For this trip, we made sure we had tons of kid friendly things to do, and tried to keep the schedule semi laid back – you know, to give us room for meltdowns, etc. I have to say, the whole trip, we had maybe three public tantrums and just a few more in the hotel room, so all in all, not too bad. Anyway, onto the activities!
Abita Brewery // The first night of our trip we stayed on the North Shore, close to Abita Springs and the brewery. It was a really nice brewery, with a giant outdoor space for playing cornhole and kicking a ball around. They even have root beer on tap, so Sheff could enjoy one of those while B and I got a nice brew. I tried their Watermelon Lemon Shandy, and it was perfectly summery (and knocked my “try a new summer beer” off my 2018 summer bucket list!)
Lafreniere Park // A gigantic park in Metairie that has a playground (covered!) and an public splash pad. Unfortunately for us, the splash pad had been reserved for a private party, but we had a good time playing on the play ground, riding the carousel and watching the chickens. Yep, they had chicken coops around the playground and the roosters and chickens were roaming free. Sheffield loved getting to ride the carousel.
Oyster Fest // I’m not gonna lie – it was flippin hot when we were here, and there was absolutely zero breeze, even though it is held by the driver. However, you have access to all the types of oysters you could possibly want (our favorite: Dragos chargrilled oysters), but we also got to try buffalo oysters and oyster nachos. They serve brews and daiquiris, and of course, Sprite and water for the kiddos. Definitely notes to self for later; Bring chairs, come early to pick out a spot in the shade, and make sure to bring one of those misting-fan things.
Audobon Zoo (Cool Zone) – Insectarium – Aquarium // Buy your ticket to all three and you get a better deal! We went to the zoo in the morning, then went back to the hotel for naps, then came back for their giant splash pad in the afternoon. The Cool Zone does cost an extra fee, but is so so worth it. They have a giant splash area as well as a pretty awesome lazy river. We did the Insectarium the next day, and boogs loved looking at all the bugs. After seeing the massive hissing cockroaches, I’m scarred for life, but you do get to go into a butterfly sanctuary, where they’re flying all free. I even had one land on me! We did the aquarium during a super hot day, and it was the perfect way to cool off. Sea otters, jellyfish and of course a sting-ray touch tank – it’s super kid friendly. And air conditioned.
Storyland – City Park Amusement Park // These two are connected and are both equally as fun! Storyland has a collection of statues, slides and all sorts of things that kids can climb all over. They all have a tie to a nursery rhyme or children’s book. They have Alice in Wonderland, Captain Hook, the Cinderella pumpkin. And attached to the back is the amusement park! They have all sorts of rides just for the kiddos! And since I was (am) terrified of rides, I thought that I’d passed that horrible gene on, but I didn’t! He loved going on all the rides, and was even fine doing them by himself! We were so proud! It was definitely a lot a lot of fun!
St Charles Street Car // Sheffield talked about street cars pretty much the whole time we were there. He absolutely loved being on one, and it was so cute to watch him. We rode down to a fun playground and back – and he still talks about riding a street car.
Jazz in the Park // We got to see a band that B was loving lately in Louis Armstrong Park. It was a great time listening to music and having a beer and dancing. The weather was beautiful – they had some fun vendors, and it was just an all-around good time! And free!
June Under the Moon // Set at the City Park Amusement Park, this event was just for the adults! All the beer you could drink, plus bar snacks and unlimited rides on all of the rides! They definitely had the speed turned up on some of those rides (like jumping out of my seat on the Himalaya turned up), but it was so fun. It was our last night in New Orleans, and it was just a perfect way to complete the trip. If you’re in NOLA around June, be on the lookout for this event for sure!
We did so many fun things this trip – family friendly and some not, but a good time was had by all! I also want to mention that none of our fun adult times would have been had if it wasn’t for our amazing ( I can’t type the word amazing enough here) babysitter. I will admit that the first time I used someone I didn’t know in a city that wasn’t my own, I was a little a freaked out. But Angelle, you guys – she is a straight-up Godsend. Sheffield loves hanging out with her, and she is so so so good with him. If you are ever traveling to New Orleans and want a night sans-kiddo, please give her a shout at the number below. I promise you will have nothing to worry about leaving your kiddo in her hands. She is the absolute best.