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Plan Your Stay in New Orleans

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New Orleans is a dynamic city full of culture, history, and exciting adventures. Make the most of your time in NOLA by visiting local attractions, enjoying our unique cuisine, and attending some of our world-famous festivals. Please keep in mind that Tulane University does not have any relationship with these companies and inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement.

Parking and Transportation

New Orleans offers a variety of transportation and parking options to help you experience as much of the city as possible. 

TRANSPORTATION:

Accessible Transportation: For all forms of transportation, New Orleans offers wheelchair accessible options. Please click here for more information on all transportation options. Information about RTA paratransit service can be found on the RTA website.

Streetcar: The iconic New Orleans streetcar can be a fun and easy way to get around the city. There are three different lines: St. Charles, Canal Street, and the Riverfront, each of which originates downtown but takes you different parts of the city. Streetcars in New Orleans offer $1.25 fares and can be paid with exact change when you board. One, three, and 31-day unlimited ride “Jazzy Passes” are also available for $3, $9 and $55 respectively. For more information, visit the Regional Transit Authority's website or check out the New Orleans Official Guide for transportation tips.

RTA Buses: With stops close to campus, the RTA bus system is a convenient and easy way to get around the city. For maps and schedules, visit the Regional Transit Authority's website.

Bike Share: New Orleans hosts a number of bike rental companies. Check out a list of bike rental locations here.

Cabs and Taxis: There are a number of cab and taxi services that serve New Orleans neighborhoods. For Uptown service, call Coleman Cab at (504)586-0222, Patio Cab at (504) 891-6484,  or Veteran's Cab at (504) 367-6767. Click here for more cab and taxi services.

Uber and Lyft: Both Uber and Lyft are popular transportation options for students and guests. Please note that Lyft does not currently accept rides to or from the New Orleans Airport.

Boat/Walking/Segway Tours: Looking for a creative way to see the city? Check out this list of guided tours.

PARKING:

Parking Off Campus: Parking rules in New Orleans may vary by neighborhood, so be sure to read parking signs carefully. Parking is prohibited at meters in designated rush hour zones from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Please read the meters before you park! Want to secure a spot before you arrive? Check out Parking Panda and Premium Parking to reserve a parking spot. If your car is towed away, contact the Claiborne Auto Pound at (504) 658-8284.

Parking On Campus: There are a number of metered parking spots on campus. To purchase a short-term parking pass, contact Tulane Parking Services at (504)865-5424 or visit their office on the first floor of the Diboll Parking Garage.

Where to Eat

New Orleans cuisine is world-famous for its creativity, its history, and its deliciousness! 

ON CAMPUS DINING

Tulane is proud to offer a wide range of on-campus dining options. Visit the Dining Services website for more information about hours, location, and prices. 

UPTOWN FAVORITES

Oak Street: Be sure to stop by Oak Street (between S. Carrollton Ave and Monticello Ave) for live music, local shops, and great food. Student favorites include Mellow Mushroom (pizza), Chiba (sushi), La Casita Taqueria (tacos), and Jacques-Imos (New Orleans cuisine). On the way to Oak Street, stop by Plum Street Snoballs for a treat!

Freret Street: Catch the bus going down Freret street to find a number of great restaurants and shops. Start your day off with a Humble Bagel, enjoy Tuesday Trivia at Dat Dog, or enjoy a charcuterie board at Wayfare. Check out all of Freret Streets's offerings here.

Magazine Street: Spanning from Audubon Park to the Garden District, Magazine Street is known for its art galleries, antique shops, and great restaurants. Grab a fresh croissant at La Boulangerie, stop for brunch at the Ruby-Slipper Cafe, or enjoy dessert at Sucré.  Check out all of Magazine Street's offerings here.

NEW ORLEANS SPECIALTIES

Crawfish, Gumbo, Po-boys, and Snoballs: Make sure to try some traditional New Orleans food while you are in town. Every local has their own favorite spots, and will be happy to point you in the right direction. Find recommendations here.

RESTAURANTS 

Search Engines: Not sure where to go? Check out the New Orleans Official Guide website to search by cuisine, neighborhood, price range, or attire or Thriller New Orleans for popular restaurants and cafes. 

GROCERY STORES

Rouses: Founded in Louisiana, this local grocery chain is now one of the largest independent grocers in the United States. Locations close to campus can be found at 4500 Tchoputoulas St and 400 N Carrollton Ave. For more information about hours and locations, visit the Rouses website.

Winn-Dixie: Another popular regional grocery chain is Winn-Dixie. Locations close to campus can be found at 5400 Tchoputoulas St and 401 N Carrollton Ave. For more information about hours and locations, visit the Winn-Dixie website.

What to Do

Audubon Park and Zoo: Just south of campus is Audubon Park. Named after artist and naturalist John James Audubon who lived in New Orleans starting in 1821, the park features a 1.8 paved loop for joggers, cyclists, and rollerbladers and several covered shelters. Visit the Audubon Zoo, the Aquarium, or play a round of golf. For more information, visit the Audubon Nature Institute website.

City Park: Featuring the New Orleans Botanical Garden, the New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden, boating and biking, sports fields, and much more, City Park has something for everyone. For more information, visit the City Park website.

French Quarter: Check out FrenchQuarter.com for a complete list of shops, restaurants, and attractions.

Tours: Want to learn more about the history of New Orleans? Find a tour that is right for you!

Museums: Make sure to visit the Newcomb Art Museum on Tulane's campus to learn about Newcomb Pottery and see the collection of beautiful Tiffany Windows. New Orleans has over 45 museums that showcase fine art, history, and culture. Check out a comprehensive list of museums here

Things to Do: Not sure what to do? Check out New Orleans Official Guide for events and establishments across the city, or Thrillist for popular recommendations.

Summer Festivals

New Orleans is the Festival Capital of the World. Click here for a comprehensive festival list, and see below for a list of Summer 2017 festivals: