New Orleans is known as the “Paris of the South.” French influence can be found throughout the city from its food to the overall joie de vivre of the locals. There are endless opportunities for lovers to steal a kiss, whether it is under a gas-lit glow of the French Quarter or picnicking under a canopy of oak trees.
In no particular order, here are 10 of our favorite places to kiss in New Orleans:
The twinkling lights of the city to your back, the cool breeze coming off of the Mississippi and a lone saxophonist playing in the background makes a perfect date-night atmosphere. Couples can picnic or grab a bench and watch the world go by. See cargo ships from around the globe and steamboats navigate the waters as other couples stroll by.
For $1.25 per person, each way, hop on the St. Charles Ave. streetcar for a scenic tour of the historic Garden District. Snuggle up on the mahogany and brass seats under the flicker of exposed ceiling light while passing stately mansions and perfectly manicured lawns and relax to the hum and sway of the car.
When the St. Charles Ave. streetcar stops at Audubon Park, get off and take the opportunity to stroll the century-old oak tree-lined 1.8 mile walking path. The path encompasses lakes that countless swans, egrets, ducks and turtles call home. Walk through the trees, lay a blanket out by a pond or take a seat in one of the gazebos that dot the trail. Pack a lunch and spend the afternoon pond-side.
For a quiet, relaxing trip out of the city center, go 15-minutes from the French Quarter to the South shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Seafood restaurants dot the shore in the West End area or charter a boat and spend the day on the water culminating with a wonderful sunset.
Get above the hustle and bustle of the city streets for a picturesque view of the historic French Quarter. Many new hotels have intimate rooftop cocktail bars perfect for watching people come and go while enjoying each other’s company. Or opt for a romantic evening at one of the many restaurant with a balcony.
The charm of the French Quarter is best captured from horseback. Hop in a private carriage for a great tour and learn about the history and folklore of New Orleans. The mild winter weather is just the excuse to snuggle close under a blanket.
With more than 1,300 acres of lakes, centuries-old oak trees and green spaces, City Park is an outdoor oasis within the city. Connected to the French Quarter by the Canal St. Streetcar, couples can rent paddle boats in Big Lake, stroll through the botanical gardens, or steal a kiss on the wooden carousel.
Enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise while a steam-powered paddle-wheel churns through the Mississippi River. After dinner, sneak up to the top-deck for beautiful views of the city skyline or dance to the on-board band while landmarks pass you by.
Strolling down Royal Street window shopping and watching street performers or grabbing a cocktail “to-go” and walking under the glow of a gas streetlamp, let the architecture transport you to another time.