Summer is right around the corner and some schools are already out. That means it is time to plan your family vacation. If you do have not considered New Orleans, Louisiana as a family vacation destination, I am here to tell you why you should.
New Orleans is a City full of a history, celebrations, music, art and so many educational opportunities. Let’s begin with Audubon Institute which “operates a family of ten museums and parks dedicated to nature.”
Audubon Zoo offers a variety of animals from all around the world. The animals in each area are surrounded by scenery from their respective native homes. There are regularly scheduled educational programs, including feedings and demonstrations. There are also numerous areas to sit down and just enjoy your surroundings or rest up before heading on to another “country”. Don’t let these hot temperatures deter you. There are plenty of cool indoor area to hang out in. Better yet, head on over to the Cool Zoo, complete with a splash pad, sand beaches and a 750 foot lazy river.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas offers a variety of experiences from “swimming” with sharks, sting rays and much more as you walk through the tunnel. Watch the penguins getting fed and learn all about their nesting, feeding habits and hierarchy. You will want to be on the lookout for sea turtles throughout the Aquarium. These are sea turtles being prepared to be released into the wild.
Also part of the Audubon Institute is the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. Remember the movie, “A Bug’s Life”? Your experience here will be similar in that you will “shrink” to the size of a bug to experience life underground. Even for those you who are squeamish around insects, this is an awesome place to visit. There are plenty of areas where you can enjoy learning about different species of beetles, butterflies and other bugs. Check out the termite room. The butterfly and beetle areas are organized by global regions. I have to say the main attraction for me is the Butterfly Garden, where you will roam around an Asian Garden with free flying butterflies. Make sure you watch the ground, they are everywhere. And don’t leave the area without checking for “hitchhikers”!
All of these venues are set up for interactive learning for people of all ages. Make sure to check out the Events page and extra experiences available. You will also learn about ongoing research and conservation efforts.
Take a cruise down the Mississippi River on Steamboat Natchez. Cruises run all year long with special events throughout the year.
Next event coming up is Family Day Cruise with Lunch and Family Day Sightseeing Cruise. Family Day is Saturday, June 16. These cruises will include jazz music, magic shows, balloon artists, and tattoos. Join Spiderman for two hours of fun.
There are over 45 museums, so you will need to make a list of which you want to visit.
The National WWII Museum is one you cannot miss. But be warned, you will need to set aside at least 4 hours for this visit. It is great for history buffs, aviation enthusiasts and kids of all ages. This museum consists of multiple rooms with personal stories, artifacts, photos and documentaries.
The Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes & Culture is a fun and colorful museum. There is dress-up room where you can try on a variety of masks, hats, and other costume accessories.
The Louisiana Children’s Museum is a place where a kid can be a kid. They will be hosting numerous summer camp, but these do fill up quick so make sure to sign up early.
These are just a few of the plethora of family friendly options to make great memories in New Orleans. Click HERE for more events and activities for the whole family.