New Orleans Kid Friendly Activities, Tours & Attractions

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Jun 17 - Jun 23

The French Quarter & Marigny Carriage Tour

176 ratings
60 Min.
Hop aboard a comfortable carriage and see the French Quarter & its picturesque neighborhoods the way it was meant to be seen! These award-winning carriage tours feature licensed tour guides and are fully narrated, providing guests with a ride that is both scenic, entertaining, and fact-filled. This particular route travels through the quieter, lesser trafficked areas of the French Quarter and the neighboring areas known for its colorful Creole architecture and live jazz music venues NOT on Bourbon Street.
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Creole Queen Jazz Cruise with Optional Dinner Buffet

356 ratings
2.5 Hrs.
Join an unforgettable experience aboard the Creole Queen, a stunning paddlewheel boat that will take you on a 2-hour cruise along the Mighty Mississippi River. Marvel at the skyline views of New Orleans as you glide through one of the world's busiest river ports. With the swinging sounds of Sullivan Dabney, Jr. and the Muzik Jazz Band, you'll be transported back to the golden era of jazz music. Take a stroll along the promenade deck, where you can admire the city lights and soak up the romantic atmosphere under a canopy of stars. For an even more indulgent experience, indulge in an optional dinner buffet of Creole delicacies, carefully crafted by talented chefs. Experience the magic of New Orleans from the water and make unforgettable memories with friends, family, or that special someone. Book today!
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BYOB Nightly Cemetery Bus Tour

215 ratings
2 Hrs.
A visit to the famous “Cities of the Dead” has become a must-do during any visit to New Orleans. So many travelers want to see the hauntingly beautiful and elaborately ornate cemeteries at night. Expert paranormal investigators and tour guides provide stories of ghosts, past and present, which will chill guests to the core! Use EMF Meters in the cemetery to detect paranormal activity. Book now for a spooky cemetery tour guests don't want to miss!
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Large Airboat Tour with Optional Transport From New Orleans

34 ratings
1.5 - 2 Hrs.
Zoom through the bayous and marshlands on this airboat tour and make some Cajun memories to last a lifetime! Each tour varies according to the mood of the area's wildlife. You may see American alligators, bald eagles, raccoons, wild boars, turtles, snakes, and numerous bird species. Witness majestic live oak trees draped in mysterious Spanish moss, black willow trees, swamp red maples, wild iris, and spider lilies. While on the tour, your captain will tell the stories of the swamp and show you just how the locals live. By the end of the tour, you will be planning your next adventure!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs

History & Haunts Nighttime Carriage Tour

360 ratings
1 Hr.
Royal Carriages is the premier carriage tour company in New Orleans and the History & Haunts Carriage Tour is a thrilling insider's view of the French Quarter after dark. With a knowledgeable and hospitable tour guide, guests will trot around the Quarter's streets hearing tales of ghosts and ghouls. What a wonderful way to see the town, learn a bit of history, and experience a one of a kind adventure.
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs

New Orleans Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours

516 ratings
See New Orleans in a whole new way. City Sightseeing is the most convenient, fun, and affordable sightseeing tour around. Ride along on one of the classic red, double-decker, open-top buses with live guided commentary. You are free to exit the buses whenever and wherever, spending as much time as desired in your preferred locations. The tour route includes stops at all New Orleans’ top attractions, shops, and restaurants with discounts and deals all along the way, so don't miss the bus, hop on a New Orleans Double Decker Hop-On Hop-Off Bus today!
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Steamboat Natchez Jazz Cruise with Optional Dinner Buffet

413 ratings
2 Hrs.
Be a part of the action on this 2-hour cruise on an authentic steamboat! Enjoy dancing to Jazz music performed by the Grammy nominated Dukes Of Dixieland in an outside area, and a history of jazz. Take in the skyline of New Orleans from one of the relaxing decks as guests cruise the mighty Mississippi River. The optional dinner includes endless Creole and Cajun dishes to indulge in. Book your Jazz cruise today!
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Destrehan Plantation Admission & Guided Tour

19 ratings
1 Hr.
Step back in time at the oldest documented plantation along the lower Mississippi River Valley with this guided tour of the Destrehan Plantation. Located just 30-minutes from the French Quarter and 10-minutes from the New Orleans International Airport, drive out to discover the legacy of the Destrehan family. Historical interpreters will intrigue you with the storytelling of the plantation owners, enslaved laborers, and free people of color who made the plantation one of the top sugar producers in Louisiana. Marvel at the unique architectural features designed and built by enslaved master builder, Charles Parquet. Educate yourself on a slave revolt almost lost to history. Breath in the natural majesty of centuries-old oak trees draped in Spanish Moss. Book today to drive out and experience New Orleans' oldest and closest plantation!
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The National World War II Museum

163 ratings
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Take a flight through history at the number 1 attraction in New Orleans and one of the Top 10 Museums worldwide, The National WWII Museum. This museum’s collection of artifacts, interactive exhibits, and moving personal stories convey the war’s epic story in a way that informs and inspires while educating today’s generations about the price of freedom and honoring those who gave so much to secure it. Soar to new heights with the 4-D film "Beyond All Boundaries" experience. Don't miss your chance to see this for yourself, book your spot today!
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Oak Alley or Laura Plantation Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

23 ratings
5 - 6 Hrs.
Take a day trip to plantation country on this Oak Alley OR Laura Plantation Tour with Transportation from New Orleans Hotels. Choose from either Oak Alley or Laura Plantation and take a tour to remember. Travel by air conditioned mini bus from New Orleans to Plantation Country to visit guest's choice of plantation. Both plantations convey the historic beauty of Louisiana and the memories of Creole traditions of yesterday. Book your tour today!
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Honey Island Swamp Boat Tour With Optional Transportation from New Orleans

146 ratings
2 Hrs.
See the untamed beauty of Louisiana with the Honey Island Swamp guided swamp boat tour. On smaller, 22-passenger boats, you will enjoy up-close interactions with the local wildlife and premium opportunities for photos and videos of the action as it unfolds right before you. Some of wildlife to be expected include alligators, raccoons, and even hogs. With limited availability, secure your seat on these small boats in Honey Island Swamp today and see one of few remaining preserved wetlands in Louisiana. Book today!
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Adventures of Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour with Optional Transportation from New Orleans

90 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
Take a journey into the bayous and swamplands of south Louisiana on this incredible swamp tour! Located just 35 minutes south of downtown New Orleans, this is the perfect chance to see the beauty that Louisiana has to offer. From the comfort of a pontoon boat, discover an abundance of fantastic wildlife like alligators, blue herons, bald eagles, wild boars, and more. Uncover the secrets of the swamp, book an excursion today!
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Mardi Gras World Admission & Self-Guided Tour With Complimentary Shuttle Transportation

251 ratings
Come see where and how Mardi Gras is made! This is the only a tour that offers a real, behind-the-scenes look at the one and only Mardi Gras! The fantastical floats are handcrafted by NOLA artists all year long and are the highlight of the party during parade season. This hour-long tour allows visitors to take a sneak peek at the newest designs! Learn about what makes New Orleans famous: Mardi Gras! Book your spot today!
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Oak Alley Plantation & Airboat Combo Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

22 ratings
9 Hrs.
Take in the beauty, history, and culture of Oak Alley Plantation, then take a ride on the wild side aboard an awesome airboat! Visit the beautiful Oak Alley Plantation, a Greek revival plantation with a magnificent alley of 28 evenly spaced oak trees. Browse the plantation grounds, gift shop, and stop for lunch! After, choose between a 6 or 16-passenger airboat and zoom through the swamps and bayous! Experience it all on this amazing combo tour! Book today!
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Ghost, Hauntings, Vampire and Voodoo Walking Tour

25 ratings
2 Hrs.
This half mile, one of a kind walking tour takes you on a journey through the antiquated streets of the French Quarter as a local expert storyteller goes over all of the Crescent City’s darkest lore. From murders and mysteries to voodoo and even vampires, New Orleans is regarded by many as being the most haunted city in the United States. You’ll learn the stories of how our history’s most feared villains and beloved heroes emerged from the bygone days of Creole society. Along the way, we will stroll by Madame Lalaurie's House. We will also be entering New Orleans' Axeman's favorite hangout!
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Voodoo Queen Tour

28 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
Deep dive into the fascinating world of the unknown with this Voodoo Queen Tour. Learn how the culture of New Orleans helped shape Voodoo and spark the start of Jazz. No family in history had a greater impact on voodoo than the Laveau family and no place in the world had a greater impact on Jazz than Congo Square. Hear the controversies and conspiracies surrounding Marie Laveau’s final resting place and visit the location of her original homestead. You will stop by an authentic voodoo shop and voodoo temple during the morning tour, and learn about the founding of the first free black neighborhood in American history. Book your Voodoo Queen Tour today!
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New Orleans Food Demo - Gumbo, Jambalaya, and Pralines

61 ratings
2 - 2.5 Hrs.
The New Orleans School of Cooking is where food, fun, and folklore are all on the menu! Creole/Cajun experts teach New Orleans specialties such as Gumbo, Jambalaya, and Pralines, and season them with history, trivia, and tall tales. Learn the basics of Louisiana Cooking in a way guests will never forget. It’s a “ga-ron-teed” good time for all!
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Ghosts & Spirits & Spirits Tour

9 ratings
2 Hrs.
Dare to embark on the only interactive ghost tour in New Orleans with access to the ghoulish grand ballrooms at the French Quarter’s most haunted hotel! Guests will visit several haunted sites featured by both 'The History Channel' and 'The Discovery Channel.' Each guide specializes in a particular spirit of the Vieux Carre, so no two tours are exactly alike! Tour now includes stops at 1-2 bars for a “spirited” experience! Book your spot today!
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Steamboat Natchez Daytime Jazz Cruise with Optional Lunch

712 ratings
2 Hrs.
Explore the history of New Orleans with a ride aboard the Steamboat Natchez, the city’s only authentic steam-powered paddle wheeler. Arrive early for a calliope concert atop the boat. Enjoy captivating views and informative narrative, delicious food (optional), Jazz music performed by the Steamboat Stompers in an outside area, and a history of jazz. Also get an opportunity to check out the steam room to see how the boat operates. Let the good times roll on the Steamboat Natchez! Book your spot now!
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Booked 2 times in last 48 hrs

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is New Orleans kid friendly?

When most people think of New Orleans, “kid friendly” more than likely doesn’t come to mind. New Orleans, however, is actually very family-friendly, and is a great place to visit with kids in tow. This eclectic and exciting city is full of unique experiences around every corner, so keeping the kids entertained is simple. Not only that, there are a ton of kid friendly things to do to have a blast in the Big Easy!

2. Is Mardi Gras kid friendly?

Surprisingly enough, Mardi Gras is actually a family affair, and kids are encouraged to join in the festivities! Many parades will take place during the day, and awaken your child’s sense of wonder with fantastic floats, terrific throws, and a celebration like no other! Some areas of the city will even put on their own family-friendly version of the festival, like Family Gras, for example. With that being said, if you’re bringing the little ones along to Mardi Gras, it’s important to plan and prepare. Many of the larger parades or those that take place later in the evening can be inappropriate for the little ones, for example. Click here for tips and tricks on how to have an unforgettable family-friendly Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

3. What are the best kid friendly activities in New Orleans?

There are a ton of kid friendly activities in New Orleans to choose from, covering a wide range of topics and appealing to every age and interest! The top New Orleans kid friendly activities include the following: a trip to the Audubon Zoo or the Aquarium of the Americas, swamp tours, laser tag, ghost tours, and carriage tours.

4. What are the top kid friendly activities for a rainy day in New Orleans?

Don’t let a little rain put a damper on your Mardi Gras parade! There are plenty of fun things to do indoors that allow you to experience even more of what this incredible city has to offer. The best indoor, kid-friendly activities in New Orleans include the following: a tour of Mardi Gras World, lunch and dinner cruises, aquariums, National World War II Museum, laser tag, and food demonstrations.

5. What are the best kid friendly activities in New Orleans that adults will also enjoy?

Just because you’re searching for kid-friendly activities, doesn’t mean it can’t be fun for the adults, too! The best kid-friendly activities that adults will also love in NOLA include: Mardi Gras World, swamp tours, ghost tours, lunch and dinner cruises, and cooking classes!


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