Doesn’t matter if you live an hour away or a state away, New Orleans is a great weekend getaway for the whole family. I know it’s one of my family’s favorite places to go to relax for the weekend. In this kid-friendly travel guide, I’m sharing about food, places to stay, and things to do that will have everyone ready to plan another trip to New Orleans, before the current one is even over.¬†

Where to Stay

The Westin New Orleans Canal Place – Located at the end of Canal Street in the French Quarter, conveniently on top of The Shops at Canal Place.

Don’t forget to enjoy a cocktail for the adults and a soda for kids at Observatory Eleven cocktail bar located in the lobby.

Hilton New Orleans Riverside – I recommend a room with a river view. This is great for kids, as they can see boats/ships of all sizes right from the room window as the ships are passing by.

Another great thing about this hotel is don’t even have to leave to go shopping and dining. You can walk through the hotel to a corridor that will enter the Riverwalk Mall. Restaurants and shops include Cafe du Monde, Guess, Coach Outlet, and more.

Relax, Play, Explore

Carriage Ride – Take a ride around the French Quarter. It’s a great way to see and learn about the history of the French Quarter. There are group rides, where you ride in a large horse-drawn carriage with strangers or you can reserve a private carriage ride.

The carriages are located in front of Jackson Square, across the street from Cafe du Monde.

Audobon Aquarium of the Americas – Located on the Mississippi River adjacent to the French Quarters.

Audobon Zoo – Located in historic Uptown, the zoo is always a great place to take kids. The Audobon Zoo is one that I remember going to as a kid.

Bicycle Taxi – This is another fun way to see the city. We’ve done rides around the French Quarter and the Garden District. We normally use Need a Ride (we ask for Tree, he’s very knowledgeable and a great storyteller).

The National WWII Museum – Located downtown on a six-acre campus. There are five pavilions that house the exhibits, plus a restaurant so you are able to spend the day and have lunch at the museum.

Of course, the options are endless when visiting New Orleans where there are different adventures that could be had on each visit.

Where to Eat

Briquette – The cuisine is coastal contemporary. I haven’t tried the same thing twice yet on the menu. Caramelized sea scallops, snapper Ponchartrain, blackened redfish, are just a few of the items I suggest you try off the menu.

What’s awesome about Briquette is you can watch the chefs as they are cooking. There is also a large fresh fish display in the kitchen that you can see as well.

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ – This is a restaurant that we would eat at often when we lived in Japan. I was very excited when this location opened in New Orleans. Every trip we take to the city we must eat lunch here. In Japan, it’s called yakiniku, which means grilled barbecue.

At this Gyu-Kaku, you grill your own meat at your table. Don’t worry, you won’t leave smelling like smoke either, the grills are smokeless. It’s thinly sliced, so it doesn’t take long for it to cook. You can also order sides that can also be grilled at the table. Options like rice, soup, etc all come to the table prepared. Sake and Japanese beers are available on the menu too.

Deanie’s Seafood – I always go to the Bucktown location, but there are three locations (French Quarter, Garden District, and Bucktown) in the city. The portions here are large and delicious.

A few of my favorites are crab claws, crabby chips, and the half seafood platter.

Landry’s Seafood – Enjoy lunch or dinner on beautiful Lake Pontchartrain. Blacken Redfish with the Pontchartrain (crab, mushrooms, white wine cream sauce) is divine. If seafood isn’t what your palette has a taste for there are steak and poultry items on the mean as too.

There is something for everyone on the menu.

Cafe du Monde – Some people may say it’s overrated, but I LOVE a good beignet. Cafe du Monde is the best!! When visiting, make sure you have cash on hand, it’s a cash-only shop.

Felix’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar – You’ll find that I really like crab claws (also called crab fingers), so if I see it on a menu, I’m going to try that restaurant out. That was the case here and they did not disappoint.

Check out the photos below to see some of the sights we have seen and the food we are dining on.

Caramelized Sea Scallops

Enjoy a beverage in this beautiful seating area.
The Westin New Orleans Canal Place

Mini Blasian Cajun grilling
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

Mini Blasian Cajun grilling
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

The family enjoying themselves
New Orleans Aquarium 

Grilling pork & beef
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

Cocktails at Observatory Eleven
The Westin New Orleans Canal Place

New Orleans Aquarium

New Orleans Aquarium