***Please note, Orleans Parish is currently adhering to a mask mandate. Masks are required to enter all public spaces including restaurants and attractions. Be mindful of any occupancy limits, and always call ahead to ensure currently operating hours and procedures for specific establishments.***

Whether you're college scouting or dropping an incoming freshman off to start the school year, this transition is a truly special time for families. A bittersweet milestone that marks the closing of one chapter before embarking on the next and New Orleans is the perfect place to explore bridging that gap. While things may feel a little different this year, and procedures and protocols are constantly evolving, nothing can change the magnitude of this moment.

Safety has always been at the forefront of sending your (not-so) kids off to college, it takes on a whole new meaning now during COVID. Whether you're scouting out or sending off, come see why New Orleans is an ideal environment to live, learn and grow with this itinerary for family scouting trips below, and see what to expect in New Orleans as the city continues its phased reopening plan.

Zack Smith
Sight-Seeing on the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar

St. Charles Avenue Street Car 

This historic streetcar route conveniently takes you right to the front doors of both Tulane and Loyola universities. Spend some time soaking up the views of the charming  St. Charles Avenue, Audubon Park and the entire Garden District on your next scout visit.

The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority has worked quickly and diligently updating all riding measurements to ensure the safety of both riders and passengers aboard all streetcar and bus lines.

Zack Smith
Dat Dog - Freret Street

Enjoy a Meal Together 

No matter how you take it, dine-in, carry-out, or delivery, the flavors are forever. New Orleans is known for its array of Creole and Cajun classics made with Gulf fresh seafood and plenty of herbs and spices. Try one of the city’s traditional dishes or venture into a few of the casual eateries along Freret Street. Dat Dog, Bearcat (which also offers vegan fare) and Liberty Cheesesteaks are favorites among local college students.

Explore the many different ways to enjoy some of the city’s favorites that are currently open by visit HERE.

Rebecca Todd
Cabildo

Attractions + Activities 

Outside of the classroom, there are many ways for students in New Orleans to learn and enjoy the city. Countless museums, art galleries, theaters, and more make the Crescent City a stomping grounds for culture, excitement and discovery. 

Explore the New Orleans Jazz Museum with your soon-to-be music industry major, the Audubon Nature Center, botanical gardens or bayou swamp tours with your young biology buff, NOMA, Studio Be and the Ogden Museum for art aficionados, and history lovers are sure to enjoy the National WWII Museum, Le Musee de fpc, or the Cabildo.  

Explore our list of attractions that are currently open and check their official websites for newly implemented sanitation measures and more.

Create an Outdoor Itinerary

From Bayou Saint John to City Park, there are plenty of picture-perfect outdoor and recreational activities in New Orleans. Whether it's kayaking along the Bayou, picnicking near the Fly or a simple stroll through the timeless French Quarter, the outdoors are ideal for socially distant fun in the sun as well as exploring your new home away from home.

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