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If you hate cold weather, then you are in luck! New Orleans is not a city known for being cold. In fact, the warm climate makes for a very mild winter and an early spring. The downside, of course, is that the end of summer is hot and muggy. You'll have a new appreciation for air conditioning.

Most of the year, the temperature is quite cooperative - if not during the day, then certainly during the evening. A nice warm stroll through the French Quarter on a summer evening is a great way to spend a vacation.

Generally speaking, the winter months are mild with highs in the 60’s and lows usually in the 40’s. Spring and fall have near perfect weather, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s. The sticky summer months feature high humidity, daily rain showers and highs hovering in the 90’s. Summer nights however are often pleasant, with lows around 70 degrees and clear skies. Pack a variety of clothing no matter what time of the year to prepare for the often unpredictable weather. It is not unusual to hit 85 degrees in December, 50 degrees in May or 20 degrees in January.

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In any major city, you need to be safe about the way that you travel. Here are a few tips:

  • Use maps or your GPS to plan routes before getting behind the wheel.
  • Try not to appear like a tourist (like wearing beads when it's not Mardi Gras, carrying large cameras, etc).
  • Be aware of your surroundings and avoid suspicious characters.
  • Travel in groups.
  • Remove valuables from cars after parking.
  • Lock windows and doors in rooms when leaving.
  • Try not to walk alone at night.
  • Stick to well-lit, well-populated areas.
  • Take a taxi rather than risk getting lost walking among unfamiliar streets.
  • Don't wander around the French Quarter after dark alone, and try not to wander too far past Bourbon Street.
The French Quarter is the crown jewel of New Orleans, and as such is heavily patrolled and protected 24 hours a day by the New Orleans Police Department. While crime is very low in the neighborhood, common sense is a necessity when traveling in any large and unfamiliar city. Be sure to carry a map of the area to avoid wandering off of the beaten path, and use extra care at night to stay where people are. If a block seems a little too quiet, turn back onto one of the main streets of Bourbon, Royal, Chartres or Decatur.

Drinking Laws

The city of New Orleans is not required to close its bars at any particular time. This means that a bar may stay open around-the-clock, 24 hours a day, and many in the French Quarter do just that. Not all bars serve all night, many close at 2 a.m., 4 a.m. or 6 a.m., or simply whenever the last customer finally staggers home. Most bars enforce an “18 to enter, 21 to drink” law at the door, although many choose to require all patrons to be 21 to enter. Each particular establishment reserves the right to close whenever they choose, and refuse service to those underage or already intoxicated.
In New Orleans, getting a go-cup and transferring your drink from glass to plastic to take it outside on the way to the next bar is a ritual and a tradition. Alcohol may be consumed outside of a bar as long as it is in an unbreakable container, but beware - public drunkenness is an easy way to go to jail in New Orleans, so always use moderation!