Dear Editor,

Any information on how to get around New Orleans? I’m there for a few days and would appreciate any tips on sites for good food and music.

Thanks, Sam

I’m assuming you’re talking about the French Quarter, as that is the tourist mecca of New Orleans. Overall, accessibility is mixed. The vast majority of sidewalks have curb cuts and there is limited, free handicapped parking on some streets. What you’re up against is the French Quarter’s venerable age, and old buildings are rarely disabled-friendly. However, there still is plenty you can do and see.

The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park has great access and offers accessible walking tours of the French Quarter with advance notice; the New Orleans Voo Doo Museum’s door is only 30″, but if you can squeeze through, the interior is pretty easy to get around (no bathroom access) and the collection is quite eerie, if not intruiging; the Old U.S. Mint, home to a nice Mardi Gras exhibit, is fully accessible as well.

Some hot music/night spots include: Preservation Hall for traditional New Orleans jazz concerts; Toots Jazz Cafe; Pat O’Brien’s Bar which is home of the world famous “Hurricane” drink; Pampy’s Tight Squeeze has great blues; and Fritzel’s is the place for jazz on Bourbon Street.

Getting around is best achieved by walking, trolley or van rental, as none of New Orleans’ cab companies have wheelchair accessible taxis. The Riverfront Streetcar operates along the Mississippi River from Esplanade Avenue to Julia Street and is accessible from boarding platforms at Esplanade Avenue, Urseline Street, Dumaine Street, St. Peter Street, Conti Street, Iberville Street, Canal Street, and Poydras Street. Each accessible car has two wheelchair tiedown areas. The trolley runs 24 hours and costs just $1 per trip.