I will be making my first trip to NOLO in late Dec through New Years. Any suggestions for the week as well as New Years Eve would be appreciated. Also, are the swamp and plantation tours just kitchy touristy experiences or are they actually worthwile.
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New Orleans is an amazing city. All I have to say is you will love it! A good website to go to is www.nola.com. They have listings for holiday events and nightlife suggestions. The main thing to know about partying in New Orleans is that a lot of the crazy stuff happens on Bourbon st. If you go to any pub/club/event that is on or around Bourbon, you will be sure to see a mass of people. That was our plan most nights during Mardi Gras: "When in doubt, head to Bourbon!". One of my favorite things about the website are the webcams that are placed in and around the city. This is the link the bourbocam (the cam on Bourbon St.). You can see the all the different pics from different times of the year. http://www.nola.com/bourbocam/bestof/2002/
Also, the website http://www.atneworleans.com/ gives some good info on plantation and swamp tours. I didn't actually go to either tour (didn't have enough time there what with all the Mardi Gras partying!) but I certainly would. If you're interested in that kind of thing, I don't see how it could disappoint, but if you're not really, skip it. Something to do FOR SURE is a Ghost and Vampire tour. There are so many, and a lot of them run at night. We took the one at night and loved it. It's not scary but really interesting. And be adventurous with the food in the city. It's supposed to be super. I only got to try some jambalaya because I was on a budget but I would splurge next time around.
Ok so in a nutshell, keep to the French Quarter and you'll know where the parties are. Also check the websites for updated info on new year's events. And HAVE FUN!
Thanks for your input. I should note that I'm a 40 year old so although I like to "party " to an extent, I don't foresee myself downing jello shots or body shots, thats just not my thang anymore! I want to find a good time but I'm more into experiencing cool music, good food, and maybe a bit of educational sightseeing. So bring on the suggestions!
I still want to know if there is a none-too-touristy swamp tour around.