Top 10 Things To Do When It Rains In New Orleans, Louisiana - Updated 2024

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New Orleans is a fun and vibrant southern city that is rich in history and culture. Its diverse influences are felt throughout as you walk down the French Quarter district with its unique architecture and colourful housing. The people are warm and friendly and are just as diverse and colourful as the buildings that you see on the streets. There is a strong European and African influence that works well to form the New Orleans that we see today. It is a city that has been popularized by the annual Mardi Gras carnival, however, there is so much more to do in this Louisana town. Sometimes the weather might not be on your side but this does not mean that you have to stay indoors. Check out this list of things to do when it rains in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1. Visit the amazing National WWII Museum (from USD 36.0)

Located in the downtown area of New Orleans is the famous WWII Museum. This heartfelt experience gives you a look into the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world. You will get to visit the buildings that are themed around the war and see what the brave men and women had to endure to fight for the freedom that we currently enjoy.

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2. Visit Harrah's casino

If you like to live on the edge and want to try your hand at luck, then why not make a turn at Harrah’s Casino. The casino is located near Canal Street, a block away from the Mississippi River. It features over 2,100 slot machines, over 90 table games, and a poker room. There are also a number of restaurants where you and your friends can enjoy tasty Southern cuisine.

Harrah's casino

Address:8 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, US

Website: Harrah’s casino

Opening hours: 24/7

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3. Go bowling at the Rock ‘n’ Bowl

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Something fun for you and your friends to enjoy is to go bowling at Rock ‘n’ Bowl. You will have the opportunity to socialize with friends while getting competitive over a game. There is a bar on site with an extensive drinks menu and visitors will have the privilege of enjoying some Creole-inspired jazz music.

Rock ‘n’ Bowl

Address: 3016 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA

Website: Rock ‘n’ Bowl

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11:30am - 12am (closed on Sun)

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4. Visit Jamie Hayes Gallery

Posted by The Jamie Hayes Gallery on Sunday, 8 October 2017

Located in the heart of the French Quarter lies this whimsical art gallery that is home to interesting and quirky pieces. Jamie the artist, uses vibrant colours in his work that captures the essence of New Orleans. The surprising fact about the artist is that he is colour blind. Most of the prints that you will note on his work are of the Mardi Gras as well as imagery of other special occasions.

Jamie Hayes Gallery

Address: 617 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Website: Jamie Hayes Gallery

Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (daily)

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5. Relax and grab a book at the Tubby & Coo’s Bookstore

Posted by Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop on Saturday, 12 January 2019

Tubby & Coo’s Bookstore is the perfect place to come learn more about New Orleans as there are a variety of books to choose from where you can get to know more about the city in the stories that are told. Get away from the traffic and lock yourself up in a world of fantasy and tales. This place is a true treasure in the midst of the city and there are books for different age groups.

Tubby & Coo’s Bookstore

Address: 631 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA

Website: Tubby & Coo’s Bookstore

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 6pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 7pm

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6. Grab lunch at Commander's Palace

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This elegant jazz club is fitting for someone who wants to taste delicious and authentic Creole food in a calm and sophisticated setting. The restaurant has had its doors open since 1880 and as you walk into the restaurant you are greeted by a grand chandelier and friendly staff ready to escort you to your seat. There is white linen on the tables and decadent dishes and the Southern hospitality is felt throughout your time at this place.

Commander's Palace

Address:1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Website: Commander’s Palace

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11:30am - 1:30pm, 6pm - 9:30pm; Sat: 11:30am - 1pm, 6pm - 9:30pm; Sun: 10am - 1:30pm, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

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7. Immerse yourself in live jazz performances at Preservation Hall

Posted by Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Monday, 29 April 2019

One of the best ways to get in touch with the soul of New Orleans is by immersing yourself in its music which is something that brings everybody together. Spend those rainy days indoors and secure your spot to be part of an eclectic and vibrant audience that enjoys the interpretations of stories told by the live performances at Preservation Hill.

Preservation Hall

Address: 726 St Peter, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

Website: Preservation Hall

Opening hours: 12pm - 4pm, 5pm - 7pm, 8pm - 11pm (daily)

Price: 20 USD

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8. Embark on a distillery tour at Old New Orleans Rum

Embark on a distillery tour at Old New Orleans Rum. The 45-minute tour takes you on a journey that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the rum distillation process at America’s oldest premium rum distillery. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed with a delicious rum cocktail and an opportunity to sample some of the various rums available in-house. If you are travelling with children they are welcome to enjoy the tour with you, however, no tasting will be allowed for minors. There is a complimentary shuttle service available that departs from the Organic Banana in the French Market.

Old New Orleans Rum

Address: 2815 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70122, USA

Website: Old New Orleans Rum

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm; Sat: 10am - 5pm; Sun: 1pm - 5pm

Price: 15 USD

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9. Spend some quality time at the Audubon Butterfly Garden (from USD 24.0)

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If you looking to do something different away from the central part of the French Quarter then why not get in touch with the natural side of Louisiana and visit one of the four museums that make up the Audubon Nature Institute. This particular tour allows you to have the freedom to set aside your own schedule. You can have the opportunity to get in touch with nature and learn about the various species of insects and nature conservation amongst other things. There is a combo ticket that allows you to visit Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy Giant Screen Theater, or the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

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10. Catch a movie at Prytania Theatre

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Posted by Prytania Theatre on Wednesday, 22 May 2019

This single-screen movie theatre is the perfect spot to come view some of the classics as well as new productions, indie movie, and kid flicks. The entire family can get to enjoy this authentic experience where you get to view some of the greatest artists of our time performing their crafts. It is set in a historic building in the heart of New Orleans.

Prytania Theatre

Address: 5339 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA

Website: Prytania Theatre

Price: 5 USD

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Don't let bad weather keep you from exploring a city

There are so many fun things to do in New Orleans, whether you prefer being in the outdoors or are more into exploring museums and learning about culture and history. This list of things to do when it rains in New Orleans will ensure that you have an eventful visit, irrespective of the weather.

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