Top NOLA Spring Break Options
Now that the world has opened up to travel more, it’s definitely time to start making vacation plans again. New Orleans is always a good idea, and the Big Easy makes for a fantastic spring break destination.
New Orleans provides all the makings of a great vacation—delicious cuisine, affordable accommodations, live music and so much more. While COVID-19 is still around, it’s easy to enjoy a trip to NOLA safely with your fellow spring breakers (or for a family vacation). The current Covid guidelines for the city of New Orleans can be found here.
As flights continue to be added to airline schedules, you can find some great flight deals to New Orleans. For dates in March and April, nonstop flights from the west coast are often as low as $75 on budget airlines like Spirit Airlines and $165 for standard airlines like American Airlines. Keep in mind; each airline differs in its cleaning and seating policies, so make sure to check for the airline that will best suit your needs and comfort level.
Hotels Full of Charm
You’ll find room rates at New Orleans hotels in every price range for March and April, with chain hotels like the Hyatt Centric French Quarter offering rates under $135, the Courtyard by Marriott near the French Quarter for under $85 or the Omni Royal Orleans with rooms under $150. If you’re looking for lower rates, the nearby Central Business District has rates at properties like the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery for under $100, as does the Intercontinental New Orleans.
Each of these properties has added enhanced cleaning measures and safety protocols. Local boutique properties have new health and safety standards as well, such as the “Playbook,” a constantly updated Covid safety guide at the Hotel Monteleone. Le Pavilion Hotel outlines its “Ultra-Touch” program online, which lists out the additional points of sanitation throughout the hotel.
Attractions and Tours Are Alive and Bustling
If you’re hoping to spend most of your time in the open air, New Orleans has many outdoor activities, attractions and tours. The city is extremely walkable and reasonably easy to get around. Check out the shops and hidden courtyards in the French Quarter or wander the stunning historic homes on Magazine Street.
Rideshares from the French Quarter to the Garden District are often between $8-15. Historical and modern streetcars, buses, and ferries make getting around even more comfortable and inexpensive (you’ll find fares and route information online via New Orleans RTA). Pre-purchased mobile pay cards are highly encouraged to reduce contact.
Take a segway tour around New Orleans or venture out to the swamps to view the local wildlife in their natural habitat. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, take an evening swamp tour from a variety of companies like Cajun Encounters. You’ll encounter more of the natives this way and might get to enjoy watching the gators enjoy a meal. Bonus tip: Do not forget to wear your bug spray.
New Orleans also offers a variety of educational and stunning attractions that you can visit safely. Spend the afternoon at Audubon Park for outdoor spots like the Audubon Zoo or the Butterfly Garden. Grab the perfect Instagram shot in Jackson Square on your way to finding beignets and pralines. Attractions like the National WWII Museum offer plenty of space for distancing along with timed tickets to ensure capacity limits are kept.
Dining is in Full Swing
Everything from quick-service spots to fine dining can be found in NOLA. The Big Easy makes it, well, easy to find different cuisines and price levels to fit every diner. Enjoy some of the finest Creole cuisine at Galatoire’s on Bourbon Street or stop in Johnny’s Po-Boys in the historic French Quarter for their famous sandwiches. No matter what you choose, you’re on for a stellar meal.
If you’re hoping to dine outdoors, you’ve definitely come to the right city. New Orleans is home to some of the most beautiful courtyards, and many of them are located at fabulous dining locations. The Court of Two Sisters serves up a fantastic daily jazz brunch and boasts one of the prettiest courtyards in the French Quarter. You’ll also find lovely outdoor seating at a number of restaurants around the city, such as Cafe Amelie and Sylvain.
Enjoy NOLA Dining To-Go
Even if you’re avoiding the dine-in situation, you can still taste some of the best food in NOLA with delivery and pick-up options. The famous Commander’s Palace offers delivery through third-party apps so you can enjoy their creole goodness from the comfort of your room. Dat Dog also offers delivery options (check out their gator dogs), as does Central Grocery & Deli, so you can enjoy their muffalettas at your hotel. Pick-Up is offered at New Orleans spots like Felix’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar and the world-famous Cafe Du Monde.