Though I don't particularly recommend walking down Bourbon Street on a Saturday night with kids, New Orleans offers plenty of family-friendly entertainment for you and your little adventurers.
Check our our favorite things to do in New Orleans with Kids.
fun Transportation Options
1. Ride the Street Car
An inexpensive way to see the city (and get where you need to go) is to make use of the famous New Orleans street cars. The Canal Street line features the bright red trolley cars that are popular in New Orleans photos.
Tip: Download the Le Pass app and choose the appropriate unlimited ride. It works for street cars, buses, and the ferry.
2. Ride the Ferry
3. Take a tour of the French Quarter in a mule-drawn Carriage
One of the highlights of our New Orleans adventure with my parents was a carriage ride around the French Quarter. Emmett loved petting our sweet mule Daisy both before and after our tour.
4. Splurge on a River Cruise
Opportunities abound for fun on the mighty Mississippi! Cruise on one of the riverboats, like the New Orleans or the Creole Queen.
Museums and Amusements
5. Visit the Aquarium
Though it is currently closed for renovations, the aquarium is set to re-open this summer (2023), and is a great way for kids to learn about sea creatures while marveling at all the colors and sizes of the aquatic animals.
6. Explore the WW2 Museum
Even my toddler loved the museum. Wheels! But kids of all ages can engage with the videos and exhibits while learning about an important part of history. The museum is huge, so give yourself enough time to see it all.
7. See the Animals
Visit the Audubon Zoo and say "hi" to the orangutans, leopards, cranes, and more!
8. Discover New Things at the Children's Museum
Your littles will love the Louisiana Children's Museum! With so many things to play with, discover, and explore, this is the perfect morning or afternoon activity with the family.
9. Observe the Musical Sculptures
Check out the musical sculptures at Music Box Village.
10. Enjoy the Fine Arts
Explore the New Orleans Museum of Art with your kids to see 2D and 3D works of art, and don't miss the Besthoff Sculpture Garden!
11. Experience NOLA's Mardi Gras History
Your kids will love the former Mardi Gras floats at Mardi Gras World! They may even see some of their favorite characters!
12. Snack and Shop at Baldwin & Co.
You and your book-loving kids will both love this bookstore cafe. Enjoy a coffee and pastry and find your next great reads at Baldwin & Co.!
Delicious, Historical, and Quirky Walking Tours
13. Join a Cemetery Tour
Your older kids may find a cemetery tour quirky and cool - though admittedly a bit macabre. But hey, it's New Orleans!
14. Taste New Orleans with a food tour
Dive into New Orleans' rich food scene with tastes of Cajun and Creole cuisines, plus beignets and more!
15. See Historical Homes
16. Learn the history of Algiers Point
17. Take a Family-Friendly Ghost Tour
Yes, it's actually a thing! Only in NOLA (maybe) can you take a family-friendly ghost tour.
18. Enjoy views of the River
Walk along the Mississippi River in Crescent Park and Woldenberg Park for fresh air and beautiful views. Your young kids will love watching the passing ships and boats.
19. Explore Other Parks
New Orleans features a number of green parks. Get some fresh air and have a picnic at one of many parks like Audubon Park, New Orleans City Park, Louis Armstrong Park, or Washington Square.
New Orleans Events
20. Attend the Satchmo Summerfest
21. Take in an Event at the Superdome
Officially the home of the New Orleans Saints, and currently called the Caesars Superdome, the Superdome also hosts major events throughout the year, like the Beyonce concert coming up in September.
22. Catch Jazzfest
Every year the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation organizes JazzFest, a time of culture and heritage, food and fun, and most of all music.
The New Orleans food scene is truly unlike any other. Enjoy New Orleans staples like red beans and rice, seafood gumbo, crawfish etouffee, alligator bites, shrimp po'boys, muffalettas, pralines, and of course, beignets! You can also enjoy other Southern favorites like shrimp and grits, fried catfish, and fried green tomatoes.
Before you go to New Orleans, watch The Princess and the Frog. Talk about the foods you'll eat and the places you'll go. Then enjoy your trip to NOLA!
If you have extra time and you feel like venturing out of the city, take a swamp tour or drive across the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway (the longest continuous bridge in the world at 24 miles in length) and head to Covington, one of my favorite cute little towns in Louisiana for some shopping and dining at independently-owned stores and restaurants.
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