Family Fun in the Big Easy
When it comes to family fun, the streets of New Orleans have a lot to offer. From savoring scrumptious beignets at Cafe du Monde to tapping your toes along to the rhythm of live jazz in the French Quarter – there are countless opportunities for everyone of all ages in The Big Easy. So if you’re in town and want to make some long-lasting memories, here are our top 3 picks that will make your family vacation in the Crescent City an unforgettable one!
The Audubon Zoo
The Audobon Zoo is a New Orleans cultural landmark that provides a perfect mix of local flavor and global diversity. Visitors of all ages will meet animals from all over the world including elephants, orangutans, jaguars, and even penguins. However, the Audobon Zoo is also an incredible place to learn about the local wildlife of Southern Louisiana, including gators galore. While children enjoy the interactive play spaces at Monkey Hill, adults can admire the Zoo’s historic architecture, much of which dates back to the 1884 World Exposition.
This world-famous zoo is nestled in Audobon Park (located at 6500 Magazine Street), and is conveniently situated close to the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, making it easily accessible from anywhere in the city. Tickets for adults cost between $22 and $26 depending on the day, but children and seniors get a special discount. Whether you’re young or old, the Audobon Zoo is guaranteed to be fun for all ages.
JAMNOLA, which stands for joy, art, and music in New Orleans, Louisiana, is a premier family-friendly destination for travelers who wish to connect with the playful, colorful spirit of the city’s artistic heritage. Visitors and their children can look forward to 17 dazzling exhibits curated by over 30 local artists that provide an immersive cultural experience. These exhibits feature a wealth of both two- and three-dimensional art that touches on everything local, from food to music and beyond.
JAMNOLA is located at 2832 Royal Street in Marigny, just a short walk from the French Quarter. They are open from Thursday through Monday with different hours each day. Standard tickets are $29 for adults and $20 for children ages 3-12, with various discounts available making it an affordable outing for the whole family.
Mardi Gras World
Mardi Gras comes only once a year. Fortunately, visitors in search of family activities in New Orleans can enjoy a piece of the Mardi Gras experience year-round at Mardi Gras World, where many of Carnival’s biggest and most colorful floats are designed, built, and maintained. Families who sign up for a tour of this iconic place will learn all about the floats, as well as other Mardi Gras traditions like costumes and balls, all while skipping the stress of the crowds that line the parade routes.
Mardi Gras World is open from 9 AM to 5:30 PM seven days a week, with hour-long tours running every 30 minutes. This unique facility is located along the New Orleans riverfront, right next to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Admission is $22 for adults, $14 for children, and $17 for military, students, and seniors.
Learn More About New Orleans on a Walking Tour
Family-friendly activities in New Orleans are likely to inspire further curiosity, about how such a delightful local culture came to exist as we know it today. On a French Quarter walking tour, your family can experience history coming to life as you explore famous landmarks that tell tales from centuries past. With captivating stories at every turn, imagine yourself stepping back in time as you learn about each moment’s impactful legacy upon today’s experience.
Families who are more interested in learning about the expressive architecture and the artistic legacy of the city, also have the option to book a Garden District walking tour. This unique area of the Crescent City is home to some of New Orleans’ most opulent historic homes, and with local guides leading the way, you’re sure to have a good time. Book your New Orleans tour today and prepare to make some amazing memories with your family!