Take It Easy in the Big Easy
Collected by Geraldine Campbell, AFAR Local Expert
New Orleans is a city known for Sazeracs, go cups, and all-night fun, with no shortage of opportunities to shake your groove thang—and then do it all over again tomorrow. But when you're ready for a breather from street drinking, last calls, and boozy brunches, we've rounded up a few ideas for ways to kick back, relax, and give your liver a rest.
6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
Audubon Park sits on the site of a former sugar plantation—the only plantation in the city that wasn’t subsequently developed for homes or businesses. It’s about 25 minutes via streetcar from downtown, but feels a world apart,...
New Orleans, LA 70114, USA
If you're looking for some quiet time while visiting New Orleans (what?), consider heading across the river to Algiers Point—a residential section of New Orleans on the west bank of the Mississippi River, full of Creole cottages and other...
City Park, New Orleans, LA, USA
New Orleans' green spaces run the gamut from City Park, which spans 1,300 acres and is the 6th largest urban park in the United States, to the city block-sized Jackson Square, a French Quarter gathering point for artists, musicians, and street...
2300 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
New Orleans’s newest public park lies along about a mile and a half of the Mississippi River—a lovely retreat reclaimed from industrial squalor. The main entrance is near the foot of Esplanade Avenue, marked by a boxy footbridge (with...
1332 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
The Garden District was developed in the middle 19th century, and is where the mercantile elite built their in-town estates. Unlike the narrow parcels of the French Quarter or surrounding neighborhoods, house lots here were divided up with just...
130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
The cure for the inevitable Bourbon Street hangover may be a hurricane at Pat O'Briens, but if you decide to forego the hair of the dog in favor of something a bit more civilized, consider a soak—technically the 5-Sense Hydrotherapy—at the...
3494 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
One interesting way to explore New Orleans history is by kayaking on Bayou St. John with Kayak-iti-yat. Not only will you get to see an array of birdlife and interesting fish, but you'll explore local neighborhoods and learn about the history of...
3016 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
Rock ’n’ Bowl is where to go to find sharps, flats, spares, and strikes all hanging out together. It’s a bit unclear whether this is a nightclub hiding out in a full-size bowling alley, or a bowling alley out enjoying a secret...
If big box hotels and their generic fixtures aren't for you, but you're also averse to doilies, consider this 33-room hideaway on a quiet stretch of Chartres Street. Set in three restored 19th-century Creole townhouses, the hotel doesn't have a...
300 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
The Royal Facial at the Spa at Windsor Court, part of the English-inspired property's multi-million dollar makeover, is a complete facial revamp that includes microdermabrasion, oxygen, and L.E.D. therapy—plus deep cleaning (should you need it),...
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