Summer in New Orleans can be brutally hot, but January offers pleasant temperatures hovering around the low to mid-60s, perfect for exploring the many sights and attractions. While the holidays are over, the party is just getting started here with the arrival of Mardi Gras. The first day of the carnival season, known as Twelfth Night, or the Epiphany, kicks off with three annual parades on January 6th. Of course, you can also explore the streets in the French Quarter, check out the famous Jackson Square, and enjoy beignets at Cafe du Monde. If you’re into museums, NOMA is one of the best in the country. Located in City Park, it features over 40,000 objects that span 5,000 years of art, most notable for its French and American art, photography, glass, and African and Japanese works. Other top museums include the National WWII Museum, the New Orleans Jazz Museum, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. After dark, you’ll have a myriad of options when it comes to live music, too.