Christy's Guide to New Orleans

Kids and kids at heart

  • Carriage Rides/Tours, Jackson Square at Decatur, French Quarter. You can only believe half of what the drivers say, but it sure beats walking!

  • Buy a balloon animal from one of the Jackson Square characters, or throw money in the hat and watch a mime do his thing.

  • Moonwalk, across Decatur from Jackson Square at the River, French Quarter. See, touch and smell the mighty Mississippi. Be careful, the current is very strong, so don't jump in.

  • Watch Praline candies being made at Aunt Sally's in the French Quarter, 810 Decatur in the French Market.

  • Ride the Street Car—Either the Riverfront, Canal Street lines or the St. Charles line. Scenic, fun and cheap. Kids love 'em. Plus a great way to get around town. For maps and schedules:

  • The Aquarium of Americas, Canal Street at the River. Sharks! Penguins! Jellyfish! And blessed cool A/C! Plus an IMAX theater.

  • Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine Street, at Audubon Park, Uptown. Lions, tigers and white alligators, oh my! If you take the St. Charles street bus/streetcar, either walk 1-1/2 miles through Audubon Park or wait by the park entrance for the shuttle. (Streetcar stop: Audubon Park. Magazine Street bus stop: Audubon Zoo.)

  • NEW! Audubon Insectarium, U.S. Custom House, 423 Canal Street, downtown/French Quarter. Bugs! Opened July 2008. Get off at Canal Street for St. Charles Streetcar or Magazine St. bus and walk towards the river. Get off the Canal Streetcar at St. Peters St.
  • City Park, Mid-City. A whole host of things to do with kids. Storyland A children's amusement park where children's stories, such as "The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe," are brought to life (open weekends). Carousel Gardens an antique carousel featuring wood-carved animals. Opens weekends starting in March. An Amusement Park with rides. A miniature train that tours the park. Or just feed the ducks. (Drive or take a taxi or Canal St streetcar Route 45 Canal/City Park)

  • Visit the Louisiana Children's Museum, 420 Julia, Warehouse District. (Streetcar and Magazine Street bus stop: Julia Street.)

  • Eat beignets at Cafe du Monde, 800 Decatur Street, French Quarter. beignets are French donuts, fried dough sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Christy's Guide to New Orleans

Overview, weather, getting around, etc. | City regions defined | Fun stuff | Art and culture | The dark side | Kids and kids at heart | Dine like a local | Bars and clubs | Live music | For java heads | For the sweet tooth | For dogs and their owners

Updated: July 4, 2015