Those were great suggestions on New Orleans. As you say, the food is
expensive, but wonderful. Don't expect to eat in a hurry, but meals will be a
highlight of your trip.
Tip: The Creole Queen is the only working paddleboat out of NO & has much
better food than the others. Also about $38 for 2 hour dinner cruise.
The New Orleans Art Museum in City Park is wonderful. I take my students
there annually and although they aren't expecting that to be a highlight of
the trip, I have to drag them out to see the rest of spots we try to hit in
the LONG day we spend there.
Someone said 70's and 80's in temp, that's probably right for daytime, but
this morning it is in the high 30's (I'm about 4 hours due East with similar
weather). Will warm up quickly, but don't come unprepared. As you say, rain
is always expected.
Don't miss Jackson Square: The St. Louis Cathedral (free), street performers,
Cafe Du Monde for French donuts, beniegets (slaughtered spelling), and coffee
for about $2.50. We always eat there in the afternoon and again about 1 AM
before heading home. That sugar fix keeps everyone going. Jackson Square is
also the site of the beginning of the French Market (a couple of blocks
behind the Cafe).
The Aquarium of the Americas is cool, and within easy walking distance of the
DO NOT LEAVE ANYTHING OF VALUE IN YOUR VEHICLE. The guarded parking lots are
often guarded by thieves and their friends. Parking is not cheap - about $15+
a day in prime areas. Paid $65 for school bus once. If your hotel has a lot
use that and walk when you can.
There is a free ferry ride across the river for a change of pace. Takes the
better part of an hour to go across and come back, but you can get out of
your car and enjoy the river.
Don't forget to get some pralines to take home with you.