Family Friendly Activities in New Orleans
Experience the best of the Big Easy with these fun, family-friendly things to do in New Orleans. From an interactive insectarium to a museum commemorating Mardi Gras, you'll find there is something for everyone to love about the Crescent City.
Mardi Gras World
1380 Port of New Orleans Place
Just five minutes from Le Méridien New Orleans, Mardi Gras World is the ultimate celebration destination - "the only place where Mardi Gras happens all year round." Visit Mardi Gras World to learn more about the history of this unique tradition and a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring it to life each year.
Call 504-507-9319 for more information, and learn more about our Mardi Gras Hotel >
Airboat Rides + Swamp Tours
A must-do during your stay in New Orleans
Get to know the Louisiana swamps in a personal airboat tour. Perfect for families looking for outdoor adventure and exciting sights of the wild, airboat swamp tours are a great way to explore the habitat surrounding New Orleans. Learn more:
Discover the Art of Family Time
Make your getaway to New Orleans a family affair. Book our Family Package and enjoy:
- A second room for kids (up to 21 years) with 25% or 50% discount on second, lower-priced room
- Complimentary LEGO amenity at check-in
- Complimentary illy specialty coffee
- Discovery Guide with local family-friendly attractions, including free access to a local experience
- Kids under 12 eat free from Kids menu with purchase of adult meal in restaurant daily
Arrive Sunday - Thursday to save 50% on a second room. RESERVE >
6500 Magazine Street
Go wild and visit one of the top zoos in the South, New Orleans' Audubon Zoo, located just 20 minutes from the hotel. Beginning September 8, 2015, the Zoo is open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Call 800-774-7934 for information about the zoo and other attractions within the Audubon Institute.
1 Canal Street
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is located around the corner from the hotel on the Mississippi River. Visit the aquarium to become immersed in an underwater world featuring Caribbean reefs, walk-through tunnels, and a 400,000-gallon Gulf of Mexico exhibit. The Aquarium is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning September 8, 2015.
Call 800-774-7934 for more information.
Canal, RiverFront, St. Charles, and Loyola-UPT
Use the historic New Orleans Regional Transit Authority Streetcar to access the best parts of New Orleans, including the Audubon Zoo and the Audubon Park. Perfect for families, the streetcars are a fun way to get around the city.
Visit norta.com to plan out your trip and view streetcar routes.
New Orleans City Park
1 Palm Drive
Open until 11:00 p.m. daily, New Orleans City Park is 20 minutes from the hotel and offers a wide variety of attractions, recreational activities, walkable gardens, and events for the city of New Orleans to enjoy. City Park's newest attraction, City Putt, a 36-hole mini golf course open until 10:00 p.m. daily, is a must-do for families. Stop by Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, offering rides for all ages.
Call 504-483-9402 for amusement park hours and ticket information.
Louisiana Children's Museum
420 Julia Street
Welcoming more than 140,000 visitors each year, the Louisiana Children's Museum offers 30,000 sq. ft. of interactive space for children and their families to have fun while learning. With a focus on early education and relationship development, the museum offers outreach programs that promote lifelong learning. The Louisiana Children's Museum is four blocks from the hotel and is the perfect destination for parents looking for fun things to do with kids in New Orleans.
The museum is open daily until 5:00 p.m. Call 504-523-1357 for more information.
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
423 Canal Street
The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is a fascinating and fun thing to do during your stay in New Orleans. Watch an immersive film in the IMAX theater, visit the exotic culinary kitchens to taste a bug, and explore interactive insect exhibits - all in the same place! Stop by this local kids' favorite, just three blocks from the hotel.
Call 504-524-2847 to learn more about tickets and hours.