The city of Cajun cuisine, music, Mardi Gras, and more. Here are some things to do in New Orleans with kids:
1. French Quarter: The French Quarter is filled with so much culture, history and food. Located in the heart of the quarter is Jackson Square. Surrounded by historic buildings such as St. Louis Cathedral, your kids can see street performers, buy some local art, or dance to some good ol Jazz music.
2. Steamboat Natchez: This two-hour cruise along the Mississippi River uses a real steam-powered sternwheeler and provides great views of the city. You can do a daytime, brunch, dinner and jazz cruise. Children 2-5 are free on cruises that don’t include the dining option.
3. Café Du Monde: You ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT visit New Orleans and not have a bite into one of these fluffy, powdered, pieces of HEAVEN. If you have never had a beignet, then you are in for a treat. TheCafe Du Monde in the French Quarter only accepts CASH for dine in guest.
4. Audubon Nature Institute:The Audubon features the zoo, nature center, insectarium and more. There is even an Aquarium located in the French Quarter.
5. Louis Armstrong Park: This 32-acre park located in the Treme neighborhood is a good option for kids to explore near the French Quarter. You'll find picturesque green space, a sculpture garden, and many paths for your little one to burn off some energy.
6. Ride the street cars: Streetcars are a charming and convenient way to experience the many areas of New Orleans. There are 4 lines, each originating in downtown that will take you through the French quarters and beyond to many places you might not otherwise see. Streetcars are $1.25 and must be paid in exact change when using the service. There is also a multi-day Jazzy Pass that can be purchased online as well as a mobile app. Children 2 and under ride free.
7. Swamp Tour: If your child craves adventure and adrenaline, then look for a swamp tour to let them see some gators on an airboat. There are several swamp adventures to choose from. Some even provide transportation to/from your hotel for an extra cost.
8. Listen to some Jazz at Preservation Hall: Is it possible to see some live jazz with kids in New Orleans? Yes it is!!!Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to honor one of America’s truest art forms– Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Operating as a music venue, a touring band, and a non-profit organization, Preservation Hall continues its mission today as a cornerstone of New Orleans music and culture. The great thing about Preservation Hall is that it’s an all ages, non-smoking venue with shows starting from 5pm. And the performance last appx. 45 minutes
9. Mardi Gras World: Mardi Gras World, where Mardi Gras is made. Kids love seeing the massive, beautiful floats being built from the ground up, trying on traditional Mardi Gras costumes, and eating a slice of king cake (which is very hard to find when it's not Mardi Gras season). No matter what time of year it is, families can take the tour, watch floats being built, and learn interesting facts about the history of Mardi Gras.We didn’t get a chance to go here, but I’ve heard great things about it.
10. Bourbon Street: You can ABSOLUTELY do Bourbon Street with your kids. I took Carson during the day time of course, because mommy needed to have some fun too. DUH!!! Although many of the bars don’t allow you to bring kids in of course, they can come into many of the daiquiri shops, pick some beads out at one of the souvenir stores, or just people watch and indulge in the full New Orleans Culture.