Top Free Things to Do in New Orleans this Summer


Exploring New Orleans doesn’t have to break the bank. Visitors can enjoy several traditional activities without spending a penny in this city filled with vibrant neighborhoods, lavish history, and an abundance of live music. Discover all the free drinks, food, scenery, and experiences available for a cheap summer vacation in New Orleans.

Museums in New Orleans with Free Admission

Several museums offer free admission on all days of the year. The Historic New Orleans Collection in the French Quarter allows free access to its exhibition. Visitors can always stroll through the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden for free. For children, The Helis Foundation’s Art For All program funds free access to the Louisiana Children’s Museum on the second Sunday of every month.

Louisiana residents can enjoy free admission to several museums within city limits on certain days of the week. Museums offering free entry include:

● The Contemporary Arts Center every Sunday
● The New Orleans Museum of Art and Botanical Gardens every Wednesday
● The Ogden Museum of Southern Art every Thursday

Free Historic Tours to Experience

Free Tours by Foot celebrates every visitor on a budget. From cemeteries to swamps, explorers can learn about every aspect of the Crescent City through a self-guided audio tour. Many New Orleans historic buildings offer free daily tours, such as the Saint Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square. The Sazerac House also has free admission days for all visitors. Louisiana families can enjoy the lush scenery of Longue Vue House and Gardens on the first Sunday of every month.

Free Outdoor Activities

Those looking for fun in the sun will enjoy unwinding at any of New Orleans’ public pools or relaxing on the banks of Bayou St. John. Bayou St. John has beautiful scenic views of one of New Orleans’ most beloved backwater hangs. For a more shaded hangout spot, New Orleans public parks are always free and often offer shaded green space surrounded by live oak trees. City Park, Audubon Park, the Fly, and Crescent Park are some of the city’s stunning parks that are free for all to visit.

Free Live Music and Events

A summer escape in New Orleans would not be complete without free live music. Many local breweries and wineries offer free entertainment for guests who purchase drinks. For an experience closer to the city’s heart, the Jazz Museum frequently offers free music on Fridays.

Free Food and Drinks

Southern hospitality coats every aspect of New Orleans, especially its distinctive southern cuisine. Foodies have many opportunities to get a free fix of seafood. Le Bon Temps Roule on Magazine Street serves free oysters every Friday night. For a second course, head to R Bar in the Marigny for free crawfish when they’re in season.

Most breweries and wineries offer free samples of their craft beverages. Faubourg Wines hosts a complimentary wine tasting every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Have a Summer Escape at Maison Dupuy

One of the best ways to experience a summer escape in New Orleans is by staying at a hotel in the middle of it all. Maison Dupuy resides right in the heart of the French Quarter. Make a reservation at Maison Dupuy today.