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Things to do this winter in New Orleans

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Most folks only visit NOLA in the Spring to get drunk and do Mardi Gras, however the crescent city has something to offer all year round. When its cold out and your tired of hitting the bars you might try:

1) Eating some good food. Where else are you likely to find alligator, turtle soup, or frog legs on the menu? Oysters are in peak season at year’s end — try eating a few dozen (raw, broiled, grilled, or fried) in between rounds of drinks.

2) Visiting a museum. There are plenty of them. From the art museum in City Park, to the renowned WWII Museum on Magazine St, to the more idiosyncratic offerings like the Pharmacy Museum or the Museum of Death in the French Quarter.

3) Seeing some animals. The Audubon Zoo or a kayak swamp tour would be the most obvious choice (and even has some nice Christmas lights during the yuletide season) but there’s also the Audubon Aquarium and Insectarium’s if your taste in critters runs a little less conventional.

4) Going on a spooky tour. The winter is prime haunting season, so maybe try out a ghost, cemetery, voodoo, or vampire tour to raise your hackles and chill your bones.H

5) Grabbing some drinks. While drinking might peak during the Mardi Gras debauch it it’s certainly popular the whole year round. While an ice cold daiquiri might not hit the spot in the colder months there’s always more warming options like a shot of whiskey from the Saturn Bar or a classy cocktail from the Roosevelt Hotel.

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