Best Family Friendly Attractions in New Orleans
Contrary to some misconceptions about New Orleans, it is a great destination for families with plenty to do for all ages. So next time you’re thinking of where to take the family for vacation, consider New Orleans for a different experience that is cultural, fun and unique. Check out our top recommendations for how to spend a trip to New Orleans with the whole family.
New Orleans Family Fun
Outdoor: There is no shortage of outdoor activities in New Orleans, from guided tours to adventures to seek out on your own. Our sister companies Paddlewheeler Creole Queen and Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour are fun ways to experience New Orleans’ natural wonders – the Mississippi River and the swamp, respectively. Our two largest parks are also fantastic sources of outdoor entertainment. At Audubon Park, enjoy walking trails and the zoo across the street which includes a splash park that’s perfect for summer. City Park boasts paddleboats, a sculpture garden, playgrounds, putt-putt, Storyland sculpture park and carnival rides at Carousel Gardens.
Indoor: When you’re ready for some AC, head to one of New Orleans’ indoor attractions. The Children’s Museum is a playland of games and exhibits the little ones will delight in. For something a little edgier and exciting for the whole family, experience authentic New Orleans jazz music at the all-ages Preservation Hall in the heart of the French Quarter. Across from the aforementioned Paddlewheeler Creole Queen is the Audubon Aquarium and a few blocks away on Canal Street is the Audubon Insectarium, both two wonderful ways to marvel at fascinating creatures and wildlife.
Dining: You can’t talk about things kids and families – or anyone – will love in New Orleans without mentioning Café du Monde for delicious beignets topped with powdered sugar. Camelia Grill is also a crowd pleaser, serving New Orleans style diner food that’s great for breakfast or lunch. Deanie’s is a fun, casual, spacious place to satisfy everyone’s New Orleans seafood fix. There’s plenty of great places to get pizza, like Reginelli’s, Pizza Delicious and Pizza Domenica.
As always - for convenient and affordable transportation from the airport to your hotel and back, reserve an airport shuttle for your whole family!