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Old 03-03-2011, 09:28 AM
 
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Think we have our Sunday figured out. After the preserve head to Oak Alley plantation then up to the Metairie Cemetery and then dinner at the Acme Oyster House in Metairie.
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Old 03-03-2011, 01:18 PM
 
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Another option, just drive over, park along Canal St. near Jeff Davis or Carrollton Ave., and take the streetcar down to the Quarter. $1.25 one way. This may be quicker than the ferry.
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Old 03-03-2011, 01:28 PM
 
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Another option, just drive over, park along Canal St. near Jeff Davis or Carrollton Ave., and take the streetcar down to the Quarter. $1.25 one way. This may be quicker than the ferry.
I'll keep that in mind as well. My concern isn't as much getting in as it is getting out. We'll likely head over between 7-8AM but it's doubtful that we'll stay very long into the evening.
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Old 03-03-2011, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Metairie, LA
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I'll keep that in mind as well. My concern isn't as much getting in as it is getting out. We'll likely head over between 7-8AM but it's doubtful that we'll stay very long into the evening.
In that regard, keep in mind the Ferry ride back up to Gretna is 2-3 times longer than the ride down to the Quarter due to the flow of the river.
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:36 PM
 
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The ferry is neat, though, especially if you're not accustomed to taking one. I still get a kick out of it, but I only do it for fun when we have visitors in town...
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:59 PM
 
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In that regard, keep in mind the Ferry ride back up to Gretna is 2-3 times longer than the ride down to the Quarter due to the flow of the river.
Well, Gretna is a closer drive to the hotel but longer ride across the river so it's 6 one way half dozen the other. The flip side is, I'm not sure how late the Gretna runs where as the other seems to run until Midnight. I feel pretty safe in saying we'll be back well before then, though.
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:01 PM
 
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The ferry is neat, though, especially if you're not accustomed to taking one. I still get a kick out of it, but I only do it for fun when we have visitors in town...
I really only get to when we're in NYC, I love riding back and forth on the Staten Island Ferry. I don't mind spending a longer time on the boat either... the following Monday we'll be on one for 5 nights
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Old 03-03-2011, 07:03 PM
 
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And thanks to everybody who has offered helpful advice, big help!
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:59 AM
 
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We're all booked and ready to go. Will be arriving at our hotel a week from today.

We're going to stick with the ferry but ride from Algiers, they seem to have the better Saturday schedule from what I've found. I found the street car map / schedule so we'll get off of the ferry and make our way to the nearest street car stop, any idea how far that is? Take the street car to the stop nearest Cafe Du Monde and then have our time in the French Quarter. We we've seen what we want to see we'll find our way to another street car and try to find our way to the garden district.

If my wife is up for it, we'll likely head back to the French Quarter to see it lit up at night, if not we'll just make our way back to the ferry stop and head to the hotel.
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Old 04-03-2011, 04:38 PM
 
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The ferry will let you off about 6 blocks from Cafe Du Monde, which is right in the middle of the festival area. If heading to the Garden District, you would get on the streetcar at St. Charles and Canal, which is probably about 4 blocks from the ferry landing, but because of direction, about 10 from Cafe Du Monde. Either way, if want to avoid walking, should be stops for riverfront line (to Cafe Du Monde) and Canal Line (to St. Charles line) within a minute's walk of the ferry terminal. All three lines tie into each other, though will have to switch to get from Canal Line to the St. Charles line.
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