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New Orleans-Louisiana's Favorite Family Adventure

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New Orleans – Louisiana's Favorite Family City Adventure
by Jill Weinlein

New Orleans was one of our favorite family city adventures. My husband Eric and our daughters, Katie and Lizzy especially liked celebrating Carnival and Mardi Gras - parades, elaborate floats and crowds dressed in exotic costumes and masks.

New Orleans offers festivals year-round, like the Jazz and Heritage Festival, Cajun Zydeco Festival, Creole Tomato Festival, This is the city of family fun with plenty of celebrations.Bastille Day, Louisiana Seafood Festival, Halloween in New Orleans, Christmas New Orleans Style.

Our hotel was just a 20-minute cab ride from the airport. The
Hilton Riverside Hotel is located along the banks of the Mississippi River and convenient to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, French Quarter, Riverboat terminal and walking distance to restaurants, music, parades, museums and shopping.

The Hilton Riverside Hotel
The Hilton Riverside is centrally located and is in walking distance to many of New Orleans’s attractions.  You can reserve a room or suite with views of the city and river.
Two Poydras St.


Favorite family activities in New Orleans…Jill and her girls  on board the Natchez


Mississippi River Steamboat Cruise
A family favorite is the Mississippi River cruise aboard the “Natchez”, one of the only authentic steamboats in the United States. The “Steamboat Natchez” offers a two-hour narrated day cruise with a buffet brunch and live jazz music. Don’t miss the tour of the steam engines - a favorite with t
he kids. Special holiday cruises are offered year-round.

Daytime Jazz Cruise

Don't miss the art displayed on the iron fence.


 Jackson Square
Strolling through Jackson Square will
remind you of Paris. Its community of Plein air artists paint and draw from their heart and display their work on the square's iron fence. It has been going on for generations. Be sure to take a look inside the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France - the oldest Catholic cathedral in the United States.


Mardi Gras World

This is a fascinating tour inside the workshops of Kern Studios, designer and builder of fl
oats for Katie and Lizzy eagerly make friends with New Orlean's noteable.over 40 parades. You can watch a video of the history of Mardi Gras, eat a slice of King’s cake (a rare treat), and tour the warehouse of the largest float builder in the world. Tours are offered 7 days a week from 9:30am to 5:30pm.
1380 Port of New Orleans Place

(504) 361-7821

The National WWII Museum
History buffs will enjoy this museum that focuses on the American experience in World War II. New Orleans is the home of Higgins Industries, a company that designed, tested and built more than 20,000 boats that were used during the D-Day operations. Learn more about the war and their involvement in the film “Beyond All Boundaries.”  You can easily spend two to three hours enjoying all that this museum has to offer.
945 Magazine St.
(504) 528-1944

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Our family loved the Aquarium and especially the new exhibit, Great Maya Reef. The tour led us through a 30-foot-long tunnel of a Caribbean coral reef teaming with marine life and ending in the ruins and artifacts of an ancient Maya city.
Located along the Mississippi River along Canal St.
(504) 581-4629

Audubon Butte
Don't miss visiting the oldest Catholic cathedral in  the U.S.rfly Garden and Insectarium
Two blocks from the aquarium is the Insectariums. The tropical Asian garden with hundreds of butterflies fluttering all about was our family’s favorite attraction. Another exhibit not to miss is the “Cockroach Chat” - fun for all ages.
423 Canal St, (504) 524-2847

Frenchmen Street Art Market

The Frenchmen Street Art Market is a special evening for art lovers with an open-air market featuring local artists and handcrafted jewelry, fine
art, offbeat sculptures, and handmade soaps. Thursday through Sunday from 7 p.m. to 1 pm
619 Frenchmen Street in the Marigny neighborhood.


New Orleans’s Jazz and Blues

It was a treat to walk through the city’s neighborhoods and hear jazz and blues performed by musicians on the streets, in the parks, and spiYour family will find plenty of fun at the Audubon museums - fish, birds, butterflies, and IMAX movies.lling out of restaurants and clubs. Find world-renowned jazz musicians on Frenchmen Street in the Blue Nile, Three Muses, and Snug Harbor clubs.

Dining Options

Crescent City Brewery
I suggest the oyster club sandwich with a Bloody Mary or local draft beer. The kids found m
any favorites on the Children’s Menu.
527 Decatur St. (504) 522-0571

GW Fins
Our family loved this seafood restaurant, with its cozy booths and the fresh out-of-the-oven buttermilk biscuits, which are served before and during your meal. Be sure to order a fresh fish entrée and salty malty dessert. Open for dinner starting at 5 p.m.
Oysters are a favorite at Crescent City Brewery.
808 Bienville St. (504)581-3467.

Nola by Emeril
Eric and I enjoyed a night out at Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse's “Nola” a more casual restaurant in the French Quarter, which serves a menu of rustic
Louisiana and Southern cooking with a warm Southern hospitality. We especially loved the delicious banana pudding layer cake - made with a graham cracker crust, vanilla wafers, and fudge sauce.
534 St. Louis St.

Palace Café
Your family won’t want to miss Palace Café on Canal Street. It’s upbeat and lively and prepares the best Creole food. The Bananas Foster desert is prepared tableside -  an entertaining family treat.
605 Canal St.


For more information:

New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau

Experience New Orleans


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