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Family Friendly French Quarter

Music, Food, Shops, an Aquarium and an Insectarium in NOLA
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.1 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  New Orleans, rich in culture and history, is more than just a place to celebrate Mardi Gras. While Mardi Gras is a wonderful time to ... more »

Tips:  This walking guide can be completed in a half day or can be extended to a full day depending on how long you stay at each activity,... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Public Parking

If you are driving to the French Quarter, the public parking closest to Jackson Square is a good place to start. Parking prices vary by time parked.

As you walk from your parking spot towards Cafe du Monde and the French Market, look for the St. Louis Cathedral, wander through the park and tour the Cathedral area if interested. In front of the St. Louis Cathedral, you will see local street artists as well as horse and carriage rides.

Cafe du Monde is home to those famous French doughnuts known as beignets. Get there early and expect to stand in line to get a table. If you stop by for a snack in the middle of the day, the line will not be as long as it is in the morning. You can skip the table line by getting into the takeout line. The servers will often stop by the takeout... More

The French Market Flea Market is a great place to pick up inexpensive souvenirs. Wander through the Farmer's Market and pick up a healthy snack or the makings of a delicious lunch. There are scheduled cooking demonstrations and musicians.

Address: Decatur Street and St. Peter Street
Phone: 504-522-2621
Admission: Free
Hours of Operation: Flea... More

5. Steamboat Natchez

If you want cruise down the Mississippi on a paddleboat, the Steamboat Natchez offers two hour jazz cruises and dinner cruises. When you wander towards the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas(which is the next stop), be sure to look for the Steamboat Natchez and if you are lucky you will be treated to the sounds of the calliope.

Address: 400... More

This aquarium is home to penguins, otters, jellyfish, seahorses, fish of all kinds, and more. There are animals native to the New Orleans area such as alligators in the Mississippi River Gallery and you will be mesmerized by the Caribbean waters in the walk through tunnel. Visit the cownose rays in the touch tank and let the kids play in... More

The Insectarium is full of all things associated with creepy crawlies. The Underground Gallery will make you feel like you are the size of a bug as you explore what it would be like to live underground. There are all sorts of bugs of all sizes in the main hall of the Insectarium where you can learn more about the history of bugs. Watch the... More

Burgers, sandwiches, and loud music are just a few things you will find at House of Blues. The House of Blues New Orleans is home to 298 pieces of folk art, making it home to the largest folk art collection in the country.

Address: 225 Decatur Street
Phone: 504-310–4999

This restaurant will entertain the kids with the different decorations and movie memorabilia. The parents will be happy with both the price and the menu choices.

Address: 429 Decatur Street
Phone: 504-522-5800

If you are looking for more than just a burger (but they have a good burger, too!), the Crescent City Brewhouse has choices like shrimp n' grits, jambalaya, and grilled tuna salad.

Address: 527 Decatur Street
Phone: 504-522-0571