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Sept. 20-22, 2012

New Orleans Morial

Convention Center

900 Convention Center Blvd.

New Orleans, LA 70130



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2012 Life@50+

30 Free Things to Do in New Orleans

Exploring the Big Easy can be easy on your wallet

Paraders celebrate Louis Armstrong's birthday in New Orleans, LA

Watching jazz parades is one of the many free things you can do in New Orleans while attending the AARP Life@50+ National Event & Expo in September 2012. — Lee Celano/Reuters/Corbis

Thomas Jefferson paid $15 million for the entire Louisiana Territory, or about four cents an acre. That means New Orleans went for about seven bucks. More than 200 years later, New Orleans is still a great deal.

1. Get jazzed: Stroll along Bourbon or Frenchmen, where jazz pours out onto the street or duck into a few clubs for the full experience.

2. Dive deeper into our musical heritage: After you’ve heard your fair share of jazz, learn about its roots at the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park (916 N. Peters Street).

3. Browse art throughout the city: It seems like you can find art in every corner of New Orleans — the galleries on Julia and Royal Streets, the Mid- City and Bywater art markets, Jackson Square vendors and so much more.

4. Experience Our Parks: Walk among the centuries-old oaks of City Park, picnic in picturesque Audubon Park or enjoy views of the Mississippi River at Woldenberg Park.

5. Take in a free festival: Through free summer festivals such as Vieux-To-Do and Satchmo Summerfest, explore the history of New Orleans and understand the culture of this unique city.

6. Immerse yourself in New Orleans history: Stop by The Historic New Orleans Collection at 533 Royal Street for a crash course on the city’s history that spans almost 300 years.

7. Enjoy the neighborhood: Spend an hour people-watching at a coffee shop in the Faubourg Marigny, voted one of America's 10 Great Neighborhoods.

8. Bike along the levee: Rent a bike and go for a ride along the levee while taking in the sights and sounds of the mighty Mississippi River.

9. Oysters at Le Bon Temps Roule: Head Uptown to this Magazine Street club on Fridays for free oysters as you listen to the funk sounds of Joe Krown.

10. Shop for mansions on St. Charles Avenue: Come on! You don’t have to be in the market to appreciate these jewels on the Avenue.

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