So you’ve chosen to attend Pole Convention 2015. You are probably starting to ask yourself, “Should I spend a few extra days and explore the city?”
As a New Orleanian, I am here to tell you, “Why, Yes. Yes, you should!”
There are many places to visit besides Bourbon Street, and I am thrilled to share it with my favorite community of all time, Pole Dancers!
The French Market
This is flea market with a twist. It is an open breezeway market that spans about six blocks and runs parallel with the Mississippi River. It is known as the oldest public market of its kind and dates all the way back to the late 1700s. You will find handmade crafts, clothing, and even local grown fruits and vegetables for purchase.
For hours and directions, visit: www.frenchmarket.org
St. Charles Street
This is a historical street that is home to old mansions of some of our cities founders. The infamous streetcar line also runs along St. Charles and it is a great way to tour the street, but you can also travel the street by foot. We have a large runners community here many choose to take this street for their daily run.
Check out: http://www.neworleansonline.com/tools/streets/saintcharles.html for more information about St. Charles Street.
New Orleans economy is made up of mostly small businesses. This 6-mile long street is home to hundreds of local art galleries, museums, shopping boutiques, and eclectic restaurants to satisfy any palette. There are so many attractions and some are in walking distance from PoleCon.
The renown World War II museum is a must see for history buffs.
Fleurty girl is a favorite among locals where you are sure to find the most unique New Orleans tanks tops and shirts that you cannot purchase anywhere else.
for more information and to see all the other neat things to see and do on Magazine.
Frenchmen is better known as the locals version of Bourbon Street. You will encounter local artists, musicians, and performers. If you want to experience New Orleans culture to the fullest, this area is highly recommended.
Jean Lafitte Barataria Nature Preserve
If you are looking to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the city and reconnect with nature, this is one of the best places to do so. Barataria Nature Preserve is a serene location to experience our unique swamps and wetlands. You have a great chance to see alligators and other wildlife in their natural habitat.
There are two ways to visit:
You can schedule a swamp tour through Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours. It is an airboat guided tour that runs usually 1-2 hours. The tour guide will bring you deep into the swamps. You will have an up close and personal look at the alligators and maybe even hold a baby gator. They offer group discounts and Internet specials at random. There is also a local restaurant near to tour office called Des Famille where you can grab a bite to eat before or isviagraotc after the tour.
Please visit http://www.jeanlafitteswamptour.com/ for phone numbers and booking information.
You can visit the walking trails on your own. There are a numerous trails to choose from that are placed throughout the reserve. You have a great chance to spot an alligator and other wildlife on the trails. Visitors are advised to not feed or touch the wildlife.
The trails are also a great place to capture outdoor yoga photo ops. It is possible to schedule a group walking tour or you can venture the trails alone.
For more information such as park maps, hours, and directions please visit: http://www.nps.gov/jela/barataria-preserve.htm
I hope this blog helps with your itinerary planning.
We are happy to have ya’ll! So come on down, and as New Orleanians say: “Laissez les bon temps rouler” (Let the good times roll!).