A guide to New Orleans for families

While New Orleans is known for its incredible nightlife and adult-specific offerings, it’s also a great destination for families with kids of all ages.

Whether it’s taking a swamp tour to connect with local Louisiana nature, picnicking at The Fly or Audubon Park, and trying your first donuts with your kids at Café du Monde, New -Orleans is equally exciting for children and families!

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Tours and Attractions

There are so many different kid-friendly tours to help discover the city. Families can take a leisurely tour through the historic French Quarter with a horse-drawn carriage ride, or enjoy a walking tour designed and led by teachers for children and their families with French QuarTour Kids.

For families who love the outdoors, kids who love animals, or travelers looking to spend a day away from the city, a day trip to Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge is a great choice! It is one of the last remaining marshes of its kind and offers incredible wildlife viewing opportunities, with many alligators and around 340 different bird species.


A family enjoys the New Orleans City Park. (photo by Zach Smith via New Orleans & Company)

Closer to town, families who love the outdoors can rent bikes or pedal boats at New Orleans City Park, which is also home to 1,300 acres of fun space for activities, including the City Putt , the Carousel Gardens, the New Orleans Botanical Garden, the Couturie Forest. and Arboretum and more.

Museums

If the rain gets you and your family down for a day or two, head to one of New Orleans’ kid-friendly museums. The Louisiana Children’s Museum, New Orleans Art Museum, National WWII Museum, and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas are great options for indoor explorations.


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A child enjoys looking at the fish in an exhibit at the Audubon Aquarium. (photo by Zach Smith via New Orleans & Company)

Outside, children and families can visit the Audubon Zoo, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden and City Park, which offers a huge playground right next to Café du Monde, where families can eat donuts after a fun afternoon.

Music

Music is a big part of New Orleans, and it’s not just found in bars or adults-only clubs. Children and families can find marching bands at Preservation Hall, the Spotted Cat, and even in city parks and squares.

Jackson Square and Royal Street are great places to visit for music, and during different seasons free, family-friendly concerts are available in Lafayette Square and Armstrong Park.

Parties for families

Depending on when you and your family visit New Orleans, you can enjoy several different family festivals.

The French Quarter Festival celebrates the historic district with an assortment of local food vendors and over 2,000 musicians. It’s a perfect way to experience the French Quarter in all the excitement and color without worrying about whether or not it’s a kid-friendly experience. It is free and is usually held in April each year.


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A family enjoys freshly baked donuts in New Orleans. (photo by Zach Smith via New Orleans & Company)

Other great festival options include the Fried Chicken Festival and Beignet Fest, both of which celebrate two very important foods to New Orleans and offer incredible opportunities to taste and experience New Orleans cuisine and lifestyle. -Orleans. The Fried Chicken Festival will take place this year on October 1 and 2. Beignet Fest will take place on September 24 and proceeds will fund programs for children on the autism spectrum.

Ready to enjoy the history, food and fun of New Orleans with your family? Contact a travel consultant or consult Official New Orleans Tourism Site for easy guides to everything from outdoor fun to lodging and more!

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