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Old 09-30-2019, 03:50 PM
 
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Hello everyone!

So wifey and I are planning to visit New Orleans next year. We can go either mid-March or Mid-May. We want to see everything the city has to offer and visit some swamps/bayous on boat tours. Which is the better time to go in your opinion? Thanks!
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Old 10-01-2019, 04:34 AM
 
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If you want to see alligators on your swamp tour, you'll want to go as close to summer as possible. If that's not important, the weather would be much nicer in March.
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Old 10-02-2019, 04:25 AM
 
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Sounds like a plan. Spring is the best time to avoid the mugginness that Louisiana is famous for. There is a lot to see and do. Hopefully you will have a full week to spend.

If you are staying in the city, you could get away without renting a car.
I just like the freedom of being able to go somewhere distant when I want. But the car rental and parking would add $$$.

Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp tour is amazing. The swamp tours all offer shuttles if needed.
If you can afford the difference, stay in or close to the Quarter. Many will discourage this, but it is much nicer to be able to have a central base camp where you can walk back to when you want. We have stayed at the Royal Sonesta many times.

The restaurants go without saying. The WW2 Museum, Jackson Park's artists & vendors, and of course people-watching!
Enjoy!
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Old 10-02-2019, 11:42 AM
 
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If you want to see alligators on your swamp tour, you'll want to go as close to summer as possible. If that's not important, the weather would be much nicer in March.
Thanks for the advice!

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Sounds like a plan. Spring is the best time to avoid the mugginness that Louisiana is famous for. There is a lot to see and do. Hopefully you will have a full week to spend.

If you are staying in the city, you could get away without renting a car.
I just like the freedom of being able to go somewhere distant when I want. But the car rental and parking would add $$$.

Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp tour is amazing. The swamp tours all offer shuttles if needed.
If you can afford the difference, stay in or close to the Quarter. Many will discourage this, but it is much nicer to be able to have a central base camp where you can walk back to when you want. We have stayed at the Royal Sonesta many times.

The restaurants go without saying. The WW2 Museum, Jackson Park's artists & vendors, and of course people-watching!
Enjoy!
Thanks! So I assume you think March and May are an equally good time to go?
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Old 10-02-2019, 01:45 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice!


Thanks! So I assume you think March and May are an equally good time to go?
March. Unquestionably. The weather may still be warm and sticky -- as in Camelot, "Winter exits March the second on the dot" (if it happens at all) -- but it won't be as hot.

If you stay in the Quarter or the CBD (the Central Business District), then you could probably walk to see a lot, or ride the (un-air-conditioned) St. Charles streetcar up to the Garden District, Uptown/the University area, or to connect to the Audubon Zoo shuttle. Otherwise, a car is a very good idea. Most of the public transit left in town runs erratically, does not go everywhere, and nowadays you are chancing encounters with people you'd never want to know.
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