7 cool local activities to beat the summer heat

We gathered some cool ideas for family activities to beat the heat around the Crescent City.

Summer in New Orleans can be tough for trying to plan a day out, without sweltering in the sun.

However, don't let the heat stress you out. There's still plenty of fun and entertainment for families around the greater New Orleans area, regardless of the weather.

We gathered some cool ideas for family activities to beat the heat around the Crescent City. Many of these activities are very budget-friendly and involve air-conditioning.

Photo courtesy: The Escape Game

Break out of an escape room.

Want to put your wits to the test? New Orleans offers a few escape rooms around the area to test your puzzle-solving skills, including the city’s newest one called The Escape Game.

This isn’t your typical escape room. This new attraction offers a completely immersive experience, with scenic rooms that rival Hollywood-style sets. Impressive special effects and realistic details make these games truly next-level. Teams work together to find clues, overcome challenges and ultimately complete a mission to escape the room. The Escape Game New Orleans has four interactive, 60-minute adventures that keep teams guessing: Playground, Prison Break, Special Ops: Mysterious Market and The Heist.

Photo courtesy: Rusty Costanza / Digital Roux Photography via Audubon Nature Institute

Visit animals and sea creatures on the wild side of nature.

Explore while learning about the underwater world at Audubon Aquarium, or take a walk on the wild side at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Learn about interesting creatures and critters of all kinds while enjoying plenty of cool exhibits. The indoor attractions offer a sense of wild excitement without the hot sun rays.

New Orleans’ only water park, Audubon’s Cool Zoo, also gives kids a place to splash around. Visitors can cool down by floating down the the lazy river and alligator water slide. There’s also shady spots for parents.

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Visit a cool museum.

There are several great museums and cultural art centers to choose from in the New Orleans area. Visiting temperature-regulated museums are also a way to stay cool indoors.

A few museums around the city let you visit free of charge like the Historic New Orleans Collection, which recently opened a new $38 million exhibition center.

You can also catch a break with other museums that offer free admission on certain days like the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Also, consider visiting the top-rated National WWII Museum or even play dress up at the Museum of Mardi Gras Costumes and Culture.

Photo courtesy: Louisiana Children's Museum via Instagram

Put a fun spin on learning.

Families can put a fun spin on learning even while kids are on summer break.

Interactive and educational exhibits fill this two-story Louisiana Children’s Museum that encourages imaginations to run free. From the bubble area to the Lil’ Grocery Store, kids can play around while learning important skills. In late summer, the Louisiana Children’s Museum moves from its historic Julia Street location to a new 8.5 acre site in City Park.

The New Orleans Public Library hosts plenty of free activities including craft workshops, magic shows and other interactive programs during its summer fun program.

penguin ice skating

Go skating.

Whether you want to roller skate or ice skate, the area has options for both.

Penguin Ice Skating is the area’s only year-round, permanent ice skating rink. Although the rink is actually synthetic, the glide is the same as real ice. The attraction is located inside Esplanade Mall, where you can take public skating sessions during mall hours.

You can also get on the floor at Airline Skate Center or Skate Country for some roller skating action. The summer schedule offers some affordable pricing during daytime hours and discount night.

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Catch a movie.

Take the kids along to watch a family-friendly film inside of an air-conditioned movie theater.

Keep cool indoors at Prytania Theatre, New Orleans’ oldest operating movie theater. Not only is it cool, but you can also score a good deal at the theater. Prytania’s 2019 Kid’s Summer Movie Series offers affordable movies throughout the summer.

The National WWII Museum also offers an indoor movie option to escape the heat of summer. On select Saturdays, families with kids ages 5 to 13 can participate in Kids Canteen, which features hands-on crafts, theater snacks and a kid-friendly WWII-themed movie.

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Go wild at a trampoline park.

Stay cool while getting some great exercise thanks to a couple of trampoline parks in our area. Sometimes parents have just as much fun as kids at these extreme air sports facilities.

Sector 6 and Sky Zone offer fun for the whole family with obstacle courses, foam zones and even dodge ball!

Created in partnership with The Escape Game