A guide to discover the city • The Tulane Hullabaloo

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Ian Faul, Contributing Writer

New Orleans is remarkably unique, made so by its colonial history and its location at the convergence of silt and salt. This fusion, fundamental for the city, has created what can undeniably be called culture. But even deeper than the city’s culture directs its spirit, the invisible fabric woven from the threads of suffering, perseverance and joy.

As a permanent resident of New Orleans, I encourage Tulane students to immerse themselves in the spirit of the city by opening their eyes, ears and even their mouths. I’ve compiled a list of easily accessible places in New Orleans where you can feel that spirit strongly – and it’s only scratching the surface.

Music

Bar Bayou

2031 St. Charles Avenue

Exposed wood and murals of marsh scenes give the Bar Bayou a relaxed, yet intimate atmosphere. This small bar and restaurant, located in the luxurious Pontchartrain Hotel, is also the site of the bassist The Peter Harris Standing Concert. If you are a real jazz lover, the Bayou Bar is the place to go. Best of all, there’s no cover charge to get in, and it’s located right off the St. Charles streetcar line. I advise you to arrive early to get a table. The musical calendar is accessible here.

Tipitina’s

501 Napoleon Avenue

Originally a small juke joint dedicated to long hair teacher, Tipitina’s gradually became one of Uptown New Orleans’ most important musical and cultural institutions. Many local legends, including Allen Toussaint, Dr. John and the Neville Brothers graced the stage at Tipitina’s, as well as nationally acclaimed artists from various musical genres. Despite its fame, Tipitina’s remains a local place filled with a friendly spirit. The musical calendar is accessible here.

Rock n’ Bowl

3016 South Carrollton Avenue

If you want to hear a different side of Louisiana, you should ride up Rock n’ Bowl. This eighteen-lane bowling alley is also a live music venue that hosts blues, zydeco and swamp pop bands five nights a week, so you can have a blast while knocking down pins. The Rock n’ Bowl live music schedule is accessible here. If you are looking to bowl, call ahead to check availability.

Museums

New Orleans Art Museum

1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park

A huge stone building surrounded by lagoons and century-old oaks, NOMA is beautiful inside and out. The museum has an ever-growing collection of nearly 40,000 pieces from around the world and offers musical, cultural and educational programming almost daily. Admission is free for those under 19 and $8 upon presentation of your student card. Museum website and calendar of events accessible here.

New Orleans Jazz Museum

400 Esplanade Avenue

One of the best ways to understand your new town is to listen to its rhythmic heartbeat. The New Orleans Jazz Museum is a great place to start. With more than fifteen festivals and 365 concerts each year, the museum is a monument dedicated to the music of yesterday and today. The Jazz Museum also houses the world’s largest collection of artifacts related to traditional New Orleans music, including Louis Armstrong’s cornet. Museum website and calendar of events accessible here.

JAMNOLA

2832 Royal Street

Not far from the Jazz Museum is JAMNOLA, a “experiential pop-up” celebrating all things New Orleans. JAMNOLA – an acronym for Joy, Art and Music – perfectly encapsulates the eccentricity and fun energy of the Bywater neighborhood where it is located. Comprising 12 exhibitions and the work of over 20 local artists, JAMNOLA offers an interactive experience of what it’s like to live in New Orleans. Tickets are available for purchase here.

outdoor adventures

city ​​park

1 Palm Walk

City Park is one of the crown jewels of New Orleans. One of the largest city parks in the country, it is home to the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Couturie Forest, New Orleans Museum of Art, and Besthoff Sculpture Garden. If you’re feeling adventurous, try renting a kayak to explore the interconnected lagoons that dot the park. If you’re looking to have some fun with friends, play mini-golf at City Putt, take a train ride, or grab donuts at Café du Monde. The Park’s website is accessible here.

Long View House and Gardens

7 Bamboo Route

A less well-known place is Long View House and Gardens, a neo-classical style estate located just off Metairie Road. The gardens surrounding the house have remained virtually unchanged since the 1930s when they were first planted. The fountains are particularly stunning, especially when taken from the balcony of the mansion. The gatehouse café offers a variety of delicious coffees, teas and cookies, made even more enjoyable when consumed on the oak-lined lawn in front of the mansion. The Longue Vue website is accessible here.

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