Things to Do in New Orleans with Kids This Summer: 2023

things to do in New Orleans summer with kids


Summer is in full swing and we bet you have some kids at home getting bored. Instead of handing them an iPad, take them out to do some fun activities around the city! Here our are top 20 picks:



  1. Louisiana Children’s Museum   Indoors and out, there are tons of hands-on ways to learn literacy, health and wellness, arts and culture, environmental education, and STEM.
  2. Audubon Zoo / Cool Zoo  See rare and endangered animals in award-winning natural habitat exhibits. Highlights include the Louisiana Swamp exhibit, lions, elephants, and orangutans. (Additional fees for cool zoo)
  3. Audubon Aquarium Reach into the ocean at the Shark Discovery touchpool, see colorful fish in the Great Maya Reef tunnel, and watch a colony of African penguins play.
  4. Audubon Insectarium  Experience the amazing animals that add beauty and diversity to our world! A must-see is the Butterfly Garden exhibit with breathtaking views of the Mississippi River and hundreds of butterflies.
  5. NORD Public Pools All pools are fully-accessible and staffed with friendly, professional lifeguards. Check your local pool for hours. 
  6. Story Time at a New Orleans Public Library Read, sing, talk, write, and play together in a format designed for children from birth to 5 years old and their caregivers.
  7. Carousel Gardens Amusement Park Featuring 18 rides guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and two cafes with food made fresh to serve, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park offers something for everyone. It is also home to one of the oldest carousels in the US, also known as the “Flying Horses”.
  8. Storyland This outdoor, fairy-tale playground is a child’s dream come true filled with 18 larger-than-life storybook sculptures, featuring classic characters from Grimm and Mother Goose nursery rhymes and trickster character induced folktales from around the world. Children can have fun, play and learn, all while running under the shade of City Park’s majestic oak tree canopies. 
  9. City Putt City Putt is ADA accessible and located across from the entrance to Carousel Gardens, Storyland and the Botanical Garden. The 36-hole mini golf complex is comprised of two courses.
  10. Beignets and Stanley Ray Playground City Park Conservancy is committed to giving your family a safe and fun place to keep your kids active and experience outdoor play. The Park is filled with a variety of playgrounds and play structures suited for kids of all ages to enjoy.  
  11. Grab a Sno-Ball Some of these locations have more than just sno-balls. Many stands now have nachos and other snacks on hand too. But, no matter where you are in the city – you can find a fantastic snowball nearby!
  12. See a movie at Prytania Theatre  The Prytania Theatre is over 100 years old and is the longest continually operated theatre in the South. It has been operated by the Brunet family for over 25 years. The Brunet family has been operating theatres in the New Orleans area for over 130 years! At any moment, you can find three generations of the Brunet family working in the theatre.
  13. JAMNOLA Our immersive 17 exhibits of pure joy showcases the iconic art, music, food and theatrics of the city through the eyes of over 30 local artists.
  14. Mardi Gras World When you begin your Mardi Gras World tour, you’ll get an overview of the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans before continuing through our float den, where our artists work year-round to build spectacular floats and props. You never get this close to the floats while they’re rolling in Mardi Gras parades, and this is certainly the only place to see how these amazing pieces come to life each year. 
  15. Music Box Village The Music Box Village is a place where play, imagination, experimentation, collaboration, community and hard work come together as a whimsical village of artist-made interactive “musical houses.” Each installation is inspired by the unique musical and architectural culture of our home city of New Orleans, and represents a collaborative process between artists based here and abroad. 
  16. Sky Zone Trampoline Park Visit our park to jump, spin, flip, play, and a whole lot more. 
  17. Bowling Grab your friends and take them bowling! Order some tasty snacks and drinks, relax, and have a good time.
  18. Boulder Lounge Class  The turtles youth team program strives to engage, educate, and empower young people through climbing. We focus on teaching youth how to cultivate a  healthy relationship with their physical, mental, and emotional growth. Our youth team members learn healthy goal setting and how to define and achieve their own achievements of success.
  19. Clue Carré Clue Carré is New Orleans’ First Live Escape Game named after the French Quarter, aka the Vieux Carré. You and your friends, family, or colleagues are locked in a room together. Your Goal? Find the clues, crack the codes, and solve the puzzles to escape the room in 60 minutes or less. 
  20. Train Garden    The Historic New Orleans Train Garden is one of the Park’s hidden gems, tucked away in a vibrant, lush corner of the Botanical Garden. The Train Garden features typical New Orleans home and building architecture made with botanical materials, and replicas of streetcars and trains that wind around the track. Trains operate Saturday & Sunday 10:00am-4:30pm



Have a fun summer and try to stay cool!


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