Now that the famous New Orleans heat is back, there are endless amounts of recreational events to enjoy! Here is a list of activities to check out on a sunny day:

Swamp Tours

Explore some of New Orleans’ greatest sights while enjoying a mellow ride through the swamps. You will travel beside beautiful cypress and oak trees, discovering all kinds of different species that live in the swamp. Your tour guide will probably feed the alligator marshmallows and tell you all different kinds of stories about alligators he has encountered.

Booze Cruise

Travel through the bayou on a slightly different kind of boat with your friends! Bring drinks, food, music, and swimsuits. Booze cruises are perfect for celebrating birthdays, bachelorette parties, and graduation.

The Drifter Hotel Pool

The weather feeling a little too hot? No problem! Cool off at this fun pool, located within the Drifter Hotel. Fun fact: there’s a bar situated right by the pool, making this a perfect place to refresh and relax.

The Virgin Hotel Rooftop

On the subject of pools, the new Virgin Hotel opened, and with it comes an awesome rooftop. Lounge by the pool during the day, and come back to party on the rooftop at night.

Brunch at The Chloe

Get brunch at the Chloe hotel and enjoy scenic garden views as well. You can even explore the hotel and go to, you guessed it, another pool.

The Shed

In need of a break from Nola? Head just a few hours away to this iconic Mississippi BBQ spot. The Shed is just a short drive from Biloxi, a beach town with paddleboard, kayaking, and other rental boat options. 

Explore the French Quarter

One of my favorite things to do on a warm day is head down to the French Quarter. Play tourist for the day: explore little shops, visit museums (the Ogden Southern Art Museum and WW2 museum are right next to each other), eat beignets at Cafe Du Monde, and enjoy the lively streets of New Orleans.

Jazz Fest

In our city, spring = Jazz Fest! Embrace New Orleans’ history of music by celebrating at the many concerts offered. Above is a list of some of the musicians coming to New Orleans. Jazz Fest is the perfect place to have a great time with your friends.


Unfortunately for the many crawfish that are about to be eaten, Crawfest is another festival commonly enjoyed by Tulane students. Not only is it largely celebrated by the New Orleans community, Crawfest is the biggest student-run festival in the country. Luckily for Tulane students, we don’t even have to leave campus! Go to the quad outside the LBC and enjoy nationally recognized seafood. 

These activities will make the New Orleans’ heat not only bearable, but enjoyable! Take a break from your studies during the weekends and look into any of these experiences to ensure an amazing day.

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