New Orleans might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of a spring break destination, but it has a lot to offer. Trade beaches for the bayou and head down south to New Orleans for spring break 2021.
This time of the year is typically quiet in the Big Easy, so you can enjoy roaming the streets with the locals, indulging in classic New Orleans cuisine, and taking in the rich culture and vibrant music. Plus, March is the perfect time to explore the city. Temperatures reach the 70s and, while you might experience a rain shower or two, the weather is ideal. Crescent City starts to blossom.
Indulge in Crawfish Season
Crawfish season in New Orleans starts in early March and lasts through mid-June. This time of the year, local restaurants offer boils and fish frys with freshly caught crawfish. The streets fill with the smell of freshly boiled crawfish, and you can experience this local favorite all throughout the city.
Each establishment has its own approach to cooking, seasoning, and presenting crawfish, and you can even buy them yourself to cook in your vacation rental.
In a typical year, New Orleans is host to several crawfish festivals. However, due to COVID, most have been canceled for 2021.
Take in the History of New Orleans
The Big Easy is one of the oldest colonized cities in the United States, making it an ideal destination for history lovers and architecture buffs. You'll find buildings with French, Spanish, Greek, and Caribbean influences that are truly unique to this region. Plus, the tropical climate of New Orleans makes way for lush landscaping and vibrantly colored flower accents.
New Orleans is home to 14 historic neighborhoods, 26 National Historic Landmark designations, and 24 state cultural districts. The beauty of New Orleans is in its unique architecture. Go on a self-guided walking tour of historic New Orleans to take in all the best this city has to offer.
Do you like to explore the spooky side of a destination? New Orleans cemetaries are unique because, as a city surrounded by water and built below sea level, it has adapted by building graves above ground. Known as the "Cities of the Dead," New Orleans cemetaries can be visited via a group tour.
Explore the Great Outdoors in the South
Swamp tours are hugely popular in New Orleans, but there are plenty of other ways to get out in nature throughout the region. Without the intense heat and humidity of the summer, spring is the perfect time of the year to kayak, bike, and hike New Orleans.
Hike the trails at the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Couturie Forest & Arboretum, Clark Creek Hiking Trail, and the Kisatchie National Forest. City Park is a must-visit as well, located right in town. Prefer to bike? The Mississippi River Trail offers more than 60 miles of paved paths ideal for biking, walking, or jogging.