Thinking of heading down to the Bayou this year? You will not be alone as scores of tourists visit New Orleans every year to get their taste of culture and gumbo. While you are there it would be prudent of you to keep an eye out for those nasty tourist traps though. No one enjoys getting caught up in costly, crowded places that attract the eye and are nothing special other than an instagram picture opportunity. To find the real New Orleans see my list of tips and places to check out in order to visit like a local.
The Barataria Preserve, lying 30 minutes south of NOLA offers guided walks along cypress swamps and bayous. You will be in the natural habitat of many birds, turtles, snakes, alligators and insects so be prepared to take some pictures!
If you’re a fitness buffs looking to stretch your legs after that flight in, there is a 10 kilometer jogging tour that takes you around historic New Orleans. Do not worry about being able to make it 10 km all in one swift bound, your guide will keep to your pace and point out the interesting and historical landmarks as you pass them.
Head down to the French market on the Riverfront streetcar to walk the roads that have been serving a similar purpose for centuries. The French heritage is rich in this part of town as you can inspect local produce, fish and hot sauce before heading to the French Market Restaurant for lunch. I recommend their Jambalaya.
Sticking to the food theme, for those cooking nuts there is a way to bring more than just a souvenir home with you from your trip. On Canal St. there is the New Orleans School of Cooking where they offer a three hour class on making the basics in NOLA eating. Fun, informative and historical, the cooking class will leave you well fed physically and intellectually.
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