There’s no shortage of ways to safely enjoy a spring break jaunt to the Big Easy.
Top NOLA Spring Break Options
With hotels implementing new cleaning strategies and so much to see and do (and eat) outdoors, New Orleans makes it simple to have a great time while still feeling safe and maintaining social distance. 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 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.
New Hotels Protocols
Hotels around the city have made adjustments to ensure the health and safety of visitors and provide a safer experience. Marriot’s Cleanliness Council has instituted new cleaning protocols, including food handling regulations, while Hilton has partnered with RB (the makers for Lysol) as part of their Hilton CleanStay Program. 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 their “Ultra-Touch” program online, which lists out the additional points of sanitation throughout the hotel.
You’ll find room rates 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.
Attractions and Tours Are Back
If you’re hoping to spend most of your time in the open air, New Orleans has a wide variety of outdoor activities, attractions, and tours. The city is extremely walkable and fairly 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 New Orleans RTA requires all passengers on each mode of transportation to wear masks. Seat closure signs are used to promote social distancing as well, and 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 feed 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 (tickets must be purchased in advance).
Outdoor Dining in Full Swing
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.