Beat the Heat: Indoor Summer Fun in New Orleans


Arched windows of the Pharmacy Museum, wrought iron sigh hanger


If you’ve ever visited New Orleans in the summertime, you know what it means to be hot and humid. It makes being outside almost unbearable at times, and the thirst for indoor activities is stronger than ever. Luckily, there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy rather than walking around the French Quarter, hitting the Magazine St shops or visiting the Audubon Zoo.

Mardi Gras World is a popular attraction, with its mammoth halls filled with enormous, beautiful floats and Mardi Gras costumes and paraphernalia. Knowledgeable and experienced tour guides take you around behind the scenes of all the Mardi Gras action complete with history and interesting tidbits about the process behind the annual season. And in the end, enjoy a free slice of King Cake. Tickets are between $12.95 and $19.95, and there is a free shuttle with pickups at 20 convenient locations.

One of the newest museums in the city, Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond takes a closer look at Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, filled with exclusive photos, eyewitness accounts and state-of-the-art multimedia displays. There are a plethora of different iconic objects and pieces of wreckage on display which will offer a unique and unforgettable look at Katrina’s impact and the resilience of NOLA and its communities. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and active military, and children are free.

The New Orleans Pharmacy Museum is a lesser-known museum in the city, but its history is as rich as any other. It explores the life and contributions of America’s first licensed pharmacist, Louis J. Dufilho, Jr. who lived and worked in the city starting in 1816. The museum itself is actually housed in his apothecary. It features a wide variety of bottles, herbs, gris gris potions and information about bloodletting, leeches and other strange medical practices from back in the day. There’s no cost of admission.

If you’re more into animals than history, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is a popular spot for nature lovers. There are more than 15,000 different creatures from 600 species from all over the world housed in the aquarium, so there is no shortage of exciting animals and exhibits to see and learn about. There is also a state-of-the-art IMAX theatre that regularly shows different nature movies like Great White Shark 3D and Hurricane on the Bayou. Tickets range from $16 to $22.50 for the aquarium, and with the IMAX Experience, tickets are $23 to $29.

And of course, another way to enjoy the cool indoors of course is to simply enjoy culinary delicacies from all of the fine restaurants throughout the city. As you can see, there is no shortage of ways to beat the heat while summer traveling in the south.

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