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Old 06-06-2010, 07:06 AM
 
Location: North Port, FL
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We are driving from FL to OK in July and want to stop in New Orleans for a few days on our way home. We have three girls - ages 10, 8 & 5. Any suggestions on things to do?
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:51 AM
 
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Storyland at City Park is a fabulous playground. It has slides made from fairy tale characters, castles you can climb up, a real fire engine to go on (doesn't move), statues of Miss muppet to sit on, etc. There is also a carousel to ride. My children loved it and now my grandkids love it. It's been refurbished after Katrina and is in great shape. There's also a concession stand nearby.

City Park itself has lagoons with ducks and swans. You can buy bread or seed to throw to them. There is a playground that is free near one lagoon (Storyland is not free as I remember).

My grandkis (my children before them)n love to go to the French Quarter and see the river. There is a famous coffee stand at Jackson Sq where you can get beignets (type of donut) and chocolate milk. Then Jackson Sq itself is pretrty.

There is achildren's museum but I haven't been to it. The Acquarium at the river is a good experience also. They have touchable animals as well as the usual exhibits.
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Old 06-06-2010, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I'd second the Aquarium. Quite a bit to see, and there were several kids there when we went who seemed to be really enjoying it. Depending on how your girls are (squeamish?), you might try the Insectarium too. It's not nearly as big as the Aquarium, but it seems to be really geared toward kids. I haven't tried the buggy rides at Jackson Square, but they might like that as well.
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Old 06-06-2010, 02:37 PM
 
Location: North Port, FL
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Thank you for all of your suggestions. They all sound fantastic. They're not at all squeamish so I'll put that on the list also.
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Old 06-06-2010, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Thank you for all of your suggestions. They all sound fantastic. They're not at all squeamish so I'll put that on the list also.
It's within walking distance of the Aquarium (like 2 blocks). You should be able to get some type of package deal on tickets. Hope yall enjoy the trip!
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:43 PM
 
Location: NH/MA
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audubon zoo. very kid friendly and they've got lots of exotic animals.
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:34 AM
 
Location: North Port, FL
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We're probably going to stay there for a few days - 5 or so - is the French Quarter the best place to stay?
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:05 PM
 
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French Quarter is probably the safest and is very walkable. Your girls should enjoy the aquarium and the insectorium. Treat them to a buggy ride around the FQ and stop by Cafe' du Monde. Remember at CdM you don't have to wait to be seated. Just go in, if there are no vacant, clean tables take one that has dishes, they will quickly clean it up to serve you.
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Australia
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Although the FQ is safe and very walkable, it's also very noisy at night (especially weekends) and the behaviour exhibited by drunken revelers on and around Bourbon St. is often not child appropriate... I suggest finding a FQ hotel that's closer to the river and Jackson Square. Similar atmosphere... just not quite as 'in your face'.

Another suggestion for entertaining the kids would be a ride on the St. Charles streetcar.
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:51 PM
 
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In the Warehouse District, a short walk from the Q, you will find the Piazza D'Italia (beautiful fountain you can walk all over with steps to climb & try not to fall in the water), Childrens Museum (tons of interactive stuff) and a paint your own pottery place called Chez Clay. They could make a souvenir! There are a ton of restaurants over in that area too.
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