Summer Fun for the Whole Family

Planning this year’s summer vacation? Look no further than the vibrant city of New Orleans! With a rich history, diverse culture, and endless array of sights and activities, the Crescent City will wow you with all she has to offer.

From leisurely streetcar rides to thrilling swamp tours and everything in between, let us be your guide to memorable attractions and experiences that’ll make your summer vacation in New Orleans one your family remembers for a lifetime!


Get Outdoors

Kick off your vacation by stepping aboard the historic Steamboat Natchez for a scenic cruise along the mighty Mississippi River, soaking in breathtaking views of the New Orleans skyline, bustling riverfront, and picturesque historic sites. With live jazz music, narrated tours, and delicious Creole cuisine available onboard, it’s a relaxing and memorable way to experience the city’s charm – all with the breeze of the Mississippi keeping you cool!


When you’re ready to dive deeper, immerse yourself in the Audubon Nature Institute. Head on down to the Audubon Zoo, home to thousands of animals from around the globe, including elephants, lions, and exotic birds. Then, venture to the Audubon Aquarium and Audubon Insectarium for a close-up look at colorful fish, sharks, butterflies, honey bees, eco engineers, and more. 


Another beautiful way to spend a day is exploring the expansive City Park, one of the oldest and largest urban parks in the country. Let the kids run wild at the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, or explore Storyland, where imagination knows no bounds and every corner is filled with wonder as beloved storybook characters come to life. Then cool off at the park’s splash pad, take a leisurely stroll through the lush botanical gardens, or enjoy beignets among the ancient oak trees. 


When you’re ready to venture outside the city, get an up-close, first-hand view of Louisiana’s unique wildlife in the wild! Embark on a guided airboat or pontoon boat ride through the swamps and bayous surrounding New Orleans, where you might encounter alligators, large birds, snakes, turtles, and other fascinating creatures in their natural habitat. If your days are filling up, we recommend taking an evening swamp tour when temperatures are cooler anyway.


And finally, when the day is done, top off your outdoor adventures with a refreshing snowball. Head to one of New Orleans’ beloved snowball stands, like Hansen’s Sno-Bliz or Plum Street Snowballs, and indulge in a colorful concoction of shaved ice and flavorful syrups. It’s truly the sweetest and most satisfying way to cool off after a day of sightseeing.


See the Big Picture

What better way to get a 360 degree view of New Orleans and all she has to offer than at the top of one of the tallest buildings in the city? Treat your little ones to an unforgettable adventure at Vue Orleans Kids Experience. Vue Orleans offers a variety of interactive exhibits and play areas that will spark creativity and imagination in kids of all ages. And perhaps best of all, parents can relax and take in the stunning panoramic views of the city while the kids embark on a journey of discovery and fun.


For a look at New Orleans’ most famous holiday, visit Mardi Gras World, where the magic of Carnival comes to life year-round. You’ll discover the artistry and craftsmanship behind the larger-than-life floats, costumes, and props used in parades. Kids will love getting an up-close look at the intricate designs and vibrant colors of the floats, and they might even have the chance to try on a Mardi Gras costume themselves!


When you’re ready for a change of scenery, take a leisurely ride up St. Charles Avenue on one of the city’s iconic streetcars. See historic neighborhoods, majestic oak-lined streets, and charming uptown districts. It’s a fun and affordable way to explore the city without wearing out those walking shoes.


And for those that infuse education into each family vacation, dive into the fascinating history of medicine and pharmacy at the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. Step back in time as you explore the museum’s collection of antique medical instruments, apothecary jars, and vintage pharmaceuticals. And don’t miss the opportunity to visit the museum’s recreated 19th-century pharmacy and learn about the role of pharmacists in New Orleans’ past.

From scenic streetcar rides to thrilling swamp tours and everything in between, New Orleans offers endless opportunities for family-friendly fun during the summer months. But there’s just one last thing to consider…your family’s home away from home during your vacation! 


Stay with us at The Lanaux Mansion and relax in our luxurious suites or enjoy the breezes on one of our balconies while overlooking the Courtyard or Esplanade Avenue. We’re one block from Frenchmen Street, two blocks from the Riverfront Streetcar, and half a block from the French Quarter!


Right now, enjoy 10% off our already discounted sizzling summer rates. Simply visit our website, select the perfect suite for your family, and add promo code “sizzle” when booking. 


We look forward to hosting y’all this summer!