Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes the oppressive, unbearable heat that will make every New Orleanian question why they live here at least once in the upcoming months. Here are just a few suggestions to help you cool down now that the weather is heating up:
Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin'
Blue Bayou has been a summer staple in Baton Rouge since 1989. The park boasts rides like the "Splinter", a log ride, that has drops of 26 and 50 feet; and with 29 rides and four roller coasters there is fun for the whole family. The season started on May 6 and you can save $5 on any admission ticket by bringing an empty Coca-Cola product can to the ticket office.
18142 Perkins Road; Baton Rouge, LA; bluebayou.com
Bogue Chitto Tubing Center
Waterpark lazy rivers too mainstream for you? Why not try the real thing at Bogue Chitto Tubing Center (about an hour outside the city). Just imagine, lazily, floating your way down the river, drink in hand - your toes in the water. Grab a couple of friends and enjoy a peaceful day outside of the hustle and bustle of the city on the scenic river. Come on, the season has already started.
10237 South Choctaw Road; Bogalusa, LA; boguechitto.com
Amusement parks and tubing may be fun, but everyone knows that summer is all about the beach. Destin, located about a four hour drive outside of New Orleans, has some of the most beautiful beaches in America and a great night life. Grab your bathing suit and sunblock and get away for the weekend - the perfect blue water is just waiting for you.
Pass Christian, Mississippi
Unable to make the four-hour trip? Pass Christian is only about an hour ride away from NOLA, the water may not be as blue but you still get to stick your toes in the sand. I recommend Shaggy's (120 Hiern Avenue, Pass Christian) for some delicious seafood that you can enjoy right over the water.
Unable to get out of the city? That doesn't mean you still can't beat the heat. Snowballs have become ingrained in New Orleans culture as the perfect (and addicting) summer treat. If you don't know, snowballs are the snowcones' cousin, only the ice is fluffier and they taste a lot better. Pandora's Snowballs, Sal's Sno-Balls, Imperial Woodpecker Sno-balls and Hansen's Sno-Bliz are just some of the stands that have already opened up for the season with their full hours and menu.