We love New Orleans and its art, culture, museum, historic sites, zoos, exotic people, and amazing food. We have been to this one of kind city several times in our last two years of traveling. We love the people, sweets and southern food, the atmosphere and diversity that the city has to offer.
When you think of New Orleans you think of Mardi Gras and all of the streets you don’t want your kid to visit like the famous Bourbon Street. We have found 10 Kids Friendly things to do in New Orleans to take your kids and stay safe.
- Cafe Du Monde – this one is a must and the original one on Decatur Street. The staple desserts, (cafe‘ au lait, beignets) of New Orleans and any kid would love to visit here more than once. Be prepared for a huge sugar rush.
- Aunt Sally’s Pralines – This is one of the best places to try pralines and watch them being made right in front of your eyes. The store offers fun collectables from New Orleans.
- French Market – This open-air market offers everything from Mardi Gras beads, shirts, bracelets, jewelry, authentic cajun food, and fun items for the kids.
- Old US Mint – Free to visit and was one of the largest producers of Mardi Gras doubloons. They shipped silver from Tombstone to make coins and were the only county to produce coins for two separate countries (the Confederate States and the United States). It is located at the end of the French Market.
- Jackson Square – Was featured in one of my favorite Disney movies (Princess and the Frog) and is a Historical park in the French Quarter. We love the artist all around the square and the performers.
- Jean Lafitte National Park Visitors Center – This visitor center is filled with historic facts about New Orleans. We enjoyed seeing pictures, listing facts about New Orleans, and chatting with the Ranger. The parks are located all over Louisiana and historical reenactments are done periodically.
- Pepper Palace – Get your spice on by sampling the hot sauces. We love getting unique and fun hot sauces, unique stuffed olives, and even jerky, and with entertaining employees and the owner is a hoot.
- Belle’s Dinner – This is one of your favorite restaurants in the French Quarter because that is our youngest nickname and the food is very good, reasonable and the atmosphere is fun!
- Johny Poboy – This is one of our favorites but unfortunately we were not able to visit the oldest family-owned restaurant because they are renovating. (food network picture)
- Museum at Old Ursuline Convent – A beautiful church with an extremely interesting story about the Ursuline French Nuns and their adventure to America. We had a long chat with the director of the church and learned that anyone can get married here. The cost to take a self-guided tour is around $28 for a family of four.