There are many things to do in New Orleans when traveling with children.
- Take a carriage ride around the French Quarter. This is a great activity for the first late afternoon/evening to get an overview of the city.
- Ride the streetcar. Take the St. Charles line down to Carrolton to have breakfast at the Camellia Grill enjoying the scenery and historic homes along the way. Ride back to Audubon park and take the free shuttle to the zoo.
- Audubon Zoo. The zoo is ranked among one of the countries best and can easily take a full day to explore. Ride the swamp train and the Endangered Species Carousel. Eat outside by the alligators at the Cypress Knee Cafe. Bring swimsuits for the kids to enjoy the new splash park opening Summer 2010.
- Audubon Aquarium. A great spot during the rain or to beat the afternoon heat. Located right outside of the French Quarter. Spend the afternoon with sharks, penguins, sting rays, and sea otters.
- Entergy IMAX Theater. Adjacent to the aquarium. Choose from multiple films including Hurricane on the Bayou, a journey behind the headlines featuring a young teen's tale of Katrina and a look at Lousiana's wetlands
- Audubon Insectarium. Interactive insect museum is the largest in North America. Watch a chef prepare insect delicacies at the Bug Appetit buffet and then have a taste for yourself or enjoy a snack at a glass topped display table in the Tiny Termite Cafe.
- Louisiana Children's Museum. 30,000 square feet of hands-on fun designed for curious kids and parents
- City Park. Run off some energy out of the "city". Play on the playgrounds, feed the ducks, picnic under the large oak trees, rent a paddleboat, and fish
- City Park Storyland. Fantasy play area with 25 larger than life storybook exhibits
- City Park Amusement Park. Ride the carousel, bumper cars, ferris wheel and more. And, take a train ride around the park.
- Swamp Tour. Take a swamp tour to see the beauty of nature and plentiful local wildlife
- Riverboat ride. Take the Creole Queen or Steamboat Natchez. You can also take a free ride across the river on the Canal St/Algiers ferry
- Mardi Gras World. Visit Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World to see finished floats as well as floats in production, taste king cake, don costumes, and learn how floats are made
- Cafe du Monde. Have beignets and chocolate milk at Cafe du Monde by the French Market
- French Market. Visit the French Market and let you kids pick out some fun souvenirs.
- Ghost Tours. Take a ghost, cemetary, or haunted history tour with the more adventurous kids
- World War II Museum. The museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute, and has been
designated by Congress as "America's National World War II Museum." The kids love the museum's collection of Aircraft, vehicles, weapons,
uniforms, home front materials, and other significant artifacts.
Additionally, there are numerous educational programs for students of
all ages. Ask for a scavenger hunt map for the kids at the check-in desk.
- Global Wildlife Center. The Global Wildlife Center in Folsom, Louisiana (about 1 hour from New Orleans, across the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway bridge) is home to over 4,000 exotic, endangered, and threatened animals from all over the world. Take a safari tour where you can feed free-roaming bison, giraffe, zebra, camels, eland, and much more.