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New Orleans is a city that knows how to party, with no shortage of opportunities to shake your groove thang into the wee hours—and then do it all over again. But when you're ready for a breather from street drinking, last calls, and boozy brunches, we've rounded up a few ideas for ways to kick back, relax, and give your liver a rest.
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6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
Audubon Park sits on the site of a former sugar plantation—the only plantation in the city that wasn’t subsequently developed for homes or businesses. It’s about 25 minutes via streetcar from downtown, but feels a world apart,...
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1332 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
The Garden District was developed in the middle 19th century, and is where the mercantile elite built their in-town estates. Unlike the narrow parcels of the French Quarter or surrounding neighborhoods, house lots here were divided up with just...
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If big box hotels and their generic fixtures aren't for you, but you're also averse to doilies, consider this 33-room hideaway on a quiet stretch of Chartres Street. Set in three restored 19th-century Creole townhouses, the hotel doesn't have a...
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3494 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
One interesting way to explore New Orleans history is by kayaking on Bayou St. John with Kayak-iti-yat. Not only will you get to see an array of birdlife and interesting fish, but you'll explore local neighborhoods and learn about the history of...
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6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
A nice diversion in the Big Easy is the Audubon Zoo. Take the streetcar through neighborhoods lined with moss-covered trees to this lovely park, and visit with some amazing animals!
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City Park, New Orleans, LA, USA
When it comes to festivals, Mardi Gras get all the glory—and there's a reason for that: The weeklong celebration is non-stop action, with plenty of parades and parties, beads and booze. Still, lesser known fests like the Voodoo Music + Art...
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New Orleans, LA 70114, USA
If you're looking for some quiet time while visiting New Orleans (what?), consider heading across the river to Algiers Point—a residential section of New Orleans on the west bank of the Mississippi River, full of Creole cottages and other...
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130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
The cure for the inevitable Bourbon Street hangover may be a hurricane at Pat O'Briens, but if you decide to forego the hair of the dog in favor of something a bit more civilized, consider a soak—technically the 5-Sense Hydrotherapy—at the...
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300 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
The Royal Facial at the Spa at Windsor Court, part of the English-inspired property's multi-million dollar makeover, is a complete facial revamp that includes microdermabrasion, oxygen, and L.E.D. therapy—plus deep cleaning (should you need it),...