Calling all families! We’ve rounded up a list of family-friendly attractions that are currently open and operating. Keep the kids entertained with a visit to one of the museums, parks or attractions listed below.
When it comes to kid-friendly activities in New Orleans, the Audubon Zoo and Aquarium are two of the best. Head outdoors to see the lions, orangutans, ocelots and flamingos at the zoo, or keep cool with a visit to the penguins, jellyfish, sharks and stingrays at the aquarium. Reserve your ticket in advance.
Let the little ones burn off some energy at Storyland in City Park. Children will delight in exploring the playground filled with miniature houses, life-sized animals and storybook characters. Afterwards, cool off with a sno-ball flight on the Great Lawn or treat your kiddos to beignets at Café du Monde. Older children will enjoy renting a bike to ride around the park or exploring Big Lake via boat. It’s never a dull day at City Park.
Children will love this colorful, Instagram-friendly attraction. Step into a world designed by local artists focused on representing the music, art and culture of New Orleans. Mardi Gras Indians, jazz musicians, seafood and alligators all serve as inspiration for the exhibits at JAMNOLA. Wind through a variety of colorful rooms as you make your way through the experience. Pose in a crawfish boil pot, next to a po-boy wall, or by any of the exhibits for the perfect photo opp.
Go behind the scene of the greatest free show on Earth at Mardi Gras World. Take a tour of the warehouse where many floats are designed and decorated and learn the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Kids will love getting up close to the magic.
The New Orleans Boulder Lounge is a rock climbing space in the Bywater open to both children and adults. For a challenging and rewarding activity, take the kiddos to the boulder lounge for a couple hours.
Located in the lush greenspace of City Park, the Louisiana Children’s Museum is a treat for children of all ages. Kids will love learning about the Mighty Mississippi through the river exhibit and exploring the great outdoors on the museum grounds. Book your tickets online in advance. You can also grab lunch at Acorn Cafe, the super kid-friendly restaurant located on site.
There are plenty of kid-friendly outdoor spaces to be explored in New Orleans. Follow the bike paths through one of the many parks of New Orleans, or cruise in a kayak down Bayou St. John with the kids in tow. The New Orleans Recreation Department is a great resource for finding playgrounds, public pools and other green spaces for the whole family to enjoy.