New Orleans has plenty to offer for all age-groups. From delicious food and world-class museums to alligators and ghost tours, a trip to New Orleans will always be unique. Discover the magic of the city and the spice in our Creole culture. Show your teenager their dream vacation with our recommendations below.

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Zack Smith

Take a tour

The history of New Orleans becomes even more exciting on wheels. City Segway Tours is a fun way to get through some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and hear the stories that accompany them. Or if your teen prefers to see the city by bike, you can find a number of different bike tours to choose from. Your teenager might also like to see where various movies have been filmed in the city. The Original New Orleans Movie Tours will show you the Blockbuster sites via van. If your teen is interested in history, you dive deeper into the historic French Quarter with a walking tour

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Rebecca Todd

Discover Mardi Gras

Family-friendly Mardi Gras can be found year-round at Mardi Gras World. See first hand where the floats are made and taste some king cake. Learn about the traditions and history behind the festivities. Find Mardi Gras artifacts at the Presbytère in Jackson Square. Or plan a trip to the big event itself–there’s tons of family fun to be had during Carnival season in New Orleans.

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Rebecca Todd

See the swamps on airboat

Airboat tours can be found on the outskirts of the city and are a thrilling change of pace. Learn about life on the swamp and see alligators in their natural habitat. This adventure is fun for the whole family. 

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Zack Smith, NOTMC

Visit the National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum is a must-see on your trip to New Orleans. The state-of-the-art museum grounds and exhibits continue to grow and provide an educational and enthralling experience for visitors of all ages. Teenagers may especially like Beyond All Boundaries, which is a 4-D movie experience, as well as Final Mission, The USS Tang Submarine interactive experience.

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Zack Smith

Experience the Supernatural

Take a haunted tour of the French Quarter and get spooked by ancient vampires, pirates and more. During the day, visit the City of the Dead with a cemetery tour.

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Anna-Marie Babington

Eat delicious food

It’s no secret that New Orleans offers mouth-watering food. Top restaurants to enjoy with your teenagers include Elizabeth’s, Willa Jean and District for breakfast, Dat Dog and Mahony’s Po-boys for lunch, and Mr. B’s Bistro and Galatoire’s for dinner.

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Rebecca Todd

Cool off

When it comes to cooling off in New Orleans, a sno-ball is a must. The refreshing treat is it’s own food group down here and can be made with dozens of flavors. If wanting to get on the water, Bayou Paddlesports offers fun and affordable kayak rentals. Or hop in your hotel pool! 

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Zack Smith, NOTMC

Hear live music

As the birthplace of jazz, music and New Orleans go hand-in-hand. Preservation Hall is open nightly to all ages. It is the premier place to hear traditional jazz. On Frenchmen Street, check out Three Muses. The restaurant hosts local musicians daily and is open to all ages. 

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Rebecca Todd

Go to a festival

New Orleans is the festival capital of the world and celebrates everything from oysters and tomatoes to zydeco and blues. Check out our festival calendar to see what’s coming up. 

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Cheryl Gerber

Be a Who Dat

Saints fans are unlike any other NFL fans and hosts tailgates like every game is the Super Bowl. Check out the home game schedule and cheer “Who Dat!?”

For more recommendations, see our family neighborhood itinerary here.