Things to do with kids in New Orleans

(Click on each listing for more information)

            Excerpt of illustration from On the Loose in New Orleans by Sage Stossel
Canal Street NOLA by sage stossel

Audubon Zoo
More than 50 acres and 2,000 animals, located in Uptown New Orleans. (Click here for a printable Audubon Zoo coloring page. Click here for an alligator coloring page.)

The Cool Zoo
Seasonal water park with lazy river, water slide, and more. Located at the Audubon Zoo, with a separate admissions price.

The Louisiana Children's Museum
Indoor and outdoor exhibits and educational activities. (Click here for a printable Louisiana Children's Museum coloring page.)

Audubon Insectarium
Butterfly garden and insect exhibits with interactive exhibits and touching stations. (Click here for a printable Audubon Insectarium coloring page.)

Audubon Aquarium
State-of-the-art aquarium next to the Mississippi River. (Click here for a printable Audubon Aquarium page.)

Carousel Gardens Amusement Park
Historic "Flying Horses" carousel (circa 1906) and other rides.

New Orleans Train Garden
Located inside the Botanical Garden at City Park, the train garden has 1,300 feet of railway track with models of vintage New Orleans trains. (Click here for a printable Train Garden page.)

Café Dumonde
One of the oldest coffee shops in the world, featuring beignets—New Orleans fried dough treats. (Click here for a printable Café Dumonde coloring page.)

The Louisiana State Museum
Exhibits about Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina, located in a historic building at Jackson Square. (Click here for a printable Louisiana State Museum Mardi Gras exhibit coloring page.)

The National World War 2 Museum
The official World War 2 Museum of the United States, with artifacts, immersive interactive exhibits, films, and more. (Click here for a printable World War 2 Museum coloring page.)

Ride a New Orleans Streetcar
There are 4 streetcar lines. A "Jazzy Pass" gives you unlimited rides all day. (Click here for a printable Canal Street streetcar coloring page.)

French Quartour Kids
Teacher-led tours of the French Quarter for kids.

New Orleans Museum of Art
The city's oldest art museum. Its outdoor sculpture garden is free and open to the public. The museum offers activities for kids. (Click here for a printable New Orleans Museum of Art coloring page.)

Steamboat Natchez
Cruise the Mississippi on an old fashioned paddle-wheel boat with music and food. (Click here for a printable NOLA steamboat coloring page.)

Mardi Gras World
See where Mardi Gras floats are designed and built.

Related Websites

New Orleans Mom
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New Orleans Kids

New Orleans Family Magazine
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