Enjoy New Orleans just like our local families with an abundance of things to see and do. Put away the electronics, except to take a family photo or three and start making family memories.
From Louisiana’s alligators and pelicans to Africa’s giraffes, zebras and elephants; New Orleans zoo takes you around the world.
In the summer, the wet ‘n wild Cool Zoo splash park lets you cool off and chill out.
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
Beautiful butterflies and creepy crawlies abound at the largest museum in the U.S. devoted to nature’s tiniest creatures.
Audubon Aquarium and Entergy Giant Screen Theater
Discover the waters around us and journey to the Amazon, Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico to see piranhas, seahorses and stingrays.
The colorful, double decker Hop-On, Hop Off Bus is a fun way to see the city and get off at stops that interest you and easily climb back on for the next adventure.
Board the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar right in front of the Royal St. Charles Hotel. The longest running street railway system in the world, the green line passes through the Museums, Arts and Garden Districts while the red lines take you to other neighborhoods.
Horse and Buggy Rides are a fun way to clop through the French Quarter. Hitch a ride at Jackson Square where you can also see artists and street performers.
The Steamboat Natchez is the last authentic Steamboat on the Mississippi River and welcomes you with its whimsical calliope, live jazz and local Creole food and beverages on its cruise.
The Creole Queen sails downriver with a historic cruise to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Chalmette Battlefield with a historian describing landmarks, history and tales of the river.
Whether you choose a pontoon boat or airboat, here is he chance to explore the bayou and swamps of Louisiana country. Look out for ‘gators, pigs, deer, and birds and listen to the lore of the swamp!
Storyland is a theme playground with 20 sculptures of favorite fairytale characters. Kids and parents can Huff and Puff with the 3 Little Pigs or a climb into Cinderella’s Pumpkin.
Carousel Gardens Amusement Park is open seasonally and offers 15 amusement rides with a historic carousel – one of only 100 such carousels in the country with its beautifully carved and preserved “flying horses”.
Take a hike on trails through the Couterie Forest and seek out the park’s flora, fauna and wild life – well not really wild – like ducks and swans, turtles and fish and great oak trees and bridges.
Rent pedal boats or fun canopied surrey pedal bikes from Wheel Fun Rentals. Parents and younger children will enjoy the rentals built for a family of four, while teens might want their own cruisers or single person kayaks for riding or floating throughout the park.
Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World introduces you to the traditions of Mardi Gras including trying on costumes, King Cake tastings and a behind-the-scenes look at the spectacular Mardi Gras parade floats. While the media has portrayed a raunchy side of Mardi Gras, the real Mardi Gras is family friendly and fun, noted as “The Greatest Free Show on Earth”.
The Louisiana Children’s Museum offers exhibits, programs and activities dedicated to learning in a fun, interactive way. Families will enjoy discovering and rediscovering how things work and what make things tick. Stand inside a giant bubble; shop then cook and serve in a pint sized grocery store and café; and even the teeny weeny kids have a special place to climb, crawl and explore.
You can spend an entire day at the six-acre World War II Museum, the official WWII museum of the U.S. Five pavilions feature galleries, interactive displays and extensive collections that tell the story of patriotism of those in the military as well as everyday people and chronicles the journey that started the war to the victorious end.
NEW ORLEANS JAZZ NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park opens the door to a combination of sites and activities throughout New Orleans to learn about the history and culture of the birthplace of Jazz. The Visitor Center at 916 N. Peters Street offers Ranger-led tours and self-guide brochures and audio tours to form your own Jazz History Walking Tour. Junior Ranger programs are offered with age appropriate activities for different grade levels. Live performances are offered 5 days a week and a concert and sing along for kids pre-school to grade 3 are offered monthly.
While there are lots of places to eat for families - including pizza, burgers, Cajun, Creole and Southern - here’s a few that kids and their adults will find interesting.
A trip to New Orleans isn’t complete without a trip to Café du Monde for an order of beignets – deep fried dough liberally drenched with powdered sugar. Be careful of which way the wind is blowing to not get the snowy stuff all over you and up your nose.
Popeye’s Chicken is Louisiana’s official fried chicken that is served with southern sides like mac and cheese, red beans or Cajun rice. Deliciously satisfying and affordably priced in a take-out setting, with a location right around the corner from us.
Mulate’s Cajun Restaurant is noted as the King of Cajun Dine and Dance Halls that celebrates the heritage, music and food of Cajun heritage, originating from the French Acadians of Canada. Enjoy great home-cooking and lively Cajun music in one big fais do-do dance party.
Sno Balls are fluffy and finely shaved ice that was invented in New Orleans in the 1930’s and definitely not the same as chunky snow cones. Special ice shaving machines and unique flavors like Nectar, Banana’s Foster and Red Velvet highlight the South at Hanson’s Sno-Bliz, SnoWizard SnoBall, Plum Street Snowballs or any number of summer pop-up sno ball stands.
Dat Dog is a New Orleans institution where you pick your type of sausage from duck to beef to vegetarian and then choose from a heck-of-a-lot of topping choices from blackberry sauce to mother-in-law slaw. Two locations in Uptown and Frenchman Street allows you to browse the neighborhood vibe.
Dave & Busters is a game arcade and sports bar with a restaurant that features Eat & Play Combos offering a meal and game play with kid friendly options such as cheeseburgers and wings as well as salads and heartier meals for the big kids in the family.
Sucre offers a spectacular array of fancy desserts, colorful macarons and gelatos galore. Upstairs Salon by Sucre offers table service, including Afternoon Tea with tea or sodas for the kids and tea cocktails or sparkling wine for the adults.