Things to Do on Loyola and Tulane Campuses – Alder Hotel Uptown New Orleans
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Nestled side by side on historic St. Charles Avenue, directly across from Audubon Park, you’ll find two of the nation’s foremost private universities: Tulane and Loyola. Their campuses house plentiful amenities for those lucky enough to be enrolled as students, but visitors and members of the community are also able to partake in many of these resources. From art galleries to cutting-edge fitness centers, here are a just few good reasons to be a big man (or woman) on campus.
Check out a free music recital at Loyola
Loyola University is home to one of the nation’s best music programs, according to The Princeton Review. From jazz studies to ballet performance, students hone their skills under the tutelage of the nation’s most talented performers and teachers. What does this mean for you? Well, students need to practice performing—and they do so in a series of free recitals at the 400-seat Nunemaker Auditorium (third floor of the Monroe Science Complex, 6363 St. Charles Ave.). When school is in session, check out up-and-coming musicians who are perfecting their skills. The recital schedule is available here.
Visit The Mushroom (1037 Broadway St.)
The Mushroom isn’t technically on Tulane’s campus, but it’s close enough to count. For more than 40 years, it’s been Uptown’s go-to indie record store. You’ll know you’re there when you see the psychedelic murals on the building’s exterior. Climb a concert-poster papered stairway and arrive in the incense-scented shop, where it’s easy to while away an afternoon sifting through record crates and admiring intricate handmade glass pipes. It’s a trip back to your own college days—in the best possible way.
Grab a pint at The Ratskeller
Built in 1966 and designed to resemble a German biergarten, Der Rathskeller remains a laid-back place to have a cold one. Pub grub ranging from chicken wings to fried mozzarella sticks is available, as are draft beers. On select Thursday nights, you can catch free jazz performances from students and visiting masters.
Take a fitness class at Loyola
Boasting a six-lane Olympic-sized pool, sauna, indoor tennis and racquetball courts, free weights and much more, the Loyola University Sports Complex isn’t just for students. You can get a week’s’ membership for $25 or drop in on a class (Body Pump, Zumba and Hatha Yoga are just a few offerings) for $5.
Visit a free art museum and sculpture garden at Loyola (6363 St. Charles Ave., 4th floor of the Monroe Library)
Loyola University’s Collins C. Diboll Gallery stars artifacts from the Belgian Congo, as well as rotating exhibits of student art, pottery and graphics. The current exhibition includes work by Loyola faculty members. Afterwards, stroll through the university’s sculpture garden, located between Marquette and Bobet Hall.
Go to Crawfest at Tulane
Crawfest takes place once a year, but if you happen to be visiting New Orleans during April, you must check out this tribute to Louisiana’s favorite crustacean: two stages of music, more than 20,000 pounds of crawfish and plenty of arts and craft vendors take over Tulane’s quad. It’s free for students and faculty, and for everyone else, a $10 wristband gets you access to all-you-can-eat crawfish, soda and water. Now that’s a hot deal.