Oh, New Orleans! What can we say about you that hasn’t already been said? Well, nothing! All we can do is offer our top picks to do and see when traveling through the Big Easy with Kids.
New Orleans is a city for those that like to play. It’s just more like adult play time than children’s time.
Dorian said that all he will remember about New Orleans is the smell . . . . Alcohol and Urine. Yep, my 11-year-old had it figured out. With all that, it is still a city that deserves being checked out so prep yourself in advance and get out there!
If you like Art as we do, there is a fantastic Art Studio/Store that we just adore. The artist’s brother was there running the store when we visited, and he was very helpful in telling us about New Orleans. He also gave us our first beads, and we didn’t have to lift our shirts! Woohoo! Score! It is the Craig Tracy Fine-Art BodyPainting Gallery located at 827 Royal Street in the French Quarter.
So, since we are a little different than most people in how we choose to eat, we did not partake in the famous Beignets. I am sure they are quite delicious, but instead, we found a small grocery store that had Almond Milk Ice Cream. With our pints in hand, we made our way to Jackson Square to see some of the exciting people that make up this beautiful city. We saw psychics, artists, musicians, voodoo people (not sure what they are called) and much more, including several drunk people stumbling by. It was a delightful way to spend the time eating our ice cream.
Spend some time walking through the streets and no doubt you will see some amazing street performers. We were lucky to experience a genuinely talented band right there on the roads on our way to Preservation Hall.
Since Rob is a musician, a visit to Preservation Hall was mandatory. Of course, since the kids watched the Foo Fighters Sonic Highways, they too were familiar with Preservation Hall and were just as happy to visit. New Orleans’ Preservation Hall was established in 1961 to honor one of America’s most authentic art forms – Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Operating as a music venue, a touring band, and a non-profit organization, Preservation Hall continues its mission today as a cornerstone of New Orleans music and culture. This is a must do with kids in tow.
You can’t visit New Orleans without having some authentic gumbo! So, where else would we go but The Gumbo Shop! Delicious Gumbo and Jambalaya! The kids and I split the Chicken Andouille (a Cajun Sausage) Gumbo, The Jambalaya, and the Red Beans and Rice. We truly enjoyed the tastes of New Orleans at this restaurant. Ask to sit outside if the weather is beautiful, you won’t be disappointed.
We decided that we needed to look the part and what better way then stumbling around with a bottle in our hands! Ha! Relax, it’s just root beer.
In closing, New Orleans isn’t just for drunken fools! Just be prepared to answer a lot of questions from your kids and try to enjoy it! This city is filled with history and loads of great things to look at. You should stop in if you are going to be driving through.
Also, RVers: We stayed at an RV park just outside of New Orleans called Three Oaks and a Pine. It was easy to pull our 30 ft rig into and with Passport America, it was $20 a night! A steal! We ordered Uber from there and wandered through New Orleans all day, then Ubered back.