With winter giving way to a beautiful, in-bloom spring, now is the perfect time of year to get outside and enjoy the French Quarter. Here are a few things to do while you’re there:

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Crescent City Park isn’t far from the French Quarter, and you’ll get an unparalleled view of the city. (Photo courtesy Flickr user Don Pirolo)

Eat Seafood (Preferably with Your Hands!)

In New Orleans, crawfish season is a magical time of year. Learn to peel these delicious little “freshwater lobsters,” then head to Deanie’s Seafood on Iberville Street where you can get them fresh at market price. If you prefer slurping to peeling, try oysters. Acme Oysterhouse is as iconic as it is delicious – it’s been a French Quarter staple for more than 100 years.

Relax at the Riverfront

Woldenberg Park is a sprawling greenspace on the banks of the Mississippi. Just a few steps away from the French Quarter, this park features a riverside jogging path, peaceful oak trees, and an up-close view of the Mississippi River.

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Get a Skyline View

Not across the river but simply around the bend, Crescent City Park offers an incredible view of the New Orleans skyline despite being deceptively close to the French Quarter. Featuring sculptural installations and outdoor seating, the park is a photographer’s dream. Plan to bring your camera!

Go to the Grocery Store

Central Grocery on Decatur Street serves up incredible muffulettas – take one to go and eat it in Jackson Square! For a more literal take on going to the grocery store, we suggest heading to Rouse’s Supermarket in the Central Business District on Baronne Street. You’ll find Louisiana- and New Orleans-specific goods perfect for souvenirs – bring back regional foods like Zapp’s potato chips (we’re partial to the Voodoo flavor), Creole-style chicory coffee, and spice mixes for your friends and family.

Ready to walk around? There’s no better place to stay than Bienville House, located in the heart of the French Quarter.