Monday, July 01, 2013

Timeshare Vacation - Free Things to Do in the City Part 2 - New Orleans

Even in this day and age you can have a budget-friendly timeshare vacation by staying in a timeshare rental and then checking out your destination city’s “freebies.”

In a 5-part series we are taking a look at cities where you can have a great time with real no-cost entertainment. Part 2 – New Orleans.

This beautiful southern city is chocked to the gills with free things to do that will interest just about every member of your family.

1. Music. What is more iconic to New Orleans than music? The Le Bon Temps Roule music club (see top photo) has free live music and even free oysters every Friday.

Frenchmen Street is crowded with swinging night-life spots that don’t require a cover charge, and that offer music for all tastes, including jazz, rock-and-roll, reggae, and even electronica.

2. French Quarter Festivals. All festivals in the French Quarter are free. Two of the most popular are: Satchmo Summer Festival held for three days every year during the first week of August. Louis Armstrong is celebrated with jazz concerts, films, and art markets.

Christmas, New Orleans Style is held every December, and with free holiday activities. “It is a month-long celebration that offers long-treasured Creole traditions spiced with 21st-century fun,” say the organizers.

3. Mississippi River. Watch the ships pass on the Mississippi River from Woldenberg Riverfront Park, and listen for the calliope on the steamboat Natchez.

Then take a free ride on the Canal Street Ferry. You’ll cross the Mississippi, getting amazing views of the original city of New Orleans – and see why New Orleans is called the Crescent City.

4. Cemeteries. New Orleans is known as the most haunted city in America. With its violent past, which saw war, slavery, pestilence, and natural disasters, it’s no wonder that there is voodoo and ghosts around every corner.

 If you dare - Take your own free self-guided tour through the “City of the Dead,” New Orleans most famous cemetery. Keep an eye out for the Voodoo Queen’s tomb.

5. Jackson Square. For a full day of fun entertainment that is all free, head to Jackson Square for the street performers – mimes, dancers, brass bands, and storytellers.

6. Mardi Gras. All the parades that are associated with New Orleans’ annual Mardi Gras celebration – the most famous and the largest in the world – are free.

Other times of the year, stop by Arnaud’s in the French Quarter for a free tour of the amazing Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum.

Check out the many New Orleans timeshare rentals that start at just $93/night.

Free Things to Do in the City Part 1 – Las Vegas

Photo Credit (1): nolatourguy.com
Photo Credit (2): whereyat.com
Photo Credit (3): cvent.com
Photo Credit (4): fineartamerica.com
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Photo Credit (6): travel.yahoo.com

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