Who says you can’t visit New Orleans with kids?

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When most of us think of New Orleans, we remember the 24-hour party that goes on every day on Bourbon Street, or at least we have heard about it or seen on TV. But how many families actually plan a Vacation in New Orleans? More than you think. New Orleans is so much more than just Bourbon Street and Mardi Gras.

There are plenty of excellent hotels throughout the city where bead covered drunk vacationers won’t be invading your space. And rest assured, there are locations in the French Quarter that are very kid friendly. Take for instance starting you day with the experience of Café Du Monde for a cup of chicory coffee (milk for the kids) and a fresh beignet?  It’s not only a fun breakfast and people watching adventure for the family, but they can sneak a peak in the window and check out how the pastries are made.

The French Open Market is another place you all can browse about for hours, with some interesting vendors for adults as well as children.

There are also a few almost “must do” adventures in New Orleans for families, and the first is cruising the great Mississippi River on a authentic steamboat. Not only is this a great way to see the city coastline,
building, but a sweet photo op.

NOLA with Kids 3Surly your children have heard about the wildlife in New Orleans, especially the alligator population. Whether young or old, experiencing these ancient creatures up close and personal is quite the experience. You can take tours with companies like the Slidell Swamp Tours, or head to the local alligator farm and let your children hold a baby gator in their hands. Although this may not ne appropriate for some youngsters, learning the process of growing gators for the wild, and for handbags is interesting.

NOLA with Kids 1The French Open Market is another place you all can browse about for hours, with some interesting vendors for adults as well as children.

There are also a few almost “must do” adventures in New Orleans for families, and the first is cruising the great Mississippi River on a authentic steamboat. Not only is this a great way to see the city coastline, building, but a sweet photo op.

Surly your children have heard about the wildlife in New Orleans, especially the alligator population. Whether young or old, experiencing these ancient creatures up close and personal is quite the experience. You can take tours with companies like the Slidell Swamp Tours, or head to the local alligator farm and let your children hold a baby gator in their hands. Although this may not ne appropriate for some youngsters, learning the process of growing gators for the wild, and for handbags is interesting.

 

On the alligator note, I will say if you hit one of the local restaurants, and see barbecued alligator ribs on the menu,

You might consider trying them. They are my personal favorite, and actually don’t “taste like chicken”, but yummy pork.

If you want your children to experience a local favorite then by all means head to the Louisiana Children’s Museum and or the Children’s Discovery Center. Not only do they offer educational benefits but there is plenty of creative interactive play for them.

Taking your children on a horse drawn carriage ride around town is always a memory for them, especially if you take the late afternoon cemetery tour. Although not really good for very little children, its still quite the experience and will give insight to the history of NOLA. These are guided tours, and the driver always has something eerie and exciting to show and tell.  You can catch a ride on one right near Café Du Monde. My most memorable experience doing this was a cemetery tour at dark when the heavens opened up and it poured cats and dogs. At full speed our driver raced back to the stable via flooded streets, which was quite the time for us. The cemeteries are all above ground because of the flooding, and referred to as the “City of the Dead”.

Another experience for the whole family is jumping on one of the old wood electric streetcars, and visiting outlying neighborhoods. Cruising along to the “clackidy-clack” sound and seeing life in the real New Orleans world is much fun and only a buck and a quarter per person.

And I just have to discuss something every family experiences on vacation, hungry kids. If you are like most, heading to one of the more exclusive popular restaurants may not be financially smart. However, NOLA and especially the children live on one thing, the
“Po’ Boy sandwich”. This is the ultimate cheap eat here in New Orleans, and quite tasty. Although you may choose the shrimp or oyster Po’ Boy, your little ones may certainly wrinkle their noses at that. Lucky for you there are also meatballs, ham and roast beef offered as well. Be sure to ask what comes on it for all members, as accepting the “dressed” Po’ Boy means it comes with things kids may not want.

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