Friday, September 13, 2013

New Orleans with the Kiddos

*Catch-up post from this summer...hopefully a few more of these to come.

We arrived in New Orleans with not much of a plan except trying to do some wandering around, seeing some street performers and eating at Cafe du Monde. Upon arrival we asked the concierge at at the hotel and he told us the three most popular activities for kids are 1) the cool zoo (like a water park in the zoo), 2) the aquarium, and 3) story land. Since we had recently been to the aquarium and zoo in our hometown (and they are $$$) we decided on Storyland as our kid-centered activity. We decided to visit Storyland in the morning and leave the French Quarter for the afternoon post nap. 





We had a quick breakfast at a diner down the street from the hotel and then drove to City Park. The park is huge and we could tell that there was a lot of exploring to do there, but we had limited time and a destination so we went directly to Storyland. In sum, Little Boy absolutely loved it! It was story book characters and structures that he could walk in/on/over. (We also realized that he doesn't know very many classic fairy tales yet so we need to get on that!) Adjacent to Storyland is a little amusement park called Carousel Gardens. Little Boy was too small to go on most rides but he did go on his very first carousel and very first ferris wheel ride. 






We had some snacks and headed to the hotel to try for a nap. That was a total fail! So we decided to just leave and head to the French Quarter for lunch and wanderings. We had a great lunch at the Acme Oyster House, then walked down to  have beignets and coffee for dessert. We enjoyed just walking around and  watching street performances and finally the heat was just too much and we headed back to the hotel for a dip in the pool before dinner. Of course Little Boy passed out in the stroller on the way back! And Baby Brother? He was a trooper and let us do what we wanted to do. All in all a really great day!


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