February 22 2018
Family-Friendly Activities in Uptown New Orleans
August 6th, 2018 | Activities
Uptown New Orleans refers to just about everything upriver from Canal Street. This includes the mansion-lined Garden District, the famous St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, Magazine Street, and Audubon Park. Uptown is home to Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick Jr., Byrdman, and other musicians.
Here’s a list of family-friendly activities in Uptown during your visit to the Big Easy. From Andrew Jackson Hotel in the Quarter, catch the St. Charles Avenue streetcar from Canal Street; it’ll bring you all along Uptown.
Hop-on, hop-off bus tour
If you’re traveling with kids, the open-air, double-decker tour bus can be an exciting option. The ease to pick and choose your stop ensures that everyone in the family is pleased, with six stops in Uptown, including glimpses of the mansions in the Garden District, the bustle of food and shops on Magazine Street, Lafayette Cemetery, and more. The tour departs in the Quarter right near Andrew Jackson Hotel. Check out route maps and purchase tickets in advance.
The Uptown urban oasis spans 3.5 acres and is the site of the Audubon Zoo (more on that later), playgrounds, hiking trails and a lagoon. Have a picnic in the park and relax! The park is located on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, right across from Tulane and Loyola University. Make sure to take a family photo with the “Tree of Life,” located to the east of the zoo.
The Audubon Zoo is a treasure in New Orleans, especially for families. Flamingos, a reptile house, a white crocodile, a Louisiana swamp exhibit and perfectly manicured greenery puts this New Orleans zoo on a world-class level. Located right in the heart of the park, the zoo is open 10-5 pm weekdays and until 6 pm during the weekend. Visit the Audubon Zoo website for more information.
Ice cream and a movie at Prytania Theatre
Ice cream and a movie is a great way for everyone to chill out and relax, especially if weather isn’t ideal. Luckily, our favorite ice cream parlor is located just blocks away from our favorite movie theatre on Prytania Street. Creole Creamery is a cash-only ice cream shop that serves both classic and creative flavors, located between Upperline and Robert streets. We recommend the King Cake ice cream for a taste of New Orleans.
Afterward, walk west five blocks to the historic Prytania Theatre. Opened in 1914, it’s the longest continually-operated theatre in the South. The single-screen Prytania plays family movies, classics and independent films. If you’re visiting during the summer, check out the Kids Summers Series during the weekends. See family favorites such as The Incredibles, E.T., or The Wizard of Oz - a $6 admission includes popcorn and a drink. More info here.
Booking your stay in The Big Easy? Check the historic (and possibly haunted?) Andrew Jackson Hotel in the French Quarter.