Tailgating in New Orleans, Louisiana for the Sugar Bowl
GatorTailgating.com is doing a series of articles on where and how to tailgate at all of the Gator Football away games. This article details where and what to look out for in New Orleans, Louisiana for the Sugar Bowl as the Gators take on undeafeated Cincinatti. Go Gators!
Where are the best areas of town for motels to stay in the night before/after the game?
You cannot lose if you read online reviews. There isn’t really a ‘side of town’ to avoid as in most areas, but online reviews on Google, Yahoo, Trip Advisor, and other sites will let you know if your hotel accommodations will be suitable or not.
As a side note, stay within a walking (stumbling) distance from Bourbon Street. There’s nothing fun about getting a DUI in New Orleans because you partied too hard on Bourbon Street and had to drive back to the hotel.
What are some attractions in/around New Orleans that a visitor shouldn't miss?
If you’re the touristy type and want to see some things, you won’t want to miss the National World War II Museum, which encompasses the entire D-Day invasion of Normandy. You’ll also enjoy the Steamboat Natchez Cruise, which is 3 attractions in one; New Orleans cuisine, Cajun music, and a cruise down the Mississippi river. Another way to see the whole city of New Orleans than walking is to take a carriage ride.
Obviously, the main attraction in New Orleans is the nightlife on Bourbon Street. Fat Tuesdays, The Ole Opera House, The Bourbon Cowboy, Johnny White’s and the Famous Door are just a couple of the famous bars that are located up and down Bourbon Street for your drinking and partying enjoyment. Five things come together on Bourbon Street unlike any other place on earth: Balconies, Bourbon, Breasts, Beads, and Beer.
Where should a visitor go to eat before leaving New Orleans?
Some people eat to live, but New Orleanians live to eat. As a result, the city offers one of the most incredible – and incredibly diverse – concentrations of exceptional dining and unforgettable cuisine in the world.
Over 1,000 restaurants are open in New Orleans. This includes most of the city's culinary treasures, including such renowned restaurants as Galatoire's, Emeril's, Arnaud's, Commander's Palace,Emeril's Delmonico, Bayona, Herbsaint, Restaurant August, G.W. Fin's, Bacco, Peristyle, Palace Cafe, Lilette, Brigsten's, K-Paul's, Cuvee, NOLA, Bourbon House, Broussard's, Mr. B's Bistro and Antoine's.
In addition, many of the city's favorite neighborhood hotspots such as Mother's, Casamento's, Ralph's on the Park, Clancy's, Jacques-Imo's, Upperline, Acme Oyster House, Gumbo Shop, Cafe du Monde, Muriel's, Tujague's, Tommy's and Pascal's Manale are also favorites of our visitors.
Where is the best area to park close to the Superdome yet still have room to tailgate?
There isn’t much of a tailgating atmosphere in New Orleans due to all of the drinking establishments within a short walking distance of the Superdome. Although, if your heart is set on tailgating, many fans set up at the top of the parking garage directly beside the Superdome.
How much should we expect to pay for a parking spot near the Superdome?
$10-25 is about right for a parking space.
What if we are wanting to bring a Motorhome to park in New Orleans for the game?
Are there any special rules we should know about tailgating, open-container policies we should be forewarned about, or anything of the sort?
New Orleans is the most accepting town to tailgating and partying you could ever ask for. They know where their bread is buttered, and it’s buttered by the people who come to town to party. There is no open-container policy, no enforcement of public nudity laws, and they expect public intoxication. All three of those things can sure add up to a fun tailgate party!
Any gameday traditions we should not miss while in New Orleans?
They do have an interesting tradition of trading beads for girls flashing, but I doubt that has anything to do with the football game unless the beads are orange and blue.
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