In my experience, New Orleans is one of the most culturally intense cities in the US. With jazz, voodoo, Mardi Gras, its French heritage and others like Creole, African American, and the Caribbean, everywhere you look, there is something interesting to learn about.
The good thing is that it allows you to explore and have fun for days, weeks even.
This is exactly what happened to me and my family, we were there for a little over a week and by the time we left, there were still tons of things that we wanted to see and do.
Following is a list, and information on all the amazing things we got to enjoy as a family, great cafes and restaurants that we loved and recommend while traveling in New Orleans with kids.
Things to Do in New Orleans
This is by far my favorite thing to do as soon as we land on a new place. Going on a city tour allows us to quickly get to know the city and to get familiarized with it before we set off on our adventures. This ensures that we spot some of the local restaurants, supermarkets or stores, pharmacies or anything we might need during our stay.
All of that of course, on top of the facts and historical information that you learn. All you need to do is find the best New Orleans city tour in advance. You can do that a few weeks before your trip through a good internet search.
Voodoo and Cemetery tours
A lot of things are said about voodoo, so the best way to learn what is the truth and what is a myth is to talk to locals or even better, someone who knows the practice. That is how we ended up on a cemetery and voodoo tour. It lasted around three hours and we were able to learn about the oldest Cemetery in New Orleans.
By going on these tours, you get to learn about what voodoo is all about. Spoiler alert, it is nothing like what has been told to us on movies and old tales.
Mardi Gras World
Being there for the actual celebrations is great but, if you get to New Orleans on a different season don’t worry. A visit to Mardi Gras World will allow you to see some of the most amazing floats from recent parades and artwork.
It is a huge warehouse filled with color and crazy stuff. But you will also be able to see and learn about the carpenters, designers and other artists that work here year found to make the festivities better each year. You even get to try on a few of the iconic costumes.
Steam Boat Ride
When exploring the iconic French Quarters of New Orleans, you are bound to encounter the great Mississippi River. So, don’t miss the chance to enjoy it on board of a historic steam boat.
Steam boat river cruises are available in morning, lunch and dinner times. Some offer great local food and amazing jazz music to go with it. During the time that you aren’t eating or dancing to the music, you get to learn a lot about the history of the river, industry, and port.
Restaurants in New Orleans
Johnny Po Boy’s
You need to eat a Po Boy while in NOLA, it is one of their traditional dishes and Johnny Po Boy’s is a great place to do that. It is an order at the counter style restaurant where you get to see how they are prepared.
The food is amazing, and it is one of the oldest po-boy restaurants in the area. Do you need more reasons?
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar
I know that bars aren’t exactly what you look for when traveling with kids but this one is full of history and great food. It was built back in 1722 and has a fun history that includes fires and smuggling.
If you visit during the day you can enjoy a beer, get lemonade for your kids and order a snack while you enjoy the place.
Café Du Monde
Beignets are another of those dishes that you need to try in New Orleans! These delicious pastries quickly became my family’s favorite things to eat during this trip. We ended up visiting this restaurant a couple of times per day.
Plus, this cute café with outdoor sitting is located right on Jackson Square in the French Quarters of the city and is open 24/7.
YES! More beignets.
This place offers delicious breakfast aside from the iconic beignets. It was the second most visited restaurant by my family while exploring New Orleans.
It is no wonder that beignets have been around for over 200 years as a staple food for breakfast. The only way I can describe them is as a mixture of a French pastry combined with a donut.
Dat Dog Restaurant
Can you tell that most of the restaurants we visited were selected by my sons? When we weren’t having po-boys or beignets, we were here having hot dogs.
But these weren’t your common hot dogs, they had some crazy and delicious variations that made me feel better about not going for more of a complete meal for my family. Fries also come in all sorts of styles in this colorful restaurant.
How to Get Around
It is different for everyone, some prefer renting a car, but for my family and I, the trolley was our transportation of choice for this trip. We usually go for cars too instead of public transportation, but, whenever we are in cities, we like to avoid the hassle of traffic, parking and figuring out the safe places to leave the car.
Now that I have taken you on a quick tour of some of my family’s favorite places to visit during our visit to New Orleans tell me, which ones are you going to add to your bucket list for this city?