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Families will love:

  • Creole and Cajun restaurants
  • The French Quarter with kid-friendly attractions
  • All kinds of music including jazz and blues

New Orleans, home of saucy Creole cuisine, armies of jazz musicians and very old, historic neighborhoods, has made an impressive comeback since Hurricane Katrina. The city continues to undertake a massive rebuilding effort in response to devastating effects of the hurricane, and, fortunately, tourism to the New Orleans has made a significant rebound. Visitor spending in Ne ... more
New Orleans, home of saucy Creole cuisine, armies of jazz musicians and very old, historic neighborhoods, has made an impressive comeback since Hurricane Katrina. The city continues to undertake a massive rebuilding effort in response to devastating effects of the hurricane, and, fortunately, tourism to the New Orleans has made a significant rebound. Visitor spending in New Orleans since Katrina has reached record-breaking numbers -- and we're not surprised that travelers are once again flocking to the Crescent City.

With its romantic European architecture and mish-mash of African, French, Spanish and Caribbean cultural influences, New Orleans is a one-of-a-kind destination that resembles no other American city. And despite its somewhat roguish reputation (think wild Bourbon Street and boisterous Mardi Gras festivities), the city has plenty of kid-friendly attractions that will keep visiting families thoroughly entertained.

The foodies in your family will discover thousands of fantastic local restaurants in New Orleans (which has earned the much-deserved nickname "the City of Chefs"), serving up tasty Creole and Cajun local specialties. Music lovers of all ages can hear jazz, blues, bluegrass and countless other musical styles in almost every corner of the city, whether strolling past street musicians or attending a festival. Family friendly street performers -- from puppeteers to face painters -- mingle among the jazz musicians in Jackson Square.

The French Quarter, New Orleans' oldest neighborhood, is the most popular place for visitors. It's here that families can find an array of kid-friendly attractions and most of the city's 35,000 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places (more than any other U.S. city). Elegant antebellum mansions line the streets of New Orleans' upscale Garden District, just a short streetcar ride from the French Quarter. Beyond the city, thousands of acres of Louisiana swampland beckon intrepid adventurers young and old. Get off the beaten Bourbon Street and go gator hunting or bird watching in mossy bayous.

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