• Janitza Vasquez

Things to do with Kids in New Orleans

New Orleans is a great city known for its amazing culture, even more amazing food, and good (drunken) times. While the Big Easy has a well deserved reputation for being a party city, what many people don't know is that it's a great place to go on a family vacation. There's tons of things to do, like strolling the French Quarter, going on tours, and even visiting the local zoo. When planning a family vacation, pick New Orleans and make this your go to guide for New Orleans family fun.


1.) Mardi Gras

Regardless to what many tourist think, Mardi Gras is not just for the adults. It's the perfect time to grab the kids, dress them up and take them on the parade route. Parades are fun because kids get to see the beautiful floats, while catching beads and other fun things. Don't want to bring the kids into the craziness of the French Quarters? No problem, there are parades all over the city, just google parade guides.



2.)Carousel Garden and Story Land

Head over to City park where you will find tons of kid-friendly activities. There you will find Carousel Garden, an amusement park filled with big beautiful oak trees and 15 rides. This park has been open for over 100 years and has just recently undergone renovations. Next to Carousel Garden, you will find Story Land, a beautiful park covered in 20 scriptures of storybook characters.



3.)New Orleans Museum of Art/The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

The New Orleans Museum of Art has over 40,000 objects, ranging from American and French Art to photography, glass and Japanese creations. Even though it's covered in fine art, don't worry there's still ton for kids to do. They have story time, kid art workshops, and art classes. Once you're done at the museum, you can stop and have a picnic at the Sculpture Garden right next door. Entry is free for the Sculpture Garden.



4.)Louisiana Children's Museum

The Louisiana Children's Museum has recently relocated to City Park into a $47.5 million dollar building. The museum has something for kids of all ages to enjoy. You can explore the museum by the 5 different experience types, which are: Literacy, Environment, Stem, Arts&Culture, and Health & Wellness. Their campus still has my favorite attraction the giant bubble wand, but also a ton of new attractions, lots of outdoor space, and a cute little cafe.


5.)City Park

City Park is a must stop when visiting New Orleans because there are things for everyone of all ages. Aside from the places listed above, City Park has a mini golf complex, a lake for kayaking, a bike trail with bike rentals and a huge traditional park. After enjoying all that city park has to offer, you can head over to Cafe Noma for a bite to eat or City Park Snoballs for a sweet treat.



6.)Swamp Tours

If your into outdoorsy adventures, a swamp tour is perfect for you and your family. When booking a swamp tour, you can expect to see a bunch of wildlife animals like, birds, snakes, turtles and alligators. The tours are not only exciting (and a bit scary) but also educational. Who doesn't want to take their kids out somewhere where they can have fun and learn? Interested in going? There's a bunch of swamp tours that are about 45 minutes outside of New Orleans.



7.) Strolling through the French Quarter.

You can't visit New Orleans without heading to the French Quarter. There is so much to do from riding the street cars to watching street performers to grabbing something amazing to eat. My favorite thing to do is grab some beignets from Cafe De Monde and shop at the French Market. There is literally something to do at every corner.



8.)Audubon Attractions

When visiting New Orleans, you can't leave before checking out one of the three Audubon Attractions. There's the Audubon Zoo( which is my favorite), the Audubon Aquarium, and the Audubon Insectarium. If you want to see amazing animal exhibits, visit a petting zoo and even go floating on a lazy river(summer days), visit the zoo. If you are looking to take a nice stroll in air conditioner and pet a sting ray or feed a bird, the aquarium is for you. If you're in the mood to learn about different insects and possibly even taste one, the insectarium is for you. There's something for everybody at the Audubon Attractions.

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