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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Family Friendly Things to See and Do in New Orleans

New Orleans Swamp Tour
Whether you have a family full of thrill-seekers, history buffs or art lovers, New Orleans has something for everyone.

The following are just a few of the exciting activities that you and your family can enjoy on a trip to New Orleans.

* At the world-class Audubon Zoo, you can go on an African “safari,” watch wild animals or hold a butterfly on the tip of your finger.

* The Aquarium of the Americas is a stunning display of sea life. Here visitors can tour a rain forest, watch penguins play or visit an aquatic petting zoo. The newest exhibit, “Frogs,” has 30 different species of frogs from all corners of the world.

* Harbor Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez. Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the mighty Mississippi river on an authentic paddlewheel steamboat. The historic steamboat Natchez is one of the only six authentic steamboats left on the Mississippi river in New Orleans.The steamboat cruise departs from the Toulouse Street Wharf, where Toulouse Street meets the Mississippi River.

* The Louisiana Children’s Museum is full of science, art and educational fun for children up to age 12. Kids will find hands-on exhibits that will expand their minds and bring laughter to their hearts.

* The historic French Quarter features the Cabildo, the state’s most important historical building. Owned by the Louisiana State Museum, this is where the Louisiana Purchase was signed. The site houses intriguing historical artifacts, such as Napoleon’s death mask. Walk or take a horse-drawn carriage through the French Quarter and experience the art, architecture and history that makes this neighborhood unique.

* Carousel Gardens Amusement Park is a seasonally operated amusement park located in New Orleans, Louisiana at New Orleans City Park. It features many rides including an antique carousel, the Live Oak Ladybug Roller coaster, and a miniature train that tours the park.

* For an unforgettable adventure, take your kids on a Swamp Tour, where alligators swim right up to your boat. While gliding through the swamps, you also will see a unique ecosystem and learn the importance of the coastal wetlands.

* During downtime, ride the new Canal Streetcar. The bright red streetcar is air-conditioned, handicapped accessible and rumbles all the way from the Mississippi River to City Park.

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