7 Responses to “Visiting New Orleans with the kiddies?”

  1. K-dizzle says:

    The brand-new Audubon Insectarium is AWESOME! They have a cafe where you can eat cooked insects. A friend of mine had a chocolate covered ant! You can try going to the House of Blues, or take a mule drawn carriage through the French Quarter. Its alot of fun going through the French Quarter and seeing all the sights.

    P.S.-Thank you for going to New Orleans for a couple of days. For the city to bounce back we need all the tourism we can get.
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  2. Barry says:

    I haven’t been to the Insectarium and am glad to hear (first answer) it is good. Not sure about lunch there…. (www.auduboninstitute.com)

    Don’t write off the WWII museum too quickly. It is very well done (not just a display of guns & tanks) and has a great gift shop.

    Other things to do (not all are for teens, but you choose):

    There are many sightseeing opportunities in the greater New Orleans area, including carriage rides/tours, plantation tours, swamp tours, ghost tours, and even Katrina disaster tours. The steamboat Natchez also does a harbor tour. There are numerous tour companies and your hotel can help with the arrangements. Try to avoid scheduling an outdoor tour until you know the weather forecast for the day in question.

    The Saint Charles Streetcar is the oldest continuously operating street railway in the world and is a "tourist attraction" in its own right. It is part of the public transit system, as are the Canal Street and Riverfront streetcar lines: http://www.norta.com/

    There is always music, but the bands change: Go to http://www.bestofneworleans.com and click on Music then Listings or to http://www.offbeat.com and click on Listings, then Music. Note that music clubs often advertise "No Cover", meaning there is no charge for entering. However, clubs with "No Cover" often require that customers buy a beverage each for every "set " of music (which can be every 20 minutes) so KNOW THE PRICE before you sit down. Clubs do that because some people will sit in the club all evening drinking nothing (clubs only make money from the drinks they sell – not from the music). It is also a good idea to pay for each round of drinks (in clubs on Bourbon Street) as it s delivered so there can’t be any confusion at the end of the evening.

    About certain alcoholic beverages: Realize that some famous drinks are VERY potent compared with regular cocktails that have only 1 to 1 ½ ounces of alcohol. For example, a Hurricane is basically 3 or 4 ounces of rum in something like red Kool-Aid, and a Hand Grenade has at least 4 ½ ounces of Everclear + rum + vodka mixed with melon liquor. They don’t necessarily taste like an alcoholic beverage and it is easy to over-indulge.

    Wander around the French Quarter, enjoy the architecture, watch the street entertainers (do tip), and visit some of the historic buildings that have been turned into museums (go to http://www.frenchquarter.com and click on Historic Attractions).

    Assuming the weather is good, you can collect a sandwich lunch and eat in the riverfront park (watch the shipping) or in Jackson Square (a very nice park).

    The Riverwalk shopping center has an air-conditioned food court with dining overlooking the river (www.riverwalkmarketplace.com). The Canal Place shopping center is in the French Quarter and has a cinema and higher-end shopping (Saks 5th Avenue, Brooks Brothers, etc.)

    The lobby for the Westin Canal Place Hotel is on the 11th floor and overlooks the French Quarter. It is a great place for an afternoon drink/snack:(www.westin.com).

    Cafe du Monde is in the French Quarter and you shouldn’t miss having cafe au lait & beignets (www.cafedumonde.com). Another great coffee shop is the Croissant d’Or (at 615 Ursulines Street), which is open from 7:00am to 2:00pm and has food in addition to pastry.

    The Palm Court restaurant is very nice, has moderate prices, and traditional live jazz starting at 8:00pm: 1204 Decatur Street, tel 504-525-0200 (reservations are important and they are not open every day). The Palm Court is closed from about July 25th to about September 25th each year.

    All of the famous restaurants (Antoine’s, Arnaud’s, Brennan’s, Commander’s Palace, etc.) have reopened. The Pelican Club (on Exchange Alley in the FQ) is not as well known but is the same type experience. Reservations are a good idea, and probably essential on weekends. Tujaques Restaurant (823 Decatur Street) is very traditional and has moderate prices: http://www.tujaguesrestaurant.com/

    Cafe Degas is a very French restaurant near City Park at 3127 Esplanade – which is not within walking distance of downtown (5 to 10 minutes by taxi). They are closed on Mondays & Tuesdays (504-945-5635).

    The Napoleon House restaurant is at 500 Chartres Street in the FQ, and has a menu of great local dishes: http://www.napoleonhouse.com/

    Preservation Hall has traditional live Jazz, and doesn’t serve alcohol so all ages are welcome: http://www.preservationhall.com/

    New Orleans has ballet, opera, a symphony orchestra, and theatre:

    http://www.nobadance.com/
    http://www.neworleansopera.org/
    http://www.lpomusic.com/
    http://www.lepetittheatre.com/

    There is a free ferry across the Mississippi at the "foot" of Canal Street. It is a short trip but like a harbor cruise w/o a guide: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/canal_street_ferry

    The Aquarium and Audubon Zoo are world-class attractions (www.auduboninstitute.org) and you should see them if you can. The Zoo is several miles from downtown. You can drive to the Zoo (which has free parking) or take public transit from the French Quarter.

    The Louisiana State Museum is in the French Quarter: http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/ New Orleans is also home to a number of other museums, such as the National World War II Museum (www.ddaymuseum.org) and the New Orleans Museum of Art (www.noma.org). Both can be reached by public transit: The WWII museum is in the central business district but a long walk from the French Quarter. NOMA is not within walking distance of downtown but has free parking. Go to http://www.neworleansmuseums.com/ for info on more museums.

    Harrah’s Casino is in the Central Business District: http://www.harrahs.com/casinos/harrahs-new-orleans/hotel-casino/property-home.shtml

    New Orleans City Park has a variety of attractions + free parking (www.neworleanscitypark.com).

    Check http://www.frenchquarter.com for ideas about other things to do.

    Hope you have a great time!
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    New Orleans resident

  3. Jared says:

    Try one of the area swamp tours, in particular one of the airboat tours south of New Orleans. Most of the companies that offer swamp tours provide shuttle pickup and dropoff from the downtown hotels.
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    New Orleans Hotel Employee

  4. MARILYN B says:

    http://www.louisianatravel.com/
    http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/louisiana/things-to-do.php

    This site: http://www.neworleans.com/ seems to be the most helpful for me.

    I may be going in July with my four yr old & the last site given really helped me out some.

    "Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!!"
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    On second thought … Go with Barry’s answer.
    lol

  5. sandy says:

    If they are teens, take them on a swamp tour. For food, stay away from the big fancy restaurants and go for a poboy shop or one of the many neighborhood restaurants.
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  6. DanY says:

    the Aquarium is amazing!
    and right next to it is an AMAZINGLY cool boardwalk mall any teen would love
    also right by the DDAY museum is a small glass-blowing shop that is really cool an u can see how they make the stuf
    you can take couple of hours boat ride right next to the Aquarium that might take you to an old plantation home!
    also the Natchez bout tour is cool.
    check out the Superdome- maybe something cool is going on?
    hope you have a great time!
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  7. traveler says:

    How about Mardi Gras World
    http://www.mardigrasworld.com/

    Insectatorium, Zoo, aquarium
    http://www.auduboninstitute.org/

    Maybe take a carriage ride around the city. You can pick them up at Jackson Square.

    You could do a swamp tour.
    http://www.louisianaswamp.com/
    http://www.airboatadventures.com/

    Or perhaps the wax museum
    http://www.neworleanswaxmuseum.com/

    Go to a baseball game, its affordable and fun.
    http://www.zephyrsbaseball.com/

    Rock and bowl is fun for the family
    http://www.rockandbowl.com/

    or even just hop on the streetcar and go for a ride. Have Fun!
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