New Orleans is a paradox; freethinking and alternative lifestyles are embraced while traditions and rituals are revered. Its reputation as a Mecca for nightlife, cocktail culture and partying make it a playground for grownups yet it’s also a fine family vacation destination.
There is a wealth of kid-friendly attractions, activities and festivals, but it’s the city’s resilient spirit and cultural diversity that leave a lasting impression. The vibrant street life should be savored so allow unstructured time to stroll the historic French Quarter and be swept away by an impromptu saxophonist or the smell of Creole treats wafting through the air.
The city is packed during Mardi Gras and very humid in July and August. Plan your visit accordingly and get ready to laissez les bons temps rouler.
This sprawling oasis has been enchanting families for generations. Flora-covered walkways, tennis courts, mini-golf and boating on the lake are just a few of the kid-friendly recreational options. Take a spin on one of the antique carousel’s exquisite painted ponies at Carousel Gardens Amusement Park.