A Big, Fun Guide to a Family Big Easy Trip is sponsored by New Orleans’ Chateau LeMoyne. Read about what to plan for your next trip to New Orleans.
New Orleans is a city that has something for everyone, making it the perfect road trip destination for you and your family. New Orleans is home to numerous world-class museums, excellent restaurants, beautiful architecture, and countless nightlife options. For those wanting to escape the bustling, fast-paced lifestyle of Houston, the Big Easy is only a five-hour drive away.
See the Animals!
Those who have a passion for nature and wildlife must visit the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and the Audubon Zoo for an unforgettable experience. The aquarium is home to sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, and many more aquatic animals. If you want to see Louisiana wildlife, but you’d rather not venture out into the bayous and swamps(I don’t suggest it without a guide), the zoo has an incredible section dedicated to the state’s wildlife, including alligators, otters, and dozens of native fish species.
Enjoy World Class Art!
Museum and art lovers will rejoice at the city’s many offerings. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art houses breathtaking works that encapsulate the heart and culture of Louisiana and the rest of the south. History buffs will appreciate the National WWII Museum and its in-depth coverage of the European and Pacific Theatres. The museum displays hundreds of actual WWII relics, weapons, and vehicles. City Park, occupying an enormous 1,300 acres of land just 15 minutes north of downtown New Orleans, is home to the New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden. Walk beneath 800-year-old oak trees and take in the serene views of spanning fields, ponds, and the impressive works of art in the sculpture garden.
Be Thrilled (and Maybe a Little Chilled)
One thing that I have never done on my trips to New Orleans is go on a ghost tour. Thrill seekers can join ghost tours that visit New Orleans’ spookiest sites, or the more fearless can visit one of New Orleans’ many cemeteries that house eerie, 300-year-old gravesites. Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 is one of the city’s most popular tourist spots, located on Washington Avenue between St. Charles Avenue and Magazine Street.
Shop ‘Til You Drop!
Shopping addicts have plenty of options in New Orleans. An abundant number of boutique shops, jewelers, art galleries, and antique stores line Magazine Street. High-end shoppers must visit Canal Street where name brand designers stretch down both sides of the street all the way to the Mississippi River. For even more luxury shopping, head to The Shops at Canal Place. I think this might have to be the destination for our next girls trip or Mommy and Me trip!
Stay Like a Queen!
When visiting New Orleans, you can’t beat staying in the French Quarter. The New Orleans’ Chateau LeMoyne, a centrally-located French Quarter boutique hotel, offers guests easy access to the city’s most popular sites. Adults will enjoy the hotel’s proximity to nightlife, art galleries, and New Orleans’ best restaurants, such as GW Fins and Brennan’s. Kids will love the hotel’s heated pool and nearby shops selling New Orleans’ famous praline candies. The hotel is within walking distance of Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral, as well as the famous Café du Monde. Café du Monde is a necessary stop when you go to New Orleans just make sure to take cash to pay for your beignets and coffee.
As you can tell, New Orleans truly is a city with something for every taste. This city has more than enough options for bar hoppers, art aficionados, foodies, nature-lovers, thrill seekers and everything else in between. Make sure to spend enough time in the Big Easy or you may just have to keep going back to see it all!