Springtime elsewhere may signal the slow thaw of winter, but in New Orleans it means swampy summer temps are soon to set in. Quick—get out while you can!
Put It in Park
Home to the world’s largest collection of live oak trees, 1,300-acre City Park offers a variety of activities, including the recently added City Putt. The miniature golf course offers both exercise and education with local history lessons at each hole.
Two-Wheel Around Town
With miles and miles of newly dedicated bicycle lanes, New Orleans ranks as one of the nation’s most bike-friendly cities. Rental shops such as Crescent City Bike Tours get visitors out of their hotels and onto the streets. Hop on.
Shopping may seem a sedentary activity, but browsing all six miles of retail-lined Magazine Street can really work up a sweat. Pace yourself by refueling at one of Magazine’s many cafés. Art lovers should stroll Poydras Street, where 16 sculptures dot the median between the river and the Superdome.
Dine al Fresco
Sure, you can eat outdoors much of the year here, but it’s all the better before the humidity moves in. Grab lunch and a few rays at an outdoor table at Café Amelie, or pull together a picnic from Petite Amelie and carve out a spot of your own.