February 1, 2024 | New Orleans

This year, Fat Tuesday falls on February 13th so you don't have to look far for something fun to do. You'll find a complete parade schedule here but we're doing more than throwing beads this month. Here are 5 things you can do when you're not on the parade route.

1. Experience JAMNOLA

Celebrate the creativity of New Orleans at JAMNOLA,  New Orleans' Cultural Funhouse, just a quick Uber from the French Quarter. Here you can immerse yourself in 17 exhibits by more than 30 local artists. You're going to love it. Learn more.

2. Take a Class at the New Orleans School of Cooking

Chances are your trip to New Orleans will leave you inspired to try a little Creole or Cajun cooking of your own. The New Orleans School of Cooking is the place to go, not just to learn  techniques and recipes, but to devour some fun facts and history. Put a class on your itinerary. It will be one of your favorite memories of your time here. Learn more.

3. Cruise on the Steamboat NATCHEZ

Experience "Life on the Mississippi" Mark Twain-style on the Steamboat NATCHEZ. Eat, drink, listen to live jazz, and enjoy a narrated tour from the decks of the last authentic steamboat on the river. Learn more.

4.  Plan a Romantic Valentine's Day 

TripAdvisor just named New Orleans the #1 Food Destination in the U.S. Make Valentine's Day a great excuse to ditch the kitchen and visit a New Orleans restaurant you've never been to before. Here are some Valentine's Day restaurant suggestions and romantic hotel recommendations.

5. Take a Gray Line Plantation and Swamp Tour

If the Mardi Gras crowds are getting to you, take a Gray Line bus to Oak Alley, one of the most breathtaking plantations in America. You'll also get to experience a swamp boat ride through a private area of the Manchac Swamp. Learn more.

Pictured: Oak Alley / Isaac Hughes Photographer

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