Traveling is thrilling. It fills your mind with culture, inspiration and new experiences — memories you can take with you for years to come. But traveling can be hard on your wallet, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Luckily, the city of New Orleans offers plenty of inexpensive ways to explore, with museums, beautiful architecture and accessible transportation.
Opt for local transportation
Instead of dropping a decent amount of cash on a rental car, try utilizing the street cars. You’ll often find great deals by traveling that way, with a starting price of only $3.50 for two passengers — but they do charge additionally per mile. You can also travel by water by using the Canal Street ferry for only $2 per ride. The ferry will give you a beautiful view of the city, too.
Have a photoshoot
Catholic churches are known for their extravagant exteriors, which also make for beautiful photo backdrops. You can start off your day of photography by visiting the St. Louis Cathedral and taking some photos with the family. The St. Louis Cathedral opened in 1727 and was designed with triple steeples. There’s also a museum on the church grounds at the Ursuline Convent, which provides an additional gorgeous backdrop for your photos.
This one may sound a bit morbid, but New Orleans is popular for its above-ground tombs and gravesites. The Lafayette Cemetery on Washington Street is a great option for those looking to save a bit of cash, where you can explore the area yourself. There’s no admission cost to get on the grounds; simply make your way there and explore for as long as you’d like.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
If you or your family is interested in art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is a must-visit. Admission costs are low, and there are options for discounted tickets. Additionally, admission for children under five years old is free. The museum, which opened in 1999, has the largest display of Southern art in the world and has more than 80,000 annual visitors.
Taste fresh crawfish
New Orleans is famous for its local crawfish, and when they are in season, they are pretty easy to find in New Orleans — and they’re always cooked the right way. In fact, the city even has some free crawfish boils during the springtime so you can try them out. Crawfish are an integral part of New Orleans cuisine, so they’re a must-try while you’re there.
Explore the French Quarter
The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans and offers tourists quite the experience. There’s historic architecture around every corner and the oldest building on the Mississippi, the Old Ursuline Convent, is also there.
New Orleans is a beautiful city, full of culture and history. There’s no place like it. If you’re looking to take a trip to the southern coast on a budget, consider these travel tips.
This article is presented by Empire Hyundai in Fall River, Massachusetts.