It’s August in the Crescent City. It’s hot and rainy, and the city is pretty quiet. But there’s no need to hibernate next to the air conditioner until October, because we know a few of the best spots in and around New Orleans for beating the heat with friends.
1.) Magnolia Bridge, A.K.A. Cabrini Bridge (Mid-City, New Orleans, LA)
This old bridge overlooking historic Bayou St. John is our favorite place in the city for a breezy sunset picnic. The thoroughfare has been closed to vehicular traffic for decades, and it’s a great place to watch the kayakers go by. Bring a blanket and some wine, and you’ll be set for a magical evening.
2.) Ace Hotel’s “Alto” Pool (Downtown, New Orleans, LA)
The buzzworthy Ace Hotel New Orleans recently opened on Carondelet in the C.B.D., and locals have been flocking to their gorgeous rooftop pool with a grill, frozen drinks, and craft beer. It’s open daily from 10am–9pm. There is a $20 minimum per person as non-hotel guests – it’s worth it! (Photo via @aceneworleans)
3.) Hansen’s Sno-Bliz (Garden District, New Orleans)
Hansen’s is a New Orleans classic, where everyone’s favorite snoballs have been made with their original machine for 77 years. Flavors include Cream of Nectar, Satsuma, and Ginger-Cayenne. It would be a shame to not cool down with this icy goodness at least once this summer. Wear a hat, because there are usually lines! BTW – Hansen’s is located on Tchoupitoulas Street, after which our brand is named.
4.) Clark Creek Natural Area, A.K.A. “Tunica Falls” (Woodville, MS)
If you’re in the mood for some physical activity, Tunica Falls just over the Mississippi border is well worth the trip. This natural treasure is comprised of more than 700 acres of easy hiking, with 50+ chilly waterfalls that are up to 30 feet high. In the summertime we recommend going early and hiking some shady trails, but mainly cooling off in the falls.
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