by Lauren Saizan
New Orleans is a destination that should top every traveler’s list. And this summer, there are plenty of activities that children and adults alike will appreciate. From the return of festivals and beloved attractions to outdoor activities and foodie events, everyone will enjoy a vacation to the Crescent City.
The Louisiana Children’s Museum is a top attraction for families. The museum relocated from downtown New Orleans to City Park in 2019, and expanded to include exhibits on the Mississippi River, new play spaces, and outdoor activities. Speaking of outdoor activities, City Park is filled with playgrounds, lakes and lagoons to kayak, a miniature golf course and lots of greenspace to play sports or relax.
Children love riding the amusements at Carousel Gardens and exploring the playscapes of storybook characters at Storyland. Make a day out of your visit to City Park with a meal at kid-friendly Acorn Café, and don’t forget the beignets at Café du Monde.
Another great family-friendly attraction is Mardi Gras World, where visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at the magic of Mardi Gras. Take a tour of the warehouse where floats are built and painted, and learn the history behind it all. Save room for a slice of king cake, included in the price of admission.
A trip to New Orleans wouldn’t be complete without a visit to The Audubon Zoo or The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Perfect for a sunny day, the zoo features exhibits including Louisiana swamp creatures, the African Savanna, a World of Primates and an Elephant Pavilion.
Pack your swimsuits and goggles—this summer sees the return of the Cool Zoo, New Orleans’ only waterpark conveniently located within the zoo. And for rainy or warmer days, the aquarium includes dozens of sea creatures such as penguins, jellyfish, sea otters, turtles and stingrays. Both the zoo and the aquarium make for a wonderful excursion in New Orleans.
Travelers can also mark their calendars for the return of festivals, including the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience in June and the French Market Creole Tomato Festival in July. Special dining deals will be available through COOLinary from July to September.
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