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Explore the Vibrant City of New Orleans

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A facade of the streets of New Orleans

When you think of New Orleans, Louisiana, you probably think it’s a place with a lot of bars, loud parades, lots of music, and maybe even cajun food.  Ok, so you’re right on all of that, but New Orleans is so much more.  And, there’s a lot of venues and places and activities that are accessible, too.

Accessible options

I’ve been to New Orleans a few times and with each trip I was able to find accessible taxis, hotels with accessible rooms, and plenty of restaurants and other establishments that were accessible.  Over the years, New Orleans has become more accessible and it’s a great city to visit, easily. I was able to rent an accessible van through Superior Van & Mobility.  I stayed at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in a great, accessible room.

The hotel was directly on the Mississippi River and close to bars, restaurants, and many attractions.  There are streets with cobblestones and trolley tracks, so be very careful.  I look forward to getting back to New Orleans for the southern hospitality, the music, and certainly the incredible cuisine.  Here are some of my recommendations for an accessible and fun trip to New Orleans!

The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum offers an accessible experience that explores the history and impact of World War II. The museum has accessible entrances, elevators, and exhibits. Visitors can learn about the war’s events through accessible multimedia exhibits, artefacts, and interactive experiences. The museum also offers accessible restrooms, seating areas, and assistive listening devices.

Audubon Nature Institute

The Audubon Nature Institute is home to several attractions, including the Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Each of these attractions provide accessible pathways, entrances, and exhibits.  Accessible amenities, such as restrooms and seating areas, are also available throughout the Audubon Nature Institute. Please know that some pathways may not be fully accessible and you may need some assistance.

French Quarter

The French Quarter is the heart and soul of New Orleans, known for its live music, historic architecture, and incredible food. The area offers some accessible pathways, making it possible for people with disabilities to enjoy live music performances, dine at accessible restaurants, and visit accessible shops and art galleries. But, please know that navigating The French Quarter can be difficult at times and about half of the establishments there have a step or two to get inside, some have narrow doorways, and some are just not accessible at all.

Great food and special treats

Of course a trip to New Orleans means that you must try dining in some of the world’s most famous restaurants and try some of the treats that New Orleans is famous for.  I absolutely loved Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant, Emiril’s! The menu was amazing and the meal was incredibly delicious.  I was lucky enough to be there when Emeril was in the house and asking dinner guests how they enjoyed their meal. 

Another great restaurant was Commander’s Palace. A little fancy but accessible and the meal was prepared and served with perfection.  A must for a special occasion!  If it’s something simple you want, one of my favorites, and close to the Hilton, is Mother’s!  There you’ll find a super casual atmosphere and some of the best seafood, sandwiches, cajun, and all-day-breakfast meals ever.  And, for a special treat, be sure to try Cafe Du Monde for their famous beignets and a delicious cup of coffee while people watching!

City Park

City Park is a sprawling area that offers accessible outdoor spaces and attractions. The park provides accessible pathways, including those around the beautiful Botanical Garden and the historic New Orleans Museum of Art. You can stroll through the park’s serene landscapes, enjoy accessible picnic areas, and visit the sculpture garden. You’ll find accessible parking and accessible restrooms.

Steamboat Natchez

Cruise along the Mississippi River on the Steamboat Natchez, a historic paddlewheel boat that offers accessible tours and experiences. The boat provides accessible boarding, elevators, and accessible seating areas on the main deck. You’ll find dinner, drinks, and entertainment on the main deck. There are stairs to the lower and upper deck.

City Sightseeing – Hop On Hop Off Bus

One of the best ways to see New Orleans is by taking the Hop On Hop Off bus!  It’s accessible and there are so many locations for you to hop on, or hop off.  On this tour you’ll see great attractions, restaurants, music venues, and more and you decide when and where you want to hop on, or hop off.

New Orleans, Louisiana, is a fun city with plenty of accessible attractions, hotels, music venues, restaurants, and more to enjoy.  You may want to plan your trip around the weather in New Orleans as it can get very hot and the humidity can make it steamy. So, contact a reputable and experienced travel agent, such as Travel for All, to create an accessible and fun itinerary and experience all that New Orleans has to offer! 

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