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Venture far south in Louisiana and you’ll find balmy New Orleans, or ‘The Big Easy’ as it’s lovingly called. It’s a colourful city with a larger-than-life atmosphere and rich history. As the home of jazz, New Orleans is a must-visit for music fans. Sounds of jazz, soul, blues, brass and R&B fill the air, with live music played on every corner. There’s a sense of hedonism on any holiday to New Orleans, but this place really comes alive when Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest and other celebrations are in full swing.

New Orleans has a mixed bag of cultures. It was founded by the French, taken over by the Spanish, and has a rich Native American history. You’ll find clues of its past in the architecture and cuisine, and you can also expect traces of African, Cuban, Sicilian and Irish roots. If you want to delve deeper into the past on your New Orleans trip, there are plenty of museums and tours. Explore exhibitions at the Spanish colonial city hall, The Cabildo, visit grand historic homes, and take a tour around the impressive buildings, churches and marble-clad cemeteries.

No holiday to New Orleans would be complete without visiting the French Quarter. Full of bohemian charm and antique architecture, it’s where you can soak up merriment and culture. Roam Bourbon Street and boutiques in your own time, or a take a tour to learn more about the historic sites. For a taste of the party scene, flock to one if its many old-world cocktails bars. Fresh Quarter and Marigny, just down the river, have plenty of hotels if you want to stay right in the heart of the party.

This laidback city has plenty to offer families, too. With museums galore, beautiful parks, a zoo and an aquarium, it’s easy to keep little ones entertained. For a quieter and more family-friendly stay, head to leafy and majestic Uptown/Garden District or fun-filled Mid City. Curious? Speak to our experts to find out more about our New Orleans holidays.

Things to do

Family fun

Festivals

Best time to go

Things to do in New Orleans

Learn about New Orleans’ fascinating history with a city tour, taking you to St Louis Cathedral, the French Quarter, open gardens and plantations. A ghost tour is a must-do if you want to learn about the lives of those you once lived here. The grand cemeteries are also worth a visit. To avoid burying the dead below sea level, the city’s earliest residents created elaborate marble chambers which still stand today.

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To experience the arty side of New Orleans, head to the sophisticated Warehouse District – it’s full of galleries and quirky places to eat. You’ll also find the World War Two Museum here. If you want to escape from it all, hop on the cable car over to Garden District where you can wander streets lined with elegant houses and gardens.

When the sun goes down, Bourbon Street in the French Quarter is the place to be. Neon lights and the sounds of jazz will guide you to the best balcony bars.

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Family fun

New Orleans isn’t just about fun for the adults. Kids will love riding on the cable cars and seeing unusual animals at the aquarium, insectarium and Audubon zoo. When little legs get tired, let a horse-drawn carriage take you around the city to spot street performers. There are also kids’ versions of ghost tours and some live jazz is played earlier in the day, so everyone can get a taste of the city’s unique past.

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City Park is a lovely way to spend a more relaxed day. There’s a lot to do for kids – they can wander round the Botanical Gardens and Sculpture Garden, play a game of mini-golf, spot their favourite characters at Storyland, or go boating on Big Lake.

When it’s time to eat, head to Camilla Grill in Uptown, Johnny’s Po-Boys, or Jeri Nim’s Soda Shop for an all-American diner experience. Little ones will also love for stopping for a refreshing snowball – a shaved ice-cream dessert.

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New Orleans festivals

New Orleans is particularly special when there’s a festival in town. During Mardi Gras – which falls around Shrove Tuesday – carnivals line the streets with some fantastic costumes, dancing and music. There will be plenty of food, drink and parties to enjoy as you watch the colourful parades go past.

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Music festivities take place throughout the year, with the likes of Jazz Fest, Voodoo Music Experience, French Quarter Festival and Essence Festival just a few of the events in the calendar. And, from March to May, you can hear live music from up-and-coming bands every Wednesday in Lafayette Square.

That’s not all – there are festivities to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, the arts, craft food and drink, and good causes. You’ll also find celebrations for Halloween and the festive period, with special events to make the most of the holidays. The party never stop in New Orleans.

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Best time to visit New Orleans

New Orleans is right by the Gulf of Mexico, so it’s baking hot and humid in the summer months, and can be hit by hurricanes. That’s why February to May is a popular time to visit, when the spring weather makes it more comfortable to explore. Temperatures are usually around the late teens and early twenties, but can dip into the thirties towards May.

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To see the city at its liveliest, plan your New Orleans holiday during the Mardi Gras season in February and March, or coincide it with the French Quarter Festival or Jazz Fest in April or early May. But if you want cheaper prices and a more laidback experience, it’s best to avoid visiting when these are events are on.

Surprisingly, autumn is New Orleans’ driest time. October and November are lovely months to visit, when the summer heat is dying out and the crowds have gone. December and January are chillier, but if you’re happy to wrap up, you could see the festive lights and get a great deal.

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Things to do

Things to do in New Orleans

Learn about New Orleans’ fascinating history with a city tour, taking you to St Louis Cathedral, the French Quarter, open gardens and plantations. A ghost tour is a must-do if you want to learn about the lives of those you once lived here. The grand cemeteries are also worth a visit. To avoid burying the dead below sea level, the city’s earliest residents created elaborate marble chambers which still stand today.

Show More
Show Less

To experience the arty side of New Orleans, head to the sophisticated Warehouse District – it’s full of galleries and quirky places to eat. You’ll also find the World War Two Museum here. If you want to escape from it all, hop on the cable car over to Garden District where you can wander streets lined with elegant houses and gardens.

When the sun goes down, Bourbon Street in the French Quarter is the place to be. Neon lights and the sounds of jazz will guide you to the best balcony bars.

Show More
Show Less

Family fun

Family fun

New Orleans isn’t just about fun for the adults. Kids will love riding on the cable cars and seeing unusual animals at the aquarium, insectarium and Audubon zoo. When little legs get tired, let a horse-drawn carriage take you around the city to spot street performers. There are also kids’ versions of ghost tours and some live jazz is played earlier in the day, so everyone can get a taste of the city’s unique past.

Show More
Show Less

City Park is a lovely way to spend a more relaxed day. There’s a lot to do for kids – they can wander round the Botanical Gardens and Sculpture Garden, play a game of mini-golf, spot their favourite characters at Storyland, or go boating on Big Lake.

When it’s time to eat, head to Camilla Grill in Uptown, Johnny’s Po-Boys, or Jeri Nim’s Soda Shop for an all-American diner experience. Little ones will also love for stopping for a refreshing snowball – a shaved ice-cream dessert.

Show More
Show Less

Festivals

New Orleans festivals

New Orleans is particularly special when there’s a festival in town. During Mardi Gras – which falls around Shrove Tuesday – carnivals line the streets with some fantastic costumes, dancing and music. There will be plenty of food, drink and parties to enjoy as you watch the colourful parades go past.

Show More
Show Less

Music festivities take place throughout the year, with the likes of Jazz Fest, Voodoo Music Experience, French Quarter Festival and Essence Festival just a few of the events in the calendar. And, from March to May, you can hear live music from up-and-coming bands every Wednesday in Lafayette Square.

That’s not all – there are festivities to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, the arts, craft food and drink, and good causes. You’ll also find celebrations for Halloween and the festive period, with special events to make the most of the holidays. The party never stop in New Orleans.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit New Orleans

New Orleans is right by the Gulf of Mexico, so it’s baking hot and humid in the summer months, and can be hit by hurricanes. That’s why February to May is a popular time to visit, when the spring weather makes it more comfortable to explore. Temperatures are usually around the late teens and early twenties, but can dip into the thirties towards May.

Show More
Show Less

To see the city at its liveliest, plan your New Orleans holiday during the Mardi Gras season in February and March, or coincide it with the French Quarter Festival or Jazz Fest in April or early May. But if you want cheaper prices and a more laidback experience, it’s best to avoid visiting when these are events are on.

Surprisingly, autumn is New Orleans’ driest time. October and November are lovely months to visit, when the summer heat is dying out and the crowds have gone. December and January are chillier, but if you’re happy to wrap up, you could see the festive lights and get a great deal.

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