trip to NOLA advice?

trip to NOLA advice?

next weekend, i'm driving to new orleans with some friends for my birthday. we're trying to keep it as cheap as possible since we're all poor college graduates. so i was wondering if anyone more familiar with the area had suggestions for cheapish lodging/interesting things to do and see beyond getting trashed on bourbon street (not that i'm against that in the least :D). my friends and i are quite adventurous, artists of various outlets, and basically up for anything. i can't say the same for my boyfriend (god bless 'im and his conservative midwest origins) so maybe a few more on-the-safe-side ideas for the little buckaroo would be helpful too. thank you for any suggestions!
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