New Orleans is a colorful city where celebrations start at the drop of a hat! Known for it’s nightlife, this cultural hub is just as fun for a family vacation as it is for a bachelorette party. If you plan on going to New Orleans with kids, here are a few family-friendly activities to help you take it easy in the Big Easy.
Just outside of the city are a number of breathtaking Louisiana swamps that offer a variety of interesting tours! If you’re in New Orleans with kids, you can’t miss this! Experience the beautiful cypress-studded wetlands, and get up close and personal with swamp wildlife like alligators, egrets, nutria, and owls.
Explore the endless waterways in a riverboat, kayak, or airboat. You’ll learn about pirates that once roamed the wild swamps and maybe even hear legends of Bigfoot. Reasonably priced, fun, and educational, swamp tours are a must for families!6 One-Of-A-Kind Adventures To Do In New Orleans With Kids Click To Tweet
Open year-round, the Audubon Zoo is home to over 2,000 creatures. This zoo boasts a robust and authentic Louisiana swamp exhibit that is home to a family of rare white alligators with blue eyes! All aboard the Swamp Train for a scenic ride around the zoo, or get adventurous with the high-tech Safari SImulator ride that makes you feel like you’re on a real wildlife expedition. Keep your eyes peeled for special events including kids’ nights out, zoo sleepovers, and interactive breakfasts where kids get hands-on with some of their favorite animals!
For your older and/or thrill-seeking kids, find out what makes New Orleans “America’s most haunted city!” Because the water table in New Orleans is so high, cemeteries are above-ground. Explore these “cities of the dead,” spooky alleyways, and all of the haunted corners of the French Quarter on a Haunted History tour. Hear stories of haunted hotels, ghosts, vampires, and more!
New Orleans is often referred to as the “birthplace of Jazz.” Music is all around you in this living and breathing city, it’s almost hard to avoid! Dance along to the “buskers” on street corners, attend a second line parade, or take in a show! For a family-friendly jazz venue, head over to Preservation Hall where they strive to “protect, preserve, and perpetuate Traditional New Orleans Jazz.” Hear veteran musicians play the same classics that bands played when the jazz hall opened in 1961.
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This bustling café will have your kids saying “beign-YAY”! Since 1862, this world-famous institution has been serving tourists and locals alike coffee and light-as-air squares of fried dough dusted with confectioner’s sugar known as beignets. Sit in the open-air café area, or take your treats to go and stroll over to nearby Jackson Square. Make sure to grab extra napkins because these goodies are twice as messy as they are delicious!
Who doesn’t love parades? Get a behind-the scenes look at what goes into the famous and extravagant Mardi Gras parade floats at Mardi Gras World, where your ticket is a string of beads. Learn about the rich history of the celebrations, rummage through costume trunks, and watch artisans hard at work on their creations for next year’s big bash. Get lost in this enormous warehouse filled with thousands of ornate costumes, parade props, and floats including a 140-foot sea monster and larger-than-life familiar faces like Mickey Mouse and Shrek!
Have you ever visited New Orleans with kids? What are some of your favorite NOLA activities? Let us know in the comment section below!