New Orleans Family Attractions

New Orleans Family Attractions

New Orleans Family Attractions may not come to mind more visitors, but they should. Aquarium of the Americas, Louisiana Children’s Museum, Audubon Zoo, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans Arena and Louisiana Nature Center will have your kids begging for more time and money to spend.

Aquarium of the Americas
DESCRIPTION: One of the nations’ Top 10 aquariums; more than 10,000 creatures that call this airy and mostly light-filled structure home. A 400,000 tank allows you to see many native creatures exhibiting behaviors in the wild; note the ominous sharks circling the property; rare white alligators from the lower Mississippi River region are the main attraction, but patience is called for, you seldom see them move. Since Katrina, the Aquarium has iadding more Caribbean species and revamped to the Gulf of Mexico exhibit. An IMAX Theater rounds out this fun-filled family attraction.
ADMISSION: $17.50 Adults, $13.50 Age 65+, $10.50 Ages 2-12, Age 1 and under FREE; additional fee or fee package for IMAX theater
DAYS & HOURS: daily 9:30a-7p
ADDRESS: 1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: on nearby lot
TRANSIT: Canal Streetcar, Riverwalk Streetcar
PHONE: 504-861-2537
WEBSITE: http://www.auduboninstitute.org/aoa

Louisiana Children’s Museum
DESCRIPTION: One of the nation’s Top 10 children’s museums; kids will love to explore and touch the many exhibits in this large converted warehouse where they can pilot a tow boat down the Mighty Mississippi in the Little Port of New Orleans. Shop till they drop in Little Sav-A-Center grocery store; dine in the five-star, role play Kids’ Café then anchor the news in the WWL-TV KidWatch Studio. Children can pretend to be an ophthalmologist in Eye to Eye, play it safe in Safety Zone and embark on a Team Turtle mission to grow up smart and strong; Kids can also stand inside a giant bubble, create one-of-a-kind art in the Art Trek studio and much more.
ADMISSION: modest fee
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 9:30a-4:30p, Sun Noon-4:30p
ADDRESS: 420 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: on street and nearby lot
TRANSIT: St. Charles Streetcar
PHONE: 504-523-1357
WEBSITE: http://www.lcm.org

Louisiana Superdome
DESCRIPTION: Check out these vital statistics: 27 stories tall, 20,000 tons of structural steel, 400 miles of electrical wiring; seats 70,000 for New Orleans Saints games or seats 76,000 for the Super Bowl and the Sugar Bowl football games; there’s even parking for 500 vehicles and charter buses
ADMISSION: New Orleans Saints NFL football ticket prices
DAYS & HOURS: tours on the hour from 10a-4p
ADDRESS: 1500 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: surrounded by Superdome garages
TRANSIT: Canal Streetcar and Amtrak Station
PHONE: Box Office 504-587-3821
WEBSITE: http://www.superdome.com

New Orleans Arena
DESCRIPTION: Seats 18,500 for New Orleans Hornet basketball games but is also home to the New Orleans VooDoo of Arena Football and Tulane University Basketball; the arena also hosts a number of large concerts, festivals and the circus
ADMISSION: New Orleans Hornets NBA basketball ticket prices
DAYS & HOURS: event dependent
ADDRESS: 1501 Girod Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: adjacent to Superdome garages
TRANSIT: Canal Streetcar and Amtrak Station
PHONE: 504-587-3663
WEBSITE: http://www.neworleansarena.com

Audubon Zoo
DESCRIPTION: One of the nation’s Top 10 zoos; features white tigers, orangutans and reptiles in the Swamp Exhibit, the Encounter and the Embraceable Zoo as lead attractions; strollers for children are available at the information booth just inside the front gate
ADMISSION: modest fee
DAYS & HOURS: Winter (late October-late March) Mon-Sun 9:30a-5p; Summer Weekdays 9:30a-5p, Weekends 9:30a-6p
ADDRESS: 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: on premises paid parking
TRANSIT: none
PHONE: 866-ITS-AZOO
WEBSITE: http://www.auduboninstitute.org/zoo

Louisiana Nature Center
DESCRIPTION: Rich with learning and discovery, this is a can’t miss treat for children; explore the Interpretive Center for the sights and sounds of Louisiana “biofacts” and educational displays in a touchable museum; venture into A sampler of Louisiana Habitats, which portray the diversity of its many forests and wetlands; this interactive facility also incorporates live animals in realistic settings; take a guided trail walk with a Naturalist to learn the basics of bird watching; modest admission fee for adults and children; on-site is the Freeman Planetarium, whose shows include The Sky Tonight, Solar Observing, and Science Insight
ADMISSION: modest fee
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Fri 9a-5p, Sat 10a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 5700 Read Blvd in Joe Brown Memorial Park, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: on premises
TRANSIT: none
PHONE: 504-246-5672
WEBSITE: http://www.auduboninstitute.org/lnc

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