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Hunting for New Orleans vacation deals? If you know where to look, your hunt won’t last long. Superior museums, casual Creole diners, green parks… it’s a breeze to live it up in NOLA, even on the tightest of budgets.

Check out our guide to New Orleans vacation deals:

Map of NOLA's Cheapest Attractions and Restaurants

For the visual learner, click around on this New Orleans map and discover the best - and cheapeast - attractions and restaurants that the city has to offer.

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Museums: $10 and Under

  • Founded by Spaniards, the Cabildo later became the New Orleans City Hall. Today, it’s an exhibit that pays ode to Louisiana’s vibrant history. Tours cost $6.
  • For $8, embrace New Orleans heritage at the Backstreet Cultural Museum, featuring African American-centric exhibits and collections.
  • For a meager $8, bring the whole gang to the Louisiana Children’s Museum for some fun (and learning, too).
  • Browse amazing artworks at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art for $10.
  • Visit the New Orleans Museum of Art, exploding with 40,000 pieces of art and beautiful natural scenery, to boot, for just $10.
  • For $10, explore the amazing collection of modern art, and sprawling grounds, of the Longue Vue House and Gardens.
  • Located near the Fair Grounds on Bayou St John, the historic Pitot House gives you a glimpse of what it was like to be one of NOLA's first settlers for just $5.
  • Tour the beautiful 1800s Beauregard-Keyes House for $10.

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The Great (and Cheap) Outdoors

  • Go jogging, swimming, and monkey bar swinging at Audubon Park.
  • Visit the Mississippi River area and get to know the natural beauty (as well as some history – this is where the 1815 Battle of New Orleans happened) of New Orleans at the Jean Lafittee Natural Preserve. Don’t miss the Barataria Preserve, with its exciting mélange of animals, including 200 species of birds!
  • Central Park has nothing on City Park, home to hundreds of old oak trees, an amusement park, botanical garden, golf courses, fishing, boating, and of course, great views.

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Free to See (and Hear)

It’s easy to enjoy the Big Easy on a budget. In fact, NOLA’s one of the very best cities for walking and window shopping. Here are some highlights, but the entire town is brimming with gorgeous Victorian homes, live music, friendly locals, and of course, vacation deals.

  • See the view of the city from the Mississippi River at Algiers Point, a neighborhood full of 19th century homes.
  • NOLA is swamp land, so graves here lie above the ground, making for some striking cemeteries, like the St Louis Cemetery #1 (burial site of the “Voodoo Queen,” Marie Laveau).
  • Jackson Square is the French Quarter: stop by the city’s top landmarks, like the St Louis Cathedral, and take in the sights and sounds of the city’s best talent, from musicians to painters.
  • Feel like some live music? There’s no better bet than Frenchman Street in the French Quarter.
  • Don’t miss out on the Garden District (located uptown), and its stunning Victorian architecture.
  • You can listen to live jazz music for free at the New Orleans Musical Legends Park on Bourbon Street.

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Dining on a Budget

  • Acme Oyster House – fried fish poboys, oyster platters, gumbo, and other Louisiana seafood classics
  • Parkway Bakery & Tavern – award-winning poor boys, from roast beef to fried shrimp
  • The Camellia Grill – great diner for breakfast or lunch; think omelets to hot sandwiches
  • Café Envie – best bet for paninis
  • Slice Pizzeria – along with the pizza, there’s also pasta, poor boys, calzones, and more
  • The Ruby Slipper – salads, sandwiches, and other light lunch fare
  • Trolley Stop Café – when you’re hungry for breakfast: choose from Belgian waffles and sausage and cheese omelets
  • Red Gravy – NOLA knows how to do Italian food, too
  • Dat Dog – Crawfish Etouffee on a hot dog? Who knew?
  • Juan's Flying Burrito – classic Mexican food
  • Port-of-Call – try the mushroom burger
  • Book a New Orleans vacation home and eat in a few nights. With a full kitchen and dining area, it’s no big deal to dine cheaply. You can even cook with quality Creole ingredients by shopping at the local grocery and seafood markets.

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Accommodation Deals

The best way to save on your getaway is to stay in a cheap accommodation. Luckily, you can find all kinds of New Orleans vacation deals on cottages, villas, town homes, and more all over the French Quarter and elsewhere in the city. Cheap New Orleans vacation rentals are a much smarter and more wallet-friendly choice than hotels, which are small, overpriced, and lacking in amenities. Whether you’re visiting NOLA on your honeymoon, or planning a family reunion, there’s an accommodation that will fit your budget.

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More Money Saving Tips

Beyond seeing the sights and staying in New Orleans for cheap, there’s a host of other “insider” tips to saving money in New Orleans. Here are some things to consider:

  • Book your vacation during the summer months (if you can handle the heat!) or December or January, when crowd levels are small, but airfare and accommodation deals are big. Also, make sure to avoid popular events like Mardi Gras or the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, as those are expensive times to be in the city.
  • Instead of renting a car and paying for parking, get around on foot or rental bike and take advantage of the city’s streetcars and public transportation.

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