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    Visiting New Orleans

    Does anyone have any experience with visiting New Orleans, and getting around in a wheelchair? How accessible is the city? As an older city, and like most other older cities, it may not be the most accessible place. Are there any attractions I should make a point to see? Any safety concerns?

    If anyone who lives there, or has visited there has any tips I would appreciate it.


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    Haven't been there since before the flood. Like most historical (old) cities, it was not on the cutting edge of accessibility. The buses (but not the trolleys) are accessible, and the cab drivers will work with you. The sidewalks are often badly broken and crossed by huge tree roots. Muggings are (were) a problem, so use common sense, especially after dark. The populated sections of the French Quarter are pretty safe. The heat and humidity can be dangerous.

    The food is like no other place in the world, and the music is just as unique, plentiful and delicious. Another danger is that you might never want to go home.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ax8 View Post
    Does anyone have any experience with visiting New Orleans, and getting around in a wheelchair? How accessible is the city? As an older city, and like most other older cities, it may not be the most accessible place. Are there any attractions I should make a point to see? Any safety concerns?

    If anyone who lives there, or has visited there has any tips I would appreciate it.
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    I've been to NO a few times. I always stayed in the French Quarter and really had no problem getting around. At night they close off Bourbon St. to auto traffic, so you can roll from one end to the other really easy.

    If you want some great NO home style cooking, try Mother's (or was it Mom's?) on Poydras St. It's just a few blocks down from the Intercontinental Hotel which is at the corner of St Charles and Poydras. That's where I always stayed and it was pretty convenient to everything I wanted. If you go to Mother's try the Ham and have some bread pudding for dessert (with sauce!) The Shrimp Po-Boys where great there too.

    It was also a pretty easy roll ( I used a manual chair back then) to the Riverwalk and to the Casino.

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    I was in NO this past New Years for the Sugar bowl. If you go to Bourbon St and are in a manual chair...then get a good pair of gloves!!! Also, many of the stores and whatnot usually have a lip to get into them(varies from about 6-12 inches). I stayed at the Intercontinental and it was close to everything. We went to a restuarant name August and it was great!! It was just down from the casino. Stay off any sidestreets,especially after dark!

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    Was there a few months ago, downtown is ok for wheelchairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ax8 View Post
    Does anyone have any experience with visiting New Orleans, and getting around in a wheelchair? How accessible is the city? As an older city, and like most other older cities, it may not be the most accessible place. Are there any attractions I should make a point to see? Any safety concerns?

    If anyone who lives there, or has visited there has any tips I would appreciate it.
    Attractions: WWII museum, wax museum, Aquarium of the Americas, the French Quarter, Riverwalk, Marie LaVeau's grave, and the French Market set up daily.

    Must-see streets: Canal St., Bourbon St., St. Charles Avenue, and Esplanade (even just to drive down some for the beauty).


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    Thanks for all the tips. I'm going with a relative, so that will help with some possible accessibility issues.

    Is crime really that bad? Everything I've read/heard makes it sound like getting mugged is just as much of a tourist right of passage as eating crawfish. I've been to other big cities (Chicago, New York)? Is it going to be worse? My hotel is about a 15 minute commute (by ground) from the French Quarter.

    Anyway, I'm really looking forward to the trip. It's been a while since I've been to a new (major) city, and I'm excited.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ax8 View Post
    Thanks for all the tips. I'm going with a relative, so that will help with some possible accessibility issues.

    Is crime really that bad? Everything I've read/heard makes it sound like getting mugged is just as much of a tourist right of passage as eating crawfish. I've been to other big cities (Chicago, New York)? Is it going to be worse? My hotel is about a 15 minute commute (by ground) from the French Quarter.

    Anyway, I'm really looking forward to the trip. It's been a while since I've been to a new (major) city, and I'm excited.
    Yes, crime is bad, BUT the majority of murders are gang-related. Thus, while still very sad, if you're not pissing off a gang or getting involved in drugs, you're less likely to be murdered here, unless your relative does so. Just always make sure you're in populated streets during the night. There's no need to go into residental areas that seem like Elm Street.


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