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In New Orleans for a day - recomendations

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In New Orleans for a day - recomendations

Myself (mom) and 3 kids (older) are going to be in New Orleans in late May for one day. We are staying at the Best Western Landmark on Rampart. We should be at our hotel earlier in the morning (driving in from the north out of Mississippi) and would like to know first off, where to go for the BEST Crawfish boil (local non-chain family safe place please) for lunch. Then who has the best Air Boat ride of the swamp? Then a great dinner place (not fancy, just real food) and where to stroll before going back to hotel for a swim and sleep. Finally, when we get up the next morning, keeping in mind that we will have a vehicle to travel with) where are the best places on the way out of New Orleans proper on the way to Houston, TX to stop and see (short, quick self tour type things) before we drive off.

I have never been to New Orleans and the kids and I are greatly looking forward to it even if it is just a short stay. Thanks!

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1. Re: In New Orleans for a day - recomendations

I would just spend the whole day wandering around the French Quarter. Doing an air boat ride would take up a good chunk of the day. Airboat rides is something you can do in many states, but the FQ is a unique thing.

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I live in Missoui. No swamps or airboats here, LOL. The kids voted on this one so airboat ride it is.

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I'd suggest you do the Airboat Ride in Slidell on your way into New Orleans. Otherwise you will spend a good bit of extra time traveling to the Swamp. Then head to New Orleans for lunch (best Crawfish Boils will be outside of the French Quarter), then head to your hotel to park and spend the afternoon/evening wandering the French Quarter. Dinner suggestions: Acme, Felix's, Deannie's. I'd do breakfast at Cafe Du Monde, and do a bit more of the French Quarter. You may want to drive out of New Orleans through Uptown, past Audubon Park and Tulane University or through the Garden District.

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Here's a few places to stop and rest on your way to TX. If you want great fresh seafood and an outstanding view of Lake Pontchartrain get off I 10 at Exit 209 and go N on Highway 51 one mile to Peavine Road. Take a right and go another mile to Frenier Landing Restaurant. The Crab Trap is also a great place for fresh seafood next door to Frenier Landing. CT is only open Thursday/Friday/Saturday for dinnner.

Frenier Landing Restaurant @ Peavine Road, LaPlace, LA 985 - 224 - 2178.


Crab Trap @ 100 Peavine Road, Laplace, LA 985 - 651 - 4150.


Get off I 10 at Exit 10 and go to Randazzo’s for good road food.

Randazzo’s @ 240 Capitol Street, Denham Springs, LA 225 - 667 - 4557.


Get off I 10 at Exit 157A in Baton Rouge, LA to Perkins Road and take a right to Parrain's for outstanding fresh seafood for lunch or dinner. Or get off I 10 at Exit 157A in Baton Rouge, La to Perkins Road. Take a left and Acme Oyster House is on your left open for lunch or dinner serving outstanding fresh seafood.

Parrain's Seafood Restaurant @ 3225 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 225 - 381 - 9922.


Acme Oyster House @ 3535 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 225 - 906 - 2372.


Get off I 10 at Exit 115 in Henderson, LA and go E on Highway 352 to Henderson Levee Road to Pat's Fisherman's Wharf for good cajun food. Go to Whiskey River Landing for good music and cold drinks. Robin's has good crawfish. Pat's Fisherman's Wharf @ 1008 Henderson Levee Rd., Henderson, LA 337 - 228 - 7512.


Whiskey River Landing @ 1365 Henderson Levee Road, Breaux Bridge, LA 337 - 228 - 2277.


Robin's Restaurant @ 1409 Henderson Hwy., Henderson, LA 337 - 228 - 7594. LD. ***


Get off I 10 at Exit 109 in Breaux Bridge and go S on Rees Street or Highway 328 and go to Le Cafe for outstanding Po Boys. Or get Off I 10 at Exit 109 and go N on Highway 328 which is Anse Broussard Highway also to Poche Bridge Road. Go N to Main Highway and Poche Market and Restaurant for good Cajun cuisine for lunch. This is a buffet so you might really like it if you are in a hurry. Cafe Des Amis has outstanding food and music on Wednesday nights. There's also Zydeco breakfasts on Saturday morning at 8:30.

Le Cafe @ 124 Rees St., Breaux Bridge, LA 337 - 332 - 2500.

Poche's Market and Restaurant @ 3015 Main Hwy., Breaux Bridge, LA. 337 - 332 - 2108.


Cafe De Amis @ 140 East Bridge Street, Breaux Bridge, LA 337 - 332 - 5273.


Get off I 10 at Exit 101 in Lafayette, LA then go S on Hwy. 182 which is N University. Go less than a mile to Creole Cafe for good country breakfast or plate lunch.

Creole Cafe @ 1227 N. University Ave., Lafayette, LA 337 - 266 - 4648.

Or get off I 10 at Exit 101 in Lafayette, LA and go S on Hwy. 182 which is N University. Go S on University and it becomes W University. Take a right on Johsnton St. and go three blocks and take a right on W St. Mary Blvd.then go one block where you will find Old Thyme Grocery for good road food and the best po boys in LA.

Old Tyme Grocery @ 218 West Saint Mary Blvd., Lafayette, LA 337 - 235 - 8165.

Or get off I 10 in Lafayette, LA at Exit 101 and go S on Hwy. 182 which is N University. Go S on University and it becomes W University then it becomes E University. Go to Pinhook and take a right then go about 6 blocks to Blue Dog Cafe for great road food.

Blue Dog Cafe @ 1211 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, LA 337 - 237 - 0005.


Get off I 10 at Exit 82 and go N to Hawk's for fresh crawfish. Get off at Exit 87 and go to Chef Roy’s.

Chef Roy’s @ 1131 Church Point Highway, Rayne, LA 337 - 334 – 7913.


Hawk's Crawfish @ 415 Hawks Road, Rayne, LA 337 - 788 - 3266.


Get off I 10 @ Exit 64 in Jennings, LA and go S on Highway 26 to Frey's Crawfish House for good cajun food for lunch or dinner. They only serve dinner on T/F/S. Be sure to check their hours.

Frey's Crawfish House @ 919A North Lake Arthur Ave., Jennings, LA 337 - 246 - 5023.


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I definitely agree with those who say that attempting to do an airboat tour will eat up much of your day and that you won't really get to appreciate the French Quarter because you will be rushing around.  What about an alternative?

What time do you have to be in Houston?  I see that it takes about  6 hours to get there.  Why not do the swamp tour on your way to Houston since you were looking for things to do enroute anyway.  Here is an airboat ride that is only a few minutes off of I-10 between Baton Rouge and Lafayette:  http://www.basinlanding.com/

That way you will both get your airboat ride AND have the time to more thoroughly enjoy New Orleans without rushing around.

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And in addition, you could probably get your crawfish boil on the way to Houston also since you will be passing through more "Cajun country" than New Orleans has to offer. Look at the bottom few restaurants in the list above. They all list crawfish as a main dish. And I'll bet that the people at the airboat place could give you the names of some good LOCAL restaurants that offer a great crawfish meal.

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Breaux Bridge is two hours west of New Orleans, on the way to Houston, on I-10 (exit 109). It is the Crawfish Capitol and we are getting ready for our annual Crawfish Festival. In late May there should still be some for you! If you get crawfish in New Orleans, they will be less fresh and more expensive.

We go to Crazy 'Bout Crawfish, which is about a quarter mile south of the interstate. There is also Crawfish Town at Exit 115. Be sure to call ahead in either case.

I mention these not because they are better than Axle's excellent suggestions but because they specialize in boiled crawfish.

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Thank you everyone for the ideas so far. Axle - you are amazing, thank you for all the specific directions and names!!!

After looking things over you guys have suggested so far, we have decided to do the airboat on the way out of town in the morning before heading on to Houston so booked it with Bayou Black Swamp Tours. We are going to use the full afternoon and early evening to expolore the FQ. I know it's the "touristy" place but that is what we are :)

So, are carriage rides a good way to get a quick overview of the FQ? We show Belgian Drafts in hitch so it won't be doing it for the "ride experience" but rather for the "history". We also love to walk so if that is better let me know. I want to stay OUT of the more "worldly" part of Burbon St. as I would be required to do more witnessing to folks than touring there and I don't want to be "that obnoxious tourist".

Again, thanks so much for the ideas so far.

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I think you have made a good decision and will enjoy the French Quarter much more by not being rushed.  Actually, it is not as "touristy" as you might think because there is so much history in the mix.  Yes, a buggy ride would be a great way to get a quick history lesson about the Quarter.  BTW, they are mules, not Belgian Drafts and here is an interesting story about them:  http://www.myneworleans.com/New-Orleans-Magazine/April-2012/Spinning-the-Quarter-A-Drivers-Perspective/

There will still be plenty of walking to do.  Here are some activities:  

-Visit Jackson Square and peruse the offerings of the artists and craftsmen there.

-Stop often and listen to the street musicians and observe the street performers.  BE SURE TO TIP THEM IF YOU LIKE THEIR PERFORMANCE. ( For that reason, be sure to bring a bunch of dollar bills, and fives too.)

-Go into the beautiful old St Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square. Again, BE SURE TO LEAVE AN OFFERING to show your appreciation.

-Visit the French Market to peruse the Flea Market and the Farmer's Market and the associated restaurants and shops.

-Eat a beignet at Cafe Du Monde.

-Eat a po'boy sandwich or some crawfish or alligator on a stick.

-Take a walk along the Mississippi River levee.

-Take a FREE ride on the Algiers Ferry to get a great view of tje Quarter from the river.

One thing I would not do is take a ride in the Natchez steamboat.  It is rather "touristy".  Do the free ride on the Algiers ferry instead to get a good view of New Orleans.

And if you still have time, get on the St Charles streetcar and ride it to the end of the line and back to see some of the other sights of New Orleans.

And no, there is no reason to go onto Bourbon Street at all, especially with kids.  The buggy driver may take you there, but it will be om the less offensive area.


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Watsup, whenever I see mention of alligator on a stick (and this isn't the first time) I get a mental picture of a small reptile impaled on a stick, writhing about. You do mean alligator sausage on a stick, right?