Plan a Trip to the Mississippi River Walk

Updated: May 29, 2019

Guide to Mississippi River Walk

Mississippi River Walk

When I decided to make a sightseeing trip through four states in one day, I knew that the Mississippi River Walk was on the list of places I wanted to see! My goal was to see and do as many free things as I could in one day. Watching the sunset on the Mississippi River Walk was the perfect way to end my mini road trip!


What to do at The Mississippi River Walk

If you are in New Orleans and want to see more than just the French Quarter or if you want to escape the party scene, the Mississippi River Walk is your safe haven!

Strolling along the bank of the river is the perfect way to wind down your day. The River Walk is peaceful and the view is unreal. Whether you are traveling solo, with friends or family, or on a romantic get away; you won't be sorry for scheduling the Mississippi River Walk into your trip.

The River, or as the locals say "Old Muddy", is the lifeline of New Orleans and also provides entertainment and activities for all ages on any budget. Here are some of my favorite finds to do along the Mississippi!


Woldenberg Park New Orleans

Woldenberg Park - Free

Woldenberg Park is a perfect spot to bike, walk, jog or just sit back and relax on the riverbank. While there you can expect to enjoy watching the ships floating down the river while having a picnic with fresh French beignets from Cafe Du Monde. You can typically find some music for entertainment along the river and view some of the historical art sculptures, including a memorial to the Holocaust survivors.

Audubon Aquarium - Starting at $17

The Audubon Aquarium is a fascinating excursion that is family friendly and interesting for all ages! When I was little, I wanted to be a marine biologist and live at Sea World! Visiting the aquarium is the next best - including ethical treatment of their underwater friends!

Visitors have the opportunity to get up close and see some of the oceans most beautiful and rare creatures. The Aquarium's biggest highlight is The Caribbean Reef tunnel. The tunnel is 30 feet long and made of glass. This literally allows you to take a walk under the sea!

The Aquarium is also a safe harbor for some of the worlds endangered species, including the white alligator and rare neon colored frogs. You can also waddle with the penguins, touch a baby shark, and talk with the naturalist. There is certainly a ton to see and do at the aquarium that 15,000 sea life creatures and about 600 species call home.

New Orleans Day Boat Cruises

Riverboat Sunset Cruise with Dinner - Prices vary

There are a lot of riverboats that will take you out for a day cruise, historical tour, or romantic dinner. These are a great way to catch some live Jazz music, enjoy a Creole-style dinner, learn about the National Historical Park and Preserve, and enjoy the fresh air and stunning views. Tours range from 45 mins to all day with a wide range of boat and tour options.

Mississippi River Walk New Orleans Downtown

Take a Ferry Ride - For Free

If you want a different view of the river and don't want to spend any money, take the free ferry at the foot of Canal Street. Yes, it really is free! The ferry leaves every 15 minutes for a ride across the river and back! Who doesn't love a free joy ride!