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5 Family Friendly Things to Do in New Orleans

Do you want to visit New Orleans but don’t want to drink or party? We’ve got you covered! New Orleans is a historic town with many different cultural influences that make it what it is today. For those on a budget, it can be one of your cheap trips that are still full of family fun.

Whether you’ve been there many times or are visiting for the first time, here are 5 family-friendly activities for your next New Orleans trip.

  1. Eat Local Food

Sure, you could find jambalaya at a local restaurant, but Louisianans say the only place to have true Creole or Cajun food is to go to Louisiana. The difference between the two is that Creole uses tomatoes and Cajun food does not. New Orleans is also known for its seafood, as it was established as a seafood market in the late 1700s. The local GW Fins restaurant has over 7,000 reviews and is ranked one of the Top 10 Fine Dining Restaurants on TripAdvisor. Of course, if you’re on a budget, there are plenty of local restaurants for any price point.

  1. Ghost Walking Tour

If you have kids that want something exciting, a Ghost Walking Tour might just be what you’re looking for. Guides will bring the spooky mystery of the city back to life with stories of ghosts, witches, and vampire folklore. Be cautious, as some ghost tours are made for adults only. Masks are required during the pandemic, so that is one less thing to be frightened about.

  1. Plantation Tours

Louisiana is located in the south, several plantations that are available to tour. One of the notable tours is the Whitney Plantation Tour, which would take your family through a previous sugar plantation and the slave cabins. This particular tour is dedicated to educating the public about the history of slavery.

  1. Explore the French Quarter

It is a public favorite for a reason. If you’re on a tighter budget, window shopping and exploring are free! It is full of historic architecture and unique shops to visit. The French Quarter is also home to Royal Street, which is known as one of the most beautiful places there. You’ll likely see a free live performance if you visit as many street artists line the sidewalks.

  1. Explore the Swamps

If your family is interested in seeing wildlife, consider taking a swamp tour. There are many options including kayaks and airboat tours where you can see the alligators up close. You can pick a tour based on the capabilities of your party. If you’re staying at a local hotel, many tours even provide transportation to the swamps.

There are so many fun activities in New Orleans that your family would love. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or go to Mardi Gras to enjoy your time there. As many Louisianans can attest, there’s no place out there quite like New Orleans.

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by Virgin America Flight Attendant
TJ Newman



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