We just returned from our annual family Christmas trip. This year we chose to visit New Orleans because it is within driving distance from home and typically the weather is good. It was in the 70s for a couple of days and mid 50s the rest of our time there. We got lots of exercise by walking to most of our destinations. We stayed around the corner from the French Quarter on Magazine Street. It was a great location.
My husband and I have visited New Orleans at least three times. Our kids were there when they were young ages, 1, 2 and 5. So it was like visiting for the first time for them. We thought it would be a great place to visit again now that they are teens and tweens. My teenage nephew joined us since he has never been.
New Orleans has a rich history in music, food, and culture. We ventured out for at least one activity per day. Most days we hit the pavement as we explored our surroundings. We arrived just in time for the New Orleans Bowl game between University of Louisiana, Lafayette and Tulane at the Superdome. The Ragin Cagins were everywhere dressed in red. We did not attend the game but enjoyed being in the mix. We walked down to Bourbon Street in the day time. Let’s just say it is not very kid friendly regardless of the time of day. They had seen enough and wanted to get off of Bourbon Street. I told the kids you can say been there, done that. We quickly made a detour onto one of the side streets. We headed on over to Jackson Square where we watched some good street entertainment. Lastly, we ended our evening with a stroll along the Mississippi.
We also visited the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. It’s an entomology museum with thousands of live insects. The kids thought it was pretty cool. You can even taste edible bugs cooked with special seasonings. My daughter is a brave soul. She ate a cricket. Some bugs are a great source of protein and fiber. Yuck! I went along for the family time but I was grossed out at times. So I played it safe by taking photos of flowers, fish and butterflies.
We walked by Café Du Monde but didn’t stop. We have to get back there because the kids want to experience beignets.
All in all, our first couple of days were relaxed but included just the right amount of activity. One thing is for sure, you are surrounded by great cuisine and the options are plentiful. Have you ever been? What was your favorite activity?
Stay tuned for part two of our trip.
Peace and Blessings,