Five easy day trips from New Orleans

Children splash along the beach in nearby Dauphin Island, Alabama. Photo by Erin Kice

Just a short drive from the city, remote white-sand beaches, lazy rivers*, folk art fortresses and new experiences await to slake your wanderlust. These easy day trips from New Orleans are the perfect way for locals to take a break from the city – because, let’s face it, we need it – or for visitors to soak up regional culture.

These getaways avoid major coronavirus travel dangers like large crowds, public transportation and indoor public spaces. Instead, they put the region’s great outdoors and creativity center stage.

Only those who feel healthy should visit public spaces, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And don’t forget the mask and hand sanitizer on these easy day trips out of New Orleans.

This article originally ran the New Orleans Times Picayune/Advocate. Read the rest of it at

*The only edit we’d make today is that the outfitter mentioned in the article was not actually limiting the number of riders on its shuttles when we visited the Bogue Chitto in August. There are several other outfitters on the river, however.

Or, if you prefer to stay home, we put together this collection of short, silly videos exploring some of New Orleans’ lesser known history. (It was our quarantine project.) Check them out!

A folk art sculpture of a blonde girl regards her own reflection in a painting of a pond. The sculpture garden is one of several easy day trips out of New Orleans.
A folk art statue at Chavin Sculpture Garden peers into a painted pond. Photo by Jessica Fender

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