Things to do in New Orleans in the Summer

Did you know that the summer months are the most economical months to visit NOLA?  Hotel rates can sometimes dip in price as drastically as $200 cheaper than the winter months.  After the drastic Northern winter this year I am sure that New Orleans will be a popular destination.  But, what to do when you get here and need an hour or two reprieve from the heat?  There are plenty of experiences that are hidden gems that include air conditioning.


  •  The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas has very exciting exhibits including sharks, a replica of the Amazon rainforest, Parakeet Pointe, and penguins.  For an extra cost you can actually get up close and personal with the little tuxedo guys!
  • The Insectarium across the street from the aquarium on Canal ST. may not be for the squeamish, but the brave get the opportunity to dine on bugs.  If that is not your thing you can always try to calm yourself in the butterfly sanctuary.
  • The Cool Zoo is where it is at though.  It is an interactive water playscape in Audobon Zoo that the under 12 set loves on those hot Summer Days.  It is refreshing for adults too!  The website outlines costs and rules and stipulations.  You can do all three of these experiences in a package price and save some cash.
  • The Louisiana Children’s Museum on Julia Street is also a very good option to keep a child entertained and cool.


  •  The Ogden Museum of Southern Art has seasonal exhibits throughout the Summer as well as regularly scheduled special events, like the free music at the Ogden on Thursday’s from 6-8 pm.  It is conveniently located on Camp Street next to the Confederate War Museum and the World War II museum.
  • Confederate Memorial Hall next to the Ogden on Camp is a great retreat into Louisiana and New Orleans role in the War Between The States, or the Civil War.  Memorabilia and Artifacts help to understand the position of the Southern States and why New Orleans fell so quickly.  Admission is reasonable at $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for Children
  • The National World War II Museum can keep anyone enthralled for hours.  They have often changing special exhibits and new permanent exhibits are held in the Freedom Pavilion including USS Tang Submarine experience.  And, at night you can catch a show at the Solomon Victory Theater.


 FREE TOURS BY FOOT ALL IN ONE BUS TOURS are going to be expanded this summer.  This is a great way to be able to see the city by bus and foot from the intimacy of a 22 passenger minibus.  At a minimal cost you can reserve a seat on the bus while you travel around the city hopping on and off with our expert guides as you get the full scope of New Orleans with abbreviated neighborhood tours.  At the end of the tour you get the chance to Pay The Guide  What You Think Their Tour Was Worth.  These will be held the First and Third Saturday of Every Month.  Click the LINK for further info and to book online.


Written by Sarah Hester