Ten Hip Family Vacations

New Orleans: Jazzin' It Up

If memories of New Orleans involve a rugged hangover during Mardi Gras after too many hurricanes, you should know there's a lot more to this jazzy city than booze and Bourbon Street. Kids can ogle sharks and penguins at Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, take in the tigers at the Audubon Zoo, and board a steamboat for a scenic cruise on the Mississippi.

But there's no need to avoid the city's music scene. The Crescent City rhythms at Preservation Hall, where jazz legends can be heard jamming live, and Mid-City Lanes Rock ‘N' Bowl—part bowling alley, part bar—all have G-rated entertainment. At Mid-City Lanes expect live zydeco, Cajun, and Rockabilly tunes.

Places to Stay:
Royal Sonesta, in the heart of the French Quarter, has a family-friendly reputation and a pool.


Away.com's resident family expert Candyce Stapen has written the book on family travel, having authored some 1,400 travel articles and 27 books, 26 of them on family travel. She is the winner of the 2004 "Caribbean Travel Writer of the Year for North America" award and a three-time winner of the Society of American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award. Her articles have appeared in publications including Nick Jr , FamilyFun , Parents , Better Homes & Gardens , Conde Nast Traveler , National Geographic Traveler , and the Family Travel Network , among others. Her book, the National Geographic Guide to Caribbean Family Vacations is available from Amazon.com.

Published: 11 Apr 2005 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

Best Hotels in New Orleans

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#1
Drury Inn & Suites New Orleans
$259
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#2
Loews New Orleans
$391-$616
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#3
Hotel Monteleone
$189-$329
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#4
Hotel Le Marais

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