As Valentine's Day coincides with the first major parade of the Mardi Gras festival, it would be rude to pass up on this opportunity to party with your significant other. Catch the Valentine's Day and Krewe of Cork Parade setting off from Bourbon Street at 2 pm. Be prepared to fully embrace the traditional carnival spirit.
Home to a massive lake, sculpture garden, and 12-acre botanical gardens, City Park is a slice of tranquility located in the heart of the city. From alligators to pelicans, this spot is full of local wildlife and is decorated by the iconic Spanish moss that hangs gracefully from the trees. You can even cruise through the park's beautiful lagoons in an authentic Venetian-style gondola, making it a perfect romantic escape from downtown.
For a unique experience on Valentines in New Orleans there are few things that top cruising down the Mississippi on a traditional paddlewheel powered riverboat. The Paddlewheeler Creole Queen offers luxury cruises in picturesque settings while retaining the authentic old-time spirit of New Orleans. The Valentine's Day service features an open bar, upscale buffet and live, onboard entertainment.