Have you been considering taking your family down to New Orleans for a vacation? Are you unsure what you will be doing once you get there? I get it! I mean, there is so much to do throughout the entire city. You can easily stay in any of the quarters. And see as many attractions and historical sites as possible. But I recommend making sure you spend an entire day in the French Quarter. The French Quarter can be found in the heart of the city. Plus, it is home to much of what you want to see and do during your family vacation in New Orleans. Today, I am going to share my favorite attractions in the French Quarter. This way, you can get a head start on what you want to do while visiting this incredible destination.
Bourbon Street is the party destination in the French Quarter. This street is thirteen blocks long. It goes from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue. You will find many of the popular restaurants and bars on Bourbon Street. Visit during the day with little ones to avoid the really big parties. Older kids will do fine on Bourbon Street in the early evenings.
Bourbon Street is where many of the Mardi Gras celebrations take place in New Orleans.
Royal Street in the French Quarter is the place to go when you want to do a little antique shopping during a family vacation. This is also one of the oldest streets in the city. So, walk along slowly while soaking in the ambiance.
Out of all the antique stores, I recommend starting in Maison Royale or The Brass Monkey. When you have visited them all, consider popping into the art galleries or the gift shops.
All the buildings in the French Quarter were constructed with a mix of Spanish and French architecture. Yet, it didn’t begin that way. In the beginning, the French constructed French-style buildings. After the fires of 1788 and 1794, Spanish-style buildings started popping up.
I recommend taking one of the many walking tours of the French Quarter. This will allow your family to learn the history of the area, while seeing the unique architectural designs.
One of my favorite attractions in the French Quarter is St. Louis Cathedral. The land this cathedral sits on was designated as the place for the church in 1721. Yet, the cathedral wasn’t completed until 1793. It was then rebuilt in 1849. Tours of the cathedral are offered daily. Just not when daily mass is being held.
Jazz music is everywhere in New Orleans. You will hear it pouring out of the many bars you pass by, especially in the French Quarter. If your family wants to learn more about jazz music, I recommend visiting the New Orleans Jazz Museum. There are more than twenty-five thousand artifacts that share the story of this music genre and the people who perform it.
The French Market is another favorite attraction in the French Quarter. You will find this market right off Jackson Square. Inside is a flea market, produce market, and specialty boutiques. Don’t skip past the restaurants and cafes during your visit. They are excellent places to try some authentic New Orleans cuisine.
Speaking of Jackson Square, one of the best things to do in the French Quarter is to walk around this square. Jackson Square is in the center of the French Quarter. The main focal point is a statue of President Jackson. If you time your visit right, you may find local artists displaying their work for sale.
Okay, you may not think Café du Monde is an attraction in the French Quarter. After all, it is just a café. However, this historical site is the best place to devour freshly made beignets. Stop in during your family vacation in New Orleans and see what you have been missing all these years!
These are my favorite attractions in the French Quarter to check out when in New Orleans. There are many other things you can do there during your family vacation in New Orleans. If you are unsure of where to begin once you arrive, you can always take one of the popular ghost tours. These tours lead you all around the city, while sharing the legends and ghostly tales New Orleans is known for. I can easily arrange for your family to take one as I am planning the rest of your trip.
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