15 New Orleans Family Adventures

15 New Orleans Family Adventures

It is that time of year to plan your next family adventure. You all know New Orleans is one of my favorite destinations and we often bring our kids along for the ride. No, we do not go strolling down Bourbon Street at night, but we do tackle the French Quarter with gusto as a family! So why not plan one of many New Orleans Family Adventures?

If all you know of New Orleans is Bourbon Street, then you are missing out on one of America’s historic cities. The scenery, the architecture, the culture and who can forget about the food!

Here is a list of our top 15 New Orleans Family Adventures, just in time for Spring Break travel, Summer Break travel or any other family travel ideas. If you are looking for things to do in New Orleans with kids, this list will help get you started.

Audubon Zoo

I have a rule about zoos: I want to visit them all! Yes there are always animals, but seeing how a city displays and highlights those species assigned to them is always a dream. Kids love it too and Audubon Zoo does not disappoint. Spend a day strolling and just enjoying the view. The animals won’t mind and neither will the kids.

elephant fountain at Audubon Zoo - New Orleans Family Adventures

Carriage Ride Through French Quarter

One of our favorite New Orleans family adventures is always a horse drawn carriage ride through the French Quarter. Relaxing, calm and the perfect way to cap off an evening in our favorite city. You can choose a larger carriage, along with other parties, or spring for a slightly more expensive version of a private tour.

Make sure to talk up your driver before paying for the ride. Allow them to give your their sales speech,so you can determine what kind of stories they tell. Seasoned drivers have great history, insight and stories about the City.

Cemetery Tour

It does not matter which cemetery tour you choose, just find a reputable tour company and spend a few hours among the headstones. New Orleans does everything bigger and better, even burying their dead.

Angel touching a tombstone - New Orleans family adventures

Haunted Ghost Tour

If  your carriage ride driver is good enough, a haunted ghost tour is not necessary with kids. If you have older children who are in to that sort of thing, there are several to choose from during the evening hours. These are the ones you wan to avoid, as they are often more reasons for people to continue drinking.

Several tour companies have options that are not too scary and happen during the daylight hours. Ask several locals and look at reviews online before making a final decision.

Plantation Tours

Less than a hour’s drive outside downtown New Orleans, there are several plantation homes that are now open to the public for tours. At least three of them are within miles of one another, so it makes for a full day if you want to tour them all. If you have a car, it is worth it. If you arrived by plane, several tour companies have daily travels to the plantations.

Plantation Home in New Orleans - New Orleans Family Adventures


Mardi Gras World

Want all of the flair of Mardi Gras without all of the debauchery? Mardi Gras World is the answer. Mardi Gras World is a huge building, where the floats from the Mardi Gras Parade are stored all year. Think of it as one of the most colorful museums you will ever be in!

Mardi Gras World Floats - New Orleans Family Adventures

Self-Guided Tour

In a city with food, culture and architecture at every turn, you do not need anything else. Rent bicycles, segways or simply grab a map and walk it. You can explore the French Quarter, St. Louis Cathedral, the Garden District, Ninth Ward or all of them!

Locals in New Orleans are amazing, so ask if you get lost, but get lost. Walk down Royal Street and window shop. Head down to the water and watch the cruise ships come into port or simply bike around Frenchman Street and catch live music. There is always something going on in the Big Easy and you can always someone who can point you to it.

Audubon Aquarium of The Americas

Located immediately off of the Mississippi River, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is a wonderful way to spend a day indoors. If you are headed to New Orleans in the summer, you will need a cool place to spend an afternoon.

Touch a stingray, learn about the sea turtle rescue efforts or visit the 400,000 gallon Gulf of Mexican exhibit. With an interactive exhibit about life on the Mississippi River and a variance of aquatic life, the Audubon Aquarium of The Americas.

Tunnel of water inside aquarium - New Orleans family adventures

Swamp Tours

Several summers back on our way to the beach, we stopped off in New Orleans for a few days. I spent the day snuggled with a French Bulldog and loving life, while the husband took three kids on a swamp tour. To this day, the 8 year old still talks about how great that adventure was with Daddy. One of my favorite parts of New Orleans is the variance of life, style and landscape.

Being out on the swamp is a gloriously eerie feeling and one that you will not soon forget. The kids will freak about the gators and you will be caught up in the stories your guide will tell.

City Park of New Orleans

City Park is one of my favorite places in all of New Orleans. Sometimes when we go, I leave the kids and the husband at the coffee shop and just walk the grounds. At 1300 acres, there is plenty scenery to intake.

If you are looking for more activities, Storyland is waiting for your kids. While there are splash pads, botanical gardens and the Museum of Art, Storyland is different. It is an amusement park, like only New Orleans knows how to do it. Make sure to plan your trip in advance, as art exhibits and other live events are always going on at this spot.

Pirate Ship Toy in New Orleans - New Orleans Family Adventures

World War II Museum

Even if there is no history buff in your family, this is a museum your whole family will want to visit. Interactive in nature, with a story told by Tom Hanks, there are a LOT of reasons the World War II Museum ranks as one of the top museums in the United States. It is definitely worth a few hour visit.

Louisiana Children’s Museum

With over 30,000 square feet, the Louisiana Children’s Museum is one of the best family friendly destinations in the Crescent City. The children’s museum has a mission to be completely hands on and interactive with exhibits like Move With The River, kids can learn about life along the Mississippi River. Also, be sure not to miss the Make Your Mark exhibit, which explains the culture, architecture and history of the city of New Orleans.

move with the river gallery at Louisiana Children's museum - New Orleans family adventures

Lake Pontchartrain

If boating, swimming or fishing are things your family enjoys, then you will find it at Lake Pontchartrain. As one of the largest lakes in America, Lake Pontchartrain has everything a family would want to do for a day.

Streetcar Tour – Garden District

What is better than having the kids enjoying themselves and you sitting back and taking in all the scenery? Not much in my book. A streetcar ride up and down the Garden District lets you see the huge antebellum homes, Loyola & Tulane colleges and the stops for Audubon Zoo. Did I mention that it is under $5 a person to ride all day?

Grab a trolley ride up from Canal Street and spend the day riding and stopping where you want. The kids will enjoy the antique feel and nostalgia of the trolley ride and you will enjoy everything else. Get a map and make sure to stop off close to Magazine Street (only a few blocks) for a meal and then back on to finish off your day.

Streetcar on treelined street - New Orleans Family Adventures

Steamboat Natchez

Cruise down the mighty Mississippi River on a steamboat! Two hours of cruising, live jazz music and if you cruise on Sunday, you can have a New Orleans style brunch buffet. Kids will love the movement, the music and the excitement of watching the world about them go by.

Children under six cruise for fee with the paid admission of an adult. You can read all about it here and even get a free coupon for your visit.

steamboat on Mississippi River - New Orleans Family Adventures

Have you planned a New Orleans Family Adventures yet? I would love to know what you do and where you are going in my favorite city. Leave me a comment and tell me all about it.

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Lindsey Andrews
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Attorney & Author. Always in search for daily joy.


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