Most people hear New Orleans and think Mardi Gras and all the debauchery that goes along with it. However, the city is full of history, culture, fantastic food and entertainment so don’t hesitate to visit New Orleans with kids. The downtown is fun to see on foot, and the kids will love riding the streetcars.
New Orleans is a city influenced by French, Spanish and African American cultures and cuisines, and the rich history of the area makes it a place where you can’t help but learn as you play.
Here are a few favorite family friendly activities in the Big Easy:
Things to do in New Orleans with kids.
Wander around and enjoy the street performers and get beignets at nearby Cafe du Monde.
15,000 sea life creatures, representing nearly 600 species – including mermaids! In November the Weeki Wachee Mermaids (and some pirates) will dive beneath the surface of the Great Maya Reef, which is home to stingrays and tropical fish.
An authentic experience of Louisiana history, culture, and wildlife (gators, wild pigs, nutria, snakes) led by local, licensed guides and boat captains who are passionate about sharing their love of Louisiana.
The oldest and most famous cemetery, the burial site of famed voodoo queen Marie Laveau & other historical notables in 18th- & 19th-century vaults.
Seasonal Family Friendly Events in New Orleans With Kids:
Mardi Gras with Kids – yeah, I know I said debauchery before, but these days the parades have outgrown the French Quarter and you can watch in the Garden District.
Visiting in May? Take your kids toJazz Fest! Single day children’s tickets are available for purchase at the Jazz Fest gates for $5 for children ages 2 to 10. You’re allowed to bring water and snacks into the fairgrounds, so you don’t have to strong arm your kids into trying alligator pie.
Halloween in a city known for ghosts and vampires? Yes!