New Orleans is a unique city in the United States. The city is known for its beautiful French and Spanish Creole architecture. New Orleans is most known for its world class party and revelry atmosphere, especially in the city’s famed French Quarter. In fact, the French Quarter has an open carry policy in which alcoholic drinks can be taken out onto the streets to drink around, provided they are in plastic cups.
Also, nightlife establishments in the French Quarter are known for having their doors open. So, with the city’s reputation for partying and reveling, does this mean that the city isn’t inviting for families? Not at all. There is still plenty of things for families to do in New Orleans. Here are some New Orleans attractions for kids that you should check out.
National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum is located on Magazine Street in downtown New Orleans. This museum is dedicated to World War II and the role that the United States played in it. During your time at the museum, you will learn about why the famous war was fought, how it was won, and what it means today.
Items displayed at this museum include, but is not limited to, uniforms, weapons, and vehicles that were used during the war by the warring rivals, the Allied and the Axis. You can learn about the personal experiences of not just the leaders, but also the everyday people, during the war. A few of the exhibits you can check out include The Arsenal of Democracy, The D-Day Invasion of Normandy, and US Merchant Marine Gallery.
There are also two onsite restaurants at the museum. They are called The American Sector Restaurant & Bar and the Jeri Nims Soda Shop. The admission prices are $28.50 for adults, $24.50 for seniors, and $18 for military members, college students, and students from grades K to 12. Children who aren’t yet in school will get free admission. You can buy the tickets to this museum by going here.
The Garden District neighborhood of New Orleans is located approximately 4.6 miles to the southwest of the French Quarter via St. Charles Avenue which happens to have streetcars running on it. This is among the most beautiful neighborhoods in New Orleans. The Garden District is home to a large collection of historic mansions backed up by a scenic tree canopy of live oaks.
The Garden District was once home to New Orleans’s wealthiest residents during the 19th century. The entire neighborhood is now designated a landmark by the National Historic Landmark. The mansions in this neighborhood are built in the Greek Revival and Italianate architectural styles.
If you prefer to explore the Garden District as a part of a guided tour, I would suggest that you book the New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour by Gray Line New Orleans. The price for this tour will be around $41 per adult. This tour will include exclusive access to one of the mansions, the Opera Guild Home, where you can tour inside. You can buy your tour passes here.
Jackson Square is located on Pere Antoine Alley in New Orlean’s French Quarter, just west of the Mississippi River. This beautiful park is designated a landmark by the National Historic Landmark and is also registered on the National Register of Historic Places. Jackson Square was designed after the famous Paris square, the Place des Vosges.
The park has Parisian-style landscaping, walkways, benches, and iron fences. There is a statue dedicated to Andrew Jackson who was the president of the United States in the early 19th century. There are also four other statues in the neoclassical style at the park. Each of these four statues represents the four seasons. Within the park are three historic buildings.
The most recognizable of the three buildings is the Saint Louis Cathedral. This is the oldest continuously active cathedral in the United States, having been built in the early 18th century. The cathedral is renowned for its triple steeples that towers above the surrounding area. The other two buildings at the park are The Presbytere and The Cabildo.
These two buildings are located on opposite sides of the Saint Louis Cathedral. Both of these buildings are designed in the colonial Spanish architectural style with many elements of the neo-Renaissance architectural style. The two buildings were once home to the Louisiana Supreme Court from the mid 19th century to the early 20th century.
They are now museums as a part of the Louisiana State Museum network of museums.
Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World
The event that New Orleans is most famous for is Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras is the time when there are different groups parading through New Orleans. Mardi Gras happens in the couple weeks leading onto Fat Tuesday every year. Mardi Gras World is located on Port of New Orleans Place facing the Mississippi River in the Lower Garden District area of New Orleans.
This attraction is basically a working warehouse where you can go behind the scenes of the preparation for Mardi Gras. You can get up and personal with the iconic parade floats and props that are used for Mardi Gras every year. You can observe as artists work to build and prepare these things. During your time at Mardi Gras World, you will also learn about the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
The admission prices for this attraction are $22 for adults, $14 for children, and $17 for seniors and students. You can purchase your admission tickets here.
These are some of the New Orleans attractions for kids that you can visit as a family. Just because New Orleans may be better suited for those aged 21 and up, doesn’t mean that families aren’t welcome in the city.
Are you seeking a place to stay overnight at while in New Orleans? If so, I am more than happy to help you out here. Here are two hotels that I would suggest you to book with.
Comfort Suites New Orleans
This hotel is located on Bullard Avenue just north of the interchange with Interstate 10 in the northeast part of New Orleans. This hotel offers complimentary breakfast. If you are looking for restaurants to dine at, a few nearby restaurants include Bullard Seafood & Grill, New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co, and Waffle House. There is a fitness center available for you to exercise in.
There is also an outdoor swimming pool available seasonally. All of the hotel’s suites have living rooms in them. WiFi, microwaves, mini refrigerators, and coffee makers are also available in all the suites. The average rate for a standard room range from $89 to $166. You can explore your booking options and/or view some photos here.
InterContinental New Orleans
This hotel is located on Saint Charles Avenue in downtown New Orleans. There are two onsite restaurants at this hotel. One is called Pete’s and the other is called Trenasse. There is also a rooftop swimming pool with stunning views of New Orleans. There is also a fitness center available at this hotel.
The rooms and suites at the hotel is designed with a mixture of classic and contemporary New Orleans decor with rich wood furnishings and artistic accents. Some rooms and suites will offer a balcony with breathtaking views outside. At the very least, there will be WiFi, Keurig coffee makers, and minibars in the rooms and suites at this hotel.
The average rate for a standard room at this hotel range from $122 to $688. You can go here to book your stay and/or check out some photos.
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