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Free Things to See and Do in New Orleans

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Famous for its jazz, French Creole architecture, cuisine and festivals such as Mardi Gras, New Orleans is a fun and unique city to visit. There are so many things to see and do in New Orleans, many of which don’t even cost a dime and can be seen on foot.

Canal Street Ferry

Who wouldn’t love to see the New Orleans skyline from the Mississippi River for free? The Canal Street Ferry operates from the French Quarter to the quieter, residential area of Algiers. Passengers can ride the ferry for free and enjoy the beautiful views of New Orleans and the French Quarter. Once you arrive at Algiers Point, wander around Old Algiers Main Street where you’ll discover old churches and historic homes once owned by famous New Orleans musicians. The ferry operates daily every thirty minutes on the quarter hour.

Crescent City Farmers Market

Located in Uptown on Tuesdays and downtown on Saturdays, the Crescent City Farmers Market is open year-round and is free to visit. Here you’ll find friendly, local vendors selling fruits, vegetables, breads, meats, seafood, pastries and so much more. All items are fresh and locally grown. Go early before the crowds for the best deals otherwise you’ll be rummaging through picked over produce. On Saturdays there is a chef station with cooking demonstrations from local chefs that shouldn’t be missed.

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There are many free jazz festivals in New Orleans throughout the year.

Free Oysters and Music at Le Bon Temps Roule

Every Friday Le Bon Temps Roule music club, located on Magazine St in Uptown, offers free live music and oysters. You’ll feel a real sense of history as you sit at the same bar Lee Harvey Oswald once sat at when he lived only blocks away. There’s no doubt about it, this bar is a dive; however, if you enjoy bars, crowds, music and laughter this is a place for you . No matter how much of a stranger you, the locals are super friendly and always make you feel welcome.

Jazz Historical Park

New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz. If you’re into Jazz or would like to learn about its rich music history, the Jazz Historical Park is the perfect place to go. You’ll learn about jazz culture, famous jazz musicians and follow a tree of jazz history. The park hosts many free mini-concerts and children’s music workshops throughout the year. The park’s visitor center is open year-round and located at the Old U.S. Mint in the French Market.

New Orleans is full of beauty, art, history and culture which can all be seen at little to no cost. Having a plan and taking advantage of free activities will allow you to stick to your budget and still have an enjoyable trip.