2018 AAG – New Orleans Family Activities (April 10-14, 2018)

Note that some activities below can be combined into a single-price ticket. 


Streetcar: The historic New Orleans streetcar is an easy and fun way to explore the city and to visit most of the venues listed below. Fares are $1.25 (exact change required) for each trip. The main routes are as follows: 1) The Canal Street route, recognized by the bright red streetcars, travel Canal Street to City Park, 2) The St. Charles Avenue route, recognized by the green street cars, takes travelers through the scenic Garden District to Audubon Park/Zoo and Tulane and Loyola Universities, and 3) The River Front Route extends from the Aquarium of the Americans to Esplanade Avenue, stops include the Jax Brewery, Jackson Square, the French Market, and the Old US Mint. Please refer to the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority website: (http://norta.com/Getting-Around/Our-Streetcars) for more information. 

Downtown/French Quarter 

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas – Located on the Mississippi River at the foot of Canal Street, the Aquarium of the Americas offers fun for the entire family. Exhibits include a 400,000-gallon Gulf of Mexico exhibit with sharks, tarpon and sea turtles, a tunnel through a Caribbean Reef where visitors can view colorful reef fish, an Amazon Rainforest exhibit, live penguins, and spectacular jellyfish exhibits. A giant screen theater featuring rotating nature films is located adjacent to the aquarium.

#1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA  70130
(504) 565-3033
Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 5pm
Aquarium Tickets*
Adult: $29.95 (plus sales tax)
Child (2-12):$21.95 (plus sales tax)
Senior (65+): $24.95 (plus sales tax)


Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium – Located on Canal Street a few blocks from the Mississippi River, the Insectarium is housed inside of the historic US Costumes House (a working federal facility dating from the 1800s). Visitors can view and hold examples of the abundant insects of New Orleans and environs, explore termite colonies, and witness the awesome spectacle of butterflies emerging from their chrysalis and fluttering throughout an Asian butterfly garden. Visitors can also dine on insects of their choice at the Tiny Termite Café.

423 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 524-2847
Hours: Tues - Sun 10am - 4:30pm
Insectarium Tickets*
Adult: $22.95 (plus sales tax)
Child (2-12): $17.95 (plus sales tax)
Senior (65+): $19.95 (plus sales tax) 

Woldenberg Park/ Jackson Square/ French Market/ Café du Monde Located in the French Quarter, Woldenburg Park is a beautiful river front green space to enjoy a spring day in New Orleans while watching ships from around the world ply the Mississippi River. The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is located on the upriver side of the park and Jackson Square is on the lower end. Dating from the founding of the city in 1718, Jackson Square is the heart of New Orleans and is perfect for people watching and listening to street musicians. Visit the Cabildo and the Presbytère Museums, found adjacent to the square, to learn about colonial Louisiana. Indulge in local favorites of coffee and beignets at the Café du Monde to fortitude yourself to explore the French Market where Cajun and creole treats await.

The Cabildo & the Presbytère Museums
Chartres Street at Jackson Square'
504-568-6968 | 800-568-6968
Hours: Tuesdays – Sundays 10 am – 4:30 pm, closed Mondays and state holidays
Adults: $6.00   
Students, senior citizens, active military: $5.00
Children 6 and under - Free 


Louisiana Children’s Museum - Found the heart of the Warehouse District, the Louisiana Children’s Museum is a hands on interactive facility devoted to educating children of all ages. Children can explore a replica steamboat and an optometrist office, shop in a kid sized supermarket, and stand inside a giant bubble.

420 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Telephone: (504) 523-1357
Hours:   Tuesday - Saturday: 9:30am – 4:30pm; Sunday: 12:00pm – 4:30pm
Children’s’ Museum tickets:
Adults & Children: $8.50 (plus LA sales tax) 

National World War II Museum - The National World War II Museum is a world-class museum devoted to the “American Experience” during the Second World War. The museum covers both the European and Pacific theaters, as well as the home front. Additionally, the museum offers outstanding D-Day exhibits. World War II veterans are often on hand to discuss their wartime experience. 

945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Telephone: (504) 528-1944
Hours: Daily 9:00am - 5:00pm
Museum Tickets:
Adult: $27.00
Senior (65+):  $23.50
Students: $17.50
Military (With ID): $17.50
WWII Veterans: free
Second-Day Pass: $6 

Canal Street - Algiers Ferry -The ferry departs every 30-minutes (every 15-minutes on weekends) from the Canal Street Ferry Terminal (just upriver from the Aquarium of the Americas) for a short trip across the mighty Mississippi River to historic Algiers Point. You will see phenomenal views of the city and the busy Port of New Orleans. 

Foot of Canal Street
Telephone: (504) 376-8233
Hours: 6:00am - 9:45pm weekdays (Weekend times differ – please consult website.)
Ferry Tickets:
Adult: $2.00 one-way
Seniors: $1.00 one-way
Children 2 and under: free 

Mardi Gras World - Tour the famous Kern Studios where Mardi Gras floats have been designed and built for over 70 years. See behind the scenes how these magnificent works of art are planned and constructed year after year for area Mardi Gras krewes. 

1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70130
Telephone: (504) 361-7821
Hours: 9:30 am – 4:00pm – tours leave on the half hours and take ~1.5 hrs.
Mardi Gras World tickets:
Adults: $19.95
Children (12 & under): $12.95
Seniors and College Students (with ID): $15.95 

Ogden Museum of Southern Art - The Ogden Museum of Southern Art houses the largest and one of the most comprehensive collections of Southern art in the United States. Exhibits range from traditional to the Avant Garde.

925 Camp St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Telephone: (504) 539-9650
Hours: Daily 10am - 5:00pm (8:00pm on Thursday)
Adults: $13.50
Seniors (65 and over): $11.00
Children (5-17): $6.75
Children (Under 5): free

Students and Teachers (with ID): $11.00 

Preservation Hall - Preservation Hall offers a unique venue for experiencing authentic New Orleans Dixieland Jazz. Housed in a 200-year-old building in the heart of the French Quarter, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs several shows a night, with the audience just a few feet away in this intimate setting. A must see for music lovers. Shows are nightly at 5pm, 6pm, 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm.

726 St. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70116
Telephone: (504) 522-2841
Tickets: $15 general admission; reserve seating available for special events – check their website.

Steamboat Natchez - Cruise the Mississippi River on an authentic steamboat. Tours include a 1.5 hour Jazz harbor cruises (with/without lunch) or a 3-hour dinner jazz harbor cruise. Experience a bit of old New Orleans while learning about the Port and listening to Jazz. A unique experience.

600 Decatur St., Suite 308, New Orleans LA 70130
Telephone: (504) 586-8777
Daytime Harbor Cruise: 
Departures: Monday – Saturday Cruising 11:30am - 1:30pm (boarding 11:00am) & Cruising 2:30pm - 4:30pm (boarding 2:00pm)
Nighttime Dinner Cruise: Departures Monday – Saturday Cruising 7:00pm – 9:00pm (boarding 6:00pm)    
Daytime Jazz Cruise Only (with Brunch):  Adult $32.00 ($44.00), Children (6-12) $13.00 ($22.00), and Children (2-5) Free ($9.00)
Evening Dinner Cruise:  Adult $48.00, Children (6-12) $24.00, and Children (2-5) Free 


Audubon Park and Audubon Zoo - Audubon Park is located approximately 5 miles upriver from the French Quarter and is easily accessible via the St Charles Avenue Street Car. The site of the 1884 Cotton Exhibition, the park sits on ~350 acres offering a beautiful respite from the noise and stress of urban life. Visitors can walk beneath centuries old moss covered live oak trees and view blooming azaleas on a walking/bike path that encircles the park or maybe play a round of golf on the Denis Griffiths designed course. The Audubon Zoo found on the riverside of the park and offer a magical settling to see wildlife from throughout the world.

Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA  70118
(504) 861-2537
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10am - 4pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10am - 5pm
Adult: $22.95 (plus sales tax)
Child (2-12): $17.95 (plus sales tax)
Senior (65+): $19.95 (plus sales tax) 

Audubon Park
6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA  70118
(504) 861-2537
Hours: 5am-10pm daily 


New Orleans City Park – is located a short streetcar ride away (via Canal Street/City Park Street car) from Downtown. The ~ 1300-acre park is bordered by historic Bayou St John and worth an afternoon or two visit. The park itself has the largest collection of live oak trees in the country and is interlaced with freshwater lagoons; fish is permitted with a permit in most lagoons and paddleboats can be rented. The park contains many outdoor attractions, such as a golf course, tennis courts, an equestrian center, and many, many walking/bike paths. Highlights include the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), the Sculpture Garden, and the Botanical Garden, which is splendid in the spring. Children will enjoy the  Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, a child’s theme park, featuring a century old wooden Carousel and 15-minute miniature train ride though a portion of the park.  

New Orleans City Park
1 Palm Drive New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 482-4888

New Orleans Museum of Art
One Collins Diboll Circle, City Park
New Orleans, LA 70124
Phone (504) 658-4100 
Museum hours: Tuesday - Thursday 10 am-6 pm, Friday 10 am-9 pm, Saturday 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday 11 am-5 pm, closed Mondays
Adults: $12.00
Seniors (65+) & active military (with ID): $10.00
University Students (with ID): $8.00
Children (7-12): $6.00 children
Children 6 and under: free 
Note: the Sculpture Garden is adjacent to the museum and is free and open to the public daily from 10am-6pm (summer hours). 

New Orleans Botanical Garden
Located a block or two behind the museum – just follow the signs
Open 7 days a week 10am to 5pm
Botanical Garden tickets:
Adults: $8.00
Children ages 3 – 12: $4.00
Children under age 3: Free 

Carousel Gardens Amusement Park
Located next to the Botanical Garden
(504) 483-9402
Tickets: $4.00/person, children 36” & under – free
Rides: $18.00/person unlimited rides or $4.00/ride/person 


Professional Basketball: 

New Orleans Pelicans Basketball vs. San Antonio Spurs
Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 PM
Smoothie King Center
1501 Dave Dixon Drive 
New Orleans, LA (next to the Mercedes Benz Superdome)

College Baseball: 

Tulane Green Wave vs. University of New Orleans Privateers
Tuesday, April 10 6:30pm, Turchin Stadium (on the campus of Tulane University)
3000 Ben Weiner Dr. 
New Orleans, LA 70118   
Telephone: (504) 861-9283

Tulane Green Wave vs University of Houston Cougars
Friday April 13 @6:30pm and Saturday April 14@ TBA, Turchin Stadium, New Orleans 


Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra - Bach Easter Oratorio
Thursday, April 12 @ 7:30
Orpheum Theater 
129 Roosevelt Way 
New Orleans, LA 70112
Telephone: (504) 523-6530

 *Visit the Audubon Zoo, the Aquarium of the Americas and the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium for one low price. Save up to $30.90 per person when you purchase this combo. Visit the Audubon Institute for more information: 
Adult: $44.95 (plus sales tax)
Child (2-12): $34.95 (plus sales tax)
Senior (65+): $37.95 (plus sales tax)