My husband was selected for a trip to attend a work conference in New Orleans. His expenses will be totally reimbursed. I’ve decided to tag along since I only have to pay for my airfare. We will be there the last 5 days of October staying at the Renaissance Arts Hotel. Looking for fun, inexpensive things to do in the area (mostly after 4pm when his conference ends each day). We planned to arrive a day early (Saturday) so we will have most of that day as well. Is the public transportation system safe? Does it run all day? Will there be any special things going on around Halloween (coming home late on the the 31st)? What will the weather be like? Saw a groupon for a paddle boat dinner cruise? Anyone experience this? Could we safely walk from our hotel to the river walk area? We’ve been once before (with 2 teenagers) in summer. Only spent one day there (French Quarter Area). So we really haven’t seen much of the city. We’d appreaciate any insider tips to make this trip memorable!