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New Orleans French Quarter for the Entire Family

Updated on December 18, 2014

Horse Drawn Carriage

Horse Drawn Carriage
Horse Drawn Carriage | Source

New Orleans French Quarter - Family Style

Yes, there are parts of the French Quarter to which you might not want to bring children, but much of this unique place is filled with history and great food and fine for the entire family. There are museums, architectural gems, and more to visit. If you stay in the immediate vicinity of Jackson Square you can find enough to fill several days. But it is best done during the day. Museums close at night, and some of the streets, those with few if any people, can have their dangers.

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Saint Louis Cathedral

Saint Louis Cathedral
Saint Louis Cathedral | Source

Saint Louis Cathedral

Perhaps one of the most photographed buildings in New Orleans is the Roman Catholic Saint Louis Cathedral. The ability to photograph it at a distance, utilizing Jackson Square, is a plus. The building itself is historic, and played a significant role in the early development of the city of New Orleans.

If it is possible, try to go inside. It is the site of many weddings, and if one is in progress you may not be able to enter. The Cathedral is still an active church.

Historic Building

Historic Building, Cabildo
Historic Building, Cabildo | Source

The Cabildo and the Presbyter

Flanking the Saint Louis Cathedral are two buildings that look like twin structures. Facing the Cathedral the Cabildo is to the left and the Presbyter is to the right. These are operating museums. These buildings date back to before Louisiana was purchased from Napoleon Bonaparte in the Louisiana purchase. Once the seat of government, the cabildo has been the scene of numerous historical en=vents.

Among the artifacts displayed at the Cabildo is Napoleon's death mask. Also on display are historical papers and artifacts. A visit is highly recommended. Then walk to the Presbyter and make a visit there.

It is fitting that the square across t=from these historic buildings be dedicated to And=rew Jackson, the hero of the battle of New Orleans.

Andrew Jackson's Statue

Jackson Square
Jackson Square | Source

Jackson Square

The perimeter of Jackson Square is interesting. On one side you have the three building already discussed. Across the square artists hang their works on the fence and sell to the passerby customers. On the other sides are the Pontablo buildings, rich themselves in history. Look up nat the unique balconies. People come to the French Quarter just to gaze at the balconies.

Horse Drawn Carriage

Horse Drawn Carriage
Horse Drawn Carriage | Source

Horse and Carriage Tours

Lined up on Decatur Street on the river side of Jackson Square are horses and carriages. To fully be transported back in time consider a ride. These carriages will convey you through the French Quarter while the driver narrates a tour of what you are passing.

These carriages line up, but you may have to also consider the size of your party. Some are larges than others.

French Market

The French Market
The French Market | Source

The French Market

The French Market is a place locals could sell produce, fish, and much more. At one end is a giant flea market where people tend small shops.

One thing the French Market is famous for is beignets. These are pastries that are covered with power sugar. They were at one time sold at two locations in the French Market, but now are only sold at one end . Much of the seating is outside, and most people also have coffee. Coffee in Louisiana is different, so expect an epicurean delight.

Minting Equipment

Historic Minting equipment inside the New Orleans Mint, now a museum
Historic Minting equipment inside the New Orleans Mint, now a museum | Source

The New Orleans Mint - Museum

At one end of the French Quarter is the New Orleans Mint. This historic building now operates as a museum. Actually, it is a free museum of the old mint artifacts on the first floor, and a museum that charges for the current exhibit on the second floor.

The New Orleans Mind made gold and silver coins. While gold and silver were not mined in the area, the river and railroads made it easy to transport precious metals to the mint.

The New Orleans Mint has the distinction of having produced coins for three governments. It minted coins for the United States, for Louisiana when it succeeded from the union, and the Confederate States of America during the Civil War while Louisiana was part of the Confederacy. New Orleans was captured during the Civil War, ending the production of Confederate coinage.

Street Musician

A Street Musician in the New Orleans French Quarter
A Street Musician in the New Orleans French Quarter | Source

Street Performers

Street performers, including mimes, musicians, and dancers, work the streets of the French Quarter. They work for what the public drops into their bix or hat.

Jax

Historic JAX Beer Brewery (no longer operating as a brewery)
Historic JAX Beer Brewery (no longer operating as a brewery) | Source

Jax

The Jackson Brewery, known as Jax, was once located in the French Quarter. There was a major fire that destroyed some of the old buildings, but now a mall occupies the site. As malls go, it is small, but you can stop for a restroom break if you are on a walking tour

Aquarium

Aquarium
Aquarium | Source

The Aquarium

At the foot of world famous Canal Street is the Aquarium. This is an excellent place to take the family.

Riverboat Natchez

Riverboat Natchez on the Mississippi River
Riverboat Natchez on the Mississippi River | Source

The Mississippi River

If you go to the river you can see ships passing, including paddle wheelers. Actually, you can board a paddle wheeler and take an interesting cruise.

New Orleans Cookbook

The New Orleans Cookbook
The New Orleans Cookbook

There are many different cookbooks for this unique cuisine available.

 

The Food

The food in New Orleans has a great range, and includes expensive restaurants operated b well known chefs, family restaurants, and chain restaurants. Look around and find the kind of food you like and in the price range you are comfortable with Of course in the French Quarter you can expect to spend more than if you leave the area.

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      New Orleans is calling to me.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I visited the French Quarter 20 years ago and loved it. The architecture is incredible and music is wonderful. Then there is the food -- so much and so delicious. Great lens. Good job encouraging people to visit.

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      DonnaMarie2 4 years ago

      Thanks for the mini-tour of the city, and some of its' family friendly attractions.

      I also like the posters you have on display that are for sale- cool on-line store.

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      Bet it looks a lot different after hurricane Katrina

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      New Orleans French Quarter does look like a very interesting place to visit. Currently most of my traveling is done online through the eyes of Squidoo's lensmasters.

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      Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

      I hope to visit New Orleans some day.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Sounds wonderful - rare to see French Quarter for the family, I usually just hear about the partying.

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      rootadesigns lm 5 years ago

      Ahhhh!!!! How I miss it!