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Best Romantic Places To Go And Things To Do In New Orleans

New Orleans for a romantic vacation
French Quarter, New Orleans [Image by Simon from Pixabay]
New Orleans is known for its colonial mansion, live jazz, partying the night away and so much more to attract romantic couples. The Louisiana city comes amazingly alive during its extravagant Mardi Gras. However, it is also known for spending time on Bayou Saint John or taking a romantic carriage ride through the French Quarter. You can even take a cruise down the Mississippi River. Read on to find out the best romantic places to go and things to do in New Orleans.

Take a carriage ride through the French Quarter

Romantic carriage ride through the French Quarter
Take a romantic carriage ride through the French Quarter [Image by Tammy Stewart from Pixabay]
One of the best ways to explore the French Quarter is to hop on board a mule-drawn carriage. The carriages line up on the Decatur Street side of Jackson Square, just waiting to whisk you away. As the leisurely ride progresses, your guide will tell you stories about the picturesque and historic neighborhood. Even better, Royal Carriages have been running for 80 years and their guides are both friendly and knowledgeable. Along the way, visit the famous haunted locations of the city while marveling at the architecture.

Paddle a kayak on Bayou Saint John

Kayak on Bayou Saint John
Go for a romantic paddle through the Bayou Saint John [Image @kayaknola/Instagram]
Active couples can enjoy a range of fun water sports in Bayou Saint John, including canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Meanwhile, the equipment is readily available for rental to explore the waterway and tours are also available. Paddle out towards Lake Pontchartrain to enjoy beautiful views of the French Quarter and the park. Alternatively, couples can choose whether to paddle or stroll along the 4.7-mile Wisner Bike Path on the western bank.

Tour New Orleans on the St. Charles Streetcar line

St. Charles streetcar line
St. Charles Streetcar Line [Image Wikimedia Commons]
A romantic and charming way to explore New Orleans is on the St. Charles Streetcar line. The streetcars still sport the mahogany seats and brass fittings of days gone by and have been running for more than 150 years. Ride the streetcars down oak-shaded St. Charles Avenue, while passing antebellum mansions, historic monuments, Audubon Park and Tulane University.

Take a steamboat cruise on the Mississippi

Steamboat Natchez on the Mississippi River in New Orleans
Take a dinner cruise on Steamboat Natchez in New Orleans [Image by Jose Rod from Pixabay]
For a true New Orleans night out, take the dinner cruise on the Steamboat Natchez riverboat. Relax and enjoy the delicious cuisine served buffet style. Another treat for romantic couples is the onboard live jazz concert by the Dukes of Dixieland. Along the way, gaze at the views of New Orleans, all lit up at night for a perfect romantic evening. Meanwhile, the riverboat also offers daytime cruises and Sunday cruises. Should you visit New Orleans over the holidays, special Christmas and New Year’s cruises are also available. Moreover, the New Orleans Steamboat Company has been running since 1817. Taking a cruise in the city is one of its oldest and richest traditions.

Choose New Orleans for your next romantic vacation or weekend break. You will find yourselves returning again and again.


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