Whether you’re attending Superbowl XLVII, Mardi Gras festivities, looking for a romantic Valentine’s Day escape, or just can’t get enough of New Orleans — you’ll want this New Orleans app for your iPhone. GO NOLA – the Official Tourism App of the city of New Orleans has got you covered. You’ll never be at a loss with this comprehensive and up-to-date New Orleans app guide that will help you see, taste, hear and experience all that this lively city has to offer. This New Orleans app will become your personal travel guide in and around New Orleans covering the infamous French Quarter, other historic districts like Treme, the Garden District — and beyond. Discover history, where to eat, where to stay, what to see, music, tours and have an opportunity to virtually meet some of New Orleans’ most famous natives.
From the Home screen you get easy access to the main features of this New Orleans app: A&E History, Places to Dine, Where to Stay, Nightlife & Music, Walking Tours, Near Me, and My Trips. New Orleans is an old city that has a lot of history, culture, fabulous architecture, mystique and local celebrity natives waiting for you to discover. Starting with the A&E History category, you’ll meet and be greeted by some good natured hosts of 2 of A&E History Channel’s top shows: Willie Robertson and Troy Landry. Get a gander at Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson’s Top 10 suggested places to visit while in NOLA for Super Bowl Weekend (and his welcome video). Troy Landry of the very popular Swamp People show provides another insightful Top 10 list (with video). What better way to find out the local favorites than to ask a native?
One of the things New Orleans is known for is its rich and diverse food, especially Cajun, Creole, French, Southern and Soul Food — and the list goes on and on. This city has some amazing places to eat out, and to make your life a little easier, all you have to do is check the Places to Dine category in this New Orleans app, which will give you suggestions based on your preset filters (Neighborhood, Cuisine types, Open for – meaning different meals throughout the day and night). Also included is a “Distance from Current Location” and “Price Range” (shown in 1 – 4 $ signs to show how expensive). Results come back in an A-Z list. One eatery you’ll have to experience for sure is the infamous Café Du Monde for their powdered-sugar-covered beignets and strong chicory coffee, which is a tourist must have for anyone visiting New Orleans for the first time. Just remember to bring cash because that’s the only form of payment accepted. Since visiting New Orleans a few years back, beignets are a Super Bowl tradition in our house each year. Another favorite restaurant of ours is Café Amelie on Royal Street.
With a little food in your belly, you may be ready to take a walking tour to burn of that rich food. This travel app offers narrated Walking Tours (using your iPhone) to lead you around the city with some of New Orleans’ celebrity natives: Wendell Pierce, Soledad O’ Brien, Patricia Clarkson, John Goodman, and Bryan Batt. There are 5 narrated 1 – 1.5 hour walking tours covering different geographic areas of the city and topics giving plenty of insight into this dynamic city. Don’t forget to give your tired feet a break and take a ride on the Streetcars. And if you want to expand beyond these touring boundaries, there are many other types of tours to explore: Airboat Tours, Bicycle Tours, Bus Tours, Cajun Tours, Cemetery Tours, Haunted Tours, Horse and Carriage Tours, Plantation Tours, Romantic Tours, Segway Tours, Swamp tours, and a gazillion other specialized tours.
Although you can have a lot of fun in one day, you’re probably gonna want to stay longer, so check out the Where To Stay category which you can also filter by Neighborhood, Accommodation Type, and Amenities. All listings come back in an easy A-Z list with additional lodging information to view. And after you resting and refreshing at the hotel for a spell, you may be ready for some nighttime fun. The Nightlife & Music section will be a good place to start perusing your options. Your entertainment options can be filtered by the 11 Neighborhoods and 29 distinct Features (like Cajun Dancing, Comedy Club, Dueling Pianos, Darts, etc.) with some form of entertainment to suit just about everyone. Preservation Hall is well worth the wait — at least from our experience.
If you’re still at a loss as to what to do with your time, check out the Events category in this New Orleans app, which will list events in a chronological order by date. You’ll find Sports, Film, Music, Theater, Dance and Other. But if shopping is more your speed, look to the Shopping category and view the alphabetized list or filter by Neighborhood and Type (which has a ton of sub category listings for regular things like Drug Store and Grocories to more exciting stuff like Antiques, Art Market, Books, Cigars, Pipes, or Tobacco, Clothing, Costumes, King Cake, Masks, Mardi Gras Supplies, Souvenirs, and more).
Go NOLA – the Official Toursim App of the city of New Orleans is a comprehensive New Orleans app with a lot of very useful information to the tourist (or local). This New Orleans app has an excellent user interface, easy search and navigation, directions, map views, phone numbers and much more to help make your stay memorable and hopefully stress free. One tip: if you allow this New Orleans app to use your GPS location, that’ll help you orient yourself and find things Near You and where ever you are. You can also save and favorite places throughout the app and keep this information for easy access (and memory sake) in your My Trips area.
I loved visiting New Orleans and this iPhone travel app is a great New Orleans app to help any tourist navigate unknown surroundings, but there a couple of things obviously missing for me. There is no information about the app, developer, nor explanation of how the app works. Also there are no customer ratings for any of the establishments. Authentic customer ratings would go a long way with helping tourists feel good about where they spend their money and to the overall positive experience while visiting the Big Easy. Personally, when we visited New Orleans for the first time, I did my research on Tripadvisor.com and read a lot of reviews. I would have loved to have had use of that website and this New Orleans app before traveling — with both, you can’t go wrong. Confusingly, there is another almost identical app called GO NOLA, the Official Tourism App of the City of New Orleans that has a comma after “Go NOLA” instead of a hyphen, this New Orleans app appears to have been the first version and does not appear to be supported, so to be sure you get the right app — just follow our download link below and have a great time in the Big Easy!