If you’re traveling to New Orleans with Teens you may be concerned about the city’s raucous reputation but no need to worry. I’ve got you covered with some great family friendly places to visit, fantastic restaurants and wonderful sites!
New Orleans with Teens Family Travel. New Orleans is well known for fabulous food, great music, and raunchy Mardi Gras celebrations but the city has a whole lot of great activities for families with teenagers….just stay away from Bourbon Street (or at least avoid a few spots like “Barely Legal”). It was a little too ADULT for our family. Here’s an overview of our trip.
FOR A COMPLETE BREAKDOWN OF WHAT WE DID, READ THIS It’s a detailed journal of our stay.
My first bit of advice is BRING CASH. When we visited a few restaurants in New Orleans we were told their computer systems were down and they could only accept cash at the time. Some other places, like Johnny’s Po-Boys accept cash only at all times.
We stayed at the Drury Inn and Suites, a hotel that is FANTASTIC for families. Our stay included complimentary hot breakfast, complimentary soup, salad and pasta in the evenings and complimentary POPCORN AND SODA in the lobby from 3 pm – 7 pm. That’s a LOT of comps, it was a very good value.
There was also a complimentary happy hour for the grown up! Get the details of our stay HERE
Music is all around when you’re in New Orleans.
Head over to the area around Jackson Square for street performances. Bring along some cash, these folks work hard for tips.
Preservation Hall has family friendly performances. If you see a show you’re interested in you may want to buy tickets online in advance. We went to Snug Harbor for an intimate performance by Phillip Manuel and his troupe. The venue stated kids 13 and up are allowed but check their website to be sure.
Snug Harbor is located on Frenchmen Street where we visited this Artists Night Market
It’s open late, until midnight or 1 am depending on the day of the week. More information about the artist market HERE
For the nature lovers in your family try the Audubon Institute, containing a zoo, a beautiful park, GOLF, an insectarium… the list goes on and on. Get more information HERE
Be sure to check out Mardi Gras World for a behind the scenes look at the floats and sculptures being made
Get more info on Mardi Gras World HERE
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a tribute to all types of food products in the Southern region of America
Get more information on the Southern Food and Beverage Museum HERE
WHEN YOU GET HUNGRY
Try Willie Mae’s Scotch House for Fried Chicken fit for a PRESIDENT! Willie Mae’s Scotch House has some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever tasted. It’s perfectly seasoned with a thin, crispy batter.
More information on Willie Mae’s HERE
Grab a FANTASTIC Po-Boy at Johnny’s Po-Boy Restaurant. They claim to be the oldest family owned po-boy restaurant in New Orleans.
More information about Johnny’s HERE
And you MUST visit Cafe Du Monde for BEIGNETS!
More information about Cafe Du Monde HERE
Also, check out Cochon Butcher for great cured meats
So go to New Orleans with your teenagers….just stay off of Bourbon Street to steer clear of some shady clubs. Trust me, it’s not a conversation you want to have. Enjoy your visit and let me know what venues you visit.