Fun and Affordable Valentine’s Date Nights In New Orleans


A lot of people think that Valentine’s Day is a made up “Hallmark” Holiday.  Well…it’s true!  Most people, including myself, dread the day.  The day can be depressing and sometimes stressful.  There is so much pressure that comes along with the day-reservations need to be made, flowers need to be bought, presents need to be purchased and so much more.  The truth is is that you can make Valentine’s Day inexpensive and fun with no pressure at all.  We came up with 40  fun and affordable Valentine's Date Nights In New Orleans. 

  1. Pack a picnic and head to City Park.
  2. Open up a bottle of wine and head down memory lane.  Look at old pictures and laugh about memories that were made.
  3. Break out the board games and have a game night.
  4. Dust off the cook books and prepare dinner together.
  5. Meet after work and enjoy a happy hour and some apps at your favorite spot.
  6. Go bowling and listen to some music at Rock N Bowl.
  7. Be a tourist in your own city and take turns playing tour guide.
  8. Window shop on Magazine Street.
  9. Rent the Paddle Boats in City Park and explore.
  10. Take a romantic stroll by the Mississippi River.
  11. Rent the Blue Bikes and explore NOLA.
  12. Do a scavenger hunt for your significant other.
  13. Prepare your own bar crawl through the French Quarter
  14. Be artistic and have a themed dinner and movie night at home.
  15. Laugh with each other at a comedy show.
  16. Sweat together with a workout class you wouldn’t usually attend.
  17. Satisfy your sweet tooth and bake something yummy at home.
  18. Be brave and get your fortune read or see a psychic together.
  19. Walk around the French Market ending with Cafe du Monde.
  20. Be creative and make a custom cocktail together at home.
  21. Take a streetcar ride down St. Charles Avenue.
  22. Be scared together and take a ghost tour.
  23. Revisit your childhood and go to the Zoo and Aquarium.
  24. Sample some beer at the Abita Brewery.
  25. Dance the night away with some music on Frenchman Street.
  26. Canoe or paddleboard down Bayou St. John.
  27. Have drinks together at the new Wrong Iron Bar.
  28. Watch a movie at the Prytania Theatre.
  29. Peruse the antique shops on Royal Street.
  30. Enjoy a cruise on the Natchez steamboat.
  31. Laugh together at a Drag Show.
  32. Make breakfast in bed for each other.
  33. Have a DIY wine tasting for each other.
  34. Pamper each other and give each other a massage.
  35. Explore the outdoors and go on a hike together.
  36. Sing to each other and have a karaoke night at home.
  37. Let out your inner Picasso and paint at home together.
  38. Have a dinner night by making a heart shaped homemade pizza together.
  39. Turn on Netflix and have a binge watching date.
  40. Enjoy an indoor picnic at home.

All of these date ideas will be sure to put a smile on your partners face.  Valentines Day doesn’t have to be involved with spending a lot of money. 

Need more date night ideas in New Orleans? Check out our 50 New Orleans Date Ideas and our Last Minute Date Nights In New Orleans posts.

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