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A Tourist in Your Own Town

En español >> Un turista en tu propia ciudad

Tips from Cassandra Snyder, Soul of NOLA Tours

We asked Cassandra Snyder, tour guide and founder of the tour company Soul of NOLA, how to enjoy New Orleans as a tourist, and she gave us some great suggestions. So be a tourist in your town, and if you have visitors this summer, don’t miss out on showing them the best of New Orleans and its surroundings:

Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, City Park

FREE every day, 10 am - 6 pm

 

New Orleans Museum of ART, City Park

FREE Wednesdays for Louisiana residents. 10 am - 5 pm 

The Historic New Orleans Collection

FREE. 520 Royal Street, French Quarter Tuesday - Sunday

Vue Orleans

An observatory and cultural experience featuring the only 360-degree panoramic riverfront views of New Orleans and beyond. A state-of-the-art interactive technology and digital experience designed to honor, celebrate, and share stories of the diverse cultures that converged to create the magic that is New Orleans.

Bonus: Watch the 4th of July fireworks here. Purchase tickets in advance. Vueorleans.com

Adults $24.95. Special prices for juniors, seniors, Louisiana residents, students, and military personnel.

 The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.

 

ACE Hotel New Orleans 

600 Carondelet -Boutique in NOLA’s Warehouse District, close to art galleries, museums, and shopping.

Day passes for the swimming pool for locals, deals for rooms for locals, and live music, including “La Noche Caliente,” a night of Latin music on the third Saturday of every month.

The Virgin Hotel, The ACE Hotel, The W Hotel, NOPSI Hotel

- Offer day passes for swimming pool access.

Coolinary August 1-31

Citywide, restaurants offer prix-fixe meals.

Great deals at some of New Orleans’s finest restaurants!

Away from New Orleans:

Whitney Plantation Museum, Wallace, La.

A non-profit whose mission is to educate the public about the history and legacies of slavery in the Southern United States. Self-guided tours in Spanish. $25

Destrehan Plantation 

A Creole-style plantation and the closest to New Orleans. You will learn the family’s history that lived in the house for several generations and its role in the Slave revolt. They offer self-guided tours in Spanish, or you can also schedule a time with a Spanish-speaking guide in advance. Guided tours in English are ongoing. 

A day trip to Bay Saint Louis 

A getaway only one hour away! On the 2nd Saturday of each month, the shops and restaurants in Old Town Bay St. Louis roll out the red carpet for guests! There will be live music, food and beverage, and retail specials.

SATURDAY, JULY 8, 2023, AT 4 PM is FRIDA FEST, which pays homage to Frida Kahlo- includes a Frida Kahlo look-alike competition!

You no longer have an excuse to experience and get to know New Orleans and its surroundings. If you want to learn more about New Orleans, its history, and the culture of the Crescent City, consider booking a private tour with Soul of NOLA. If you are looking for Spanish-language tours, they offer a French Quarter walking tour on Saturdays for small groups of up to 12 people: JUNE - SEPT 9 am - 11 am and OCT - MAY 10 am - 12 pm.

You can support VIVA NOLA’s mission of connecting communities by donating here. Your support, in any amount, is very appreciated.

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