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13 free things to do on Black Friday

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If you can manage to move after Thanksgiving Day, you might not want to spend it shopping. Luckily, in New Orleans there are several free and simple things to do around the city.

If you’re looking for something active, or yearning to learn something new, here’s a list of 13 unique places to visit in New Orleans on Friday. Best of all, everything on this list is free.

If you haven’t had a moment to check out some of NOLA’s most iconic locations, it might be worth tackling this weekend too.

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1. Big Lake at City Park

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Big Lake
New Orleans, LA 70124

If you don’t want to shop on Black Friday, take a moment to enjoy the serenity in one of New Orleans’s most beautiful parks. From this lake, you’ll be able to see the singing oaks and an outstanding view of the New Orleans Museum of Arts.

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2. Algiers Courthouse

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Morgan St
New Orleans, LA 70114
(504) 407-0436
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While Algiers Point’s oldest courthouse is under renovation, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy its beauty from the Mississippi River Trail. Not a fan? Turn around and take in a scenic view of the NOLA’s skyline.

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3. Mardi Gras Fountain

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Lakeshore Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124

If you’re looking for something more colorful, spice up your park experience with this amazing fountain by Lake Pontchartrain. Can you name all of the featured Mardi Gras Krewes?

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4. The Lafitte Greenway’s new art installation

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412 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy
New Orleans, LA 70119

If you’re a fan of art, check out this three-piece prayer wheel, which is located at the roundabout between the Jefferson Davis Parkway Trail and the Lafitte Greenway. Friends of Lafitte Greenway opened it to the public just last week.

5. Jackson Square

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700 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 658-3200
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While one holiday ends, another one is on the rise. Enjoy the holiday spirit with art, live music, and sights of some of the oldest buildings in New Orleans.

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6. Hurricane Katrina Sculpture

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1100 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130

Black Friday can also serve as a time to catch up on New Orleans monuments. Located near the Convention Center sits this House in the Tree sculpture, a tribute to the struggles during the devastating storm.

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7. House of Dance & Feathers

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1317 Tupelo St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 957-2678
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If you’re in the mood to learn about Carnival in New Orleans, you can visit this Mardi Gras Indian museum in the lower 9th Ward. While admission is free, it’s by appointment only.

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8. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

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1 Collins Diboll Cir
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 658-4100
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If you can’t get enough art, immerse yourself at this free sculpture garden at City Park.

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9. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

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While you will technically need to step outside of the bounds of New Orleans, there are several hiking trails around the city to make your Black Friday more active. Interested in more hiking locations? We’ve got you covered.

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10. Joe W. Brown Park

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5601 Read Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127
(504) 658-3080
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Closing after Hurricane Katrina, the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center reopened earlier this year. Better than ever, it has a revamped walking trail and an exhibition center.

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11. Holiday Lights on Canal Street

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600 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

On November 22, Downtown Development District will flip the switch and turn on all of the Holiday-centric lights on Canal Street from Claiborne Avenue to the Riverwalk.

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12. The Irish Culture Museum of New Orleans

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933 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112

Up for a free movie? This museum will showcase Celtic-centered films for the whole family. You can check out more on their movie selection on the Museum’s official page.

13. The Fly

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Exposition Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70118

Catching an amazing sunset over the Mississippi River would be a great way to end this shopping holiday. And, if you decide to come earlier it makes a great picnic spot, too.

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1. Big Lake at City Park

Big Lake, New Orleans, LA 70124

If you don’t want to shop on Black Friday, take a moment to enjoy the serenity in one of New Orleans’s most beautiful parks. From this lake, you’ll be able to see the singing oaks and an outstanding view of the New Orleans Museum of Arts.

Big Lake
New Orleans, LA 70124

2. Algiers Courthouse

Morgan St, New Orleans, LA 70114

While Algiers Point’s oldest courthouse is under renovation, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy its beauty from the Mississippi River Trail. Not a fan? Turn around and take in a scenic view of the NOLA’s skyline.

Morgan St
New Orleans, LA 70114

3. Mardi Gras Fountain

Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124

If you’re looking for something more colorful, spice up your park experience with this amazing fountain by Lake Pontchartrain. Can you name all of the featured Mardi Gras Krewes?

Lakeshore Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124

4. The Lafitte Greenway’s new art installation

412 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70119

If you’re a fan of art, check out this three-piece prayer wheel, which is located at the roundabout between the Jefferson Davis Parkway Trail and the Lafitte Greenway. Friends of Lafitte Greenway opened it to the public just last week.

412 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Jackson Square

700 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

While one holiday ends, another one is on the rise. Enjoy the holiday spirit with art, live music, and sights of some of the oldest buildings in New Orleans.

700 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. Hurricane Katrina Sculpture

1100 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130

Black Friday can also serve as a time to catch up on New Orleans monuments. Located near the Convention Center sits this House in the Tree sculpture, a tribute to the struggles during the devastating storm.

1100 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. House of Dance & Feathers

1317 Tupelo St, New Orleans, LA 70117

If you’re in the mood to learn about Carnival in New Orleans, you can visit this Mardi Gras Indian museum in the lower 9th Ward. While admission is free, it’s by appointment only.

1317 Tupelo St
New Orleans, LA 70117

8. Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans, LA 70124

If you can’t get enough art, immerse yourself at this free sculpture garden at City Park.

1 Collins Diboll Cir
New Orleans, LA 70124

9. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Marrero, LA 70072

While you will technically need to step outside of the bounds of New Orleans, there are several hiking trails around the city to make your Black Friday more active. Interested in more hiking locations? We’ve got you covered.

10. Joe W. Brown Park

5601 Read Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127

Closing after Hurricane Katrina, the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center reopened earlier this year. Better than ever, it has a revamped walking trail and an exhibition center.

5601 Read Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127

11. Holiday Lights on Canal Street

600 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

On November 22, Downtown Development District will flip the switch and turn on all of the Holiday-centric lights on Canal Street from Claiborne Avenue to the Riverwalk.

600 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. The Irish Culture Museum of New Orleans

933 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Up for a free movie? This museum will showcase Celtic-centered films for the whole family. You can check out more on their movie selection on the Museum’s official page.

933 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112

13. The Fly

Exposition Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70118

Catching an amazing sunset over the Mississippi River would be a great way to end this shopping holiday. And, if you decide to come earlier it makes a great picnic spot, too.

Exposition Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70118