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New Orleans will be the location for the 2019 Johnson Family Reunion.  New Orleans is one of the world's most fascinating cities – it's home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. Join fellow family members and experience one of America's most culturally and historically-rich destinations. As the official New Orleans tourism guide, NewOrleansOnline.com is loaded with information on things to do, where to eat, and more.

New Orleans is located along the Mississippi River in the southeastern region of the U.S. state of Louisiana. With an estimated population of 400K, it is the most populous city in Louisiana. New Orleans is world-renowned for its distinct music, Creole cuisine, unique dialect, and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras.  Make your plans to join family members in 2019 as an experience you will long remember. 

A key decision in planning your trip to the 2019 Johnson Family Reunion is to determine how to get there and how to get around when you arrive.
 
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Air Travel:  The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) is located in Kenner, approximately 15 miles west of downtown New Orleans. Shuttle buses, taxis, limos, rideshare services and public transportation buses operate between downtown and French Quarter areas to the airport regularly. This airport is served by major and low-cost airlines.  The best recommendation is to start watching airfares in early 2019 to find the most economical fare availability.  Mid-week travel usually offers the lowest fares and advance booking is key to getting a good fare.  Keep in mind,  New Orleans is a major tourist city year round.
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Train:  New Orleans is served by Amtrak railway from many cities across the country.  The New Orleans Union Terminal is located downtown and is easily accessible to the New Orleans Holiday Inn by taxi or by rideshare services for a nominal fee.   amtrak.com

 
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 Bus:  New Orleans is served by several bus services including Greyhound, Megabus and Wanderu with routes from across the nation.  Be sure to check for terminal locations for arrival in New Orleans as all buses may not arrive downtown.
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Driving:  If you choose to drive to New Orleans, most major highways in the south connect with I-10 and right into New Orleans.  Keep in mind if you drive or rent a car at the airport, the Holiday Inn charges a daily parking fee of $20.  Most locations charge a parking fee around the city.  Street parking, especially in the French Quarter, is VERY LIMITED with restrictive parking hours in place. Try rideshare to get around once you get into town.
 
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 Lyft/Uber: Rideshare services are readily available in New Orleans for a nominal fee to get around the city without a car including getting a ride from the airport, train or bus station to /from the hotel. Be sure to download the app prior to arrival and add your credit/debit card for payment in advance.
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The reunion committee has planned excursions to include a private city tour, a trip to the Audubon Zoo featuring the Cool Zoo and a fun-filled trip to Dave and Buster's entertainment center.  Transportation will be provided for the private tour and the trip to the zoo.  Dave and Buster's is about an 8-10 min. walk from the hotel.  In the event of rain, the alternate event for Family Fun Day will be to the Audubon Aquarium (which is enclosed) instead of to the zoo, with transportation provided.
 
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Walking is an option to get around in your free time, but there are convenient transportation choices available. Public transit on the RTA buses and streetcars are available for a nominal fee.  Senior fares are available on buses and streetcars.  1, 2 or 3 day passes are available. Check out the website for detailed information and fares. www.norta.com/
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Parents are responsible for transporting their young children properly. www.dmv.org/la-louisiana/safety-laws.php  Please refer to this website to review the state laws pertaining to child car seats and seat belts.  Taxis and rideshare vehicles do NOT provide child car seats. 

Reminder: Louisiana has a statewide ban on the use of wireless devices for writing, sending, or reading text-based communications while driving, regardless of age.

If you have additional transportation questions, please contact the Transportation Coordinator directly (Sherry Lewis-Kessee) at 310-420-0215.

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