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Things to Do in New Orleans with Kids

Things to Do in New Orleans with Kids

New Orleans has plenty to offer the young and young at heart, from colorful Mardi Gras museums and gator-filled swamps to yummy Creole food and boat rides on the mighty Mississippi. Here are our top picks for a family-friendly trip to the Big Easy.

  • Clip-clop through the French Quarter on a horse-drawn-carriage ride.
  • Go wild at the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium, and Butterfly Garden.
  • Get around the easy way on a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour with 18 essential stops.
  • Try Creole cuisine such as gumbo, po’boys, beignets, and pralines on a French Quarter food tour.
  • Float down the Mississippi aboard the historic Steamboat Natchez.
  • Save time with fast-track entry to dozens of city attractions including the Louisiana Children’s Museum, Mardi Gras World, Cabildo, and Creole Queen paddlewheeler.
  • Speed through the Louisiana swamps on an exciting bayou airboat ride, while a nature guide points out alligators, snakes, turtles, and other wildlife.
  • Learn about Louisiana’s past at the Oak Alley Plantation.
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New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

New Orleans Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

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The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. You’ll get the same authentic riverboat experience, journeying back in time to when cotton was king and New Orleans was a budding port town that dazzled visitors with its colorful Creole culture. Board the historic riverboat for a morning or afternoon float down the mighty Mississippi. Stroll the deck, admire the iconic paddlewheel, enjoy live music, and snap picturesque shots of the beautiful urban shoreline. This family‐friendly excursion offers an optional tableside lunch (additional expense).
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Oak Alley Plantation Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

Oak Alley Plantation Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

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Experience the grandeur of New Orleans’ antebellum south on a half‐day tour of Oak Alley Plantation. Take a journey through time to the manicured estate and into the gorgeous home, built in 1839. View stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades, and enduring sugar cane fields while learning about the plantation’s fascinating – and often somber – histories from expert guides.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
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New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option

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Get more from the city by exploring New Orleans’ food culture with a guide. Stop by some of the French Quarter’s most famous restaurants for some of the area’s most delicious food. Enjoy tastings that could include seafood gumbo, Creole brisket, and beignets. Learn fun facts from your guide as you walk along the city streets, and if you choose, upgrade to a small-group tour with no more than 12 guests.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover historic New Orleans in an open‐top double‐decker bus on this hop‐on hop‐off sightseeing tour. With your 1-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with several stops, including the French Market, Jackson Square, and the Garden District, plus available walking tours, depending on the option you buy. Enjoy unobstructed views and fun onboard commentary as you soak up ‘The Big Easy’.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour

New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour

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Go for the gastronomic gusto on a food‐filled walking tour of New Orleans! Journey with a savvy local guide to popular Creole eateries, markets, and artisanal shops to sample diverse foods that define Louisiana’s culinary landscape. Stopping at several locations, savor such classic bites as gumbo, muffulettas, po'boys, bananas foster, and pralines. Along the way, meet local chefs and learn about New Orleans’ rich culinary history.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-Group Bayou Airboat Ride with Transport from New Orleans

Small-Group Bayou Airboat Ride with Transport from New Orleans

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Experience Louisiana’s wild bayou country on an exciting, family-friendly airboat tour. This tour includes an airboat ride that zips through the tree‐lined marshes at speeds up to 45 mph (72 kph). While onboard, enjoy lively commentary from your guide as you view lush scenery and local wildlife, including alligators, nutria, and native birds. Pickup and drop-off from downtown New Orleans and French Quarter hotels included.
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  • 4 hours
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$130.00
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Go City: New Orleans All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

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Go City: New Orleans All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

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Maximize your time in New Orleans with a digital pass to top city attractions. With the New Orleans All-Inclusive Pass by Go City you'll get included admission to the National WWII Museum, the New Orleans bus tour, a Paddlewheeler Creole Queen river cruise, Ultimate Swamp Adventures, and more. The pass also offers access to walking tours such as the Haunted History Walking Tour. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two years from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit.
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