10 Free Things to Do in New Orleans

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February 19, 2013 posted by Don Douloff

Hotel Monteleone's Carousel Bar, New Orleans.

If business travel takes you to New Orleans, you can spend some of your off hours exploring the city…at no charge! Thanks to Mr. Free Stuff blog, you can check out The Big Easy’s charms….for free!

1. New Orleans Museum of Art.
 Admission is free on Wednesdays, making this landmark a must-see midweek. You can spend the better part of the day perusing art and artifacts ranging from modern to Impressionist, to downright puzzling.

2. Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum.
It's a shame to miss Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but thankfully, you can soak up some of the magic by visiting the Germaine Cazenave Wells Mardi Gras Museum, filled to the brim with masks, costumes, vintage photos and more.

3. Crescent City Farmers Market.
 Though you can't score fresh produce free at the Crescent City Farmers' Market, you can watch a cooking demonstration at no charge. Local chefs will share their secrets using local fare, making it almost impossible to avoid buying a few items for munching.

4. Jackson Square
. Street performers often congregate at Jackson Square because the striking architecture of the St. Louis Cathedral provides a theatrical backdrop. Visitors can treat themselves to these impromptu performances or decide which of the three statues of Andrew Jackson is the best.

5. St. Charles Avenue.
 When people think of the South, visions of colonial-style mansions and porch swings inevitably arise. St. Charles Avenue is the place in New Orleans to see these 19th century homes "in the flesh," and you can walk the area for free.

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