Springtime in New Orleans

Spring is one of my favorite times of year in New Orleans, and the best part is that is starts in mid February. 

The Japanese Magnolias are blooming.The Oak trees start to get their bright green glow of new growth. You can put your jackets away, get out there and really enjoy the city!

Here are some of my favorite springtime things to do in New Orleans:

Longue Vue House and Garden The Discovery garden is a great spot for little ones to explore. They have several different areas of the garden where you can dig, plant, and wiggle . Plus if you bring a picnic, you will be able to find a beautiful spot in the garden to enjoy al fresco dining.

Crescent City Farmers Market: You can find the market in the French Quarter on Wednesday afternoons and downtown on Saturday mornings. Even if you are not going to do a lot of cooking, the market is a great spot to grab some fruit for picnics and the baker always has a wonderful assortment of muffins, croissants and other treats.

Honey Island Swamp Tour: Just a short drive from the French Quarter, you can show your little ones life in the swamp with a pontoon boat tour of the Honey Island Swamp. There is nothing like watching their reactions as alligators jump for hotdogs and marshmallows. You never know what sort of critters you will see, but  you know everyone will leave with smiles.

Easter Activities: The New Orleans Mom’s Blog provides a pretty complete list of Easter Egg Hunts, brunches, teas, and other activities happening throughout the city (mostly at the end fo March). If you are lucky enough to be in town this time of year, the City Park Egg Scramble is a lot of fun.

Wander the French Quarter: There are so many sights and sounds to explore in the quarter. Everything from carriage rides to walking tours or just wandering around on your own. Carbrini Playground is a fun spot to play with the locals and burn off some of that energy.

Outdoor fun in City Park: Getting to the park can be an activity on its own by taking the street car to the park. Once there you can get beignet’s at Morning Call, conveniently located next to the playground, wander Storyland, a playground filled with story themed structures, see the botanical gardens, or kayak canoe in the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) sculpture garden. Just don’t forget to bring some bread for the duck!

Hopefully this helps you get in the mood for spring. We hope to see you down in New Orleans soon!

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