Dating in New Orleans should be a sport of it’s own. First date ideas tend to end up at the local watering hole. Even if you’ve been with someone for quite some time, finding date night plans that don’t involve going to a bar can be particularly daunting. While all things involving Audubon are a great suggestion (aquarium, zoo, insectarium, & butterfly garden), we need some new ideas. Here are some of my favorites!
If fitness is your thing, their classes will test your date’s skills. If you thought City Surf was just for the ladies, these classes are challenging for even the toughest of bros. Owner, Becky Hardin, told me there have been many first dates coming through her doors. Book a single pass and grab a board with someone who has caught your eye. If things go well, head to Max Well down the street for a healthy snack!
This date idea falls into a touristy type thing, but it’s still a good idea. Only $2 per person, makes this trip super affordable for all. On your way over, make sure to snap a good pic of the city for your Instagram. Once you get over to Algiers Point, you and your special someone can wander around and enjoy some of the great architecture they have to offer. You can even take it one step further and plan to go Rosetree Blown Glass Studio for a blow your own glass event. After a walk on the levee, stop in one of the many local shops or restaurants before heading out.
Take a Cooking Class with Joy the Baker
Located in the Bywater, The Bakehouse NOLA offers a couple classes a month with Joy the Baker. These events are very intimate, with class sizes usually numbered at 10 people or less. You would hard pressed to not have a great time while making delicious food with a love interest. You can make a variety of things, such as brunch, pasta, pies, & even centerpieces. Her classes sell out far in advance, so book a class months from now and start swiping!
Longue Vue House & Gardens
Open 7 days a week, Longue Vue House & Gardens are perfect for a last minute date. Grab your date’s hand and explore the 8 acres of breathtaking gardens. They are well known for their collection of Louisiana irises that will make for a great photo op. There is an interactive Discovery Garden that will make you feel like a kid again. The grounds contain a house museum, 14 garden areas, & 22 fountains and ponds. With plenty to explore and see, you’re sure to not have a dull conversation.
There are lots of other ideas like having a picnic at the Fly, riding bikes along Crescent Park, and even a helicopter tour of the city. If all else fails, there’s bound to be a festival to take a potential mate to!