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Why you should visit New Orleans this summer

Ashley Lideau

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NEW ORLEANS, LA — Summer screams vacation like no other season, and with so many possibilities, there are countless reasons why New Orleans should be at the top of your list when planning your next holiday.

The Crescent City is the ideal destination to start or end your summer, with its unique summer festivals and events, seasonal activities, and specialties. Here's why.

  • Sno-Ball Season

In New Orleans, warm weather means a variety of things, but one of our faves is the sno-ball season!

Sno-balls are in when the sun is out, and the excitement is shared by adults, teens, and children equally. So if you're visiting New Orleans this summer, a stop at a local sno-ball stand is unquestionably the most delightful way to avoid the heat.

  • Summer Fests and Events

Summer events are hotter than spring festivals, that's for sure.

There's a non-stop, wide selection of must-attend events distributed throughout the summer, from days-long festivals like the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience to one-day-only fests like the Creole Tomato Festival.

  • Juneteenth Celebrations

New Orleans is a city packed to the brim with culture and history. Make time to see some of the city's most historically significant landmarks, museums, and districts. Juneteenth is especially a great time to visit.

The Whitney Plantation, the Treme area, and the Ashe Cultural Arts Center are just a few of the city's many points of interest.

  • Have Fun for Free

Summer brings a slew of free events to New Orleans, including outdoor art markets, festivals, and free museum entry days. This summer in NOLA, visit a neighborhood park, go gallery hopping, and even slurp free oysters. You can hop from one gallery to another, spend your days enjoying live music at Music Legends Park, watch the sunrise from Algiers Point, and many more!

  • Seasonal Menus

With the change in weather, several of your favorite fruits and vegetables that skilled chefs utilize to prepare seasonal specialties at restaurants all across the Big Easy are making a comeback. Fresh Creole Tomatoes, luscious summer corn for Barracuda's Esquites, and Sofia's Summer's End Pizza prepared with zucchini, squash blossoms, and heirloom tomatoes are just a few of the selections available at the French Market Creole Tomato Festival.

  • Cool Pool Scene

With the vibrant pool scene, only New Orleans can make staying cool look cool. Above the Grid, the NOPSI Hotel's rooftop pool and bar, or the Ace Hotel's ever-popular rooftop pool, Alto, offer panoramic views of the Crescent City. Or stay grounded by going to the Country Club, a hidden treasure in the Bywater, for a great drag brunch and a dip in the pool.

  • So long, Summer

Say your goodbyes to summer and hello to autumn in style with one last vacation to New Orleans. Labor Day weekend arrives just in time to take advantage of those dining specials, and hotels are also likely to offer savings. So go ahead and spend some time outside, check out some of New Orleans' most fantastic attractions and enjoy the late summer air.

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