New Orleans is immensely appealing to family travelers because of its penchant for spectacle — colorful houses, frequent street parades and general revelry. In fact, even the city’s carnival season is considered by locals to be a time for families, despite the debauchery that frequently makes headlines. The city also has a fabled restaurant scene, featuring flavorful fare and plentiful portions.
What’s more, a New Orleans trip can be cheaper than visiting many other popular destinations in the U.S., and the city is geographically compact, so visitors can explore a lot in a relatively short time, like a long weekend, and get the most value for their trip to the Crescent City.
The shoulder seasons, October to November and May to June, offer lower rates and milder weather. Though costs dip considerably in July and August, the heat and humidity can be staggering. Plan to spend significantly more during the big festivals in the spring, usually February through April.
Here is a three-day itinerary — with a bonus day, if you have the time — to enjoy a New Orleans family vacation over a long weekend.
How to Get There
Fly in to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, about 11 miles west of downtown.
Where to Stay
The Dauphine Orleans Hotel offers a rare mix of historical ambiance, a central French Quarter location, good rates, decent-sized rooms and a pool. You’ll find similar perks amid the lush, overgrown boulevards of the Lower Garden District if you book at the nearby Hilton New Orleans on St. Charles Avenue.