25 Best KID-FRIENDLY Things to Do in New Orleans (2024)

Are there fun things to do in New Orleans with kids? Mais, oui! The Big Easy is often best known for beads and Bourbon Street, but there is another side to this Louisiana city. Parents may be surprised to find a bounty of attractions and activities for families in NOLA. Let the good times roll with these 25 kid-friendly activities and attractions in New Orleans!

Mardi Gras World, just one of many fun things to do in New Orleans with kids
My son posing at Mardi Gras World, just one of many kid-friendly attractions in New Orleans

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1. Explore the French Quarter.

The oldest area of the city, the French Quarter is so named because it was founded by French settlers in 1718. Ironically, though, much of the architecture in the French Quarter is actually Spanish Colonial in its styling. That’s due to a series of fires in the late 1800s, after which many of this neighborhood’s buildings were rebuilt under Spanish rule. As you wander here, point out the signature lacy cast-iron details on balconies to your kids of all ages.

Get more out of your experience with a 2-hour French Quarter Walking and Storytelling Tour.

Shopping in the French Market in New Orleans with kids
The French Market (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

French Quarter Shopping

Family-friendly shopping and restaurants abound in the French Quarter. If you’re looking for fun and affordable trinkets for the kids, head to the French Market, a covered outdoor flea market.

You must stop at Little Toy Shop on Decatur Street for a delightful array of old-fashioned and new-fangled toys. Children and adults alike will get a kick out of Maskarade, a shop that sells an array of Carnival masks with feathers and sparkling details. Pop into Rocket Fizz for an overwhelming offering of sodas in wacky flavors like pickle, butter, bacon, and cookie dough.

Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop in New Orleans
Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

2. View the Joan of Arc Statue.

Within walking distance of the French Market, look for a glittering golden statue of Joan of Arc. The French martyr is known as the “Maid of Orléans” and she’s the unofficial Patron Saint of the city. She even gets her own Mardi Gras parade every year in New Orleans.

Joan of Arc Statue in the French Quarter in New Orleans
Joan of Arc Statue in the French Quarter (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

3. Take a carriage ride.

Gain a better understanding of the French Quarter aboard a narrated carriage ride. Pick your pony in Jackson Square. Then trot through New Orleans’ streets while learning about the city’s past.

Mules lead all the carriages here, not horses. According to our Mid-City Carriages tour guide, “They’re smarter. They’re stronger. And they handle the heat better.”

Our mule, Ray, was smart indeed. Our driver called out to him at an intersection, “Wait now, Ray. Be sure to look both ways first.” Sure enough, Ray paused and turned his head all the way to the right, and all the way to the left before proceeding.

Book your carriage ride via GetYourGuide now!

Mule-drawn carriage ride in the French Quarter of New Orleans with kids
Mule-drawn carriage ride in the French Quarter (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

4. Play and learn at the Louisiana Children’s Museum.

Previously located in the Warehouse District for over 30 years, a new and reimagined Louisiana Children’s Museum opened in the expansive City Park in the Lakeview District in September 2019. The museum now encompasses a whopping 8.5 acres of space to play and learn.

Move With The River

Move With The River teaches children all about the Mississippi River. Among other water play opportunities, the centerpiece 100-foot water table lures younger kids like otters to water. Here children explore the flow of water with toy boats and pretend levees.

Water Wall at Move with the River at Louisiana Children's Museum
Water Wall at Move with the River at Louisiana Children’s Museum (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Play With Me

Visiting Louisiana Children’s Museum with babies or toddlers? They’ll love Play With Me, a safe and stimulating area just for them. It’s filled with plenty of space to crawl and things to touch, hear, and see.

Follow That Food

Follow That Food is especially fun for the preschooler set. From growing and harvesting play crops, to shipping food along the Mississippi and shopping at a make-believe mini grocery store — little kids learn all about where their food comes from and how it gets to their dinner tables.

Dig Into Nature

Dig Into Nature includes both indoor and outdoor play opportunities. Children become veterinarians, nursing sick “animals” back to good health. Meanwhile, bigger kids enjoy exploring items from nature (like bugs!) up close with special magnifying technology.

Exploring nature up-close at the Louisiana Children's Museum
My son, Leo, examining nature up-close at the Louisiana Children’s Museum (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Make Your Mark

Kids get creative at Make Your Mark with music, architecture, art, and beyond. They can play musical instruments in the Jammin’ House. Or, build infrastructures with colorful bricks and tools in Build Big Dreams. Then, make crafts in the Design Studio.

The most popular attraction, though, is probably the Bubble Studio. That’s where visitors can create and stand inside a gigantic square bubble!

Outdoor Adventures

In addition to two stories of interactive indoor displays, Outdoor Adventures includes several interactive exhibits outside that encourage a love of nature.

Kids playing at the Louisiana Children's Museum in New Orleans
Louisiana Children’s Museum (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Acorn Restaurant

You know how museum food is usually ho-hum? Not so at Acorn at the Louisiana Children’s Museum! It’s owned by renowned New Orleans restauranteur Dickie Brennan & Co.

The restaurant offers yummy and healthy fare like salads, bowls, tacos, and sandwiches. Get a side of Sweet Potato Tots or Crispy Brussels Sprouts in Crystal Honey Sauce. Of course, there’s a kid’s menu serving traditional favorites, too.

Acorn at the Louisiana Children's Museum in New Orleans
Healthy and tasty fare at Acorn at the Louisiana Children’s Museum in New Orleans

5. Eat Creole cuisine.

Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole dishes are reason enough to visit New Orleans with kids. What is the difference between Cajun and Creole cuisines? Typically, Creole is known for being fancier city food whereas Cajun is more rustic country food.

Since New Orleans is definitely a city, you’ll mostly find Creole fare here. Also, Creole dishes often include tomatoes and tomato-based sauces, but Cajun dishes do not. Creole cuisine is a distinctive blend of New Orleans’ eclectic history and populace with French, Spanish, West African, American Indian, Haitian, and Southern U.S. influences.

Creole cuisine at Flamingo A-Go-Go in New Orleans with kids
Flamingo A-Go-Go’s creole cuisine (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Creole Dishes in New Orleans for Kids

Popular Creole dishes include gumbo (a roux-based stew), red beans and rice, shrimp and grits, étouffée (smothered shellfish served over rice), and jambalaya (a rice dish often made with chicken, shrimp, andouille sausage, and vegetables like peas).

You might be worried about finding Creole cuisine for kids since food in New Orleans often comes with a spicy kick. Worry not! You can always inquire about the spice levels of various dishes. Restaurants may even be able to provide a milder version.

Plus, there are tame Creole foods that kids are likely to enjoy, like po’boy sandwiches (deep-fried shrimp, chicken, or meat served on a baguette) and crab cakes (my son’s favorite!). Additionally, many restaurants in New Orleans offer children’s menus with standard items kids enjoy.

Not sure where to start? Book a French Quarter Food Tour. This walking tour is great for all ages. You’ll sample local favorites like beignets, gumbo, pralines, and more.

Shrimp & Gris-Gris Grits and Seafood Stuffed Crab at Gris-Gris New Orleans
Shrimp & Gris-Gris Grits and Seafood Stuffed Crab at Gris-Gris New Orleans (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Brunch at Brennan’s

For a delectable Creole brunch, take your brood to Brennan’s. A meal here feels special indeed.

The pink and pale green dining room feels like a fairyland, with a garden trellis ceiling and early 19th-century Mardi Gras parade float paintings. When the weather is nice, opt to sit in their picturesque courtyard with a bubbling fountain and striped umbrellas for shade.

Parents who are so inclined can start their day with a Cajun Bloody Mary or a Sparkling Blueberry Cocktail made with Louisiana blueberries, sparkling wine, and thyme.

Order a Baked Apple served with oatmeal pecan raisin crumble, brown sugar glaze, and sweetened crème fraîche as an appetizer. You may want to follow that with the house specialty, Eggs Hussarde, a Creole version of eggs Benedict drizzled with their sweet Marchand De Vin Sauce. Meanwhile, children 10 and younger can make their selections from a menu just for them.

Eggs Hussarde at Brennan's brunch in New Orleans
Eggs Hussarde at Brennan’s (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

6. Listen to live jazz.

It would almost be impossible to come to New Orleans and NOT listen to live jazz! That’s because music is ever-present in Crescent City. Where can you listen to live jazz in New Orleans with kids? Below are some kid-friendly options.

Preservation Hall

Welcoming all ages, Preservation Hall offers several 45-minute shows every night. The earliest starts at 5 pm. Although alcohol is not served on-premises, mom and dad can bring in daiquiris or other drinkies. This non-profit venue supports local musicians and youth. The historic building was once a tavern, which opened in 1803.

Preservation Hall New Orleans
Preservation Hall (Photo credit: f11photo, Depositphotos.com)

Arnaud’s Jazz Bistro

If traveling with older kids or well-behaved young ones, treat your entire family to a night out at Arnaud’s. This is my favorite restaurant in New Orleans for its live music and incredible food. (You MUST get the Crawfish O’Connor!)

The dining room at Arnaud’s Restaurant is fancy. Instead, spring for the entertainment fee and book your meal at the more casual Arnaud’s Jazz Bistro. The impressive three-piece jazz band plays a few songs for the room. Then, the musicians make their way from table to table, taking song requests. Take a peek at their talented jazz trio in my video below.

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Café Beignet

Not only is Café Beignet a great place to get a powdery fried dough confection but also it offers live jazz performances for free to guests of all ages. Look for four locations throughout the Big Easy.

Street Performers

Wander through the French Quarter long enough, and you’re sure to stumble across street musicians. Jackson Square is a good bet if you’re looking for buskers entertaining crowds for tips.

Jazz band playing in Jackson Square New Orleans
Jazz band playing in Jackson Square (Photo credit: bellafotosolo, Depositphotos.com)

7. Sail the Mississippi River on Steamboat Natchez.

Another fabulous way to get your jazz fix is aboard the Steamboat Natchez. Sail down the Mississippi while listening to the music of the Steamboat Stompers jazz band aboard New Orleans’ only steamboat.

Two-hour cruise options include Sunday Brunch, Harbor Jazz with optional buffet lunch, and Dinner Jazz sailings. Expect local specialties like chicken and sausage gumbo, fried catfish, and bread pudding. Book your Steamboat Natchez Jazz Cruise now!

Steamboat Natchez in New Orleans
Steamboat Natchez (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

8. See butterflies and other bugs at the Audubon Insectarium.

The Audubon Insectarium fascinates kids with all things creepy crawly. An Immersive Entrance filled with make-believe dragonflies and butterflies greets visitors.

Next, wander through Butterfly Garden, where you can get close to real-live, free-flying butterflies and moths in an Asian garden. Discover how honey is made at the Honey Bee Exhibit. Be fascinated by the strength and organization of ants in Large Ant Colony. Then learn about insects’ role in the Earth’s food chain in Eco-Engineers.

Touching a millipede at the Audubon Insectorium in New Orleans
Touching a millipede at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans with kids (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

You may even get a chance to feel a living millipede’s legs in Presentation Areas like Field Camp, where kids can ask an entomologist their most pressing insect questions.

Most memorable, though, is Bug Appétit, where bugs are on the menu. Daring kids and their parents can taste cricket cookies and spiced bug snacks. Eleven-year-old Leo said they’re pretty good! (His mom was too squeamish to try, though.)

The Insectarium closed at its Central Business District location in 2020, but it reopened beside the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in summer 2023.

Cricket chip cookies at the Audubon Insectorium in New Orleans
Cricket chip cookies at Bug Appétit (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

You’ll find this amusement park located within the massive 1,300-acre City Park. Carousel Gardens contains 17 rides, including an antique wooden carousel for which this sweet theme park is named. Enjoy other amusements like a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, and a miniature ride-on train.

The most “thrilling” ride is the Ladybug Rollercoaster. It zips through living grand oak trees laced with Spanish moss. My son and I rode this ride at least half a dozen times during our visit!

Live Oak Lady Bug Rollercoaster at Carousel Gardens Amusement Park for kids in New Orleans
Live Oak Lady Bug Rollercoaster at Carousel Gardens (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

10. Be amused at Storyland.

Right next door to Carousel Gardens, families with young children will adore Storyland. Both theme parks are open from March through mid-November.

This themed playground features 20 larger-than-life sculptures from some of the most beloved children’s storybooks. Young kids can climb aboard Captain Hook’s pirate ship at this amusement park, ramble up Jack & Jill’s hill, and slide down a dragon’s tongue! Read the fairytales aloud as your family explores.

The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe at Storyland
The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe at Storyland (Photo credit: NewOrleansCityPark.org)

11. Look for alligators on an airboat swamp tour.

Venture out of the city to experience Cajun country during an airboat swamp tour. Get your heart pumping during a high-speed boat ride, pausing occasionally to look for alligators in their natural habitat.

Choose from an array of swamp tours with GetYourGuide. Many offer roundtrip transportation from your hotel or vacation rental. Believe me; your kids will always remember a gator swamp boat tour!

Alligator in New Orleans swamp Louisiana
Alligator in a swamp near New Orleans (Photo credit: f11photo, Depositphotos.com)

12. Try Big Easy beignets.

You must eat beignets when in New Orleans with kids. These square-shaped deep-fried fritters are made from choux pastry or yeast dough and topped with a wealth of powdered sugar.

Café du Monde is the most famous option, with several locations throughout New Orleans. Tip: Avoid the long lines for to-go orders at the French Quarter location by grabbing a seat for table service.

Café Beignet is just as delicious, with live music in the evenings.

Beignets are a must in New Orleans with kids
Beignets are a must in New Orleans with kids (Photo credit: dbvirago, Depositphotos.com)

13. Taste Carnival year-round with a King Cake.

Buy a few slices of king cake from a local bakery to get a taste of Mardi Gras, no matter what time of year you visit New Orleans with kids. (You may want to buy a whole cake to bring home as a reminder of your adventures!)

King cakes (or galettes des rois) originated in France, where they are served in January during the Festival of Epiphany to celebrate the three kings who visited the infant Jesus. The French cakes are filled with almond cream and come with a hidden miniature ceramic king baked inside.

New Orleans adds its own flair to the king cake, offering a variety of flavors and topping the confections with icing and colored sugar in Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and gold.

Diners should look for a tiny plastic baby Jesus inside. Tradition says the “winner” who finds the prize must throw the next party and provide the next cake.

New Orleans King Cake
New Orleans king cake (Photo credit: urban_light, Depositphotos.com)

14. Enjoy other Big Easy sweets.

Your whole family will find an abundance of treats to tempt your sweet teeth in New Orleans.

Bread Pudding

Almost every restaurant in town offers bread pudding for dessert. This humble European dessert is served with variations in flavors and sauces in Louisiana.

Bread pudding in New Orleans with kids
Bread pudding in New Orleans (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Bananas Foster

Did you know bananas foster was invented in New Orleans? Order it made table-side at many restaurants with a fiery finale that will impress the kids.

A popular New Orleans dessert, bananas foster
One of my favorite desserts, bananas foster (Photo credit: EstudioConceito, Depositphotos.com)


Treat your family to praline candies. These sugary caramel-flavored goodies come dotted with pecans. Pralines make a tasty souvenir of a great time in New Orleans with kids.

Aunt Sally's Pralines in New Orleans
Aunt Sally’s Pralines in New Orleans (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

15. See amazing parade floats at Mardi Gras World.

Carnival Season takes place from January 6 to the Tuesday before Lent (Fat Tuesday) each year. Even when you visit New Orleans with kids outside this festive time period, you can enjoy the excitement and pageantry of Mardi Gras without the crazy crowds at Mardi Gras World.

Go here to see the amazing artistry of this celebration’s parade floats up close. During your hour-long tour, you can dress up like a float rider and finish with a slice of king cake.

Parade float artistry at Mardi Gras World
Small sampling of Mardi Gras parade float artistry at Mardi Gras World (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

16. View sealife and freshwater animals at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

Located along the Mississippi River, the impressive Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is home to 10,000 animals representing 530 species. Babies and toddlers love aquariums because they can get close to the fish and other animals.

The sharks, playful sea otters, jellyfish, and penguins are most appealing to kids. Look for a rare leucistic (lacking in pigment) white alligator, too.

Head next door to the Entergy Giant Screen Theater to watch nature shows, which are included in your entry fee.

Leucistic white alligator at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Leucistic white alligator at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

17. Explore Jackson Square.

Jackson Square is a lively place to visit during the day or in the evening. In the center of the plaza is an equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the U.S., for which the square was named. It was erected in 1856, eleven years after his death.

Also located at Jackson Square is Cathédrale Saint-Louis. You are welcome to wander in if no services are in progress. St. Louis Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in the U.S., so it’s worth taking a look.

Surrounding the fenced garden in the center of Jackson Square, you will find local artists selling their works, street musicians and other entertainers.

Jackson Square with St. Louis Cathedral in the distance
Jackson Square in New Orleans with Cathédrale Saint-Louis in the distance (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

18. Get your fortunes read.

You’ll also find lots of fortune-tellers in Jackson Square. In a city where Voodoo is a practiced religion and which embraces the supernatural and fantastical, it’s fun to pull up a chair and listen to your fortune.

Whether you’re a believer or not, a psychic reading is an interesting activity. Wander around a bit to find someone who seems like a good fit. Ask for pricing before committing to a reading. Your teller may use tarot cards, palm reading, or another form of fortune-telling to give insights about your past, present, or future.

Fortune Tellers in Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana
Fortune Tellers in Jackson Square (Photo credit: fotoluminate, Depositphotos.com)

19. Wander through the New Orleans Botanical Garden.

After a few days in the city, your family may crave connection with nature. That’s when to head to the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park.

An abundance of flowers, trees, and fountains fill the garden. Kids enjoy watching koi fish swimming in the Lily Pond outside the garden’s Conservatory. Access to the remarkable Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden is included with your admission fee.

New Orleans Botanical Garden
New Orleans Botanical Garden (Photo credit: Zack Smith, courtesy of New Orleans & Company)

20. Play miniature golf at City Putt.

Located within City Park near New Orleans Botanical Garden sits another treat for families, the City Putt Miniature Golf Course. Choose between two 18-hole courses.

One option showcases the culture and cities of Louisiana state. Meanwhile, the other course focuses on historic sites and streets specifically in New Orleans.

Look for educational explanations at each hole. What a fun way to get outside, play together as a family, and learn about a destination!

City Putt miniature golf course for families in New Orleans
City Putt (Photo credit: Infrogmation of New Orleans, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

21. Visit animals at the Audubon Zoo.

The Audubon Zoo was named one of the best zoos in the U.S. in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest in 2023. Set on 50 acres, the Audubon Zoo is home to 1,700 animals representing more than 350 species.

Be sure to visit the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit. The world’s only urban swamp features animals from the state, like black bears, bobcats, foxes, and the rare white alligator.

In addition to seeing the many animal residents, kids love the zoo’s multiple playgrounds, the Endangered Species Carousel, and the Cool Zoo splash park with its Gator Run lazy river.

Black bear in the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit at the Audubon Zoo
Black bear in the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit at the Audubon Zoo (Photo courtesy of the Audubon Nature Institute)

22. Gain insight into New Orleans at The Presbytère Museum.

Families will gain insight into New Orleans’ resilience and celebration at The Presbytère Museum. The beautiful Presbytère Museum building on Jackson Square was home to Capuchin monks after it was built in the late 1700s. Later, it became a courthouse.

Today, it is part of the Louisiana State Museum. Two permanent exhibits make for a quick and educational visit.

Child at Presbytère Museum in New Orleans
An unposed photo of Leo’s reaction to videos showing Hurricane Katrina’s devastation at the Presbytère (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Downstairs, find videos, photos, personal stories, and some heartbreaking remnants from the devastating 2005 Hurricane Katrina. My then 11-year-old learned about this massive storm and its destructive force during our trip to Coastal Mississippi. Still, storm news footage and audio retellings of this catastrophic event shocked him.

In understanding such tragedies, we are all awakened to the joys of our own lives. Older children also gain empathy for others through the retelling of these events. These Hurricane Katrina displays made us love New Orleans all the more for its resiliency and continued joie de vivre.

After gaining a deeper understanding of Katrina, head upstairs to explore a much more jubilant exhibit about the tradition of Mardi Gras in Louisiana. Discover the origins and rituals of this local celebration through informative displays. View elaborate Carnival costumes, a sample parade float, and a collection of “throws” flung into Mardi Gras crowds.

An elaborate Mardi Gras costume at the Presbytère in New Orleans
Mardi Gras costume on display at Presbytère Museum (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

23. Learn history at the National WWII Museum.

Jason Carlton, a family travel blogger, says that after visiting the National WWII Museum during a business trip, he decided he must bring his family to New Orleans to visit this museum.

In this article on the Tips for Family Trips blog, Carlton says, “It’s full of historical artifacts and personal stories from those who fought in the war. There’s information about the battles in Europe and the Pacific, but it also includes stories of the challenges faced on the home front.”

“There are a lot of great activities in New Orleans, but I would return with my family just for this museum alone.”

Jason Carlton, family travel blogger

He says, “The National WWII Museum in New Orleans is a top-notch destination for history lovers. It’s a good all-weather option for families with school-age kids. There are a lot of great activities in New Orleans, but I would return with my family just for this museum alone.”

I have heard many other wonderful things about the National WWII Museum. Unfortunately, we were not able to squeeze it in during this trip, which may have been a big mistake. Looks like we need to plan another New Orleans family vacation!

National WWII Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana
National WWII Museum (Photo courtesy of the National WWII Museum)

24. Book The Escape Game New Orleans.

Book The Escape Game New Orleans while in Crescent City for a little competitive play right in the French Quarter. Choose from four options: Prison Break, The Heist, Playground, and Special OPs: Mystery Market.

An escape room is a fun family activity for older children, teens, and adults. Play is recommended for those aged 13+. Read my full The Escape Game review before you go.

Jung Hotel & Residences swanky lobby and bar
Jung Hotel & Residences’ swanky lobby and bar (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

25. Stay at the right kid-friendly Hotel in New Orleans.

For some destinations, the accommodations are simply somewhere to sleep. New Orleans, however, is not one of those places! It’s important to choose a hotel that reflects the city’s charm and welcomes families with Louisiana hospitality.

Jung Hotel & Residences

My son and I stayed at the hip Jung Hotel & Residences during our mother-son New Orleans vacation. It has a modern mid-luxury feel, with cool details like a self-playing piano in the lobby and unique lighting fixtures. An on-site restaurant and lobby bar add to the allure of a stay at this hotel.

Our Deluxe Room with two queen beds and a mini-fridge was fine for the two of us. Bigger families, however, will be pleased to find a washer/dryer, living area, and kitchenette in Executive Rooms.

For even more space, reserve a One-Bedroom Suite. The “residences” portion of this property’s name refers to the property’s apartments for long-term rental.

The Jung Hotel & Residences rooftop pool in New Orleans
The Jung Hotel & Residences rooftop pool (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

If hotel pools sway your hotel booking decisions, you’re in luck. Cool off after a long day exploring The Big Easy in Jung’s stylish rooftop pool.

The hotel’s location outside the French Quarter makes the pricing surprisingly affordable, too. Situated between the BioMedical District and the Theater District, you can drive eight minutes or walk 20 minutes from the Jung Hotel to reach the French Quarter.

The Canal Street Streetcar stop is right out front. Kids of all ages will enjoy riding the street car to visit attractions like the Mississippi Riverfront and Aquarium of the Americas.

Read more about this property and book your stay via Hotels.com now!

Hotel Le Marais pool
A refreshing oasis at Hotel Le Marais, another J Collection property (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

More New Orleans Hotels

The Jung Hotel is part of the J Collection, an alluring assortment of hotels that capture the history and vibe of New Orleans. I’ve stayed in three of their hotels and feel confident recommending a vacation at any of their 11 properties.

For additional hotels for families in New Orleans, take a look at these kid-friendly hotels in NOLA.

Flower boxes in the French Quarter
Flower boxes in the French Quarter (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

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For an affordable beach holiday, book a trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast with kids.

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  1. About to head to NOLA with the grandchildren, thanks so much for your blog!!! Hey, I’m especially interested in knowing where you found those drinks with cotton candy on the top!!!

    1. Hi Sherry – I hope you have a wonderful time in New Orleans with your grandkids! Unfortunately, those drinks with the cotton candy can actually be found in Scottsdale, AZ — at Ruze Cake House. Maybe next trip you can bring the grands here?!

  2. Love, love, love this! I’ve been wanting to plan a trip there with the kids but was worried it wasn’t kid-friendly enough. This changed my mind. Great photos!

    1. New Orleans really is what you make of it! If you want a rowdy weekend with friends — you can find that. If you want a romantic getaway with your honey — you can find that. And if you want lots of kid friendly fun, you definitely can find that in New Orleans, too! 🙂

  3. Love, love, love this! I’ve been wanting to plan a trip there with the kids but was worried it wasn’t kid-friendly enough. This changed my mind. Great photos!

  4. Love this long list.. Sounds so fun..! Thanks for sharing your experience, such a nice blog..surekha~dreamingloud

  5. I would love to experience the carriage ride. That is such a fun way to see the sights. Thanks for collating this list of activities to enjoy in New Orleans. Hope we can visit sometime next year.

  6. these are all fun activities to do. i especially love the sailing the Mississippi and playing in the museum! great for families.

  7. The kids sure would have a blast visiting New Orleans. There is a lot to do and the culture is like nothing else!

  8. we LOVE NOLA. we went there last year on vaca and spent 5 days. OMG it was a blast. went on so many adventures like Cajun Encounters. We didn’t take the kids, but we want to next year so i love this list, will be saving it for reference.

    1. If you have kids in car seats, there is a new ridesharing service in New Orleans, Tot Taxi. They can take care of getting you around the city without the worry of traveling with car seats!

  9. Wow,I am amused to look at the beauty of the New Orleans! So beautiful place, everything is there. Best place for kids!

  10. Oh the food! The music, the elaborate carnival costumes, did I mention the food?! You’ve convinced me. A visit to No’LA is very much needed. 🙂

  11. I was in New Orleans few years ago and loved my time spending at the French Quarter. It is such a great place to enjoy with your families and the kids.

  12. Wow so much to do in New Orleans! I’ve never been before! I like how you included both indoor and outdoor activities so no matter the weather, you can explore!

  13. Ha! Way more to do than just get drunk!!! Love the long list! I have never been, but I know if I go, these would be the stops I make!

    1. Soooo much more than alcohol in New Orleans! Even when I’m traveling without kids, I can only take one or two crazy nights! For me, travel really is about exploring all a destination has to offer, and New Orleans offers a lot!