Kids will love floating along the Mississippi River aboard the Steamboat Natchez! The family-friendly cruise features iconic New Orleans jazz and delicious homemade beignets. While you’re on the boat, tour the engine room and enjoy hearing the captain bark orders to crew members through an old-timey megaphone! Coupon Available!
There are plenty of tours in New Orleans, but none quite like this one. Take a tour of Mardi Gras World, where Mardi Gras is made. Kids love seeing the massive, beautiful floats being built from the ground up, trying on traditional Mardi Gras costumes, and eating a slice of king cake (which is very hard to find when it's not Mardi Gras season). No matter what time of year it is, families can take the tour, watch floats being built, and learn interesting facts about the history of Mardi Gras. Coupon Available!
New Orleans is home to one of the top-ranked zoos in the country. The Audubon features an exotic mix of animals from around the world, including unique white alligators and the stunning white tigers. You and your family will wander the grounds, exploring the animals’ natural habitats, like lush gardens and the Louisiana swamp, for “hands on” animal encounters. It’s a must visit for any family in town. Hours vary seasonally. Coupon Available!More info on Audubon Zoo
Rated as a top aquarium, you and your family will love exploring the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. You’ll be able to walk beneath a vivid Caribbean Reef, be visually stunned by the lush beauty of an Amazon Rainforest and journey through our very own Mississippi River. Your family will love seeing the penguins, sting rays and other deep sea creatures. There is a large collection of sharks and jellyfish to see, and you won't want to miss the white gator and new animals as the exhibits change. Its hours vary depending on the season. Coupon Available!
Your kids can have an up-close-and-personal experience with the insects at the Audubon Insectarium. They’ll learn the story of New Orleans and its insects, including insect customs, the history of termites and the latest technologies that are used to keep the pests at bay. You’ll travel underground where you’ll be shrunk to the size of an insect and even get to sample some exotic insect cuisine. Yum! Make sure you visit the Japanese butterfly garden to relax in the tranquil environment as hundreds of beautiful winged insects float about. The Insectarium is located in the historic United States Custom House on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans. Their hours vary depending on the season. Coupon Available!
It doesn’t have to be a rainy day in New Orleans to enjoy the Entergy Giant Screen Theatre. The whole family can be wowed by the wonders of nature on the big screen, with many films coming to life in 3D. Located next door to Audubon’s Aquarium of the Americas, the theater features one of the most advanced motion picture systems in the world with a six channel, multi-speaker sound system and a silver screen reaching five and a half stories tall. The results will be sure to amaze you and your child. Shows are hourly, but open and closing times vary depending on the season.
The City Park of New Orleans offers some exciting rides and places to play. For only $4, kids can play on Captain Hook's pirate ship, play in the mouth of a whale with Pinocchio, or play at any one of over 25 storybook exhibits in Storyland. Kids are also admitted to the Carousel Gardens Amusement park where the rides are $3 each or unlimited for $17.