While New Orleans is often labeled a party city, she also has activities for the family. If you’re planning to travel to New Orleans with the little ones, there are many things to see and do.
Some of my favorites include:
1. The Audubon Zoo. Located in historic Uptown, Audubon Zoo showcases animalsin outdoor environments that let the little ones see the animals and get some exercise walking the grounds. There are often kid-themed events on weekends, and you can spend as much time seeing the many categories of animals as you like. Website: http://www.auduboninstitute.org/visit/zoo#ref=topnav
2. The Aquarium of the Americas. Located near the Mississippi Riverfront adjacent to the French Quarter, this is an ideal activity for anyone staying right in the Quarter. Large tanks of aquatic life make this spot a must-see for kids and adults alike. Website: http://www.auduboninstitute.org/visit/aquarium
3. A paddle-wheel cruise along the Mississippi River. Tickets and boarding are right near Jackson Square in the Quarter. Our family did a daytime cruise that lasted twohours, but there are night dinner cruises as well. Plenty of food and drink are on the boat, photo opportunities abound, and the captain even let my young stepson at the time look at the engine room. The Mississippi River is the heartbeat of New Orleans, and this is a great way to enjoy the water and see the riverfront. Website: http://www.steamboatnatchez.com/harborcruise.html
4. City Park. Located in Mid-City, one of my favorite areas, the park hostskid-friendly activities all the time. There are train rides, many playgrounds, and abundant space to run and play under the live oaks. For those parents needing a pick-me-up while keeping the young ones busy, head to the front area of the park and enjoy a cup at Morning Call coffeehouse. Parents can drink coffee while watching the kids play on the adjacent playground.
Elaine Calloway grew up in New Orleans and can still do a decent Cajun accent on request. She writes paranormal romance and fantasy, setting these stories in iconic cities such as New Orleans. Book One of her Elemental Series will be out on 2/1/2013. Visit her website, www.elainecalloway.com, for more information.