Staycation in New Orleans - Things to do During Coronavirus
October 17th 2022
Since first being reported in China in December of 2019, coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, has turned into a world-wide pandemic in just a few short months. The U.S. President declared this a national emergency and put travel restrictions into effect.
While traveling outside of the country may not be on your agenda, making the most of your spring break may be. New Orleans is known for their large crowds and festive events, but there are plenty of fun activities you can enjoy away from the masses, making for a healthy and happy vacation. Keep reading and discover the top things to do during coronavirus and make the most of your staycation in New Orleans!
Table of Contents
- Visit Local Museums & Galleries
- Private Tours
- Kayak Tours
- Carriage Rides
- Visit the Swamp
- Be Prepared and Take Precautions
NOTICE: Information in this article is subject to change due to the restrictions set in place by the CDC and US Government.
Visit Local Museums & Galleries
Pictured above is the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Image by ogdenmuseum.org.
In New Orleans, great ways to gain insights into the city’s culture and people are through its music, art, and other entertainment. There are self-guided art walks that maintain social distancing in the downtown art district. The National World War II Museum is where visitors learn about America’s involvement in World War II through displays of artifacts and interactive exhibits. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art showcases works by painters from across the South as well as from around the United States.
Pictured above is just one of the many beautiful landscapes you’ll encounter when on a tour with Michaela’s Private New Orleans Tours
One of the best things to do during coronavirus besides washing your hands often is avoiding large groups of people. This may sound like an impossible task when in the Big Easy, however, as it’s known for their large crowds, friendly folks, big events, and camaraderie.
Luckily, there is a way to experience this magical city and see the incredible sights and sounds without exposure to a lot of people. Taking a private tour of the city will allow you to do this without being a part of a large tour group, creating a more intimate experience. Private tours come in all shapes and sizes, as well, meaning there is something for everyone. Below are a few of the popular private tours to take during your staycation in New Orleans:
- Private City Tour
- Private History Tour
- Private Culinary Tour
- Private Ghost or Cemetery Tour (view our complete cemetery guide to nola)
Paddle through the swamp on a kayak and see alligators, turtles, unique birds, beautiful cypress trees, and more
Avoid the crowds, escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and enjoy some fresh air on a New Orleans kayak tour. This is a great way to relax from the comfort of your very own kayak, which also limits exposure to other people. Not only that, kayak tours get you up close and personal with the incredible local wildlife. Animals you may encounter on the way include:
- Wild Pigs
- And MORE!
Trot through the French Quarter with Royal Carriages at the best rate with New Orleans carriage ride coupons
Clip, clop, and do the French Quarter trot on a New Orleans carriage ride! Carriages will typically hold around 6-8 passengers, meaning a small group experience is always guaranteed. Not only that, private carriage tours are also offered, making for a perfect, intimate experience with the city and your favorite people during your staycation in New Orleans. Popular carriage tours include:
- History and Haunts Nighttime Carriage Tour
- French Quarter Carriage Ride and Cemetery Tour
- Carriage Rides of the French Quarter and Creole Neighborhoods
- Private Carriage Tours of the French Quarter
Visit the Swamp
According to a recent Traveler Story, swamp tours are a fun and fabulous experience you don’t want to miss
If some fresh air is just what the doctor ordered, then you’re in luck! Visiting the area swamps is the perfect way to become one with nature, get some fresh air and vitamin D, and avoid large crowds. From private airboat tours to private swamp boat tours, there is an experience available for every type of adventurer.
If heading out on a tour is not what you’re looking for, then you may want to consider exploring one of the swamp’s many and amazing trails. Venture out on your own or with your favorite people at one of these trails and take in the scenic views and sounds of the swamp:
- Barataria Preserve
- Audubon Nature Center
- Northlake Nature Center
- Fontainebleau State Park
- Bayou Sauvage Ridge Trail
Be Prepared and Take Precautions
The most important thing to do during coronavirus and your staycation in New Orleans is, by far, to take the necessary steps to avoid contracting it. One of your best defenses against this disease is to be vigilant, be prepared, take precautions, and be informed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are important things that everyone should be doing in efforts to prepare for the coronavirus and protect themselves. See them below:
While the coronavirus outbreak is definitely not something that should be taken lightly, with the proper information and precautions, it doesn’t have to ruin your staycation in New Orleans. From date nights at home to nature trails through the swamp to private tours of the Big Easy, there are plenty of fun and safe alternatives that the whole family will love!
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