No matter where you plan to tie the knot, New Orleans is an ideal destination for that final fling before the ring. Combine the French Quarter’s Old World charm with Bourbon Street’s plethora of party-ready joints and you’ve got a winning equation for a weekend away. With so many things to do in New Orleans, the real trick is narrowing down the endless options. Read on for our ideas on how to make the most of your time in the Big Easy.
Ideas for bachelorette weekends
- Arriving in New Orleans on a Friday afternoon is like landing in Aspen just after an epic snowstorm—your timing couldn’t be more perfect. Don your party hat and join Gray Line New Orleans for a guided cocktail tour in the French Quarter. Pop into historic bars throughout NOLA’s oldest neighborhood, and then sip your way into the weekend with a Sazerac—a drink that blends bourbon, absinthe, bitters, and sugar—or a classic mint julep. Your guide infuses the tour with a bit of history while you get reacquainted with your girlfriends.
- Rise early Saturday morning and head to the Woodhouse Day Spa, where you can treat yourself to a treatment like an organic facial or deep-tissue massage. Then, meet up with a private driver from Limousine Livery Tours, who whisks you off to the NOLA sights that interest you most. Journey to Jackson Square—one of America’s Great Public Spaces—and snap photos of the beautiful cathedral. Or, loop through the Garden District, where meticulously preserved mansions and an old-time streetcar beckon.
- Before hitting the bars on Saturday night, learn about the sordid lineage of Storyville—NOLA’s former red light district—during a salaciously satisfying walking tour hosted by Two Chicks Walking Tours. Soak up stories about New Orleans’s provocative past while meandering by former high-end brothels, lively jazz clubs, and Prohibition-era saloons. After your tour, head to Sinners and Saints, sinking into red-leather seats to sample their spicy gumbo or mouthwatering red-velvet cake.
- Rehash your evening adventures over Sunday Brunch at Patois. Situated near Audubon Park—and far from the hustle and bustle of Bourbon Street—feast on pulled pork and biscuits, ricotta-stuffed French toast, or a classic egg-topped croque madame.
Ideas for bachelor parties
- Of all the things to do in New Orleans, there’s no better way to start the weekend than with a Friday afternoon brewery tour that orients you to the city while quenching your thirst with ice-cold beer. Let the pros handle the driving aboard a NOLA Brew Bus that leads you into the heart of the city, with stops at four up-and-coming microbreweries. Following your brewery tour, refuel with a seafood sammy from Domilise’s Po-Boy & Bar and gear up for an entertaining evening ahead.
- On Friday night, climb aboard a flat-bottom swamp boat and cruise into the bayou with a trained naturalist from Cajun Encounters. Listen for wild boar, marsh birds, and bug chirps during an after-hours expedition through Honey Island Swamp. If you’re lucky, make out the glow of gator eyes while venturing deeper into channels lined with Spanish moss and cypress trees.
- Following an invigorating morning jog through Woldenberg Riverfront Park, spend the day sightseeing around the French Quarter. Duck into NOLA institutions like Backspace Bar & Kitchen and the Avenue Pub. Or, head to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for an inside look at the spot where the New Orleans Saints play. Then, as evening washes over the Crescent City, board a 4-passenger airplane with New Orleans Aerial Tours & Flight Training for a bird’s-eye view of the sites that have become fast-favorites with you and your crew.
- For a sit-down meal on Sunday morning, Atchafalaya Restaurant offers signature NOLA fare with a bloody Mary bar that’s a tried-and-true New Orleans hangover cure. Those in a hurry can grab a juice from Surrey’s Café & Juice Bar before jetting to the airport—following fist-bumps from the bros, that is.
Where would you head to for a weekend away in the original sin city?