There’s nothing quite like summer in New Orleans. While it’s a beautiful destination all year round, July is the best time to visit – the weather is warm, the sun is shining, and we’re ready to explore all that the city has to offer. Jazz lovers, rejoice; foodies, celebrate; and architecture geeks, get ready – because this unique historic metropolis truly offers a little something for everyone. So, if you’re planning on making the trip, make sure to check out our list of the top things to see and do in the area.
See the Sites
Since the area is renowned for its thriving arts scene, it’s no surprise that it’s home to some of the best museums in the South. Combining the historic architecture of the city with a true passion for the art of today, the Contemporary Arts Center is built into a venerable open-space warehouse in downtown New Orleans. A great stop for art lovers, the gallery features experiments in painting, mixed-media, video, and much, much more. Interesting and thought-provoking, this beautiful and unique space is well worth the trip.
No city in the Unites States boasts quite the same architectural beauty as New Orleans. Those who are interested in exploring the constructural integrity and spiritual life of the area should take time to visit the Old Ursuline Convent. Completed in 1752, the abbey is the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley and most certainly a sight to behold. Visitors can take self-guided walking tours to appreciate the 18th century wooden staircases and stunning stained-glass windows. July is the perfect time to visit and meander through the perfectly manicured gardens which surround the convent.
Another one of our favorite museums in New Orleans is the African American Museum. Situated in the historic neighborhood of Tremé, this repository seeks to preserve and protect the contributions that those of African descent have made to the development of New Orleans culture. Through world-class curated exhibitions, fascinating personal stories and public programs, the museum provides an educational experience for those of all ages.
Attention all shopping addicts: for the ultimate browsing experience, Canal Street is the place to be. Cutting right down the city center, this lively pedestrianized thoroughfare has all that you could ask for to satisfy your deep shopping cravings. Buzzing with life and flanked with lots of interesting stores, theaters, and museums, this area has more than enough to keep you busy.
Get to Know the City
Perhaps one of the main draws of the city is its iconic food scene. Those who are interested in sampling some of the best that New Orleans has to offer should look into booking a food tour. On the tour, you’ll be guided through the historic and beautiful Lower Garden District and have the chance to try out a number of quintessential dishes based in Louisiana tradition. Combining flavor with learning, this tour is guided by a local expert in gastronomy, who will explain the development of Southern cuisine in a fun and engaging way. Spanning numerous cuisines, 10 blocks, and unfathomable levels of deliciousness, this is not one to be missed!
Whilst the summer heat isn’t for everyone, we think it’s a shame to waste the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. Just outside the city center, the Bayou Segnette Park offers a wide array of fun activities for those of all ages. Whether you’re fishing in the reserves’ expansive waterway, exploring the winding hiking trails of the park, or spotting animals in the swamps, you'll find little reason to stray far from the retreat’s natural wonders. Visitors will enjoy the quietness and serenity of this beautiful park.
If you're trying to avoid the weather, why not beat the heat with a museum tour? In stark contrast to its neighbors, the Beauregard-Keyes House is a unique example of Greek Revival architecture to be found right in the middle of the French Quarter. Visitors can take a self-guided tour to explore the museum’s beautiful interiors and fascinating collection of artefacts. From antique dolls and teapots to delicate fans and folk costumes, this place has it all.
If you're visiting in July, you’ll be too late to catch Mardi Gras – but lucky for you, the festivals never stop coming in the Big Easy. Running from the 25th Jun to 4th July, Essence Fest is one of the South’s most popular music festivals. Featuring five live stages and an extraordinary array of talent across its star-studded lineup, the event attracts music fans from every corner of the country. With previous performances from Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Beyonce and The Roots, you won’t want to miss this one!
Considering that the city was founded and developed by the French, it’s no wonder that Bastille Day is a big deal there. Falling on July 14th every year,the Faubourg St. John Bastille Day Block Party serves as an exciting celebration of the city’s unique cultural heritage. The festivities include speciality French cuisine, music, and even costume contests – hey, what’s not to like? In addition, there are kids activities available for those travelling with family – so, everyone’s happy!
Everyone loves Independence Day, but nobody does it quite like New Orleans. The city presents a wide variety of great things to do for one of America’s favorite holidays, including parades, contests, and firework displays. For a traditional Fourth of July experience, we recommend checking out 4th Fest in Crescent Park, which features fun activities, music and delicious food. Come nightfall, we suggest taking a ride on the Steamboat Natchez – this way, you’ll be able to catch the spectacular firework display lighting up the city sky. This historic steamboat cruise offers live music, a buffet, as well as an open bar.
Attracting millions of visitors each year, New Orleans has an undeniable universal appeal. With its unique history, the city's strong cultural influence spreads through to its delicious cuisine, great music and beautiful architecture. From stunning national parks to vibrant nightlife destinations like the French Quarter, the area offers something fun for every traveller. And now, you don’t have to miss a thing – with Go City, you can see more, for less.