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Family Itinerary

New Orleans has something up its sleeve for everyone, no matter how old. From museums and zoos, to family-friendly jazz clubs, there are attractions all over the city that can show the whole family a good time.  

Check out this family itinerary for some recommendations to keep your kids entertained for days, and discover New Orleans family activities in every neighborhood.

The French Quarter

Known for its elegant architecture and rich history, the French Quarter is also home to casual dining, open parks and an aquarium.

  1. Cafe du Monde
    Horse and Carriage Ride
    Breakfast - Kids and parents can start the day with hot chocolate or coffee and fresh beignets from the world-famous Cafe Du Monde.
  2. 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.
  3. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas - Check out the Audubon Aquarium, complete with over 15,000 different sea creatures!
  4. 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.
  5. 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 performers and artists.
  6. Dinner - Treat your family to New Orleans cuisine at Deanie’s or Oceana Grill.
  7. Live Music- Take the whole family to enjoy a live jazz set at Preservation Hall.

The Arts/Warehouse District

Enjoy a day of museums that will keep the whole family intrigued for hours.

  1. National WWII Museum
    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.
  2. 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!

Uptown/Garden District

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

  1. St. Charles Streetcar
    Audubon Park
    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.
  2. Breakfast - Stop by for breakfast at the monumental Camellia Grill for counter-style seating and some entertaining hospitality.
  3. 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.
  4. Audubon Zoo- Just on the edge of the park you’ll find Audubon Zoo, with animals from all over the world, including the rare and famous white alligator.
  5. Sweet Tooth- Try Creole Creamery or Plum Street Snowballs for the traditional Nola sweet treat.
  6. 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 the year.

Mid-City & Esplanade Ridge

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

  1. Big Lake at City Park
    Breakfast - Kick off an exciting day at the park with a quick bite (and cup of coffee) at Morning Call.
  2. 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.
  3. Rock n’ Bowl- Let the whole family rock out to live music while bowling your hearts at Rock n’ Bowl.
  4. 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.

  1. Crescent Park
    Dat Dog
    Brunch - Named after Dorothy’s shoes from The Wizard of Oz, The Ruby Slipper Cafe is a quintessential New Orleans go-to.
  2. Play at the Park - Crescent Park, located right along the Mississippi River, is a breath of fresh air and green space in the Bywater neighborhood.
  3. Dinner - Dat Dog on Frenchman Street is a fun and colorful lunch spot for hot dog lovers. Stick with a standard beef-dog or try an alligator or duck sausage!
  4. 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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