15 Fun Things To Do In New Orleans For Couples
This post was most recently updated on September 23rd, 2020
When you imagine a romantic weekend away in the U.S, you probably think of Niagara Falls, Las Vegas, or even Lake Tahoe. But New Orleans for couples is a great choice to get away and enjoy some alone time.
The Big Easy has a ton of fun things for couples to do. It is widely known as the place to go for Mardi Gras. But if you’re not there in February, or into huge crowds, the rest of the year still has plenty of entertaining options. We’d recommend at least 3 days to get a feel for this warm and lively city.
1. Food To Eat In New Orleans For Couples
New Orleans is the perfect place to go for foodies. Best known for their Cajun and Creole cuisine. And you can’t go wrong with either. Everyone needs to try a beignet when they visit. They’re usually served warm right out of the deep fryer. Then smothered with a mountain of powdered sugar.
Or try a plate of crawfish. A lot of work, but well worth it.
Something popular for lunch is a po boy sandwich stuffed with your choice of meat. Or the traditional jambalaya, gumbo soup, or even the Italian sandwich called a muffaletta which was invented right in this city.
One of the best restaurants in New Orleans for couples is Antoine’s. It’s also the oldest restaurant in town having been around since 1840. There are newspaper clippings on the wall and photos of famous past guests. After dinner be sure to ask for a tour of the backrooms set up with several unique displays of antiques.
2. Open Air Market New Orleans
This historic food and craft market has been around since the late 1700’s. It’s a nice spot to pick up souvenirs or get something to eat at the French Market Restaurant. Wednesdays and Sundays are the days to come to get fresh in season produce.
3. New Orleans Dinner Cruise
For a nice, romantic night out, take a ride on the steamboat Natchez or the Creole Queen Paddle wheeler. One option is the jazz music dinner cruise. You can listen to live music as you dine and slowly cruise down the Mississippi River. After, you can take a tour of the engine room to see how this steam powered boat runs.
4. Hop On Hop Off New Orleans
The hop on hop off bus tour is a great way to get around for your first time in the city. You’ll learn a lot of the cities history from the live commentator. Plus the bus stops at all the main attractions, and you can get on and off as many times as you like. An added bonus is a guided walking tour through the French Quarter and the Garden district.
5. Live Music New Orleans French Quarter
You don’t have to walk far in the French Quarter to find some live music. Since the Big Easy is the birth place of jazz music, there are many talented jazz musicians in this energetic city. Whether it’s in a little pub, or on the street, crowds everywhere are grooving to the beat.
6. Cemetery Tour New Orleans For Couples
This might seem like an odd thing to do on a date. But taking one of the Nola cemetery tours is one of the most popular activities here. There are even night cemetery tours, and haunted cemetery tours in New Orleans. The tours are actually quite interesting and you’ll learn how and why they bury their dead the way they do. You aren’t allowed in on your own. So be sure to book the New Orleans graveyard tour ahead of time.
7. New Orleans Plantation Tours
Some of the best plantations to visit are within an hours drive of downtown New Orleans. And a few of the tour companies will take you to two different plantations in a day. We highly recommend going to the Whitney Plantation if you’ve only got time for one or two. Since we wanted to visit as many as plantations as we could, we rented a car for a few days. You can read all about our unforgettable experience here.
8. New Orleans Carriage Rides For Couples
A perfect activity in New Orleans for couples is to take a horse and buggy ride in the French Quarter. The New Orleans history and haunts tour is one of the best tours to take on your carriage ride. This spooky tour goes at night and is full of tragic stories of the French Quarter. Plus there’s also plenty of ghost stories thrown in.
9. French Quarter Self Guided Walking Tour
The French Quarter is the most popular neighbourhood for tourist to visit. Wandering around and checking out the French Quarter architecture while eating a beignet is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
You’ll see plenty of these Creole style townhouses in this part of the city.
The best thing with a self guided walking tour you can choose what to visit and what to skip. Royal and Bourbon Street is the place to go. There’s lots of shops, bars, and plenty of flashing signs to try and attract you in.
Trees covered with the traditional purple, green, and gold beads from Mardi Gras can be found everywhere.
10. Historic Home tours New Orleans
Frances Parkinson Keyes was an author that moved to New Orleans in the 1950’s. She purchased this mansion known as the Beauregard-Keyes house and lived here until her death in 1970.
This historical home is located on Chartres Street in the French Quarter and is open for tours Monday to Saturday. The tour also includes an interesting film on the mansion that was built in 1826. You’ll see a lot of original pieces owned by the author including an extensive art collection. Her most famous book was a murder mystery called Dinner at Antoine’s which took place at the popular restaurant downtown.
11. New Orleans Streetcar
A cheap and fun way to get around in NOLA is to ride the streetcars. The New Orleans streetcar fare is $1.25 one way, so it can be really busy at certain times of the day. For a map of New Orleans streetcar routes click here.
The green trolley is the St Charles streetcar. This scenic route takes 40 minutes end to end. You’ll pass by a lot of beautiful, historic mansions with some dating back to the mid 1800’s.
12. Garden District Walking Tour
The New Orleans Garden District walking tour was one of our favourite things to do in the city. Just hop on the green streetcar, and it’ll take you where you need to start your tour. We chose the Free Tours By Foot company and had an amazing guide.
The tour takes about 2 hours and you pay what you feel it was worth. You’ll walk by gorgeous Gothic Victorian mansions owned by famous movie stars like John Goodman and Sandra Bullock. Plus get an interesting history lesson on Mardi Gras and the area from your guide.
13. Louisiana State Museum
This impressive structure was built in the French Quarter in 1799 and now houses the State museum. Tickets cost $10 and are well worth it. You can spend hours here checking out the artifacts and memorabilia from all the different era’s. You’ll learn about the history of Louisiana and what life was like years ago. As well as seeing some gorgeous costumes worn by different people over the years at the famous Mardi Gras.
14. Audubon Aquarium Of The Americas
Not just for kids, visiting the aquarium can be a fun activity for adults too. You’ll see exhibits from different parts of the America’s. Macaw’s from the Amazon, catfish from the Mississippi River, sharks from off Mexico, as well as one of my favourites penguins. There’s also an interesting movie to watch on Katrina showing the before and after affects on the city.
15. Airboat Swamp Tour New Orleans
Taking a New Orleans swamp boat tour is a unique and popular thing to do while you’re here. It’s a really cool way to get out on the bayou and see the alligators in their natural habitat. The guides are very entertaining and knowledgable on the reptiles. And if you’re lucky, you can see other wildlife like turtles, eagles, or even wild boar on your 2 hour tour.
We loved our time spent in New Orleans and wished we could have stayed longer. The vibrant atmosphere, warm people, beautiful scenery, catchy music, and delicious food will all be memories we take away from this French influenced city.