What is the weather like in New Orleans during June?

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It is summer this month in New Orleans so that means it will be very warm and humid but with plenty of sunny days to explore the city. Daytime high temperatures during early June tend to be in the upper 80s f (30-32C) while the early morning lows are mostly in the low to mid 70s f (22-24C). By the end of June the daily high temperatures are often in the lower 90s f (32-33C) while the morning lows tend to be in the mid to upper 70s f (24-26C). You should expect about half the days this month to reach 90f (32C) or higher. During past Junes in New Orleans the temperature extremes have been as high as 101 f (38.3C) to as low as 50f (10C).

On average, about 21 days this month will see either sunny or at least partly sunny skies so there is ample opportunity to explore this great city. The humidity this month tends to be on the muggy side and rain falls mainly as relatively brief showers and thunderstorms. During June, some rain is likely on about 11 to 13 days while significant rainfalls of 1/2 inch (13mm) or more occur on about 5 days.

What to wear in New Orleans in June

The weather this month tends to be very warm and humid so it is best to dress light for summer and for those showers and thunderstorms you should bring your umbrella or a plastic poncho. Don’t forget a good pair of walking shoes or sandals to see all the great sights.

What to do in New Orleans in June

There is much to see in this city and 3 events that might be worth a look this month include the Cajun Zydeco Festival, the Creole Tomato Festival and the ladies, there is the Festigals.

You can really take in all this city has to offer by joining us for one of our professionally guided “pay what you want” New Orleans walking tours or perhaps you might also try our New Orleans swamp tours at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park.

Written by Fred Pickhardt

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FTBF History’s Hall of Fame

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Congratulations to Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio on joining baseball’s Hall of Fame! Even though Smoltz is an Altanta Braves player and our Washington, DC guides consider the Braves to be arch-enemies (Go Nationals!), he is quite the player. We’re excited our Boston Red Sox Martinez will be inducted in the July ceremony.

In their honor, Free Tours by Foot have elected a few historical figures to our own Hall of Fame. One historical figure to represent some of the cities where we offer walking tours:

Chosen by a student on one of our DC school tours!

Edward Kennedy Ellington was born and raised in NW DC, primarily around the U Street neighborhood, where we see his childhood home on our U Street Tour. Both of his parents played the piano and he began taking lessons from a neighbor at an early age. He was taught manners and elegance, and obviously learned enough to earn the nickname “Duke” from his friends. Fitting for this post, as a young boy, Ellington preferred baseball to piano and his first job was selling peanuts for the Washington Senators.

His early inspirations into the music scene came from sneaking into a local pool hall. As he moved jobs to become a sign painter, he started to ask clients if their events also needed music. His first gig was at the True Reformer’s Hall on U St NW, where he charged his friends more because they already knew he was good.

Though Duke Ellington is known for jazz, he preferred to be beyond categorization and considered himself more a part of American Music than only jazz.

Chosen by our Boston City Manager, Brian who said “hands down (my favorite Boston historical figure). No one greater. (He was) the mouth of the American Revolution. Without who we may be speaking British today!”

Sam Adams, a native Bostonian and graduate of Harvard, was the publicist of the American Revolution. He was known for being a great orator and his passion for independence from Great Britain. Adams was the first to suggest a continental congress. He spent his life mostly in Boston, when he wasn’t a representative at the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Though he was a brewmaster, he was not very good at it. That photo on the bottle of well-known Sam Adams beer? That’s not Sam Adams. It’s probably Paul Revere.

A blog post is not going to do justice to the story of Sam Adams, for more, take Brian’s Freedom Trail tour to visit Sam Adam’s grave, hear about his twists on the Boston Massacre and more.

Technically, George Meade was born in Spain but to a Philadelphian merchant. He returned as a teenager and continued on to become a career United States Army officer. He fought in the Mexican-American War and most notably the Civil War, where he defeated the Confederates at the Battle of Gettysburg.

He had only been appointed leader of the Army of the Potomac three days before the Gettysburg campaign. Meade organised and successfully led his troops against one of the most formidable Confederate generals, Robert E. Lee. Contemporaries criticized him for not pursing Lee on the retreat and for being short tempered. As time has passed, historians focused more on his successful tactical decisions in the face of new military technology.

Chosen by one of our New York City tour guides, Tom.

Technically, he was born in Minnesota, but that was Robert Zimmerman. “Bob Dylan” was born in Greenwich Village, New York City. His first night in town, he played a set of Woodie Guthrie songs at Cafe Wha? – still in the village and seen on our Greenwich Village Tour.

Though he wouldn’t claim it, his songs from the 1960s became anthems for the anti-war and civil rights movements. Many of them inspired by and written in Greenwich Village.

We have a post about Bob Dylan’s time in the Village and sites associated with him.

Our New Orleans city manager, Sarah, didn’t have any trouble picking this one – it was the quickest answer we got.

Josie Arlington, nee Mary Deubler, was a fiery and spunky madam, so a seemingly odd choice for favorite historical figure but hey, it’s New Orleans! Her brothel, The Arlington, was at 225 North Basin Street in the heart of famed Storyville. This neighborhood was a separated district of legal prostitution and her house was opened 1898 as one of, if not the most, opulent house in the neighborhood.

Her four-story mansion was filled with fireplaces, bay windows, works of great artists and topped with a cupola. In Storyville, you could find women in dark alleys with mattresses on their backs who charged a quarter. The Arlington was a $5 house. Josie’s goal was to run the classiest establishment. She had a shrewd business mind and even as a women in the 19th century she had a successful business, running the preferred brothel for the well to do gentleman.

In the early 1900s, tours of New Orleans would often include a stop in Storyville, to start at The Arlington. Though she is buried in Metairie Cemetery, her story is covered on our St. Louis Cemetery no. 1 tour.

Diana, our Charleston city manager, says the story of Woodward is one of the most important stops on her Historic Charleston tour.

Little is known about the early life of Dr. Henry Woodward. We do know that he volunteered to reside amongst the local Native Americans in the mid 1600s to learn the customs and language. It wasn’t long before he was captured by the Spanish and taken to St. Augustine, Florida.

After his escape, he would join the Carolina fleet on their way to the coast to establish Charleston, South Carolina. The new colony benefited from a successful trading relationship with the local tribes, thanks to Woodward. His interpreting skills, and medical skills as a doctor, helped this fledgling settlement – the natives provided food when the colony was impoverished, they warned of a forthcoming attack by the Spanish, and he helped expand trading routes.

Without Dr. Woodward, there might not be a Charleston to tour!

London: Margaret Beaufort

Chosen by Margaret, our London City Manager, and discussed on our Westminster and City of London tours

Margaret Beaufort was the child bride of a Welsh king who gave birth do Henry Tudor at age 14. She was the one who engineered his return from Europe, his marriage with the Yorkist princess to combine families/forces and also set her son up to eventually usurp the throne at the end of the Wars of the Roses. Throughout her later marriages, the King told her repeatedly to stop her meddling in political affairs and she always said ‘Yeah, okay…’ then did it, anyway! She also managed to sneak correspondence into Westminster Abbey to liaise with Elizabeth Woodville (wife of the disposed Edward IV) who was being held captive and wasn’t allowed visitors whatsoever.

She was a fabulous lady and continued to give good advice to her son well into his reign. She also insisted that her grandchildren be educated – even the ones that weren’t to take the throne, which was a radical way of thinking for the time.

These are our picks for History’s Hall of Fame. Who would you add for historical figures from New York, DC, Charleston, New Orleans, London, Boston and Philadelphia?

What is the weather like in New Orleans during May?

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May is the transition month from the warm but comfortable spring weather to the more humid summer weather. Early in the month the weather is most comfortable with early morning lows mostly in the mid to upper 60s f (18-21C) with afternoon high temperatures mostly in the lower 80s f (27-28C). As the month progresses, the afternoon highs are mostly in the mid to upper 80s f (30-31C) with about 4 days this month reaching or exceeding 90f (32C). During past Mays, New Orleans has seen extremes as high as 96f (35.6C) to a low of 41f (5C).

About 20 days this month will normally see sunny or at least partly sunny skies so this is a great time to explore the city. Only about 7 days see any rainfall with 3 of these recording 1/2 inch (13mm) or more. The risk for encountering a thunderstorm on any particular day this month will increase form less than 10% early in the month to about 20-25% by the end of the month.

What to wear in New Orleans in May

It will be warm and somewhat humid so short sleeves and other summer clothes will do for most days this month. For the few rainy days and for the brief thunderstorms you should bring your umbrella or a plastic poncho and don’t forget a good pair of walking shoes to see all the sights.

What to do in New Orleans in May

Some interesting events this month include the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Bayou Boogaloo and the New Orleans Oyster Festival. You can really see this city by joining us for one of our guided “name-your-own-price” New Orleans walking tours or one of our famous Culinary History and Food tours.

Fred Pickhardt

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What is the weather like in New Orleans during April?

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This post is a summary of the New Orleans weather in April, with tips on what to pack and things to do (updated for 2018).  Spring is now in full swing, which means pleasant, warm weather.  Click on the links below to learn more.  If you are coming at the start or end of the month, you may want to read our weather guides to March and May.  

Average Temperatures

How Much Sun/Rain
What to Wear
Things to Do in April
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Which New Orleans City Pass Is Best?

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This is a post that compares the various different New Orleans attraction passes, combos, discounts, and coupons.  As you look at the variety of options keep in mind your budget, interests, and stamina. Everyone’s tastes are a little different, so not all packages are right for all people. Luckily, there are quite a few options. Happy planning!

The Power Pass
Cajun Encounters Combos
Gray Line Combos
Discounts + Coupon Sites
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New Orleans Power Pass

The New Orleans Power Pass packages admission to popularcreolequeenpowerpass attractions, museums and tours in New Orleans into one affordable sightseeing package for tourists. With free admission to over 26 attractions in the city, the Power Pass can save hundreds of dollars and with the ability to skip lines at some attractions, it saves time as well.

In addition to free entrance to some of the city’s top locations, you’ll also receive discounted entrance, meals and coupons for souvenir shopping throughout New Orleans.

1,2,3, or 5 Day

Based on how long you’re visiting New Orleans, or how many sites you want to visit, you can choose the length of your pass. The passes are for consecutive business days – so a 1 Day pass is not 24 hours but rather until the attractions close that day. If you’re stuck on time, however, the 1 day is still a good option as there are some late night options included on the pass. If you have a mutli-day pass, they are consecutive only and will expire at midnight on the last day.  You can visit as many attractions as you want with the pass, but you only visit each attraction once on the same pass.

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How to Avoid Jet Lag

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Many of our tour guests who travel from afar or from overseas have trouble to adjust to the new time difference in their destination city. Here are some tips on how to avoid jet lag.

When you travel to another time zone, your internal clock is off – that’s what you call jet lag. Usually getting over jet lag should take 3-4 days depending on how far you have traveled from. Flying eastwards will make it a bit harder to adjust to the new time zone, then when you are flying westwards. That is because our body accepts it better if you are staying up a little later, then having to go to bed much earlier than usual. In addition, if you are used to getting up rather early, flying eastwards is a little bit easier than for people who generally stay up late. And vice versa, if you are a night owl, you will have less trouble adjusting, if you were traveling westwards.

How can I avoid  jet lag or at least minimize it?

  • Start to adjust your internal clock several days before you fly, by staying up later (if traveling westwards) or getting to bed earlier (if travelling eastwards).
  • Once you are in the plane, act like you are in your destination time zone already e.g. change your clock, take a nap, eat moderately or skip a meal and avoid alcohol.
  • Be healthy and well rested. The more you rest before your big travel, the easier it will be to adjust to your new time zone.
  • If you are travelling overseas, on the day of your flight, try to sleep in or sleep as long as you can. This goes for either direction, as you will likely skip a night travelling eastwards, or you will have to stay up much longer when you arrive travelling westwards.
  • Bring a neck pillow and nap on the plane. Even if you don’t fall asleep into a deep slumber, your body will thank you later for each little 20 minute nap you do on the plane.
  • Stay hydrated. It’s best to purchase a bottle of water at the airport (after you are through security), so you don’t have to get the stewardess attention every time.
  • Once you arrive, don’t nap more than 30 minutes or go to bed immediately if it’s not bedtime yet. Stay up till at least 9 pm. This discipline on your first day of arrival, will get you over jetlag much faster.

Other things to consider when travelling to different time zones and jet lag:

When flying westwards, e.g. from Europe to New York, or from Washington DC to San Francisco: Don’t make any late evening plans the first couple of nights.  You might think you are up to it, but your body will tell you otherwise. If you are booking our walking tours, stick to the morning and daytime tours, and avoid the evening tours.

When flying eastwards, e.g. from California to New York, or from Boston to London: Don’t make any morning plans the first couple of days.  Instead plan more things to do in the afternoon and evenings. If you are booking our walking tours, avoid the early 10 am tours, and go for the afternoon or evening tours.

+++We hope you have safe and enjoyable travels without much jet lag and we look forward to having you on our famous pay-what-you-like walking tours soon.+++

How is the weather in New Orleans in December?

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How is the weather in New Orleans in December?

December is a great time to visit New Orleans as the weather remains fairly mild and there are lots of events this month like the Christmas Eve Bonfires along the Levee or Caroling in Jackson Square to name two.  Read our full post on things to do in December in New Orleans.Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 17.25.50

Early in the month afternoon temperatures are mainly in the upper 60s f (about 20C) with overnight lows near 50 f (10C). About 2-3 afternoons can see temperatures up in the mid-70s f (23-24C). This is perfect weather to join us on one of our Pay-What-You-Wish walking tours.

As the month progresses, the afternoon highs tend to be in the Screen Shot 2014-11-10 at 17.24.43lower 60s f (16-17C) while early morning lows tend to be in the mid-40s f (7-8C) with a few days dipping into the 30s f (1-2C) with 1 or 2 of these reaching 32f (0C) or less. About 15 days will be sunny or at least partly sunny with about 9 days reporting some rainfall but only 3 of these recording significant rainfalls of 1/2 inch (13mm) or more. Snow is not an issue here in December.

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The weather will require a sweater, windbreaker or light jacket most days, however, as the month progresses a medium-weight jacket or coat will be a plus for the colder evenings and mornings.

While you are in New Orleans, one of the best ways to see this great city is to join us for one of our New Orleans bike tours. If you are hungry you should also consider one of our New Orleans Culinary History & Food Tours


Written by Fred Pickhardt


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Weather in New Orleans in November

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The month of November in New Orleans is noted for mild but falling temperatures, but overall this is a very nice time to visit the Big Easy.  Perhaps you might wish to attend one of the several food festivals in November like the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival or the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival this month.  November is a great month for swamp tours and bike tours.  So how is the weather in New Orleans in November exactly?

Weather in New Orleans in November

Early November normally sees warm daytime high temperatures in the mid-70s f (24-25C) with overnight or early morning lows in the comfortable upper 50s f (14-15C). Some days will see the mercury rise up into the upper 70s f (25-26C) or even the lower 80s f (27C).   As we approach the end of this month, afternoon high temperatures will more likely be in the mid to upper 60s f (about 20C) with early morning lows near 50 f (about 10C) with a few mornings dipping down into the low to mid 40s  f (about 6C).   About once every few years temperatures can briefly dip to 32f (0C) or less.

About 18 days this month will have sunny or at least partly sunny skies while the remaining 12 days will be mostly cloudy.  About 7-8 days will likely have some rainfall with about 3 days having significant rainfalls of 1/2 inch (13mm) or more.

(image of guests enjoying our French Quarter Tour on November 7th of 2013)

What to wear in New Orleans in November

The weather can range from summer-like to fall so best to dress for both. It can be warm enough for short-sleeve shirts on the warmer days but a sweater, windbreaker or light jacket will be needed on the cooler evenings and particularly towards the end of the month when evening temperatures can be quite chilly.

Come on down and join us for one of our great walking tours like the New Orleans Voodoo Tour or perhaps if you are hungry, try one of our food tours like the French Quarter Food & History Tour.

Bourbon Street in New Orleans

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Bourbon Street, one of the thoroughfares to not miss in the United States.  Many people wouldn’t realize it is not named after the whiskey, but after the royal french house, because so much of that liquor is consumed on this infamous 13 block long street. There is more to do than just consume alcohol on this strip.  It is known for it’s music, and live entertainment clubs of the adult variety.  Also, the cuisine will tempt your palate or help you sober up.  Maybe you wanna check out some old Voodoo haunts, dance on the street, or peak in a laire of debauchery, here is your guide to the best of Bourbon.

History of Bourbon Street

How to Get Here

Things to Do in the French Quarter

French Quarter Walking Tour


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New Orleans Weather in October

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New Orleans Weather in OctoberNew Orleans Weather in October is perfect with warm but pleasant days and mild to cool, comfortable nights.  This is the driest month of the year in the Big Easy and the best time to take one or more of our walking tours.

Early in the month the days are warm with afternoon temperatures in the low to mid 80s f (about 29C). Days with 90 f (32C) or higher temperatures can be expected only on about 1 day during the early part of the month.  Early morning low temperatures will dip into the upper 60s (about 20C).

As the month progresses, afternoon temperature fall to the mid to upper 70s (about 24C) and overnight lows fall into the upper 50s (about 14C).  Summer dress works well for New Orleans this month, however, a light sweater may be in order for the cooler nights towards the end of the month.

Skies will be clear or partly sunny on about 22 days with cloudy weather on about 9 days.  Some rain can be expected on about 6 or 7 days, however, significant rainfall of 0.5 inch (about 13mm) or more occur, on average on about 2 days each October.

What to Wear in New Orleans in October

(Image to the right is of our French Quarter Tour with Tour Guide Joanne on Oct 18, 2013).  We can forgive you if it looks like summer to you. After a hot and humid summer, we cool down slightly.  Be sure to pack both long pants and short pants.  The same goes for shirts.  Also, be sure to pack sunscreen, a hat and sandals.

What to Do in New Orleans in October

Of course our free tours.  It’s also great weather for a swamp tour.  You can also checks the events calendar at the convention and visitors bureau’s website.

Written by Fred Pickhardt