Top 5 Things to Do With Your Family in New Orleans

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New Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the “Big Easy,” it’s known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures.

Also, New Orleans is perfect for families on the go. Explore, learn, play and dine your way across the Crescent City. We have listed here the top five activites that you can do with your family.

Storyland in City Park

Filled with 25 larger-than-life sculptures modeled after storybook characters, this unique playground boasts a dragon slide, Captain Hook’s pirate ship, and the whale from Pinocchio.

It is open seven days a week from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with last entry at (4:30 PM). On Fridays and Saturdays during Celebration in the Oaks Storyland will close early at 4:00 PM with last entry at 3:30 PM.

Storyland
Storyland

The Music Box Village

This assembly of small, shack-like houses is part art installation, part musical instrument, and part playground. Each offers interactive fun for kids and adults of all ages, and the rustic, forest-like art garden doubles as a music venue and event space. Open hours for hands-on play are 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

JAZZ
JAZZ

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Dedicated to the largest group of animals on the planet: insects. Experience insect encounters, fun bug animation and surprises at immersion theater, exotic buggy culinary creations, a serene Japanese butterfly garden and much more. Located at the French Quarter.

It is the largest insectarium in the United States. Don’t miss the butterfly garden, where a colorful butterfly might land on your child’s shoulder.

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Top five U.S. aquarium featuring sharks, jellyfish, rays, rare white gator, penguins, otters and changing exhibits gallery. During your visit, you will discover four different habitats (the Amazon, the Mississippi River, the Gulf Coast, and the Caribbean). There is a lot of fun for you and your kids of all ages. Located at the French Quarter.

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Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Audubon Zoo

Consistently ranked as one of the top zoos in the country. It is an awesome attraction suited for every age group. Here you can see the elephants and lions then get ready to get active! Chill out at Cool Zoo, a splash park (open seasonally) where you’ll find water-spitting snakes and a huge water slide, plus the ever-popular Gator Run Lazy River attraction.

Older kids shouldn’t miss the Safari Simulator ride, while the younger ones will love checking out the scenery on board the zoo’s Swamp train.

After your zoo visit, walk or drive through Audubon Park for an afternoon of Frisbee-tossing, biking or walking near the  Mississippi Riverfront.

Audubon Zoo
Audubon Zoo

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