10Best things to do in New Orleans in the fall

After a long and steamy summer, New Orleanians embrace fall like a long lost love. Fall in New Orleans means the temps and the humidity go down and the energy level in the city goes up. We may not get the autumnal splendor seen in less tropical climes, but fall is the kick off to all things we love, from festivals to football.  With so many places to explore the outdoors, as soon as the weather gets a smidge cooler, locals take to the streets, porches, stoops and parks to enjoy the weather. Outdoor dining flourishes come fall, with restaurants from Brennan's to the Country Club to Katie's and Tableau offering sidewalk and courtyard seating. Festivals happen at breakneck speed, from the National Fried Chicken Festival to the Crescent City Blues and Barbecue Festival, Algier's Fest and the Treme Fall Fest, it's all great. This line up of fun outdoor activities is best enjoyed any time the temperature dips into the 80s and below.

New Orleans Streetcars


The New Orleans Streetcar is the most historic mode of transportation in the Crescent City. Traveling through the middle of major streets such as St. Charles, Canal and Carrollton and soon Rampart Street, the streetcar is an affordable method of...  Read More

French Quarter
Fat Tire Bike Tours
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Bike tours are a thing in New Orleans, and with good reason. There's not a hill in sight, the city has ramped up its bike lanes and there are gorgeous avenues shaded by live oaks all over town. Fat Tire Bike and Segway Tours is a super option...  Read More

French Quarter


While offering similar types of shops, the Royal Street experience differs significantly from Magazine Street. First, located a block away from Bourbon street, the area is more reminiscent of a European 19th century city, with horse drawn...  Read More



A snowy egret watches cagily from the banks of Bayou St. John, strutting with his over sized yellow feet like a clown on parade. Maybe he's not used to seeing humans kayaking in his urban waterway, a sight that's becoming increasingly common,...  Read More

Outside the city


Outdoor attractions are plentiful on this side of Lake Pontchartrain, a world away from the excess of New Orleans. The Global Wildlife Center is the Northshore's answer to Disney's Animal Kingdom, an eco-friendly 900-acre predator-free animal...  Read More



The Steamboat Natchez is a throwback to the days when steamboats cruised up and down the mighty Mississippi for commerce and pleasure. The Natchez floats its lunch/dinner guests down the Mississippi daily as they enjoy a menu of Creole favorites...  Read More

Magazine Street


Magazine Street, which runs from Canal Street to Audubon Park, is a six mile long shopper's paradise. With dozens of funky boutiques, galleries, and restaurants to choose from, Magazine Street is a terrific place to connect with local...  Read More



Audubon Zoo, located in Uptown New Orleans is a great place for a family visit. Home to more than 2,000 animals, the zoo is open year round, from Tuesday through Sunday (seven days a week during the summer). Learning the eating habits of a...  Read More



City Sightseeing New Orleans offers visitors a chance to tour the city in the comfort of a big red double-decker bus. As you peruse around the French Quarter and along the Mississippi River, feel free to plug in complimentary ear buds and...  Read More

City Park


The largest green space in New Orleans, City Park boasts 1,300 acres featuring dozens of colorful original artworks, excellent sports facilities and beloved attractions, such as the New Orleans Botanical Garden and the New Orleans Museum of Art,...  Read More


Meet Beth D'Addono

Beth D'Addono is a food and travel writer obsessed with flavor, exploring cultures, street music and the city of New Orleans.

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