Fun for the Whole Family 

Whether you're looking for an educational experience, an outdoor escapade or a trip that's uniquely New Orleans, we have plenty of resources for planning your next great family vacation.

Looking to experience a piece of America's history? Take the family to explore iconic battlegrounds, tour majestic antebellum plantations or visit the National WWII Museum. For some active recreation, play a game of laser tag and miniature golf at the Adventure Quest Laser Tag facility. Visitors who want an up-close look at wildlife can go on a thrilling swamp tour through Louisiana's untamed bayou, see exotic species from around the world at the Audubon Zoo or opt for an underwater experience at the Audubon Aquarium. No matter what kind of adventure you're seeking, kids - and kids at heart - will find it in New Orleans.  

Laugh and Learn: New Orleans for Kids

Brightly colored floats and masks, paddleboats, exotic animals, sweet treats; New Orleans is full of things that are naturally a hit with kids. Here are a few ideas to get your little ones raving about their New Orleans vacation.

River Rides

Take the kiddos out on an early-evening riverboat ride. They'll enjoy seeing the powerful Mississippi River as the sun sets, and they'll have fun spotting the sights the captain points out.

Get Cooking

The New Orleans School of Cooking offers a festive Creole and Cajun culinary class for kids. The group class, located in the historic French Quarter, is hands on and includes lunch and instruction. The Southern Food & Beverage Museum is another option. It explores the history, flavors and culture of the South.

Listen to the Music

The historic Preservation Hall offers a free, weekly class catered to those ages 9 through 15. Kids learn about brass band heritage, repertoire, parade marching and costume, technique and music theory. The Palm Court Jazz Café is another attraction filled with the beautiful sounds of brass.

History Lesson

The National World War II Museum makes for an educational yet fun outing. Exhibits include personal stories, artifacts, interactive displays and the Solomon Victory Theater, a 4-D cinema experience that combines history, incredible technology and Hollywood special effects to tell thrilling stories on the big screen.

Behind the Scenes

What youngster doesn't love a parade? Give them an inside look at where the magic is made: Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras World offers a year-round opportunity to see the glitz and glamour of Mardi Gras floats and the work that goes into them.

Explore the Outdoors

If gardens, flowers and the great outdoors sound exciting, take your kids to visit New Orleans City Park. This 1,300-acre green space has sprawling moss covered oak trees, lagoons, walking trails through Couturie Forest and plenty of opportunities to spot birds and wildlife. City Park also is home to the New Orleans Botanical Garden, a lush urban sanctuary filled with blooming flowers and exotic plants.

The Carousel Gardens Amusement Park is open with extended hours for the summer. Located in New Orleans City Park on Victory Drive, City Park invites your entire family out to enjoy the fun! With one of the oldest antique, wooden Carousels in the country, a Ferris Wheel, miniature Train, Musik Express and Bumper Cars, there is so much for the family to enjoy!

Spend some time in Storyland, a Mother Goose themed playground for children inside beautiful New Orleans City Park. Visit the Three Little Pigs, Cinderella's Pumpkin, the Cheshire Cat and Snow White. Or try boating at Big Lake! City Park offers paddleboat and canoe rentals on beautiful Big Lake near the New Orleans Museum of Art on Lelong Drive. Or try hourly or day long bike rentals to enjoy the beautiful, scenic park with the largest collection of historic, live oaks in the United States.