Student Perspective: Experience New Orleans Like a Local

 AAPA18 is the largest conference for PAs where you can connect with your PA peers, new career opportunities, and the amazing city of New Orleans. Register today to secure your spot.


PA students Aubrey LeMaire, Kai Capdua, and their classmates at the Louisiana State University-New Orleans PA Program share how you can get the full New Orleans experience at AAPA18.

New Orleans City Park
Photo by Britt Reints

Check Out City Park

City Park is a 1,000+ acre park located in the heart of New Orleans with something for everyone. It features the New Orleans Botanical Garden, a small lake, a golf course, tennis courts, an amusement park, and restaurants. Boat and bike rentals are also available for your adventures.

Local Eats

If cheap eats or local favorites are your thing, check out these options Aubrey and Kai suggested:

  • Dat Dog – A cheap and casual hot dog spot featuring crazy good combos and even alligator sausage.
  • Parkway Bakery and Tavern – A casual eatery famous for their po-boys, including one served with roast beef gravy.
  • Acme Oyster House – A famous seafood house featuring fresh oysters and fried fish.
  • Louisiana Pizza Kitchen – An Italian pizzeria with a Cajun twist.
  • Port of Call – A steakhouse known for their burgers and specialty cocktail, the Neptune’s Monsoon.
  • The Blind Pelican – A sports pub with great outdoor seating and home of the 25-cent oyster.
  • Meril – An upscale restaurant from famous chef Emeril Lagasse.

PiYo Live classExplore While Exercising

New Orleans has no shortage of ways to stay active while taking in the sites. In addition to City Park, Audubon Park is perfect for squeezing in a quick and scenic workout between conference sessions.

The November Project, a free fitness group, meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning for outdoor workouts. On Wednesdays, they meet at Champion’s Square, located right next to the conference hotels.

Don’t forget that PiYo Live® will also be offered on-site Sunday and Monday mornings!

Fresh Produce in the French Quarter

The French Quarter Farmers Market is the oldest daily-operated open-air market in the U.S. On Saturday mornings, the pavilion hosts the Artisan Saturday Market featuring handmade crafts and fresh foods.

NOLA’s Haunted Past

Go on a Ghost Tour and learn about the voodoo magic, haunted homes, and spirits that the city is famous for.

Lafayette Square
Photo by Tom Reading

Outdoor Tunes at Lafayette Square

Every Wednesday in the spring, Lafayette Square turns into an outdoor concert venue. The concert is free and also features food vendors and an artist village.

Bayou at the Zoo

The Audubon Zoo is a popular destination in Audubon Park. Their Louisiana Swamp exhibit will give you a real bayou experience without ever leaving the city, including a rare viewing of white alligators.

Whatever your interests, there is much to explore in New Orleans. Come to AAPA18 and extend your stay to discover all the city has to offer. We can’t wait to see you in New Orleans in May!