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New Orleans on a Budget

Travel to New Orleans doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many ways to save on everything from lodging to activities. One thing is true – the more flexible you can be with your travel plans, the easier it is to save.

Start by looking for New Orleans Bed and Breakfast lodging specials, where you’ll find a variety of ways to get more for less. B&Bs New Orleans offer such specials as Stay 4 nights and get the 5th night free and Last Minute Discounts; they are worth investigating.

Admire the art and architecture of Lafayette Square

Once installed in a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast, cast about for free or inexpensive activities. New Orleans has long been a welcoming city. Music pours out of bars and parades pass by hourly (or so it sometimes seems). Visitors need do little more than walk about the city to experience its culture.

Inexpensive New Orleans Activities:

  • Wednesdays at the Square: from April to June 15, 2011, Lafayette Square is the place to be. Established New Orleans and Louisiana musicians offer free outdoor concerts, playing everything from jazz to funk and swamp pop. Bring a blanket for lounging or dance. Food booths will be set up around the square – an inexpensive way to dine in New Orleans. Concerts run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. See Wednesday at the Square for the line-up.
  • Sunday Mass at St. Augustine: an amazing musical experience as well as a religious one.
  • Street performers at Jackson Square, in the French Quarter: an amazing variety of talent
  • Bayoo Boogaloo: May 20-21, 2011. Free festival along the Bayou St. John near City Park. Features live music, food booths, and an art fair. Additional information is available at Bayoo Boogaloo.
  • Woldenberg Riverfront Park: especially nice in the spring, when magnolia trees are in bloom.

New Orleans Cheap Eats:

  • Po’ Boys at Genes: 1040 Elysian Fields. Eat here once a day – you’ll be fully satisfied by the taste of these po’boys, and happy to know the meal costs $5.
  • McHardy’s: 50 cents a piece for the most moist, tender, all-around-perfect fried chicken you’ve ever tasted.

Your New Orleans Bed and Breakfast innkeepers are a wonderful resource. Talk to them about what you like to do and be open to suggestions.

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