“Laissez les bon temps rouler”
Population of Parish: 393,292
Metro Population: 1,262,888
Elevation: -6.5 to 20ft
When to Go
New Orleans is an easy going city where you can find plenty of delicious food, strong drinks, live music, and a laid back attitude year round. Picking the opportune time to visit truly depends on what kind of NOLA trip you want.
Spring - Jazz Fest to Mardis Gras
From March to the end of May is the busiest time of year, for good reason. Spring is the best time to visit the city weather-wise where you can expect highs in the upper 70s and lows in the 50s.
Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, takes over the town from March 1 - 6 in 2019. The celebration of the year and the busiest time, Mardi Gras is an exciting time to visit. Parades and Krewes fill the streets with colorful feathers, costumes and floats. Contrary to many beliefs, while festivities may get out of hand, most of the parades and events around town are family friendly.
French Quarter Festival, goes down in the town from April 11 - 14. Go to the french quarter where there are nearly two dozen stages set up to hear jazz, Latin, r&b, zydeco, New Orleans funk, swing and rock. Food from the finest establishments around the city fill Jackson Square and sprawls into the neighboring streets. And of course catch the “Worlds Largest Jazz Brunch” at Woldenberg Riverfront Park, the festivals signature event.
Jazz Fest April 25 - May 5 . The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, aka Jazz Fest, is a 10-day cultural feast in which thousands of musicians, cooks and craftspeople welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors yearly. With music on multiple stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine in two large food areas, and crafts artisans from the region and around the world.
Summer - Sweat Some, Save Alot
The Summer months from June to August boasts some of the hottest and muggiest days with temperatures in the 90’s and humidity thick enough to cut. However if you are planning on being indoors most the time and want to avoid the crowds and hiked hotel rates, than this might be the best time for you. Many of the luxury hotels offer slashed deals and restaurants that are often difficult to find reservations are wide open.
During the entire month of August, travelers will also find that many restaurants like Commander’s Palace also offer “COOLinary” prix-fixe deals which are multi-course lunch specials for $20 or less and dinner for $39 or less.
Fall - Calm and Cool before the storm
In fall you can expect more pleasant weather with daily highs in the mid 80s to low 70s and thinner crowds. Although hurricane season in New Orleans poses a threat from June through November, however severe storms are rare.
Winter is a sweet spot to avoid crowds, score solid deals on flights and hotels, and see the city decorated in holiday cheer. The winter months of December and January boast daily highs averaging in the low 60s and daily lows in the 40s.
Although there is not an official crawfish season as there can be with shrimp or crab, from March until June you will find the mudbugs seasoned, sauteed, boiled and fried from joint to joint across town. The city has an entire event dedicated to the mudbugs The Crawfish Festival goes on from May 3-5, boasting over 30 musicians, dancing, and crawfish cooked up any way imaginable.
If you are looking for some crawfish in the off season hunt down the closest Ice House and there’s bound to be a boil going.
Where to Land
New Orleans Lakefront Airport
Open 24-hour for VFR and VOR GPS
No landing fees
US Customs available 24-hour
3 runways with maximum length of 6880ft
Lakefront Airport was built in the 1930's in true Art Deco Fasion and at the time was considered and architectural masterpiece. It was the first major airport in the region, and served proudly as a general aviation airport to this day. Inside the terminal building, travelers would find an array Art Deco pieces, featuring murals by artist Xavier Gonzalez and friezes by Enrique R. Alferez.
What to do in the big easy?
Museums & Places of Interest
Where to stay in New Orleans
The French Quarter
VIBE: Romantic, Jazzy and Mysterious
KNOWN FOR: Bohemian charm, Jackson Square history, Steamboat cruises, Bourbon Street Bars and fun, Old-world architecture
The Garden District
VIBE: Manicured, Prim and Proper, Charming
KNOWN FOR: Grand mansions, Magazine Street shopping, Audubon Park and Zoo, the St. Charles Streetcar
Marginy & Bywater
VIBE: Hipster, Colorful, and laid-back
KNOWN FOR: Marigny Opera House, Colorful Creole cottages, Washington Square Park, and Frenchmen Street music scene
SETTLED: 19th century-industrial area
VIBE: Artsy, sophisticated and trendy
KNOWN FOR: James Beard Award-Winning Chefs, Julia Street or Gallery Row, National World War II Museum, Mardi Gras World, the Convention Center