When people hear the words, New Orleans, they often think of wild and crazy Mardi Gras parties. But the truth is there are all sorts of kid-friendly activities in the big easy! Look below at these 7 kid-friendly things to do in New Orleans, and see how much fun the adults AND kids can have!
7 Kid-Friendly Things to Do in New Orleans Louisiana
With New Orleans associated with the very adult version of Mardi Gras. Yes, that does happen down on Bourbon Street but the rest of Mari Gras in the city is very family-friendly!
Actually, all of New Orleans is pretty kid-friendly. Below are 7 of my favorite and if you are looking a way to save money on then I highly suggest the New Orleans Pass. The Pass is easy to use! You buy a 1, 2, 3, or 5-day pass and you unlimited access to over 25 attractions in town during your days.
Attractions include the New Orleans Aquarium, The National WWII Museum, several swamp boat rides, School of Cooking Demo, Oak Alley Plantation and many other historic houses, the zoo, cemetery tour, and many more!
What is the best time to go to New Orleans?
I suggest February until May. You won’t have the summer heat and the crowds aren’t as heavy as kids are still in school the snowbirds are starting to head home. It’s just the best time frame in my opinion.
Also, June starts Hurricane season and New Orleans is in an area that gets a lot of storms and you can’t plan your trip around that.
What is New Orleans famous food?
They are known for Creole food but the must have’s while in town is their jambalaya and étouffée. If you are there in Mardi Gras season then you want to get your hands on the famous King Cake!
Louisiana Children’s Museum
If your kids are more of the hands-on type, the Louisiana Children’s Museum is an ideal stop. All exhibits are designed to be used and explored by kids. This is an excellent educational stop, and great to visit whether you have two hours to spare or six!
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
It seems as though every child love bugs, right? The Audubon Insectarium is perfect for the science lovers in your life and offers all sorts of bug-themed exhibits, activities, presentations, and more. Get up close and personal with even the rarest of creepy crawlies!
Louis Armstrong Park
Why not let the kids burn off some steam at Louis Armstrong Park? This park has beautiful landscaping not to mention places for families to walk, run, and hike. Enjoy the play equipment, pack a lunch and picnic, and just swing through to take in the fresh air.
Historic Carousel in City Park
The historic carousel is the perfect spot for families to relax and take a load off. Kids will love picking out their animal to ride in this scenic and well cared for park. The carousel at City Park has been a famous attraction for decades and continues to be a must-stop attraction for families coming from all over.
This park is also known for its old trees that frame the walkways that are great for family photos.
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Storyland in City Park
Your eyes will be amazed at the Storyland in City Park attraction! See massive displays depicting your child’s favorite story characters including Captain Hook’s ship, and large dragon slide, and many others. These colorful displays help bring children’s imagination to life and encourage a love for reading.
Mardi Gras Museum
When you talk to the New Orleans locals they will be happy to tell you how Mardi Gras truly is family-friendly. Yes, there is the adults-only section down on Burbon Street but the rest of the city is kid-friendly! This Mardi Gras museum highlights the floats and history of the event.
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French QuarTour Kids Tour
This French QuarTour Kids Tour is geared towards kids and families. The guides are dressed up in and in character to make learning fun.
Stop include places along the Mississippi River, French Quarter, Jackson Square (and the horse carriages), and the Old Slave Auction House.
If you think New Orleans is all about Mardi Gras and partying, you would be wrong. There are so many fun things for families to do! Consider these 7 kid-friendly attractions in New Orleans and see how fun this city can be!
Don’t forget to grab your New Orleans Pass as well!