RVING IN NEW ORLEANS
With food, history, art, museums, shopping, architecture, and, of course, music, New Orleans has it all! It’s a cultural feast you won’t find anywhere else in America. There is something for everyone and despite what some might think, New Orleans is a wonderful place to go RVing with kids.
New Orleans was one of the first cities we visited when we started out on our RV journey. More than two years later, we all list it as one of our favorite places. Our original plan was to spend a day or two but because there was so much to do (and the beignets were so good) we kept extending our stay. Our two days turned into four and had our schedule allowed, we may have stayed longer.
RVing in New Orleans
There are a number of RV parks and campgrounds in and around New Orleans. If you only want to be a few blocks from all the action you could try French Quarter RV Resort. If you decide to take your RV into the city check your directions to the RV park twice and check again. You don’t want to make a wrong turn because some of the streets are tight and unforgiving.
We opted to stay just outside the city so we could get a bit of the “bayou experience” but without being too far away from the Big Easy. Bayou Sennet State Park was close enough we could easily go into the city while still feeling like we were tucked away in nature with armadillos visiting our site every night.
Every day we ventured into New Orleans via the Algiers Ferry, which leaves from Algiers Point. It’s a short drive to the ferry from Bayou Sennet and then a quick ride across the Mississippi river. The kids loved it. The views of the city and river are wonderful and the ferry is FREE for foot passengers!
Family (and budget) Friendly Places Around New Orleans
When you think of family friendly, New Orleans isn’t the first city that comes to mind. But in our experience it was not only family friendly with plenty of things to do with kids, it was budget friendly, too. There aren’t too many cities where you can experience gourmet food on a diner budget or watch talented acrobats, musicians, or dancers for a donation.
Looking for family friendly places in New Orleans?
Here are some of our some of our favorites.
- Jackson Square – Jackson Square is a park that has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Stroll around the square to take in the works of many artists, listen to music, or spread out a blanket for some great people watching.
- Ride a Streetcar – It’s hard to think of New Orleans without thinking of the famous streetcars. The St Charles line is the oldest continuously operating streetcar in the world. A ride on a streetcar is an inexpensive and fun way to experience a piece of history, and give your feet a rest.
- Visit WWII Museum – Expand you knowledge of American history at the World War II Museum. In 2003, Congress designated museum as America’s National WWII museum. There is a lot to see and learn at the WWII museum so allow plenty of time.
- The Garden District – Take a streetcar out to the Garden District and stroll under oak trees past some of the best-preserved southern mansions in the United States. Browse through the shops or grab a bite to eat on Magazine Street.
- Louisiana State History Museum – Seven historic buildings make up the New Orleans portion of the Louisiana State History Museum. Inside you’ll find exhibits ranging from the history of Mardi Gras to Hurricane Katrina.
- French Market – Put your haggling to skills to the test and buy anything from masquerade masks to salt and pepper shakers. It’s great fun to stroll through the colorful booths of the vendors. Have a Beignet – Take a break with a beignet and a café au lait at the famous Cafe du Monde. Or escape the crowds and visit our favorite place, Cafe Beignet, tucked away in a quaint garden setting on Royal Street. If you are visiting with kids you might want to skip their location on Bourbon Street.
Street Performers – Next to the beignets, the street performers are our favorite part of visiting New Orleans. You’ll come across some wonderful musicians, fun acrobats, and whimsical performers happy to entertain you. Street performers make their living by donations so be sure to keep some cash on hand to thank them for the show!
Have you been to New Orleans? What did you do? Any good places to stay or fun things to do with kids that I missed?