Thomas Jefferson paid $15 Million for the entire Louisiana Territory, or about four cents an acre. That means New Orleans went for about seven bucks. More than 200 years later, New Orleans is still a great deal, here are 5 things to do in the Crescent City for FREE.
1. Fall Festivals. New Orleans is home to tons of festivals throughout the year, many of which are free. Some of the free festivals and concerts series in the fall that are not to be missed include Crescent City Blues and BBQ Fest, Harvest the Music, Congo Square Rhythms Festival and Po’ Boy Preservation Fest.
2. Nacho Bar at Rita’s Tequila House. Every Saints home game, root for the boys in black and gold at Rita’s Tequila House with a free nacho bar. If nachos aren’t enough (and, let’s face it, they aren’t) Rita’s also features great drink and food specials for the game.
3. Wine tastings. When the weather is this nice, there is no reason to stay in doors! Head to the free wine tastings offered by Cork and Bottle every Thursday at the Crescent City Farmer’s Market or visit Swirl on Fridays for the Friday Free For All.
4. Experience our Parks. New Orleans may not be known for nature, but there are parks here with centuries-old oaks and memories. Head to City Park and check out the Besthoff Sculpture Garden or take a Gondola Ride. Or, visit Audubon Park in the heart of uptown and see the Tree of Life or feed the ducks. And, don’t miss the last of the free movies in St. Patrick’s Park in Mid-City.
5. Self-Guided Tour. New Orleans has tons of tours but some of the best you take may come from the ones you make for yourself. Take a walk through the Quarter or Garden District and take in the sights, the sounds and, of course, the people.