Post # 17
I’ve never felt unsafe in NOLA at all – and I’ve been there for partying, for work, and for sight-seeing. Just utilize the standard common-sense traveling guidelines you’d use anywhere and you should be fine!
Enjoy, and eat a ton!!
Post # 18
I’ve been to NOLA several times. It’s my favorite domestic vacation destination. I like the French Quarter (NOT Bourbon St. though!!) and Garden District. The Gumbo Shop…. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Post # 19
@BeeG35: You should be fine…We just spent a week in New Orleans right down the street from Bourbon street and it was loads of fun. I didn’t feel unsafe. There are many people out and even police patrolling on horses.
Post # 20
It’s totally fine. You just need to use good common sense. If you are drunk wandering around in a bad part of town, there is a good likelihood that you will get robbed. I personally wouldn’t do that anywhere though.
There is so much great food and sights to see. Of course, I am totally biased because I was born there and also had my wedding there.
Post # 21
My husband and I spent a few days over new years eve in New Orleans, and I didn’t feel unsafe at all. We had a car, but we kept it parked and we walked everywhere around the French quarter and business and garden districts, walked to the basketball stadium ( I think they just renamed it to the Smoothie King Stadium. Interesting…anyway…)
I also work/come in contact with many street people, so maybe it doesn’t phase me as much when I see/hear/walk by them or other “scary” people.
We absolutely loved it there and can’t wait to go back. I found people so friendly, the food amazing (Cafe du Monde…yeah, we went there 3 times) and of course the beautiful homes/buildings.
We’ve been to 25 states and of the ones we’ve visited, I felt the most unsafe in New Haven, CT. Not because anything happened to us, but I had a strange feeling there. I did feel safe enough to walk around on my own though, my husband went golfing at the Uni and I wandered around downtown a bit…I later read stats about it and understand why I felt that way.
Post # 22
When you go, get lunch reservations to Commander’s Palace. It’s AMAZING. I want to go back…no wait, I want to live there. That’s how much I love New Orleans.
I wouldn’t go to Kiev, or Beirut, or Baghdad. Places like that. New Orleans? It’s totally safe. Just don’t be an idiot. =)
Post # 23
@BeeG35: I’m from New Orleans. Just use common sense, and you will be fine.
Post # 24
I live in New Orleans and like previous posters mentioned, you will probably be just fine. I have no issues in the city and feel comfortable frequenting the French Quarter often. If you have time, do venture outside the French Quarter. It’s wonderful, but there is so much more to the city!
Post # 25
@BeeG35: That is my happy place 🙂 I grew up there. I plan on going back either this summer or next. We love New Orleans so much my parents named their dog NOLA Jazz. We call her Jazz though!
Post # 26
I went for 5 days with two of my girl friends, and we never felt unsafe. We stuck to touristy areas and kept together, but it’s like any large city. Use common sense, and you’ll have tons of fun! Nola is a great city, with a fun night life and great eats. Enjoy!