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Eight things to do in New Orleans for $8 or less


Buy a $3 RTA Jazzy Pass and catch the St. Charles Streetcar to Broadway Street and St. Charles Avenue. Walk down Broadway St. for five blocks, arriving at The Boot (1039 Broadway Street, 504-866-9008; Get three 50-cent drinks or shots, and leave a $3.50 tip. Total $8.00

Go to Airline Skate Center (6711 Airline Drive, Metairie, 504-733-2248; between 12:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday  through Thursday for $5 including skate rental. Buy a slice of pizza for $1.75 at the concession stand & play a few arcade games. Total $8.00


Go to Morning Call  (56 Dreyfous Drive, 504-300-1157; in City Park and get beignets for $2.18 and either a small cafe au lait or a small hot chocolate for $2.18. Leave a $3.50 tip. Pick up a free Gambit from the stand in the coffee shop and peruse the art listings for New Orleans Museum of Art (City Park, 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle, 504-658-4100; The museum offers free admission on Wednesday, and the adjacent sculpture garden is always free. Total $7.85

Catch a non-3-D matinee at Chalmette Movies (8700 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 504-304-9903; before 5:30 p.m. for $6.50. Spend $1.50 in Celebrations, the arcade down the hall. Total $8.00

Second Wednesday of the month: Go to the free Bon Operatit! opera concert at 7 p.m. the Four Points by Sheraton (541 Bourbon St., 504-524-7611; There are complimentary hors d'oeuvres and $5 valet parking. Hand the valet a $3 tip. Total $8.00


Bring a $5 bill and three $1 bills to Harrah's New Orleans Casino (228 Poydras St., 504-533-6000; and park in the garage. Sign up for a free Total  Rewards card and stick it in a penny slot machine, along with the $5 bill. Indulge in three free alcoholic beverages from the cocktail server, tipping $1 for each drink. Play with the Total Rewards card inserted for 30 minutes to get your ticket for the parking garage validated. Then, hit up Masquerade, the nightclub inside Harrah's for DJ Mike Swift's free electronic dance party, Electromasq. Total $8.00

Go to City Park's Carousel Gardens amusement park  (1 Victory Drive, 504-482-4888; for $3 and buy a ride ticket for an additional $3. Use $2 for a treat at the concession stand. Total $8.00


Play landscape photographer around the city, then go to and order an 11-by-14-inch or 5-by-14-inch poster of the best image for $7.62 (tax included). Total $7.62

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