The French Quarter is a wonderful neighborhood for family fun. Exploring its beautiful architecture and variety of modern shops, restaurants, and entertainment will inspire wonder in the little ones and still be a blast for adults.
Read on for our top 5 family friendly activities in the French Quarter!
Tours & Rides
The French Quarter features a number of different tours and rides, offering fun and educational ways to discover the neighborhood.
French Quartour Kids (Dumaine & Decatur) – This company offers many different tours for families with kids of all ages. Themes range from “spooky” tours to tours that explore the rich music history of the French Quarter.
Steamboat Natchez (400 Toulouse Street) – The Steamboat Natchez’s legacy dates back to 1925, and is often claimed to be the last authentic steamboat operating on the Mississippi River. A ride on the steamboat offers a beautiful, one-of-a-kind view of the French Quarter.
Horse & Carriage Tours – Mule-drawn carriage rides are a relaxing way to see the French Quarter and will surely entertain the kids. Tours begin on Decatur Street outside of Jackson Square, led by guides that offer entertaining and educational commentary along the way.
Parks & Green Spaces
The French Quarter is home to several unique parks and green spaces surrounded by beautiful New Orleans scenery.
Jackson Square (701 Decatur Street) – Jackson Square is typically buzzing with live music and local arts & crafts, and offers plenty of seating for the whole family. View the beautiful interior of the St. Louis Cathedral, enjoy a meal at one of many nearby restaurants, or simply observe the vibrant cast of characters going about their day.
Louis Armstrong Park (701 North Rampart Street) – Within this monument to jazz legend Louis Armstrong you’ll find historic Congo Square, sculptures, duck ponds and plenty of seating and space for relaxing.
Woldenberg Park – This park is located along the banks of the Mississippi River, and includes tables and picnic space as well as a scenic walking path.
The French Market
This historic open-air market was established in the late 19th century. It features lots of shopping, dining, and music in a uniquely New Orleans atmosphere.
Check out the flea market to shop for t-shirts, jewelry, and many other crafts made from merchants from around the world.
Cafe du Monde
Located at 800 Decatur Street, Cafe du Monde has been a New Orleans landmark since 1862. Bring the whole family for a delicious serving (or three) of beignets and enjoy the view of bustling Jackson Square across the street.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Located at 1 Canal Street next to the Mississippi River, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is among New Orleans’ best places for family fun.
The aquarium includes exhibits on the Amazon, Great Maya Reef, and the Mississippi River. The kids will also enjoy the Stingray Touchpool, which allows guests to touch a live stingray!
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