How to Have an Awesome Valentine’s Day in New Orleans, No Matter Your Relationship Status

 

 

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that conjures up a lot of emotions. For some, it’s giddy anticipation that harkens back to elementary school and hoping your crush slipped you a Rugrats Valentine. For many, it’s an unfortunate reminder of another year of swiping left.

For others, it’s the thrill of having an excuse to hire a babysitter and hit the town. Here in New Orleans, we love to celebrate, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Even though it’s right in the middle of Carnival season, there are still plenty of ways to make Valentine’s Day special, and it doesn’t just have to be a fancy dinner.

Whether you’re cupid’s number one fan, or think it’s all a conspiracy to sell candy and greeting cards, there’s a way for you to join in on the festivities. Read on for our #FrayLife Guide to having an awesome Valentine’s Day, no matter your relationship status.

Get Back to Nature at City Park

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One of the biggest urban parks in the country, City Park in Mid City has something for everyone. Even though it encompasses 1300 acres, the park feels like a hidden gem, as most tourists don’t stray far enough from the Quarter to find the rows of live oaks, lagoons, and big lake. The lush setting makes it a gorgeous backdrop for a leisurely stroll, bike ride, or picnic. Hit up the disc golf course on the North end of the park, or stay in the South end and take a selfie tour through the Besthoff Sculpture Garden and New Orleans Museum of Art.  

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Amble hand-in-hand through the New Orleans Botanical Garden, so you can gaze at nature’s beauty… and each other, or get cozy working on your “technique” at City Putt miniature golf course.

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Rent one of the new swan boats and take it for a spin on Big Lake, or up your Valentine’s game and rent the Bella Mae, City Park’s authentic Venetian Gondola, complete with singing Gondolier and champagne glasses.

Get Rockin’ with Grease at the Prytania Theatre

Photo Cred: Vanity Fair

Head Uptown to the Prytania Theatre for a special Valentine’s Day screening of the 1978 classic John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John musical rom-com. Load up on popcorn and candy at the snack bar, because nothing says quintessential Valentine’s Day quite like “dinner” and a movie.

A Little More Romantic:

Break out the motorcycle jackets and spandex and dress up as Danny and Sandy or Rizzo and Kenickie. Bonus points for singing along.

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Head to Creole Creamery down the street after the show to share a milkshake, and don’t forget the cherry on top!  

Get Cultured at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Photo Cred: Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Located in the trendy Warehouse district downtown, The Ogden is a great spot for trying something a little different. Wander through their immense collection of regional art and get inspired to create your own masterpieces. The Ogden is free on Thursdays for Louisiana residents thanks to the Helis Foundation, and for non-residents admission is two-for-one on V-day, so bring everyone along!

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For a great view of the city, and a little alone time, head upstairs to the Ogden’s rooftop terrace.

The Most Romantic:

Stay for Ogden After Hours from 6:00-8:00 p.m., featuring the dreamy tones of local band The Light Set. They’ll put you in the mood for love and put you in all the feels with their soulful, chorally influenced melodies.

Get Fancy Across the Lake with Valentine’s High Tea

The English Tea Room in Covington is a bit far from the city, but well worth the trip if you love a great scone (and who doesn’t?!). The cozy teashop features wall-to-wall British-inspired décor and over 200 varieties to tea to choose from. Valentine’s High Tea includes finger sandwiches, savories, desserts and, of course, scones and clotted cream.

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Choose one of the special Valentine tea blends like Romeo & Juliet Black or Chocolate & Roses, and enjoy it with some chocolate-covered strawberries. Then gift your date with the fresh long-stemmed rose included in every Valentine’s themed purchase.

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Make it a day trip! Downtown Covington has a charming, small-town feel and plenty of shops and eateries to make the trip worthwhile. Spend time in the English Tea Room’s beautiful gardens, and, if you’re feeling like getting in some activity to make up for all the scones, bring your bikes and hop on the Tammany Trace trail.

Honorable Mentions:

Bubblyothèque Blind Dating Game Champagne Tasting at Swirl Wine Bar in Mid City

Perfect for a date night or a group outing, try a flight of three champagnes blind date style and pick your winner! Reservations required.

Sweetheart Dance at Camp Bow Wow in Mid City

Y’all, it’s a sweetheart dance for dogs!! Dress up your puppy in their fanciest attire, and take pictures in the kissing booth. What could be truer than the love we have for puppies?  All proceeds go to Animal Rescue New Orleans.

Past the honeymoon stage? We’ve got a guide for that with tips on how to keep the love alive, especially around Valentine’s Day.

 

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? Share with us in the comments and tag #NolaFray and #FrayLife on social!

 

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