New Orleans Family Attractions


New Orleans family attractions include wild discoveries at the Audubon Zoo, bus tours and Mardi Gras World for lifelong memories

New Orleans family attractions are vibrant and family-friendly, offering unique adventures for every group. Although New Orleans may be known for its cuisine—and don’t panic, there are various eateries to pick from— the Crescent City is much more than just food. City bus tours abound, offering tourists the chance to hop aboard and travel stress-free from one historical landmark to another. Other attractions, like Mardi Gras World and Audubon Zoo, bring people closer to what makes New Orleans unique, altogether giving them the chance to see what this city, steeped in culture, is all about.

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Mardi Gras World in New Orleans

Mardi Gras World offers visitors a unique behind-the-scenes look into the town’s most famous holiday celebration. The tours will give you an overview of the history of Mardi Gras, along with an up-close view of the Mardi Gras floats being built for the upcoming year’s celebration. In addition, Mardi Gras World offers team-building exercises like Mini Float Building and a Mask-Making Workshop, plus a free shuttle service that will pick you up from locations downtown and in the French Quarter.

Experience Mardi Gras in the best way possible

Swamp Tour in Louisiana

Swamp Tour in Louisiana

Venture just a short drive outside of New Orleans’ city limits and you encounter an expanse of swamplands. There are many different touring companies that help your group explore the swamps in a number of different ways. New Orleans Pedal Barge is perfect for 21-and-over groups, offering a bring-your-own-beer drinking experience for your exploration of the bayou. The Insta-Gator Alligator Ranch is great for visitors who want an up-close experience with reptiles. And if seeing these creatures isn’t enough, Insta-Gator allows visitors to hold, wrestle with, and feed the alligators.

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City Bus Tours in New Orleans, Louisiana

If it is your first time visiting the Big Easy, the best way to get acquainted is with one of the city’s many bus tours, which are especially ideal for large groups and families. Bus tours provide comfort and easy transportation between some of New Orleans’ most famous landmarks, like the St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. Some options you might consider: City Sightseeing Bus Tours, Hidden History Tours, Mardi Gras Mambo Tours and Civil War Tours, all of which offer guests the chance to understand and appreciate this city’s unique history.

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Audubon Zoo in New Orleans


Take the family to the Audubon Zoo for up-close encounters with wild animals of all varieties.

Located in historic Uptown New Orleans, Audubon Zoo is regularly ranked as one of the 10 best zoos in the United States. This is partially due to its award-winning exhibits displaying animals native to the bayou. The Louisiana Swamp and Jaguar Jungle habitats showcase the native biodiversity of Louisiana and demonstrate how these animals have been impacted in the wild by human interaction. If you visit New Orleans during the summer months, take the kids to Audubon’s Cool Zoo: it’s a waterpark that includes slides, a lazy river and a splash pad, perfect for kids and adults to enjoy.

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New Orleans City Park

City Park consists of over 1,300 acres of public land located on the north side of New Orleans. The park includes an expansive Botanical Garden, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and much more. During warmer months, it hosts hundreds of concerts and outdoor events, giving visitors much to do in-between other Crescent City sightseeing. While exploring City Park, stop by Café Du Monde, known for its legendary beignets.

City Park has something for everyone

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