Mardi Gras World
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.
Musée Conti Wax Museum
Step back into history and discover the world of French Creoles as the story of New Orleans unfolds right in front of you. The Musee Conti Wax Museum features beautiful costumes, authentic décor and unbelievable stories that are uncovered as you explore this unique museum. The visit starts three hundred years ago when you meet Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, two legends in New Orleans lore. You’ll see them discover the swampy land that would become New Orleans. Learn about Napoleon as he sells Louisiana. Other legends you’ll learn about at the museum are the pirate Jean Lafitte, Andrew Jackson and his role in the Battle of New Orleans, Mardi Gras Zulu King Weatherspoon, jazz greats Louis Armstrong and Pete Fountain.
For more information, visit their website at www.neworleanswaxmuseum.com
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.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
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.
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 inspect 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.
Entergy IMAX Theater
It doesn’t have to be a rainy day in New Orleans to enjoy the Entergy IMAX 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.
Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland
The City Park of New Orleans offers some exciting rides and places to play. For only $3, 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 carnival rides are $3 each.