New Orleans, LA

Plan a fun-filled family reunion in New Orleans, Louisiana with its delightful culture and cuisine and vibrant sights and sounds

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From its culture and cuisine to its sights and sounds, experience the uniqueness of New Orleans

With its eclectic vibe, New Orleans, Louisiana is the ideal place for your family reunion. The ‘Big Easy’, as it’s fondly known, is a cultural gumbo of distinctive architecture, cool jazz and celebrated cuisine. From second line parades to centuries old streetcars, this timeless city offers something amazing around every cobblestone corner. Enjoy a stroll through the oldest and most famous area of the city, the French Quarter and stop at the historic Café du Monde for delicious powdered sugar covered beignets and café au lait. For traditional New Orleans cuisine with a spectacular city view, meet at the riverfront to take a brunch or dinner jazz cruise down the mighty Mississippi River.

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas offers wholesome family fun with over 15,000 sea life creatures including African penguins, sea otters and stingrays. The Audubon Zoo offers an exotic mix of animals from around the globe, engaging educational programs and hands-on animal encounters.

Head to the Garden District for a glimpse into Mardi Gras at Mardi Gras World, the largest float design facility in the world where colorful displays and costumes are created. Take a ride down the historic avenue on the St. Charles Streetcar and see the distinguished homes and landmarks.

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Reaching New Orleans is more convenient than ever before with its new world-class airport terminal

Mid-City has plenty of family-friendly attractions and activities for your reunion group. Have a rocking time at Rock ‘n’ Bowl with live music and bowling. Spend some time outdoors at City Park and let the young ones be thrilled at the Carousel Grounds Amusement Park. Play a round of mini golf at City Putt and be enthralled at Storyland with larger-than-life storybook sculptures. Enjoy the outdoors at Big Lake, tour the New Orleans Botanical Garden and see works of art at Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden next to the New Orleans Museum of Art. For a more relaxing afternoon outdoors, rent a shelter or pavilion in City Park or Audubon Park for a family picnic and barbecue.

Planes, trains and automobiles – getting to New Orleans is easy especially with the newly opened world-class terminal complex at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Within New Orleans, walking is the way to go anywhere as much of the city can be reached on foot and all of it is picturesque. If you want to rest your feet, there is also a streetcar system and you can easily rent bikes, hop on a bus, take a ferry or call a pedicab or taxi. Extend your family reunion by taking a cruise out of the Port of New Orleans to the Caribbean or Mexico.

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Why Reunite in New Orleans, LA

Highlights

  • More than 26,000 hotel rooms in a 2-mile downtown area
  • Walkable city and easy to navigate between hotels and the iconic French Quarter
  • Attractions like Mardi Gras World and activities like cooking classes and swamp tours
  • Delicious Cajun and Creole cuisine with thousands of restaurants
  • Live music venues at almost every corner
  • Tree-lined parks perfect for outdoor gatherings

Family-Friendly Dining Experiences in New Orleans

Crescent City Brewhouse

Crescent City Brewhouse is the only microbrewery located in the French Quarter of New Orleans. There are multiple reasons why this brewery is known as one of the best places to drink beer in NOLA: live jazz is performed every night, it hosts monthly exhibits of local art, and the festive atmosphere keeps locals and tourists coming back for more.

Website: crescentcitybrewhouse.com

Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant

This award-winning restaurant is iconic for its huge servings of Louisiana-style broiled and fried seafood. Deanie’s Seafood has three locations – French Quarter, Bucktown and Garden District – and a fresh seafood market where it offers up the catch-of-the-day. Along with its huge seafood platters, Deanie’s also offers up classics like Stuffed Crab, Broiled Stuffed Flounder, or authentic Chicken & Sausage Gumbo.

Website: deanies.com

Oceana Grill

Oceana Grill is nestled between some of the French Quarter’s most famous music venues and vibrant nightlife. Boasting the title for the best crab cakes and gumbo in the French Quarter, this restaurant is a favorite for both locals and tourists. For those unable to dine-in, Oceana Grill also offers quick and convenient delivery and pick-up services.

Website: oceanagrill.com

Tujague’s Restaurant

Tujague’s Restaurant, founded in 1865, is the third-oldest restaurant in the nation, having been around for 160 years. The restaurant’s owners are keen on tradition, and their most time-honored offerings are the mint Grasshopper after-dinner drink, the broiled brisket, and shrimp remoulade. Both its brunch and dinner menus will satisfy your craving for plates that are unmistakably New Orleans.

Website: tujaguesrestaurant.com

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Dooky Chase’s Restaurant

Dooky Chase’s has a rich and interesting history that is highly trafficked by politicians, musicians, artists and authors. A hub for New Orleans culture, it is one of the premier restaurants to experience authentic Creole cuisine that has been perfected since the restaurant’s founding in 1941. During the week, Dooky’s offers a lunch buffet that changes daily, but features staples like red beans and rice and Poor Boys. On Friday and Saturday nights, their dinner menu features favorites like Shrimp Clemenceau, Chicken Creole, and Oyster Norman.

Website: dookychaserestaurants.com

Family-Friendly Attractions in New Orleans

City Bus Tours

If it’s your first time visiting the Big Easy, the best way to get acquainted is through one of many city bus tours that are offered. This is especially ideal for large groups and families, providing comfort and easy transportation between some of the city’s most famous landmarks. City Sightseeing Bus Tours, Hidden History Tours, Mardi Gras Mambo Tours, and Civil War Tours are some of the many options available.

Website: neworleans.com/things-to-do/tours/bus

Mardi Gras World

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. They also offer a free shuttle service that will pick you up from locations downtown and in the French Quarter.

Website: www.mardigrasworld.com

Swamp Tour

Just a short drive outside of New Orleans’ city limits and you come face to face with 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 groups, offering a BYOB drinking experience while on your exploration of the bayou. The Insta-Gator Alligator Ranch is perfect for visitors who want an up-close experience with the replies that call New Orleans their home. If seeing them isn’t enough, Insta-Gator allows visitors to hold, wrestle, and feed the alligators. Admire NOLA is another notable tour company that offers guided kayak tours through the swamps.

Website: neworleans.com/things-to-do/tours/swamp-tours

Audubon Zoo

Located in historic Uptown New Orleans, Audubon Zoo is regularly ranked as one of the Top 10 zoos in the country. This is in part due to the award-winning exhibits of 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: a waterpark that includes slides, a lazy river, and a splash pad.

Website: audubonnatureinstitute.org/zoo

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City Park

City Park consists of over 1,300 acres of public land located on the north side of the city. The park includes an expansive Botanical Garden, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and much more. During the warm months, there are often hundreds of concerts and outdoor events hosted here. While exploring City Park, it’s a perfect time to stop by Café Du Monde, known for its legendary beignets and Cafe au Lait.

Website: neworleanscitypark.com

Family-Friendly Accommodations in New Orleans

Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome

Located in the heart of New Orleans’ Central Business District, this Holiday Inn is conveniently located two blocks away from both the Mercedes Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Center. The hotel also is a short distance away from the WWII Museum, Harrah’s Casino and Audubon Zoo. The hotel’s accommodations include a rooftop pool deck, the Streetcar Restaurant, and Clarinet Cocktail Lounge. For private meetings and events, the largest room at the Holiday Inn can accommodate up to 170 guests.

Website: hi-neworleans.com

The Troubadour

The Troubadour Hotel is a luxurious boutique hotel located just a few blocks from the theater district and French Quarter. The Troubadour incorporates a uniquely modern take on classic southern charm, seen in the interior design and the in-house restaurant Jayne. The hotel offers multiple meeting and event rooms for all of your networking and entertaining needs during your stay.

Website: thetroubadour.com

Hampton Inn New Orleans Warehouse District

This Hampton Inn location is ideal for groups traveling to the city for conventions. The hotel is located just across the street from Ernest N. Morial Convention Center but is also a short car ride away from all the essential downtown attractions. The Hampton Inn offers free hot breakfast, or you can choose from an array of restaurants located nearby. The hotel’s rooms can be combined to accommodate an event with up to 288 people.  

Website: hilton.com/en/hotels/msylahx-hampton-suites-new-orleans-convention-center

Wyndham New Orleans French Quarter

Wyndham New Orleans is located just minutes away from the city’s Musical Legends Park, Bourbon Street, and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park. Its rooms have all the amenities to make yourself at home while providing over 2,000 square feet of event facilities.

Website: wyndhamfrenchquarter.com

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AC Hotel by Marriott

AC Hotel is located in the French Quarter: an ideal location to get to all the city’s iconic travel destinations. The historic building that houses the hotel has been updated with all the modern luxuries to make your group’s stay as comfortable as possible. The hotel also offers six event rooms, from meeting spaces to ballrooms, that can host up to 168 people. During your stay, stop by AC Kitchen or AC Lounge to experience their take on contemporary Southern charm.

Website: marriott.com/hotels/travel/msyac-ac-hotel-new-orleans-french-quarter/

Family-Friendly Venues in New Orleans

Rock N’ Bowl

Rock N’ Bowl is one of New Orleans’ most unique live music venues. It combines a bowling alley and a music club with jazz and zydeco musicians in one high-energy venue. Rock N’ Bowl has multiple special deals for those wanting to plan a group event. Their party packages range in prices depending on the drink and food offering you group would like available and how long you would like to reserve the bowling alley.

Website: rocknbowl.com

Mother’s Restaurant Next Door

Connected to Mother’s Restaurant is Mother’s Next Door, which consists of a banquet hall and a dining room that, when combined, can host up to 380 guests. Parties can choose from a number of Mother’s favorites to serve buffet-style, including its famous ham, and choose between a number of bar packages.

Website: mothersrestaurant.net/mothers-next-door/

Mississippi River Riverboats

Get a feel for what puts the “crescent” in Crescent City with the unique perspective a Mississippi Riverboat provides. Float down the Mississippi River while dancing to live music with your group and dining on delicious New Orleans cuisine. Let the city’s skyline provide an exquisite backdrop for your family photos.

Website: neworleans.com/things-to-do/tours/riverboat/

Napoleon House

To experience the Old World of New Orleans that exudes European style, consider the Napoleon House located in the French Quarter. For parties less than 300, the 2nd-floor suite is perfect for cocktail parties, reception, and weddings. For larger parties, planners can include the first-floor patio and the bar at an additional charge.

Website: napoleonhouse.com

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Acme Oyster House French Quarter

Acme Oyster House offers an abundance of NOLA seafood classics, including a whole section of the menu dedicated to different types of Po-Boys. A group can either reserve the entire restaurant for larger events up to 200 people, or Acme’s Reef Room can accommodate smaller parties of up to 130 guests. The Reef Room also offers a beautiful private balcony with an amazing view.  

Website: acmeoyster.com/french-quarter

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