I’ve been to New Orleans several times with other adults, but when my nine-year-old son chose this destination for a mother/son trip, I thought “Why not?”

New Orleans with Kids

New Orleans is full of fun, interesting and educational things to do with your kids. One of our first stops was City Park. They have a playground area named Storyland, where all the play equipment has been designed by Mardi Gras float makers. It’s a lot of fun for the kids to play, while also figuring out all the fairy tale stories that are depicted here!

Storyland New Orleans

Peter Pan's ship with crow's nest

Storyland Dragon Slide

Also at City Park, there’s an area called “Carousel Gardens” which is a great little amusement park. It’s got all the favorites for ages 5-12, with a fabulous indoor antique merry-go-round, a tilt-a-whirl, a Super Slide, bumper cars, a train, and more.

New Orleans City Park Carousel


City Park also has a miniature golf course, a botanical garden, and free parking! You can easily spend a whole day here.

On another day, we visited the Audubon Aquarium. This is right in the French Quarter area. They have all the fishy animals we love, plus penguins and otters too!

Audubon Aquarium Seahorses

Audubon Aquarium Penguin

There’s also a good IMAX theater at the Aquarium, too, complete with popcorn! Then we took a stroll along the bank of the Mississippi River while listening to music from the steam calliope on the Riverboat Natchez.

Steamboat Natchez

The Natchez does afternoon Jazz Cruises with a brunch buffet, which would also be a great activity with your kids.

On our final day, we walked to Jackson Square and visited Café du Monde for breakfast. It was a huge hit!

Cafe du Monde

Then we took a carriage ride around the French Quarter and learned more about the history of the area.

We finished up our trip with a stop at Southern Candymakers for some authentic New Orleans pralines and other sweets to bring home and enjoy with the rest of the family.

If you’d like to visit New Orleans, with or without your kids, contact me for free vacation planning services at Brenda@travelwiththemagic.com or 800-670-4312 x 140. We also specialize in Disney vacations!