Here are just some of the attractions in the New Orleans area that are sure to entice kids of all ages.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas – Top five U.S. aquarium featuring sharks, jellyfish, rays, rare white gator, penguins, otters and a changing exhibits gallery. Visit the Great Maya Reef. Steps away from the French Quarter and area hotels.
Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium – One of New Orleans’ newest attractions. Dedicated to the largest group of animals on the planet: insects. Experience insect encounters, fun bug animation and surprises at our immersion theater, a serene Japanese butterfly garden and much more.
Audubon Zoo – Top five U.S. zoo featuring more than 2,000 animals in natural habitats settings, including our white alligator in the Louisiana Swamp exhibit. Cool Zoo, A Wild and Wet Splash Park open seasonally.
Carousel Gardens Amusement Park – A fun-size family-friendly amusement park for children of all ages, featuring an historic Carousel. For more than 100 years, visitors have enjoyed this unique marvel – a beauty featuring “flying horses” and one of only 100 such carousels in the country.
Cemetery Tour – Visit New Orleans famous “cities of the dead” and learn about our unique above-ground burials.
Louisiana Children’s Museum – Explore 30,000 square feet of hands-on fun. Pilot a tugboat at the Little Port of New Orleans, shop in the Little Winn Dixie or stand inside of a giant bubble. Everyone has the opportunity to explore, experience, and learn.
City Putt Mini Golf -City Park’s newest attraction is a ball! City Putt is a 36-hole mini golf complex with two courses: the Louisiana Course highlights cultural themes and cities from around the state; the New Orleans Course showcases streets and iconic themes from around the city, with signs detailing the city’s historic sites at each hole.
Creole Queen Paddlewheeler– Cruise the mighty Mississippi aboard our award-winning, authentic paddlewheeler. Enjoy our leisurely dinner cruise with classic Creole cuisine or embark on a day trip to historic Chalmette Battlefield in Jean Lafitte National Park.
Entergy Giant-Screen Theater – Features 327 front-row seats, state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos multi-dimensional cinema sound and a 4K digital projection system on a 5 1/2-story screen. Will immerse you in a big screen 2-D or 3-D adventure. Steps away from the French Quarter. Next door to the aquarium.
Insta-Gator Alligator Ranch and Hatchery – Alligators by the hundreds. Open year-round. Hold ’em, feed ’em, even catch’em. Alligators from one foot to eight feet. See a virtual tour movie at insta-gatorranch.com. An educational adventure.
Mardi Gras World – Come see where Mardi Gras is made. See Mardi Gras magic created right before your eyes in this maze of amazing carnival creations. Guided tours, video, royalty costumes, gift shop.
Mid-City Lanes Rock ‘N’ Bowl– Local New Orleans landmark. Louisiana’s best local acts play here; zydeco, blues, Cajun and variety dance bands. Combined with bowling and food – a fun atmosphere for all.
National World War II Museum – The War that Changed the World comes to life for all generations through powerful, personal stories from the battlefront and the home front, rare artifacts, an interactive submarine experience and the 4-D film “Beyond All Boundaries” featuring Tom Hanks.
New Orleans Museum of Art – The Gulf South’s leading art museum is home to nearly 40,000 objects that appeal to casual visitors and art buffs alike. The adjacent Besthoff Sculpture Garden showcases work by several of the 20th century’s master sculptors.
NOLA Motorsports Park – Experience the thrill of racing! We offer a variety of racing options for everyone from our daily rentals to race series. Our 40 acre facility includes 30 acres of track area with 7 acres lighted.
Plantation Tours – Get a feel for the Antebellum South as you look out over rows of oak trees to the Mississippi river from the porch of a plantation home. The architecture and beauty of these homes alone is impressive – the stories that go with them are even better.
Preservation Hall – Open nightly with concerts at 8, 9 and 10pm Mondays through Wednesdays with additional 5 and 6pm performances Thursdays – Sundays, for the best in traditional New Orleans jazz for all ages. Limited online reservations are available at preservationhall.com/tickets and at the box office daily between 12-5pm.
Steamboat Natchez Riverboat – Harbor jazz and dinner jazz cruises on the Mississippi River. Enjoy a unique visit to the steam engine room to see the workings of 100-year-old steam engine. From decor to navigation, it is timeless.
Swamp Tours – Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with an alligator? Cruise leisurely along the mysterious, moss-draped bayous? See exotic flora and fauna found nowhere else in the country? You can by checking out one of the many swamp and wildlife tours offered by experienced boat captains in the watery regions surrounding New Orleans.
Storyland in New Orleans City Park -Climb aboard Captain Hook’s pirate ship, follow Pinocchio into the mouth of a whale or scamper up Jack & Jill’s Hill! Fairytales and fantasy come to life before your eyes in City Park’s Storyland. This charming theme playground is a child’s dream (come true!) filled with 20 larger-than-life storybook sculptures featuring classic fairytale characters.