Five Things To Do in New Orleans

April 5, 2024 by Kristin Carroll
75 Things to Know About Convention: 5 Things To Do in NOLA

The 75th NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo, June 25-28 in New Orleans, is approaching – and registration is now open. As we get ready for convention, NATA Now is looking back at convention history as well as what to know about NATA 2024.

New Orleans is a city rich in history, with attractions for every interest. NATA Now connected with Shone Gipson, MEd, ATC, PES, head athletic trainer for the New Orleans Saints, to get his take on five things to do in  The Big Easy during your convention down time.


Shone Gipson, a Black athletic trainer, wraps a patient's foot.

Shone Gipson, MEd, ATC, PES, head athletic trainer for the New Orleans Saints


1. Go Shopping on Magazine Street

Magazine Street is a six-mile stretch of shops, restaurants and art galleries situated away from the French Quarter. Gipson’s favorite restaurant is Shaya, which blends Israeli staples with Southern flavors and modern techniques. Shaya highlights seasonal, responsibly and locally sourced ingredients, according to the restaurant’s website.


2. Take the Streetcar Down St. Charles Avenue

“Taking the streetcar gives you the chance to see St. Charles Avenue and the Uptown District,” Gipson said. “This gives you the chance to see different parts of the city as well as Tulane University and Loyola University.”


3. Bar Hop and People Watch on Bourbon Street

“No matter how often you come to New Orleans, this is a must,” Gipson said. “The street features tons of historic bars and the opportunity to see and meet people from all over the world.”


4.  Visit the National World War II Museum

The National WWII Museum is a must for history lovers. The museum offers a deep dive into both the European and Pacific theaters, with the opportunity to follow a soldier’s journey through an audio/visual tour. Gipson said his nieces and nephews particularly enjoyed the interactive exhibits on their visit.


5. Have a Cocktail at CURE NOLA

CURE NOLA is Gipson’s favorite cocktail bar in the city. Located on Freret Street close to Tulane University, Gipson said it is a great place to relax with friends and colleagues, especially during the summer. His favorite drink is the Luigi Bored, a rum-based drink with notes of coconut, palo santo and alpine flowers.


Learn more about activities and things to do in New Orleans at NATA’s planning site, in partnership with