|View from the parking garage|
After we were done at the aquarium, we walked over to the "Tourist Trap" aka the Riverwalk Outlet Mall. We hadn't been there in years either. It used to be a regular mall, but now it's an "outlet" mall. The cruise terminal is nearby, so it seems geared toward luring the tourists in. There are a lot of regular stores but there's nothing discounted about their prices. There is a lot of tourist geared merchandise - New Orleans clothing, nick-nacks, spices, Mardi Gras themed stuff, and food items. I admit it is fun looking through all the junk stores and even the kids like looking at the souvenir type stuff. I saw this in several stores:
The highest price? $8. (I've seen it higher than that down at the French Market - another Tourist Trap!! ) You can find this at Wal-mart for three bucks or so...
Of course we fell into said Tourist Trap and had to stop at the real Cafe Du Monde for a treat. You can't go to New Orleans and pass up beignets and coffee!
On our way back towards the aquarium, we stopped for a bit to sit by the Mississippi River to watch the ships pass. It was breezy so the heat wasn't all that bad.
|There's the river|
|Not sure why Val is making that grumpy face!|
|Selfie by the Mississippi|
Our final stop was the IMAX theater right next to the aquarium. I had been here only once before and it was so long ago I don't even remember what I watched. We saw "Secret Ocean" in 3D. All the campers seemed to have gone back to where they came from and the theater was nearly empty.
After the film, it was time to head for home. Lucky us hit I-10 in the middle of 5:00pm traffic! Actually it wasn't so bad. Traffic was moving and we didn't hit any gridlock spots. We made it home with in a couple of hours time. It was a fun day with the kids -- hopefully it won't be so long before we make it back for a day trip to The City.