Cocktail Curiosities: The Museum of the American Cocktail is just as much about booze as it is about old glassware, bar tools and drink manuals. (OK, maybe it's a little more about the booze.) But you'll never feel smarter while tipsy than when you attend a seminar about the origins of rum or the curious history of the Mai Tai.
Antique Alley: Rue Royal in the French Quarter is lined with antique dealers like Harris and MS Rau, where you can find furniture, art and gizmos like an English submarine sextant. (Just $2,850!) These shops are seriously expensive and full of honest-to-God, one-of-a-kind old stuff, but you can still browse around.
Mardi Gras Mysteries: Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World is a little hokey, but you're not gonna find more big heads and floats in the city unless you're actually there on Fat Tuesday. Half the fun is taking the free ferry across the Mississippi to get to the museum-slash-warehouse in Algiers. Tours are $17.50, but kids get in for a little less.
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