Coming to New Orleans for the first time! (1 Viewer)


Oct 26, 2006
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Hey everyone, I am coming down to New Orleans for the first time this weekend all the way from New Jersey. I will be looking at Tulane and Loyola... and it would be a blessing for me to be admitted into either school. I will be spending Saturday - Tuesday, and I was hoping to get some suggestions of what the "must sees" are. haha but keep in my mind that I am only 17 and probabaly don't want to be hitting Bourbon street with my dad.....awkward.

Thanks in advance and I am more than excited to finally roam the streets of New Orleans.
Just what Tulane needs... another kid from Joisey.

J/K. Since boozing it up seems to be out of the question, you and your dad should hit the National WWII museum. Pick any of the fancy restaurants to go to for dinner and spend a day checking out the neighborhoods around Audubon Park.
I would recommend one of the bus tours of the city. Mike & I took the Grey Lines "Super City" tour while there since Mike had never been to the city before. It gives you a good feel for the whole city since it goes through many of the major neighborhoods...all the way from the river to Lake Pontchartrain & back. You get a lot of history and sometimes lagniappe....we got some Roman candy on our tour because the cart was parked on the route as we were going by.

You'll find all kinds of things to do once you get there. :)

Having just graduated from Tulane last spring, I highly recommend going there. I had a great balance of being challenged but not being worked to the point of being miserable. And you can't beat being in New Orleans for college. My roommate sophomore year was from Jersey and he loves it here, he actually got a job at a law firm in Metairie and is planning on staying long term.

As far as what to do during your visit this week, like the poster above, I recommend you check out the WWII/D Day museum in the warehouse district.
Go to the french quarter during the day and check out the architecture, some restaurants, art galleries.... Just going and watching the people is entertaining enough for me. Don't forget to do the standard trip to cafe du monde for some beignets.
If you are an animal enthusiast, the aquarium as reopened and is right near the quarter on the river. Closer to Tulane is the Audubon Zoo which is top notch. In between Tulane and the zoo is Audubon park, which is really really nice. Apparently you can occasionally find Drew Brees with is wife walking their dog around the trail (why couldn't he have been there why I was in school?!?)
Another cool spot is Magazine street (the road the zoo is on), there are all sorts of antique shops, bars, restaurants, clothing stores along it.

As far as restaurants to go to, if you have nothing to do on Sunday morning you could do the Sunday brunch thing at Commander's Palace. I've never had the chance but I hear its fantastic and much more reasonable than a nighttime meal there. My 2 favorite places around campus are not open these days though one (camelia grill) is supposed to be reopening soon. Kokopelli's was a killer burrito place nearby but I've heard it is still closed.
-Liuzza's in mid city is an excellent mid range place with poboys and fried just about anything. The crawfish telemachus is delicious as well.
-Jacque Imo's is a really cool place in uptown fairly close to Tulane. They are in the $20 range but its not really fancy, you just get insane amounts of food. They have creole and some cajun seafood and some regular stuff for the not so adventurous.
-Domileses is a cool little mom and pop poboy shop in uptown.
-For the more fancy kinda places, any of the brennan's restaurant are great: Bacco's, Ralph's on the Park, Redfish Grill, Palace Cafe...
Here's a website that has a list of the currently open restaurants and their locations.
Some places are closed sunday and/or monday so you might want to call ahead to be sure.

You shoulda come next week though so you coulda seen us whoop up on the Bengals. Enjoy your stay.
If you're into the underage drinking scene there's a lot of good bars literally walking distance from the universities where you can have a good time (Tucks, TJs, Bruno's, etc).

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