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New Orleans is one of the most romantic cities in the country with endless opportunities to enjoy music, food, and culture with that special someone. Now find a date and explore.
Bars and restaurants throughout New Orleans offer happy hours that include discounted drinks and oysters, making this an inexpensive way to enjoy fresh-caught seafood. Check out our roundup of oyster happy hours. Shows start at noon with new bands debuting every three hours, and the last act hits the stage at midnight. Imagine a pianist trilling out tunes on an old upright while you and your date lounge on plush couches.
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Sounds like a dreamy date night. Find a stage filled with soul-shaking brass and dance with your date until dawn. Frenchmen Street is a top destination to see live music, and there are numerous no-cover venues to enjoy with a date.
The Spotted Cat Music Club has live jazz, funk, and blues starting at 2 p. This cash-only taco stand is hidden in a back alley in the Bywater and serves up cheap, delish food each Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday from p. Another fun, off-the-wall sporting event is attending a Big Easy Roller Girl bout. Picture a group of women on skates careening into each other as they fiercely make rounds in a roller rink. Bouts take place once a month from April through August, and tickets can be purchased in advance for a discount online.
Share a few laughs with your date at The New Movementa comedy club on St. Claude Avenue that offers both early and late-night shows on weekends. This live, late-night talk show interviews local celebrities, musicians, and leaders and always includes a performance from a New Orleans musician like Big Freedia, All Carnival Time Johnson, or Marcia Ball. Our local flora resembles something from a storybook. With century-old oak trees dripping with moss and lush palms tussled with butterflies, New Orleans parks are the perfect backdrop for a romantic stroll.
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City Park is stunning in its own right, with plenty of fun outdoor activities. Hop in your car and drive about thirty-minutes to the Barataria Preserve on the Westbank for a peaceful stroll through the wetlands. Entry to the National Park is free, and trails often include sightings of alligators, nutria, and turtles. Kayaks and canoes are also available to rent.
Talk a walk on the tip-top of the levee at St. Charles Avenue and Carrollton Avenue for an outdoor date with stunning views. A paved path unfurls for miles, perfect for biking, walking, or running, and about a mile towards Oak Street, you can pause for a bite at the Cowbella funky restaurant built into an old service station directly next to the levee.
For art aficionados, the New Orleans Museum of Art offers free admission to their outdoor sculpture garden year-round along with complimentary guided tours on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays at noon.
Many art museums in New Orleans also offer free or discounted days for Louisiana residents, such as The Ogden Museum of Southern Artfree for residents each Thursday from 10 a. On the Second Saturday of each month, art galleries along St. Claude Avenue open their doors to premier new exhibits from p.
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Featuring cutting edge age, the exhibits are often interactive and sometimes include performances. Galleries are free to enter, and have low-cost or complementary wine and drinks, making this the perfect inexpensive date for culture-lovers. Independent book stores in New Orleans regularly host authors and artists to discuss their most recent publications.
Octavia Books fills its calendar with readings from local and national authors and artists, as does Garden Street Book Shop. There are dozens more.
See the full list of festivals here. Is there anything more romantic than wandering the cobbled streets of the French Quarter? If you need a destination, choose the galleries along Royal Street. Some of my personal favorites include Frank Relle Gallery, a local photographer who captures otherworldly Louisiana nightscapes, and Gallery B. Fos who depicts New Orleans people, places, and animals in bursts of thick, rainbow paint.
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Check out Yoga on Tap each Monday at 6 p. If your date loves to get their cardio in, try an early morning November Project workout for free, or meet up with a running club.
Soulsquad Run Club meets each Wednesday at p. For more information and updates about how New Orleans is addressing the Covid outbreak — including restaurants that are currently open for takeout and delivery — please visit NewOrleans. Royal Street in New Orleans is the ideal spot for a romantic stroll.
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Attend a book reading Independent book stores in New Orleans regularly host authors and artists to discuss their most recent publications.
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Browse French Quarter art galleries Is there anything more romantic than wandering the cobbled streets of the French Quarter? Get your heart racing with a workout with the November Project If your date loves to get their cardio in, try an early morning November Project workout for free, or meet up with a running club.
By Lauren Saizan. By Staff.