When one thinks of New Orleans, they often picture Mardi Gras and the wild and crazy atmosphere that encompasses such a huge scene. But there is a softer side, a quieter side to the Big Easy. If you think New Orleans is only for adults, think again. This can easily be a very kid friendly vacation, for the whole family to enjoy. Below are a few things that may spark your interest.
The French Quarter: Bourbon Street and the French Quarter are possibly the most well known areas of New Orleans. Granted it can get rowdy at night, but during the day it is an interesting and unusual place to wander while the sun is still up. There are many unique shops to browse in, or if you prefer the more authentic VooDoo vibe of the city, there are plenty of shops that cater to this particular interest, as well. Don’t forget to try some fresh craw fish, or their famous Beignets along the way!
Cemetery and Ghost Tours: If your family likes ghost stories and all things haunted, a visit to the infamous Cemeteries (St. Louis Cemetery #1 being the most famous) throughout the city is also a must. Granted it can be a little morbid, and a little scary for younger children, so this one isn’t recommended for the very little ones. You will get a view at the unique way the tombs are placed, as well as the French and Spanish design influence. If you still haven’t got your fix of the scarier side of the city, then a Haunted Ghost tour is next on your list. You will be lead around the French Quarter after dusk, as your guide regals you with ghost stories from the past. Make sure to keep a firm hold onto someone, as you wouldn’t want to wander off.
Museums: To escape from the heat and the bustle of the city, take an afternoon to view the National WW II Museum. From D-Day to the Holocaust, this Museum is sure to be of interest to any WWII buff. Some displays may be disturbing to small children, so keep that in mind when picking this Museum. If you feel like the WWII Museum may be to grown up for your family, then head over to the Louisiana Children’s Museum. This museum is far more suited for the younger kids, and the young at heart. From hands on exhibits, Holiday activities and almost daily story times, this is a must stop for the younger family members.
Festivals: No matter what time of the year that you plan your vacation to New Orleans, there is bound to be a Festival happening. Mardi Gras, the French Quarter Festival, and the Oyster Festival are to name just a few. There is sure to be something to catch your interest, so check out the long list of Festivals, before you decide when to go!
From mouth watering Cajun dishes, to the unique vibe of the city, the Museums, the history and oh, that jazz music, New Orleans has so much to offer. So take a stroll in the Garden District, soak up the warm Southern sun, listen to the melody of the distant music float by you, and take in all this iconic city has to offer. If you are travelling as a couple or family, or a rag tag group looking for adventure, New Orleans will not disappoint.