Sleep in and have breakfast at your hotel to fill your tank for a fun-filled day! Start your morning off at the Audubon Zoo. The zoo offers an exotic mix of animals from around the globe, engaging educational programs, hands-on animal encounters and lush gardens. Unique natural habitat exhibits such as the award-winning Louisiana Swamp and Jaguar Jungle showcase the relationship between people and nature. Audubon Zoo is often ranked among the country's best for innovation and entertainment value!
If you didn’t eat lunch at the zoo, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Restaurant is on the way to your next stop, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. This family-friendly chain for seafood & American fare served in a fishing-boat-themed setting is a local favorite. Located on Decatur Street in the famous French Quarter, it is walking distance to the aquarium. Eat on the balcony or the private courtyard and enjoy the lively atmosphere and the outgoing, friendly staff.
Refueled and ready to go! Located on the Mississippi River adjacent to the French Quarter, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas immerses you in an underwater world. The colors of a Caribbean reef come alive in the walk-through tunnel, while the penguins and Southern sea otter enchant you with their antics. Touch a sting ray, feed a parakeet, and marvel at their gigantic sharks, tarpon, and rays in the 400,000 gallon Gulf of Mexico Exhibit.
For the family that just keeps going and going, cross the Crescent City Connection Bridge to where the locals call “The Westbank” and have dinner at Perino’s Boiling Pot. Perino's is where New Orleans likes to eat seafood. This family-friendly restaurant serves up the freshest seafood in town!
Any fuel left in the tank? Head to NOLA Motorsports Park to experience the thrill of racing at the largest karting track in the US. They offer family friendly driving experiences and go kart rentals. Enjoy spectator events and attractions. This 40 acre karting facility includes 30 acres of track area with 7 of the acres lighted for night time driving.
This itinerary is definitely for the family with excessive energy! For families that enjoy more leisurely-paced days, these attractions can definitely be spread over two days. Other attractions that are perfect for families: Adventure Quest Laser Tag, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, Bookoo Bounce, Dave & Busters, Insta-Gator Alligator Ranch & Hatchery, Louisiana Children’s Museum, Mardi Gras World, and Sky Zone Metairie.
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