My husband and I try to take the family to New Orleans every year. There is so much to do and it is a good weekend trip from most northern Gulf Coast communities.
We’ve been to the Audubon Zoo, the WWII Museum, walked around the French Quarter and more on past vacations to NOLA. We always combine family activities with the pursuit of good Louisiana food. Our family owns Dixiedining.com, an award-winning Southern food and culture review website. We basically eat our way around the South, taking in the cultural differences in each location which could include festivals, art shows, concerts, shopping, museums, zoos and more.
The French Quarter offers so much that it is fun to return to often. The shopping, art gallery viewing, French Market and the artists, street performers and musicians around Jackson Square are always enjoyable. A walk along the Riverfront, Streetcar rides to the different neighborhoods nearby and horse-drawn carriage rides offer a different view of the area. It’s all in the name of great family fun.
So once, again we made our pilgrimage for 2014. Here’s a list of what we did and what we recommend you and your family do on your next trip to the Crescent City.
8 Things We Did:
1. Shopping Magazine Street: food, historical music venues, art galleries and thrift shops
2. Art Galleries in the French Market: our favorites were The Art of Dr Seuss, Caliche & Pao, Rodrigue Studio, and Kezic Gallery
3. Mardi Gras World: a guided tour of where Mardi Gras floats and festivities are made
4. Ogden Museum of Southern Art: check out their schedule for events (music after hours) and traveling exhibits
5. Street Car/Trolley Ride: under construction in places this year so check for information before you plan your ride. Usually great fun
6. Crescent City Farm Market: Wow, what a selection.
7. Bowling at Mid-City Lanes/Rock n Bowl: bowling by day, bowling/dinner/concert venue by night
8. Lafayette Cemetery: be sure to follow the tours. The NOLA cemeteries can be scarey and dangerous on your own
More family-oriented things we recommend to do: Audubon Zoo, Aquarium, Riverboat ride, horse-drawn carriage ride, Civil War Museum.
10 Restaurants We Tried:
1. Joey K’s: loved the Po Boys
2. District: Donuts, Sliders, Brew: Donuts were great
3. Vincent’s Italian: great Italian food; the boys opted for Calamari and loved it
4. Old Coffee Pot Restaurant: try the Calas for breakfast. Other items available, too.
5. Domilese’s: Po Boys
6. Hansen’s Sno Bliz: always a line; always yummy
7. Pascal’s Manale: Gary and I enjoyed their famous barbecue shrimp. Kids ate calamari again. Thumbs up.
8. Cochon Butcher: So good.
9. Cafe Beignet: 2 locations. Very good for breakfast.
10. Elizabeth’s: family friendly, good food
For more dining information go to Dixiedining.com. The Louisiana restaurant page is filled with tried and true places we recommend as a family. Our blog contains more detailed information on some of them. Also, check the festival listings so you can catch one on your vacation.
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