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Your Guide to Spring Break in New Orleans

An unforgettable spring break awaits with these ideas.

Bayou St. John
Kayaking on Bayou St. John (Photo: Devonte Williford)

Our Ultimate Spring Break Guide help you plan a trip to New Orleans that you’ll never forget.

With amazing food, beautiful weather, live music, and so much to do every weekend, a New Orleans spring break trip is anything but standard. NOLA has something to offer for all ages and personalities. Even better? You don’t have to blow your budget to have a good time. So while everyone else is doing the same old beach trip, you’ll be giving them FOMO with all of your pics of this extremely Instagrammable city.

Your Guide to Spring Break in NOLA

See & Do

No matter your age, New Orleans has something for you. Here are just a few suggestions to help you get started.

Kayaking on Bayou St. John (Photo: Devonte Williford)

Plan to Spend Time Outdoors — New Orleans is full of parks and open spaces, from the endless adventures of City Park, to the beautiful stretch of the Lakefront. Bayou St. John is a great place to kayak, paddle board, and enjoy a picnic, and New Orleans’ food scene boasts quite a few restaurants with outdoor seating. Did we mention, it’s crawfish season?

Go Out (the NOLA Way) — Let’s cut to the chase. New Orleans has one of the best bar scenes in the country. But there’s much more to it than hurricanes on Bourbon Street. Going out in NOLA means endless live music. Kick off your evening at the Frenchmen Art Garage and then mosey on over to the clubs on Frenchmen Street, just walking distance from Bourbon street. Or head Uptown and catch a show at Tipitina’s, a 10-minute cab ride from downtown (and worth every penny).

Rebirth Brass Band at the Maple Leaf Bar. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Find Midweek Music — You don’t have to wait for the weekend to hear great live music in New Orleans. Some of the best times to go out are on weekdays, when you’ll find midweek music like Rebirth Brass Band at Maple Leaf Bar or Hellen Gillet at Bacchanal Wine (my personal favorites).

*For those under 21: there’s hope for you. Some of the best venues in the city allow patrons that are 18 and older to enter.

Brush Up on Culture with Tours and Museums — New Orleans has over 50 museums, and that number grows every year. Learn the ins and outs of the Sazerac, New Orleans’ famed cocktail, at Sazerac House. Experience our nation’s history first-hand at the National WWII Museum. Explore the city’s culture through food and drink at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. Go on a tour to learn more about NOLA’s neighborhoods. There’s something for everyone here.

Eat & Drink

Spring Break isn’t just for raging — it’s for relaxing, too. And in New Orleans, we have mastered the art of chilling with these daytime activities.

Get Happy — Happy hour in the spring means more than just well drinks and cheap beer. It’s not uncommon to find specials on oysters, crawfish, and tacos at one of these awesome happy hours.

Attend Free Beer Friday — Check out these breweries and brew pubs on your trip. Many offer free tours with beer samples and have great food menus to complement what’s on tap.

Wednesday at the Square (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Spend Wednesday at the Square — These free weekly outdoor concerts at Lafayette Square are the best way to kick off your evening with delicious food, drinks, and live music. Lasting from March 11-May 13, you’ll want to carve out time to relax at the end of your day exploring New Orleans.

Keep it Budget Friendly

The best part about Spring Breaking in NOLA? You don’t have to kill your student budget. Especially with these helpful resources: NOLA on $30, New Orleans Budget Itinerary, and 50 Free Things to Do in New Orleans.

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