New Orleans with 14 year old?

Jun 1st, 2005, 05:58 AM
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Two restaurants we went to had jazz right next door, and neither was in the FQ. Marisol's has the Spotted Cat in the FM area, Jacques Imo's has one next door, as well, out beyond the Garden District too. (Can't remember the name of that club.)

In fact the whole Faubourg Marigny section has lots of clubs, including Snug Harbor.

The Fodor's "Destinations" section has suggestions in many different areas under it's Nightlife and The Arts topic.

"Frenchmen Street in the Marigny is currently the hottest music strip in town: at the time of writing, seven clubs within a two-block stretch host live music most nights."

Kids are also usually thrilled with room service and an in-room movie one night while on vacation. NOLA also has those "spooky" walking tours that older kids would probably enjoy. Hope this helps.

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Jun 1st, 2005, 06:10 AM
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There are lots of small theaters with great shows. Check out You can check the Arts & Events section of the Entertainment tab. Tulane and other schools may have something going on as well as the Saenger or Le Petit. Also check out

You could take a carraige ride in the Quarter or ride the streetcar down St. Charles also. It's a totally different look at night.

You could also check into concerts in the area.
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Jun 1st, 2005, 07:35 AM
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We took our carriage ride at night, which was great. We followed it up by a stop at Cafe Du Monde, which is across the street from where the carriage stop is.

We saw a lot of street performers and artists in Jackson Square in the evennings. We spent an hour one night watching this one guy paint sci-fi looking landscapes on canvas with spray paint. Fascinating.

I believe that Preservation Hall allows minors to come in since it is just music and doesn't serve alcohol.

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Jun 1st, 2005, 08:45 AM
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I was just there with my 14 y.o. son and 16 y.o. daughter. Most of N.O. is quite charming with the exception of Bourbon St at night (which is like a cross between Cancun at spring break and Time sq before it was disney-fied).

We liked walking along ROyal St during the day which was filled with street performers (closed off to traffic). my daughter and I had a cafe au lait and beignet every afternoon at cafe beignet. You can take the trolley car to the gardens district and continue on and see the campuses of Tulane and Loyola and the Park (can't remember the name) across from them. You can easily spend a day at City Park where there is a lovely art museum, botanical gardenm sculpture garden and various recreational facilities. You can browse antigue stores, or check out the canal st. mall.

We spent 4 days there. If we had more time, we would have probably would have done a plantation tour, would have explored other nieghborhoods beyond the FQ and visited some of the other museums.
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Jun 1st, 2005, 11:43 AM
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There is a big article on this very topic on today...

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Jun 1st, 2005, 05:58 PM
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Thank you for all the suggestions. I can see there's plenty to do day and night. We really only had one night in Savannah and went on a ghost walk which she loved. We did similar walks in the evening in London too. I'll check on too.
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