In New Orleans For A Saints Game, What To Do?

Posted by | December 7, 2019 .

You have finally made it to New Orleans for a Saints game. Now you are looking for something to do while waiting for Saints Game Day right?

We know that raw oysters, po-boys piled high with fried seafood, fluffy beignets and classic cocktails carried in to-go-cups down Bourbon Street are on the top of any newcomer’s bucket list, but there is more than eating at delectable restaurants, drinking at awesome local bars and browsing through attractions: get ready to dance in the streets, hit antique shops, walk through the French Quarter, ride a streetcar at least once during your stay here.

French Quarter

What is it: The oldest and most famous neighborhood in New Orleans has much more to offer than the neon debauchery of Bourbon Street—although everyone should walk down Bourbon Street with a to-go cup in hand at one point.

Why go: The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré, has been the heart of New Orleans for all 300 years of its existence, built on the banks of the Mississippi River on higher ground. Today, Bourbon Street anchors the party and food scene, while the other elegant streets house galleries, shops and music clubs, so wander around and take it all in. Be sure to stop into one of the city’s oldest restaurants here, Antoine’s, where the oysters Rockefeller dish was first invented. Also don’t miss Preservation Hall, the venerable hole-in-the-wall jazz club.

World War II Museum

What is it: This world-class museum is a treasure trove of World War II information and insight. Expect to browse through memorabilia from the terrible conflict on display here.

Why go: Founded on the 56th anniversary of D-Day in 2000, this museum has drawn visitors from around the world to learn about the war from the American point of view. The museum is located in New Orleans because of Andrew Higgins, who was based here, contributed to the Allied victory by inventing the flat-bottomed Higgins boats that allowed the forces to storm the beaches at Normandy. The collection includes those boats and much more, from documents, uniforms and weapons to fully restored period aircraft. Don’t miss the dramatic 4D theater experience, complete with simulated gunfire and artillery explosions, all narrated by Tom Hanks.

Jackson Square

What is it: Don’t overlook the French Quarter’s historic hub, named after the Battle of New Orleans victor (and later U.S. President) Andrew Jackson.

Why go: Jackson Square is a heady mix of old school and new, where the St. Louis Cathedral, which was completed in 1794, is juxtaposed with street performers playing everything from Dixieland to funk. It’s a swirling scene in the square—get your fortune told, your portrait painted or hire a horse and buggy to take you through the Quarter in style.

Tipitina’s

What is it: The most famous music club in New Orleans, open since 1977 and going strong.

Why go: 
The place where every New Orleans musician aspires to play, Tipitina’s is located on Tchoupitoulas Street (say it: chop-a-two-las) in the Tuoro neighborhood, southwest of the Quarter. It’s seen everyone from Professor Longhair and Dr. John to the Neville Brothers and Trombone Shorty in its day; and, now, with the club’s recent purchase by the band Galactic, it’s really in the funky groove. All genres of music are played in this standing-room only venue built in 1912.

Lucy’s Retired Surfer

What is it: Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant aims to provide a laid-back, beach vibe complete with the coldest drinks and hottest menu around since 1992. Whether you want to belly up to the bar, are craving a juicy burger or even if you want to grab a bite with your favorite four-legged friend, Lucy’s is the place for you.

Why go: They are known for their Infamous Scorpion Shot, Da’ Killer Blue Whale, and Shark Attack.
They offer awesome Happy Hour specials on food and drinks, helping locals end
the workday the right way. Here, the kitchen never closes. Lucy’s is the official bar/hangout to the Big Easy Mafia on Saints game day. Check out the special late-night menu after 10 pm, and refuel your whole crew. Its also the perfect place to watch the Saints game if you don’t have a ticket to the game.

Magazine Street

What is it: Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District is a shopper’s mecca, with high-end boutiques, spas, costume shops and art galleries all cohabitating.

Why go: Dotted with dozens of fantastic places to shop, eat and drink, the heart of Magazine is nowhere near the French Quarter, but is just as much a must-do in town. Find your original NOLA designs at NOLA T-shirt club, then shop a few high-end clothes at Per Mé NOLA. Food options range from Dat Dog gourmet hot dogs and sausages to places serving tapas, pho and other casual bites.

Streetcars (NOT TROLLEYS)

What is it: They may no longer take you to the Desire stop (buses have replaced that line), but New Orleans’ streetcars are still a great way to move around the city, and have been since 1835.

Why go: Using the four streetcar lines, you can travel from the French Quarter to the Garden District and all the way to City Park. Think vintage wooden seats, brass fittings and rumbling chugging sounds for not much has changed in the 180+ years they have been running. Plus, for only $1.25, it’s a total bargain. Grab an unlimited ride Jazzy pass and hop on and off all you want.

Aquarium of the Americas

What is it: A large park located in the uptown neighborhood, Audubon includes not only massive old live oak trees and manicured green lawns, but a zoo as well.

Why go: This longtime park is filled with walking paths, a golf course, horse riding trails and is even home to the city’s zoo. Enjoy a picnic here then head to the French Quarter for the rest of the Audubon Nature Institute’s must-see spots, which include the aquarium and the insectarium. Adults will find lots of interesting stuff here while kids will be fascinated and encouraged to learn all about the world around them.

Cafe’ du Monde

What is it: This French Quarter fixture since 1862 serves the best pairing of doughnuts and coffee in the known universe.

Why go: You cannot— we repeat—cannot visit New Orleans and skimp out on the most joyful combination of café au lait and beignets at this iconic open-air coffee stand in the French Quarter. The fluffy texture of the hot beignets spilling over with powdered sugar (don’t wear black) is incomparable, especially with the cafe’s signature chicory coffee. Open 24/7, it’s a NOLA classic. Words of advice: don’t put your elbows on the table—you’ll end up sticking to it.

Oak Street

What is it: Oak Street in the Carrollton neighborhood is a hotspot for music, food and festivals.

Why go: It used to be that people headed to Oak Street to hit Maple Leaf Bar, where live music has been happening seven days a week since 1974. It’s still going strong, but the restaurants, shops and galleries that now line the blocks around it are just as exciting as the music hub. Make Jacques-Imo’s a pre-show dinner stop and eat the alligator cheesecake, then check out the Frenchy Gallery for some distinguished artwork. If you visit in November, don’t miss the annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, which attracts crowds of up to 50,000.

Saints VIP Tailgate

What is it: The Saints VIP tailgate opens three hours before kickoff and closes at opening kickoff for every Saints home game. Admission includes open premium bar for 3 hours and all you can eat incredible menu.

Why go: Menu to include your favorite New Orleans foods, Gumbo, Etouffee, Jambalaya, Red Beans & Rice, Po Boy’s. Assorted hot sauce bar and hand tossed farmers market salads and passed entrees of gourmet cheeseburgers. Minor menu changes periodically.
Brunch Station for the Noon games features cheesey egg scramble or frittata, gourmet waffle bar, bacon, sausage and breakfast pastries. Snack station with crispy tortilla strips, salsa, quest dip, soft pretzel bites, house made potato chips with carmelized onion dip. Southwest eggs and cheese croissant sliders. Buffalo, BBQ, and spicy garlic grilled wings. Roasted pork loin with mac and cheese, roasted vegetables and cheese and herb grits. Bloody Mary Bar with tajin, sriracha, worchestire, Slim Jim’s, olives, lemon and lime wedges, celery, pepperoncini and fresh jalapeño. Refreshments from Coca-Cola. All ages are welcome. Visits from Saintsations and Saints Alumni. Official tailgate to the Who Dat Nation Fan Club “The Big Easy Mafia” Get Tickets Here—–> Saints VIP Tailgate

Don’t forget to download your free copy of “The Official Saints Anthem” to get you hyped up for your Saints game day experience.