8 Fun Things To Do In New Orleans On A Rainy Day

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8 Fun Things To Do In New Orleans On A Rainy Day

These ideas will keep you entertained, rain or shine!

It looks like this week will be stormy in NOLA! But don’t worry, if the rain ruined all your plans, we made new ones for you. Stay indoors, stay dry and stay fun! 

These are eight fun things to do in New Orleans on a rainy day:

1. Visit the National World War II Museum 

Where: 📍945 Magazine St 

The National WWII Museum is ranked by TripAdvisor as the #1 Attraction in New Orleans. It has a permanent exhibit and temporary ones that will help you bring history to life. You can spend up to four hours in this vast museum, a great option for history lovers!


2. Eat ice-cream 

Where: Ice Cream 504 📍 2511 Jena St 

A fantastic family business you need to visit while in NOLA. Sit down and take in the rainy view while enjoying the smell of fresh waffle cones. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with each and every flavor they have on the menu.


3. Visit the Aquarium 

Where: 📍1 Canal St

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is voted as one of the top five in the country! It’ll transport you to an underwater world with more than 3600 animals from more than 250 species. 


4. Relax at a spa 

Where: Spa Atlantis📍 536 Bienville St 

If rain surprises you while walking through or near the French Quarter, walk over to Spa Atlantis and find your zen. They offer packages for one, two, or even your whole group of friends. Pamper yourself with a facial, mani, pedi, or a massage. 



5. Enjoy a live show 

Where: Saenger Theatre 📍 1111 Canal St

We know you can find different live shows on every corner of NOLA. But if the rain makes you want to go indoors, head over to the Saenger Theatre. There are various shows already scheduled, including stand-up comedy and a concert by the violinist Lindsey Stirling. Tickets can be found online.


6. Have a drink 

Where: Pat O’Briens 📍 718 St Peter St 

Have a hurricane at Pat O’Briens!  This delicious and fresh drink promises to get the party started, rain or not. Their courtyard is terrific, but if the rain makes it impossible to sit down outside, just head inside and toast with your loved ones. 


7. Ride a streetcar

Watch the city from the comfort of a streetcar. We’re sure you’ll enjoy any of the four lines, however, if you prefer to choose only one, we recommend the St. Charles Streetcar. Hop on just outside the French Quarter and experience a 90-minute ride where you’ll be able to see historic mansions and buildings for only $1.25.


8. Visit an independent bookstore

Where: Arcadian Books and Prints 📍 714 Orleans Ave 

Arcadian Books and Prints offers an extensive collection of French-language publications and books in other foreign languages. Go in and inhale. You’ll notice that “old book” smell we all love so much. 

Featured image by Sarah Kate @sarah.k8.

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