storied atmosphere.

MUSIC: Open your New Orleans week at the Superdome on Saturday September 24 with Beyonce’s world tour, and close out your WEFTEC week with Coheed and Cambria on Wednesday September 28th at the Civic Theater. Remember than many bars in the French Quarter offer live music every night.

ATTRACTIONS: There are many walking tours of New Orleans attractions, including Nighttime Voodoo tours and NO Cemetery tours, as well as a number of steamboat and bayou boat tours. The National WWII Museum is also located here.

For safe and happy travels, please remember New Orleans hosts a lot of visitors, so be aware of typical tourist traps, and remain aware and alert on city streets, particularly watching out for street scams  preying on unwary travelers with loose bags and wandering eyes.

Also, please remember to tip – it’s expected down here, so take good care of the people who take care of you, and make your New Orleans experience both productive and memorable for all the right reasons! My tip to you is enjoy the hospitality New Orleans is famous for while benefitting from all the opportunities the annual Weftec Conference affords!

Safe and happy travels.