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New Orleans Family Attractions

Bring your kids to New Orleans for a new, fun and exciting family vacation. From up close encounters with alligators in swamps to jumping entertainers in the streets of the French Quarter, it’s no wonder New Orleans was ranked #1 for families according to Yahoo Travel.

New Orleans offers an array of attractions and activities enjoyable by all walks of life. On a sunny day, visit the Audubon Zoo to meet hundreds of different wildlife while learning how to preserve our Louisiana habitats. And don’t let the rain ruin your day. If it’s rainy, go enjoy the magnificent creatures in the Aquarium of the Americas or the Audubon Insectarium, the largest free standing museum in the US dedicated to insects!

 
New Orleans Family Attractions
The 1850 House
523 St. Ann St., Lower Pontalba Bldg., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 524-9118, (800) 568-6968
lsm.crt.state.la.us

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home

Description: Faithfully furnished with domestic goods, decorative arts and art of the period, the 1850 House depicts middle class family life during the most prosperous period in New Orleans' history.
Algiers/Canal Ferry - Algiers Terminal
1 Morgan St., New Orleans, LA 70114 [Map It]
(504) 250-9110
www.friendsoftheferry.org

Neighborhood: Algiers/Westbank
Attraction Type/s: Unknown

Description: Used by locals on their daily commutes, the ferry also serves as a fast, scenic way to navigate from one end of the city to the other. See why New Orleans is called the Crescent City as you make your way from the foot of Canal Street to historic Algiers Point on the West Bank. During the day you can see the legendary, muddy waters of the Mississippi. And at night, watch the city skyline sparkle in the distance. Whenever you make your journey, the ferry is a great place to get tips and recommendations from true New Orleanians.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70113 [Map It]
(504) 569-9070
www.ashecac.org

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Aiming to revive and reclaim a historically-significant corridor of in Central City, Ashé Cultural Arts Center is a gathering place for emerging and established artists to create and present their works.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
1 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 581-4629, (800) 774-7394
www.auduboninstitute.org

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Aquarium

Description: Discover a world filled with 15,000 water-loving creatures, like graceful seahorses, neon-colored frogs and jaunty penguins. Come face to face with a white alligator. Pet a baby shark. And feel like an undersea explorer as you walk through the 30-foot-long Caribbean Reef tunnel. With so much to explore, you could spend all day at this amazing, state-of-the-art museum.
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
423 Canal St., Custom House, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 581-4629, (800) 774-7394
www.auduboninstitute.org

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Dedicated to over 900,000 species of insects and their relatives, the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium gives you a glimpse into the beautiful, exciting world of these curious creatures. Inside you’ll find a Hall of Fame showcasing amazing specimens, a recreated swamp habitat, a café with insect-themed fare, and a Japanese garden with free-flying butterflies. Bring your camera for incredible photo-ops in this interactive, 23,000-square-foot space.
Audubon Park
6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 861-2537
www.auduboninstitute.org

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Park/Square (Recreational)

Description: Audubon Park opened in 1898 and was the site of the World Cotton Centennial in 1884. People travel from near and far to marvel at and enjoy the ever-beautiful oak trees, lagoons, and expansive green space located within the park. For the millions who use the park for picnics, relaxing, walking, running, cycling and special events there is no better place in New Orleans for recreational fun and relaxation.
The Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 581-4629, (800) 774-7394
www.auduboninstitute.org

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Zoo

Description: Audubon Zoo is a New Orleans landmark and a living museum filled with some of the rarest and most beautiful creatures of nature. There have been animals at this site since the 1884 World Exposition in Audubon Park. Today, Audubon Zoo is 58 acres of animals in their natural habitats. The Zoo consistently ranks among this country's best.
Bayou Kayaks
1101 Florida Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 814-0551
www.bayoukayaks.com

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attraction Type/s: Other Attraction, Boat/Yacht Charter

Description: We’re a little outfitter with a big outfitter attitude. We’ll get you in the water and paddling on Bayou St John so you can enjoy a little piece of the Sportsman’s Paradise right here in the Big Easy. Paddle from our launch site up the bayou to Orleans Ave and down to Robert E Lee Blvd, and experience the city from a new perspective.
Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge
(985) 882-2000
www.fws.gov

Neighborhood: Gentilly/New Orleans East/Chalmette
Attraction Type/s: Fishing/Hunting/Wildlife

Description: The largest urban National Wildlife Refuge in the United States is located only 15 minutes from the French Quarter. Bayou Sauvage supports over 340 bird species, including wading and secretive marsh birds dependent on the refuge for survival. There are also healthy populations of alligators, turtles, otters, fish, and other wild animal species. Try your hand at canoeing, hiking, or birdwatching as you take in Lousiana's natural beauty.
Besthoff Sculpture Garden
1 Collins Diboll Cir., City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 488-2631
www.noma.org

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Garden

Description: With over 50 priceless sculptures set on five acres, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden is a true New Orleans treasure. Located next to the magnificent New Orleans Museum of Art, this outdoor space includes modern and contemporary pieces meant to inspire art lovers of all kinds. Take your time wandering the grounds and soaking in the beautiful scenery - there's something to delight you at every turn.
Big Lake at City Park
Big Lake Trail, City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 482-4888
neworleanscitypark.com

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attraction Type/s: Park/Square (Recreational)

Description: Take in the natural beauty of NOLA by floating through the historic bayous and lagoons of City Park. Slow down and you’ll notice ducks, swans, geese and other aquatic wildlife, plus a fountain that shoots water about 30-40 feet in the air. With pedal boats that seat 4 and rowboats that seat 3, it’s fun for the whole family.
Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
1380 Port of New Orleans Pl., New Orleans, LA 70114 [Map It]
(504) 361-7821, (800) 362-8213
www.mardigrasworld.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: See another side of Mardi Gras at this museum that also serves as the largest float-building facility in the world. Guided tours give a history of the festival, from the mule-drawn carriages of the past to the sophisticated mega-floats of today. Along the way you'll see colorful floats and costumes in all their splendor, plus get to sample Mardi Gras treats like king cake and coffee.
The Botanical Gardens
1 Palm Terrace, City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 483-9386
www.neworleanscitypark.com

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Garden

Description: The New Orleans Botanical Garden at City Park offers a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Nature lovers of all ages wander around the lush foliage, play in the open gardens or relax near the tranquil fountains. Surrounded by the nation’s largest collection of mature live oaks, patrons enjoy a sensual walk past 2,000 varieties of plants. Most of the vegetation is native to Louisiana, but there are many other more exotic species.
Canal/Algiers Ferry - Canal Street Terminal
1 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 250-9110
www.friendsoftheferry.org

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attraction Type/s: Unknown

Description: Used by locals on their daily commutes, the ferry also serves as a fast, scenic way to navigate from one end of the city to the other. See why New Orleans is called the Crescent City as you make your way from the foot of Canal Street to historic Algiers Point on the West Bank. During the day you can see the legendary, muddy waters of the Mississippi. And at night, watch the city skyline sparkle in the distance. Whenever you make your journey, the ferry is a great place to get tips and recommendations from true New Orleanians.
Carousel Gardens Amusement Park
1 Palm Terrace, City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 483-9357
www.neworleanscitypark.com

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Amusement Park

Description: There was a time not so long ago that carousels (or merry-go-rounds) were a common feature of the American urban landscape. Today there are not that many left, one of which is in New Orleans’ City Park. Since 1906 little kids and kids at heart have enjoyed the "flying horses" of City Park's antique carousel, one of only about 100 antique wooden carousels in the country and the last one in Louisiana. Elsewhere in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park are other rides to keep your kids twisting, turning, whirling and twirling, including the Rockin' Tug, Bumper Cars, Red Baron Mini-plane, Scrambler, Tilt-A-Whirl, 40-foot fun slide, Umbrella Cars, Ferris Wheel, Construction Zone and Live Oak Lady Bug roller coaster.
Cascade Stables
700 East Dr., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 891-2246
www.cascadestables.net

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Horseback Riding
City Park
1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 482-4888
www.neworleanscitypark.com

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Park/Square (Recreational)

Description: Nestled in the center of NOLA, City Park has held a special place in the hearts of generations of New Orleanians. Natural beauty, history, and fun activities make this a popular place to hang out and reconnect. Have a picnic, take a boat ride, or feed the ducks. Go fishing, find a shady spot to read a book, even visit the New Orleans Museum of Art or New Orleans Botanical Gardens. From the largest municipal golf facility in the South to the largest collection of mature live oaks in the world, City Park has something to captivate your curiosity.
City Putt
8 Victory Dr., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 483-9458
www.neworleanscitypark.com

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attraction Type/s: Golf Course

Description: City Park’s newest attraction is a ball! City Putt is a 36-hole mini golf complex with two courses: the Louisiana Course highlights cultural themes and cities from around the state; the New Orleans Course showcases streets and iconic themes from around the city, with signs detailing the city’s historic sites at each hole. City Putt is 100 percent ADA accessible and located on Victory Drive across from the entrance to Carousel Gardens, Storyland and the Botanical Garden.
Cool Zoo
6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 581-4629
www.auduboninstitute.org

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Other Attraction, Amusement Park, Zoo

Description: Cool Zoo, the wild and wet splash park, is one of the top water parks of New Orleans. It is the hot spot for kids to cool down at Audubon Zoo. Highlights include jumping water spouts, a huge alligator water slide, a spider monkey soaker, water-spitting snakes and more. Make sure to pay a visit to the Roman Candy cart, to grab a stick or two of their famous, handmade taffy.
Crescent Park
Piety St. at Chartres St., New Orleans, LA [Map It]
www.nola.gov

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attraction Type/s: Park/Square (Recreational)

Description: Be one of the first to enjoy this brand new green space, located right on the riverfront in Bywater. Crescent Park stretches for 1.4 miles along the Mississippi, providing unparalleled views and access to the water. Take a stroll, ride your bike, or simply watch the river float by while sitting on its banks.
Entergy IMAX Theatre
1 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 581-4629, (800) 774-7394
www.auduboninstitute.org

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attraction Type/s: Movie Theater

Description: The Entergy IMAX Theatre, located in the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, helps guests discover new aspects of the auquatic life of southern Louisiana and the rest of the world on the biggest screen there is.
Equest Stables
1001 Filmore Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 483-9398
www.equestfarm.com

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Sporting Venue, Horseback Riding

Description: Tucked away in a quiet setting only 15 minutes from downtown New Orleans, Equest Farms is a full-service horseback riding facility for the hunter/jumper surrounded by the beautiful lagoons and golf courses of City Park.
Fort Pike
27100 Chef Menteur Hwy., New Orleans, LA 70129 [Map It]
(504) 662-5703, (888) 662-5703
www.lastateparks.com

Neighborhood: Gentilly/New Orleans East/Chalmette
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: A State Historic Site within the Louisiana States Parks System, Fort Pike is one of the best-preserved of a chain of early 19th century coastal fortifications along the Gulf of Mexico between Pensacola, Florida and Barataria Bay, Louisiana.
French Market
2 French Market Pl., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 522-2621
www.frenchmarket.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Other Attraction

Description: Founded in 1791, New Orleans’ French Market is the oldest public market in the country. This open-air mall features shopping, dining and music in a tradition that is uniquely New Orleans, yet still reminiscent of some European markets.
Jackson Square
751 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70181 [Map It]

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Park/Square (Recreational)

Description: Earns it's name for one of three bronze statues of Andrew Jackson located in the center of the square.
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Laura C. Hudson Visitor Center
419 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 589-3882
www.nps.gov

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: The French Quarter retains much of its original character from the 18th and 19th centuries because it is among the oldest protected historic districts in the nation. The Laura C. Hudson Visitor Center on the eastern edge of the French Quarter features an extensive exhibition of the history and conflict that surrounded the founding and shaping of present-day New Orleans and the French Quarter. Life-sized murals transport the visitor into the swamps, rivers and bayous of southern Louisiana. Exhibits highlight the significance and importance of the Mississippi River to the city, alongside exhibits of native plants and wildlife. Interactive displays introduce guests to the beginnings of Louisiana food, folkways and festivals.
Longue Vue House and Gardens
7 Bamboo Rd., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 488-5488
www.longuevue.com

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Home, Garden

Description: Hidden among the trees off Metairie Road is this magnificent city estate. Classified as a National Historic Landmark, Longue Vue is one of the last true examples of the Country Era Place homes that marked affluence in the early 20th century. Both the interior and exterior are feasts for the eyes with meticulously designed rooms and eight acres of breathtaking gardens. Tour the grounds to experience the splendor for yourself.
Louisiana Children's Museum
420 Julia St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 523-1357
www.lcm.org

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Learning is fun for everyone at this top-rated destination for children and families. Discover more than 30,000 square feet of hands-on, interactive exhibits that engage kids as they explore art, music, science, math, health, and role-playing environments. From stepping inside a giant bubble to making groceries inside a pint-sized store, there's so much to see and do!
Musee Conti Wax Museum
917 Conti St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 581-1993, (800) 233-5405
www.neworleanswaxmuseum.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Visitors to the Wax Museum can relive New Orleans's history through life-sized wax models. Learn about Voodoo and the city's founding as you toast the Duc d'Orleans. Individual tours are self-guided, but group tours can be arranged by reservation. Literature about the contents of the Wax Museum is available in a variety of languages.
The National World War II Museum
945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 528-1944
www.nationalww2museum.org

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: The country's official World War II Museum lets you experience America's role in the war and on the Home Front - from the 1930s prelude to war, to the Normandy Invasion and the battles of the Pacific Islands. At The US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, see how technological innovations aided the Allies. Then, with Beyond All Boundaries - a multi-sensory cinematic feature from producer Tom Hanks, playing at the 4D Solomon Victory Theater - feel and experience what soldiers at the front experienced. Through extraordinary artifacts and exhibits, get ready to discover the courage, teamwork and sacrifice of the Greatest Generation.
The New Canal Lighthouse
8001 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 282-2134
www.saveourlake.org

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Historic Building

Description: This famous NOLA landmark, first built in 1839, was rebuilt by the Lake Ponchartrain Basin Foundation and is the fourth lighthouse on the site. Take a guided tour of the museum, visit the gift shop and hear about the history of a light, a lake and a coast. Or just take a cool stroll along the lake! Even cooler - the lighthouse beacon shines every night, to aid mariners as they navigate the basin!
New Orleans Creole Queen
500 Port of New Orleans Pl., Riverwalk Marketplace, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 529-4567, (800) 445-4109
www.creolequeen.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attraction Type/s: Riverboat
The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
916 North Peters St., French Market, New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 589-4806
www.nps.gov

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum, Theatre (Performance)

Description: New Orleans is universally considered to be the birthplace of the uniquely American brand of music known as Jazz. The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park was created in 1994 to commemorate this memorable musical legacy. The park’s purpose is to preserve information, resources, and sites related to the beginnings and progressions of jazz in New Orleans.
New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Cir., City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 658-4100
www.noma.org

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: The neo-classical, Beaux Arts-style New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) turned 100 in 2011. NOMA houses a collection spanning 4000 years of art history in 46 galleries. View European paintings and sculpture from the 16th through 20th centuries; American paintings and sculpture from the 18th and 19th centuries; European and American prints and drawings; Asian, African, Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, and Native American art; photography; and European and American decorative arts. Special collections include the Peter Carl Fabergé treasures and the Latin American Colonial collection.
Pharmacy Museum
514 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 565-8027
www.pharmacymuseum.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: Louis Joseph Dufilho, Jr. of New Orleans became America’s first licensed pharmacist. Today, Dufilho’s 1823 apothecary shop on Chartres Street in the French Quarter houses what is widely believed to be the largest and most diverse pharmaceutical collection in a single location in the United States, containing old patent medicines, books, and pharmaceutical equipment dating back as far as the early 1800s.
Piazza d'Italia
377 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attraction Type/s: Park/Square (Recreational)

Description: The Piazza d’Italia, designed in 1978 by renowned architect Charles Moore, is a monument to the Italian-American community and their contribution to the City of New Orleans.
The Presbytere
751 Chartres St., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 568-6968, (800) 568-6968
lsm.crt.state.la.us

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: The Presbytere houses an elaborate and exquisite collection of Mardi Gras artifacts and memorabilia. The story of New Orleans’ extraordinary Mardi Gras tradition is dynamically told in a high-tech, interactive, permanent exhibition titled "Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana." The exhibit traces the celebration from its ancient origins to the 19th century emergence of New Orleans’ parades and balls to the present-day celebration that attracts millions of visitors each year.
Spanish Plaza
1 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attraction Type/s: Park/Square (Recreational)

Description: Spanish Plaza, originally known as Eads Plaza, was dedicated in 1976 to the City of New Orleans by Spain in remembrance of their common historical past and as a pledge of fraternity in the future.
Steamboat Natchez
1 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 586-8777, (800) 233-2628
www.steamboatnatchez.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attraction Type/s: Riverboat

Description: This classic Mississippi riverboat sails three times daily, at ll:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Traditional New Orleans jazz is featured and the evening cruise includes dinner (reservations required).
Storyland
1 Palm Dr., City Park, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 483-9356
www.neworleanscitypark.com

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Amusement Park

Description: Your kids' favorite animals, cartoon characters and fairy tale legends come to life at this charming theme park. Storyland's play area is brimming with 26 larger-than-life exhibits, with characters created by New Orleans' finest Mardi Gras float makers. Meet Jack & Jill, Captain Hook and other classic characters for the young and young at heart.
Train Garden
1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
www.neworleanscitypark.com

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attraction Type/s: Other Attraction
Woldenberg Park
1 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 565-3033
www.neworleansonline.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attraction Type/s: Park/Square (Recreational)

Description: Catch a breath of fresh air along the banks of the Mississippi, just steps from the French Quarter. The path along Woldenberg Park and the Moonwalk provides a place to bike, walk or jog with wide, open views of the river - arguably the best in the city. Sit and watch freighters float upriver, listen to local musicians and street performers, or wander down brick walkways through the park's lush landscape. You might even happen upon a festival taking place in the park's outdoor amphitheatre. Great scenery, plus plenty of grass and benches, make it easy to recharge after a day exploring the city.
Zephyr Field
6000 Airline Dr., Metairie, LA 70001 [Map It]
(504) 734-5155

Neighborhood: Jefferson Parish
Attraction Type/s: Sporting Venue

Description: Zephyr Field - "the Shrine on Airline" - has become the focal point for family entertainment in the Greater New Orleans area drawing more than 320,000 fans for the beloved Zephyrs AAA baseball team in each of their first nine seasons on Airline.
 
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