Visitors to New Orleans need not be worried about the heat. Yes we have it, but there are so many ways to beat it. As Innkeepers of the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast we have researched (yes, its a tough job, but someone has to do it) a few favorite ways to enjoy our historic city — and still beat the summer heat. Are these ideas cool, or what?
- Take a stroll through the roof shaded French Market, and enjoy a cool fruit smoothie or gelato at one of the many unique food and beverage emporiums.
The newly renovated French market is a great place to enjoy cool drinks at venues like the Organic Banana. Check out health food restaurants like Meals From the Heart Cafe, where you can order light low fat menu items that won’t make you feel overstuffed and uncomfortable in the heat.
- Check out one of the city’s motion picture experiences.
During the heat of the day, chill out in a dark state of the art theater. You’ll be stunned by the Entergy IMAX Theater experience, or you can fully immerse yourself in 4-D at the Solomon Victory Theater at The National WWII Museum, with Beyond All Boundaries, a Tom Hanks production.
- Lick a treat made of ice.
Enjoy a taste treat kids love and adults crave — a colorful, shaved ice snowball. It’s a New Orleans “must have” staple; these cold treats can be had in an array of flavors and colors, including the “more mature” flavors that incorporate fruit, honey, and even floral flavors. And don’t for get to ask for one stuffed with ice cream and topped with evaporated milk and chocolate syrup.
- It’s Cool at Cool Zoo.
Water activities will bring the temperatures down for the entire family Cool off the kids at the Audubon Zoo’s new splash park, Cool Zoo, where exciting water features and three splash zones make hot summer days a real cool blast. By the way, we are one of the few New Orleans bed and breakfasts that accept families with kids five and up.
- Chill with a daiquiri.
Are you a multi-tasker? Bring down the heat with one of these potent beverages here in one of the most relaxed cities in the country. Cooling off while chilling out? Yes Please! Walk-up daiquiri stands are all around the city and in the New Orleans French Quarter so it’s easy to find your own little oasis on our hot-jazz city!
- Win the coolest casino games.
Spend a few hours away from the sun at Harrah’s New Orleans, where more than 100 live table games and 2,100 slot machines will give you plenty to do in a superbly air-conditioned environment. It’s cool to win.
- Cool off with cool art.
The New Orleans Museum of Art is all you need for both a physical and mental cool-off! Thousands of pieces of artwork, not to mention the air-conditiong, are just waiting to take you away from all that is hot and bothersome.
- The coolest exhibit this side of the Smithsonian! Visit the National WWII Museum.
A cool walk through history will leave you with chills when you take in the souvenirs of a deadly war. Tanks, jeeps, aircraft, and more await!
- Explore the Riverwalk.
Riverwalk Marketplace lets you satisfy your retail needs in the where comfort of air-conditioned stores and eateries. When you need a break, step outside and try to catch some cool winds from the Mississippi River for a change of pace.
- What’s cooler than life underwater?
Head to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and see how the residents of the sea live. It’s always cooler under the waves, and this museum with transport you to a world of excitement and beauty.