Audubon Aquarium of the Americas (Photo: Joshua Brasted)
New Orleans is unlike any other American city. Its European feel and local culture make it a fascinating place to explore even if you’re the smallest visitor around. There’s plenty for the kids to do in NOLA, but here are nine good places to start.
French Quartour Kids. These tours are designed with kids in mind, so little ones are encouraged to learn about the city by looking, listening, and touching. Choose from tours designed for older or younger children.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Located in the French Quarter, this aquarium offers parakeet feeding opportunities that are kid-approved!
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Brave souls have the chance to eat a bug here! For those who aren’t fond of six-legged creatures, the Asian butterfly garden is a benign highlight.
Audubon Zoo. The gorgeous Uptown campus is accessible by streetcar and features natural habitats for its exotic residents.
Bike and Boat rentals at City Park. Ideal for older children, bikes and boats are a great way to explore the enormous park.
Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. The park offers 16 rides that are suited to children of all ages. And don’t forget to ride the namesake carousel!
City Putt. Here, mini golf becomes a local affair with the choice between the New Orleans or the Louisiana courses.
Storyland. Featuring life-sized sculptures of storybook classics, this fairytale-themed playground is perfect for younger children.
Louisiana Children’s Museum (LCM). Two kid favorites are the Little Winn Dixie Grocery Store and the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation Kids’ Café. Each is a child-sized version of the real deal, which makes for great fun and wild creativity. Check LCM’s website for story times and Art Trek, a craft activity.
Where to Stay:
- MOXY New Orleans French Quarter
- Fairfield Inn & Suites New Orleans
- AC Hotel New Orleans
- The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans
- The Saint Hotel, Autograph Collection
- Courtyard New Orleans Downtown
- SpringHill Suites New Orleans Downtown
- New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center
- Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette French Quarter Area Hotel