New Orleans is full of new and exciting things to try, so much so that even locals can discover the city in a fresh way. This summer, relax in cool hotels, find hidden gems and explore the city that millions of others travel to see. For those who are a little more adventurous and enjoy the outside, explore New Orleans with a little inspiration from @drubui.

Andrew Bui
Sheraton New Orleans

Where to Stay

Give yourself a small change of scenery and take in the city view at the Sheraton. With its location on Canal Street you can easily bounce around from the French Quarter to the Garden District and all around the city with ease. Soak up the sun or enjoy an evening cocktail as you take in the sights from their rooftop pool giving you the ideal relaxation spot.

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Garden District Architecture Tour

What to Do

This is the time to get out and see what the city has to offer. Get a taste for the history with New Orleans Architecture Tours and relish the Antebellum beauty of the Garden District. Founded in the 1830s as the city of Lafayette and later annexed into the city proper in 1853, this area was the home to the wealthiest of the newly arriving Americans.The two-hour walking tour will provide you with a crash course on the city’s architecture from 1830-1884, with stories of the people who have lived there before.

If you need the time to relax and take in the sunshine, head over to The Country Club. This hidden gem is tucked behind a beautiful house in the Bywater. With a bar located poolside and in the restaurant itself, this hidden oasis becomes the perfect place to eat, sip and relax.

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Country Club - COOlinary

For those who have explored the city by streetcar, bike and boat, there’s still one view you don’t want to miss. Take in the city from the sky with New Orleans Aerial Tours & Flight Training. Get a new perspective of the city you know and love by airplane. Choose between a variety of tours whether it’s a general city tour, either by day or night, or something a little more romantic.

Andrew Bui
New Orleans Aerial Tours & Flight Training

Where to Eat

New Orleans is constantly creating new restaurants and bars for locals and tourists alike to dive into and enjoy. Throughout the month of August participating restaurants open their doors with special menus for COOLinary. Each restaurant offers something different, making this is the best way to try a new restaurant that’s been on your list or treat yourself with a night out at one of your long-time favorites. Pick your menu here.

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Katie’s Restaurant & Bar

Get your fix of New Orleans classic with a twist at Katie’s Restaurant & Bar in Mid City. With a lunch menu featuring two courses for $19 and a dinner menu offering four courses for $30, you’ll get the full COOLinary experience.