3-Day Family Adventure Itinerary
You could spend three weeks in New Orleans and never run out of new things to see and do, but if you only have three days, it's still totally worth it. Although New Orleans is famous for Bourbon Street, we're a great place to take the whole family, too. We think you'll enjoy this self-guided itinerary.
Start the morning with beignets at Café Beignet, then explore the magic of Jackson Square, anchored by breathtaking St. Louis Cathedral. If you got up earlier enough, there may be time for a carriage tour of the French Quarter before you walk across the street to catch the 11:30 am luncheon cruise on the Steamboat Natchez. This 2-hour ride on the mighty Mississippi River is fun and your kids might actually learn something! Be sure to take the tour of the authentic steam engine room.
Back on land, explore historic French Market – let your nose lead you to the pralines being prepared. Pick up some one-of-a-kind souvenirs in the flea market.
For dinner, enjoy a casual yet delicious meal at the Crescent City Brewhouse. Mom and dad can even enjoy the special brew of the day!
Start at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas with their state-of-the-art exhibits of marine life indigenous to the Gulf South. You could spend the better part of the day at this one attraction, but be sure to make time to visit the Audubon Zoo too. You can take the historic St. Charles Avenue Streetcar through the mansions in the Garden District to Audubon Park, then catch the shuttle bus to the Audubon Zoo, one of the top 5 zoos in the country. Again, you could spend all day here, but it's a must-see even if only for a few hours.
After a busy day, enjoy a great casual dinner at Acme Oyster House. They have an excellent kids menu!
Room service might be the way to go this morning so you can be picked up early at your hotel to take a real adventure into one of the nearby Louisiana Swamps. Come see alligators, egrets, wild boar and racoons in their native habitat. Learn what life was like for the Cajun people who migrated here so many years ago.
Back in town, Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar would be an ideal place for lunch. Who doesn't want a seafood po-boy?
A dip in the hotel pool might just be the perfect afternoon activity for the family along with a nice rest for a dress up dining experience at a famous New Orleans restaurants. Some of our favorites are Commander's Palace, Court of Two Sisters and Tujague’s.
Our self-guided itineraries are options for visitors who want to go it alone. If you'd prefer to tour the city with a guide or a historian, click here. These are all tours we have experienced ourselves and highly recommend.
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