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Couple on a Streetcar
Couple on a Streetcar

Romance on a Budget

25 of the best cheap (or free) dates in New Orleans

In New Orleans, romance is everywhere you turn. You don’t need to spend a ton of money to impress your date—just take them to one of the places below. Here are 25 cheap date ideas for romance on a budget. Remember, while these activities are easy on the wallet, always be sure to budget extra to tip musicians, servers, and any other hospitality workers wherever possible.

1. Take the ferry from the French Quarter to Algiers Point and explore the charming neighborhood.

2. Have a picnic in Audubon Park, City Park, Crescent Park, Woldenberg Park, or one of these parks.

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Cafe du Monde

3. Grab beignets from Café du Monde—and don’t worry about the powdered sugar mess.

4. Hop aboard the streetcar and take in all the scenery.

5. Gallery hop along Julia or Royal streets.

6. Catch a show on Frenchmen Street—just don’t forget to tip the musicians.

7. Grab a slice from Pizza Delicious, Zee’s Pizzeria, or one of these pizza joints.

8. Take a stroll through the Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

9. Bike down the Lafitte Greenway with a Blue Bike.

10. Attend one of the many free festivals New Orleans offers every year, like French Quarter Fest.

11. Take to Bayou St. John via tandem kayak.

12. Fill up on tacos and margaritas at these spots.

13. Check out these happy hours.

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New Orleans Lakefront

14. Watch the sunset on the Lakefront.

15. Swing dance to live jazz.

16. Sweat together at a free outdoor workout class with Move Ya Brass.

17. Catch a variety show at Comedy House NOLA or the All Ways Lounge.

18. Have lunch or dinner at one of these spots known for their cheap eats.

19. Grab a sweet treat like ice cream or sno-balls.

20. Take a hike through City Park’s Couturie Forest and try to spot some wildlife.

21. Tour a brewery.

22. Have a breakfast (or brunch) date at one of these restaurants.

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Farmers Market

23. Stroll the farmers market together.

24. Take a walking tour through one of New Orleans’ historic neighborhoods. Or you can even take yourselves on a self-guided tour of the Garden District using this as your guide, or check out additional historically significant architecture with this self-guided tour.

25. Window shop along Magazine Street.