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Mardi Gras World
Mardi Gras World

Family-Friendly Itineraries

There’s lots to do for everyone in the Crescent City

Ask any local mom or dad you meet in town and they’ll tell you that New Orleans isn’t just for grownups. From Mardi Gras to museums and zoos, to family-friendly jazz clubs, there are cultural events and attractions all over town that can show the whole family a good time.  

Paul Broussard
Ropes Course - Audubon Zoo

The French Quarter

Beyond its elegant architecture and rich history, the French Quarter is home to casual dining, green space, Mississippi River based attractions and an aquarium.

Breakfast - Kids and parents can start the day with hot chocolate or café au lait and fresh powdered sugar covered beignets from the world-famous Cafe Du Monde.

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium - The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is perfect for an adventurous family who loves nature and anything that crawls, flies, or buzzes.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas - Check out the Audubon Aquarium, complete with more than 15,000 different sea creatures finny and fishy.

Lunch - After a morning full of exploration, feast on a po-boy sandwich at Johnny’s Po-Boys, or get the original Muffaletta at Central Grocery and sit in Jackson Square or along the Mississippi River.

Jackson Square - There is no place quite as magical as Jackson Square. Your family can sightsee on a mule-drawn Carriage Ride, or take a walk and enjoy street buskers, performers and artists.

Dinner - Treat your family to New Orleans cuisine at Deanie’s or Oceana Grill.

Live Music- Take the family to soak up a live jazz set at Preservation Hall.

Ghost Tour – Older kids will enjoy hearing tales of haunted New Orleans.


The Arts/Warehouse District

Enjoy a day of museums that will keep kids of all ages intrigued for hours.

Museums  - Fun for kids and adults alike, The Louisiana Children’s Museum is a hands-on experience with dozens of interactive exhibits. And don’t forget to stop by the National WWII Museum, full of educational displays and activities – ask at the front desk about kid-friendly exhibit.

Lunch - The Soda Shop, located in the National WWII Museum, is a step back in time complete with booths, high-top counter seating and milkshakes.

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Canal Street Streetcar

Uptown/Garden District

This is a great choice for a relaxed day of nature, shopping, and of course, delicious food options (even for picky eaters).

St. Charles Streetcar- Sit back, relax and enjoy the view of St. Charles Avenue. The St. Charles Streetcar is only $1.25 per person and great for a leisurely ride through the Garden District and Uptown (you can take it to the zoo).

Breakfast - Stop by for breakfast at the iconic Camellia Grill for counter-style seating and some entertaining hospitality.

Audubon Park- The perfect place to have a picnic or toss a Frisbee, Audubon Park is full of beautiful green space, a golf course and a large walking/biking trail and playgrounds. Be sure to check out The Fly for super river views with another playground.

Audubon Zoo- Inside the park you’ll find Audubon Zoo, with animals from all over the world, including the rare and famous white alligator.

Sweet Tooth- Visit Plum Street Snowballs for the traditional New Orleans sweet treat.

Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World- Mardi Gras World is a great place to bring the family for a kid-friendly taste of Mardi Gras any time of year.  

Paul Broussard
Audubon Aquarium

Mid-City & Esplanade Ridge

Experience the city like a local family in and around City Park.

Breakfast - Kick off an exciting day at Wakin' Bakin' for traditional breakfast options just 5 minutes from the park.

City Park - When the weather is nice, your family can spend an entire day in City Park. Take the kids on a tour through the Botanical Gardens or the Sculpture Garden next to the New Orleans Museum of Art. Check out Carousel Grounds Amusement Park, which offers a variety of rides for kids of all ages. Play a game of mini-golf at City Putt, make believe in Storyland, or enjoy an afternoon of sunshine and boating on Big Lake.

Rock n’ Bowl- Let the whole family rock out to live music while bowling at Rock n’ Bowl. Great food and snacks.

Dinner - End your day at Katie’s Restaurant, a casual and family-friendly dining experience.


For colorful houses and a break from the busy city, explore the Marigny and Bywater.

Brunch - Named after Dorothy’s shoes from The Wizard of Oz, The Ruby Slipper Cafe is a quintessential New Orleans go-to.

Play at the Park - Crescent Park, right along the Mississippi River, is a breath of fresh air and green space in the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods. Access begins just down river from the French Market.

Dinner - Dat Dog on Frenchman Street is a fun and colorful spot for hotdog lovers. Stick with a standard beef-dog or try an alligator or duck sausage.

Music - Adults can unwind at Three Muses over a drink and some small plates, while kids can enjoy quality live music.

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