Blog  /  September 2016  /  Making the big show easy: What to do when you're in New Orleans (Part 1)

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WEFTEC will provide plenty of professional enrichment and the exhibit hall will have displays from the best and brightest the water and wastewater industry have to offer, but The Big Easy offers up a unique blend of cosmopolitan experiences that will make your trip to WEFTEC complete. New Orleans is a perfect host for visitors from all over the world, and the WEFTEC 2016 attendees have the opportunity to enjoy the multicultural melting pot at the mouth of the mighty Misissippi.  

New Orleans has it’s rich cultural history proudly on display, working and playing hard, while maintaining a fun and festive atmosphere year round. I’ve spent some quality time down there and here are a few NOLA staples you won’t want to miss:

The French quarter founded in 1718, and purchased by the US in 1803 the quarter remains a bastion of art and culture, as well as some of the finest food experiences anywhere in the world!

French quarter highlights:

· St. Louis Cathedral and the 1850 House at Jackson Square

· Café DuMonde chickory café au lait and bignet, right across the street from Jackson Square

· Bourbon Street Bars

· Pat O’Briens Hurricane at the flaming fountain courtyard

· Preservation Hall for the finest in old time jazz

· For a take-out lunch, try the Central Grocery on Decatur Street- it’s the home of the original muffaletta Italian sandwich.

· Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, One Eyed Jacks for live  music

There is a lot to see and do in the quarter, so pick and choose your sightseeing based on your time frame and professional commitments, I’m just sayin those Hurricanes at Pat O’Brien’s are strong!