New Orleans might not be on your top list of places to visit…but it’s worth a trip. There are lots of fascinating things to see (and good kosher food to eat!).
On a recent trip throughout Southeastern states, I spent one busy day in New Orleans, where there’s lots to see and explore. The weather is a comfortable 60-70ºF in the winter. And though you can definitely split all these activities into two days (and enjoy dinner at Casablanca twice), here’s how I fit it all into one.
8:00 am Shacharis Chabad, followed by breakfast at Chabad and a shiur
10:00 a.m. Tour Whitney Plantation and/or Evergreen Plantation, and check out Willow Grove. (I would recommend Whitney or Evergreen over San Francisco Plantation. There wasn’t much to see at SF and it felt very museum-like. The others seemed more authentic and had more to offer at first sight.) These opulent plantation houses from the antebellum time period in U.S. history. Go back in time and tour the mansion, the slave houses, and the grounds.
1:00 p.m. View the London Ave Canal Levee Breach & the Katrina Wall; visit the Katrina Memorial.
2:30 p.m. We took a tour of Mardi Gras World and walk around the historic French Quarter, including Bourbon St., Royal St., Jackson Square, and the French market (avoid the weeks around Mardi Gras itself). You can also catch the Natchez Steamboat at 11:30 or 2:30 for 2-hour sightseeing tour. Another popular attraction is to take a ride on the St. Charles Streetcar.
4:40 p.m. Mincha/Maariv at Chabad Metairie (20 minutes before sunset).
5:30 p.m. Dinner at Casablanca
7:00 p.m. Check into Westin New Orleans Canal Place Hotel. Walk along Mississippi Riverside walkway; Woldenberg Park.
The next morning: Have breakfast at Waffles on Maple.